Arizona State University Reviews
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There are several things that I love about Arizona State! For one, it does a lot of work to encourage incoming first-year students to attend events and community programs. The administration clearly wants its students to feel included in the college experience. If someone was interested in a club, there is probably one that already exists in the several hundred clubs and organizations that are located between the campuses. There are several events that take place, for free, during welcome week especially, such as a Tiki Luau, a Target discount shopping experience (specifically for ASU students, filled with goodies) and Fall Welcome Concert (B.o.B., Pharrell Williams, Mac Miller, etc.). There is a large selection of colleges, majors, minors, and classes to choose from, so you can take anything that matches your interest. Several of its schools are leading in their fields and recognized nationally i.e. Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Mary Lou Fulton School of Education, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. School spirit is an everyday thing. Sparky makes stops in the Memorial Union and events, maroon on Mondays, gold on Fridays, and everyone shows up to the football games. The facilities are almost all very nice, including a brand new wing on the student fitness center. I my experience, faculty and administration are generally very open to listening to your concerns regarding your experiences. There are several opportunities to speak with the president of the university, Michael Crow. With its broad expansions, there is truly a place for everyone between its multiple campuses and online programs. It is truly a university that spoils its students. Conversely, there have been several shortcomings with certain aspects of ASU. First and foremost, there seems to be a monetary charge for everything. From paying fees to graduate, to parking, athletic and gym fees (regardless of if you attend or not), and parking, once again because it is that bad. Housing on campus can become a difficult process, especially for upperclassmen. Choices are limited and spaces can seem pricey. Unfortunately, at times housing can be a difficult office to navigate answers from since they are consistently training new workers. This is the same with financial aid. They offer a 24/7 online chat where you can ask questions, which seems like a great idea, until you find out that the people may not necessarily be associated with the office specifically and can only answer the questions to the best of their personal knowledge. The office has been known to give students the run-around when seeking information as well. ASU strives to be a diverse campus, which it does fairly well. It still is a predominantly white campus, though, so occasionally there are issues with hate crimes and insensitive acts. Administration is usually quick to act on these situations though. There is also a lack in diversity in the faculty and staff. Of my time in the architecture school, I only had 3 instructors who were female, and only one who was not Caucasian. Although I understand the general demographics of the profession, more diversity here would not hurt either. This is a common theme across campus. Another downside is becoming an upperclassmen looking for involvements. It seems as though the campus forgets about you. You receive far less invitations, emails, and alerts about happenings on and off campus. This can be discouraging if you did not find your niche as a freshman or incoming transfer student. The food options on campus, though wide, had very few options if you had dietary restrictions or were looking for healthier options. Over the years they have been improving this, but until recently options were fairly limited. ASU attempts to have a Safety Escort Service, which will take students from point-a to point-b within certain hours of the night. The issue is the inefficiency in it. Often times a person could wait for more than 30 minutes to get a ride, even when their wait time is a fraction of that. I do not know how the service worked internally, but I have even been told by the drivers themselves that they will sometimes cheat the system to get off earlier or pickup people less. And lastly, the downside to coming to such a large institution is this struggle to find a niche. While there may be aslew of opportunities for an individual to find there place, It is often times hard to find information and get engaged. Someone could go all four years just floating by, never finding a home. This is an issue that most large campuses experience. Overall, my experience at Arizona State University was definitely a positive one. Though there have been struggles beyond my control, I would definitely encourage others to give this university a try. I am happy with my studies and experiences all around. My college guided me and supported me all four years, and that is something that I am truly grateful for. If someone were to allow it, ASU could easily become your home away from home with a support system like none other. I have been able to meet some of my closest friends here and make lifelong memories. There were times that the university makes their students feel cherished and special, and to me, that is important. I loved my time at this school and will never forget it. Go Devils!
I don't understand all the hate Arizona State gets from people. I loved it, it's the true and traditional style of school where, if you don't try, you don't succeed. And be wary, there are many, many students that are there solely for the purpose of partying. If you're generally interested in your studies, you need to know how and when to study, the school wont walk you step by step through everything in class because there are more important things to be covered. If you don't understand something, the TA's and Professors are all extremely willing to help. GO TO OFFICE HOURS, trust me, even if you understand stuff, just attending with small questions will help create a bond with your professor, and it also makes them more likely to be lenient on your grades if something comes out wrong. The classrooms are high quality, the computer labs are shockingly good quality, and have dual monitors, which is nice.
The Arizona State University W.P. Carey School of Business Supply Chain Management program is excellent. It is consistently ranked in the top 5 for supply chain programs. They provide classes in most supply chain functional areas as well as an excellent elective in supply chain optimization. I was very prepared for my internship which led to full-time employment. Everyday I use the knowledge gained in my undergraduate studies. I would recommend this program to anyone looking to break in to supply chain.
Overall pretty average university, not that I have a lot of comparable experiences. I think there are some really great professors and classes that I would say were above the average but for the most part an average university. Some colleges had more friendly advisors and professors but I think that is to be expected of any university.
ASU is a great school. The campus is well designed and has a relaxed feel. I just wished I could find a job with a Bachelor's Degree. I'm slowly learning I need a master's in my field to find a job. The School of Geography is excellent and I had very competent teachers.
Arizona State University West is the perfect school for anyone who wants to study Communications. It offers a lot of interesting classes that relate to real life. I had some great teachers with interesting teaching styles. Help is all around you here.
I really enjoyed ASU's iTeachAZ program. It gave me the opportunity to gain quality experience in the field I would be entering and it allowed an adequate amount of hands on instruction. One full year of student teaching really prepared me for my career. It helped to have a mentor for a whole school year to see what the start and finish of a school year would look like. I felt better prepared having a years worth of hands on application versus only getting 15 weeks of hands on experience. my class schedule was on a Tuesday/Thuesday basis which allowed for me to still be employed during my major coursework. This is important because maintaining a job during year long student teaching was tough so I was able to save up money by still being able to work. ASU's curriculum ensured that the teachers they were preparing learned the most up to date information that would be applied immediately upon securing a teaching job.
From 2010-2013, the Sustainability program at ASU was still very new, and therefore contained broad and general studies. You were able to choose your own courses and this included pulling courses from outside of the School of Sustainability and producing a strong justification of why the course fit in with your studies. There were pros and cons to this method. A few pros were that because of the eclectic nature of the degree, many courses outside of the school could be counted toward the degree. It offered many options and could be catered toward each student's particular interests. The cons to this wide-ranging program, was that it lacked a certain amount of direction. Though this may be a positive aspect for some students, I wished there was more direction and requirements within a certain track and less elective course options. Since I graduated from this program, it has become more focused and expectations more clear. A science component has also been added to help create a better understanding of the environmental pieces. Overall, I am glad that I pursued the program. It was a great program to kick off my career in International Development, and continues to be modified each year to better prepare students for the workforce in these areas.
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.