Arizona State University Reviews
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Not to completely do a plug for my university, but Arizona State University boasts the largest student population in the Western Hemisphere. It is a diverse university with four (4) campuses in the Valley of the Sun and a immense online network. President Crow has transformed the university, promising a new stadium, a multitude of new dorm and living options and making a university town out of downtown Tempe, AZ. I think my experience comes on the cusp of ASU turning into a great university. My first degree attained at ASU was a Pre-Health and Psychology BA. The positives I experienced during my time in these programs were the internship and research opportunities, the drafting of prestigious professors, and a strong community. The network of extra-curricular activities, clubs, and events were endless. Returning to ASU for a Finance BS at the W.P. Carey School of Business was a much more focused attempt at academic achievement. The W.P. Carey is one of the schools at ASU that prepares learners for the real-world and professional development. Some of my favorite professors were L and S. Both had immense experience as professors and in the business realm. The negatives about ASU from my experiences are the varying level of interest from students to learn, standard of education varying due to priorities of professors, and the potential for your area of interest to not have the backing compared to the heavy hitters like Engineering. If you are interested in attending ASU, you will find the Business and Engineering School really prepare you for a future career and the STEM area majors will have very extensive research opportunities. Beyond the classroom being a Sun Devil means there will always be opportunity to celebrate. I would recommend ASU to anyone looking to get a public education in a place where is it always summer.
Since Arizona State is such a big school, your academic experience will depend on where you take your classes and what program you are in. I was a part of a smaller major and felt that my education in my major was excellent. However, some of the larger majors often feel "lost" in the crowds of people. I think that the smaller your major, the better your experience will be. The campus you are on will also make a difference. My classes were mostly downtown and I appreciated the smaller campus feel. Tempe is much larger and it is easy to feel lost, in classes as well as on campus.
I felt as though Arizona State University was an innovative and well organized university. I attended the Herberger College of Fine Arts. They had great advisors that helped me formulate a plan for my success. While it has been some time since I attend ASU, I still believe that they prepared me well in my degree choice and I was employable the moment I graduated.
ASU had a good curriculum for a Biology major. The teachers were excellent and I enjoyed all my classes. There's an active social scene and the campus is proud of their sport teams.
I attended the Tucson School of Social Work to receive my MSW. What I liked about the program was that it was small, so you can get to know your classmates and teachers very well. Attending the Tucson location means that if you are looking for opportunities to get involved in government, advocacy, or research, your options are limited and you'd have to make a serious effort to connect to faculty and organizations in Phoenix. Also, this is not the school's fault, but the cost of the degree is not commensurate with pay in the field. Before applying to this program, get a job in behavioral health with an employer who will do tuition reimbursement. Although I now have a job in the field, I'm pretty sure I will never pay off all of my student loans before I die.
ASU is a great school to study in. ASU has interdisciplinary and innovative programs of study. ASU provides a great education in all undergraduate and graduate programs.
Poor/non-existent use of the case method, far too much emphasis on research trivia - most instructors had little/no 'real-world' experience. Material was also too easy. 'Socratic Method' never used. No effort to provide a structured approach to application.
I like many others chose ASU for the convince of being able be a distance learner at a reputable brick and mortar institution. I had a great experience. My professors and TA's were extremely helpful and actually taught classes. Online lectures were what you would expect if you were in an in class environment with added power point presentations. I really enjoyed my time there and am exploring my options to obtain my Graduate Degree from this institution. I am seriously surprised at all the negative reviews.
I researched many online institutions and eventually made the choice to attend Arizona State University. I completed my Master's in Criminal Justice mostly for my career and to eventually teach part time at the local community college. I read many mixed reviews and came to the realization that I needed to make a choice because every online institution had their pros and cons. I am very satisfied my choice and happy to have graduated from a credible institution. Remember, you will get out what you put in. So read the assigned material, put your mind and heart into every assignment and you will be glad you did. The amount of work depends on the professor. Some professors wanted a short paper every week and a final paper at the end of the course. (Each course is 7 weeks). Some professors only required discussion boards and a final exam. I never had an issue with communication. Professors or their assistants always responded quickly. Remember you are an adult. You are responsible for giving yourself enough time to get your questions answered before an assignment is due or to fix an issue.
I'm a bit older (35), and although finishing school probably won't influence my career path, wanted to finish school for personal reasons. I found the program to be manageable with work, and of course, you'll get out of it what you put into it (for the most part). The Technological Entrepreneurship program is pretty good, I enjoyed the courses, however, I think it's important for those looking at ASU to know a few things up front. First, this probably comes as no surprise to you, but this university is out for nothing else than to increase it's profit margins. This means that if you've got an issue that you need to address with someone above your instructor, you'll probably receive a very dismissive response because any confirmation of instructor misconduct would be an admission that ASU is not actually all that "innovative" which translates to fewer students attending online classes to fill up the coffers. I enjoyed some of the general studies courses, however, there were a few that have and will really hurt the university as a whole, and those are what I'll focus on for the remainder of this review. Just for a bit of background, I'm a decent student, am graduating in 2 weeks with a 3.91, and have no qualms about spending entire weekends to exceed the requirements if possible. In one particular course, I'd turned in a research proposal (psychology), and got it back with a 30%, and some very unprofessional comments. Shocked, I wrote back to the instructor to ask for some appropriate feedback so I could understand where I'd gone wrong, and to ask that she refrain from unprofessional comments in the future. After 72 hours, she wrote back, very apologetic (as I think she assumed it would be followed up with legal action). However, I simply told her "no problem", I'm happy to move forward, and start over, as I truly wanted to just get through the class with no further issues. The next week came, and after spending ~50 hours on the next assignment, she gave me a zero and said that she couldn't grade the assignment because it was in .pdf format, and that I needed to resubmit it as a .doc (claiming that it was stated in the syllabus ). After thorough review of the syllabus by myself and two other people, not a single thing was said about the format. I tried to resubmit in .doc format, however, once an assignment is submitted, the particular version of "Blackboard" doesn't allow for it to be submitted again. I sent via email and asked that she accept it as such or to please let me know how to resubmit it via Blackboard, however, never got a response. I emailed 5x more times, but never got any response. Since then, I've emailed the department head, but have yet to resolve the issue - it's been 12 days. This is not a one-off instance, unresponsive instructors are a norm at the university, and I've dealt with this on multiple occasions. At one point I emailed the dean of the school, and received a dismissive email about how he was "sure" that nothing like this was happening by any of his faculty. The bottom line: Technological Entrepreneurship is a decent program, however, if you're looking for a school that takes education seriously, ASU is not the place to pursue those ambitions. I'm not overly sensitive, but I can certainly call foul when enough is enough, and for the money that you spend, you'd expect nothing less than a quality education.