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Arizona State University is a place with a huge number of possibilities - there are so many degree pathways, professors, and students, that one can find ways to build toward a successful career in any field.
Overall, I feel that the design college at ASU has drastically improved since I studied there. The most noticeable differences from a recent visit were that the advising center has more the tripled in size both in square footage and also staff. This could really help to shape a student's education.
Lots of eclectic people. Interesting professors. I felt well prepared to enter my profession.
ASU is a great school with a large variety of majors/degrees to pursue.
The College of Design at Arizona State University strikes a balance between large universities and personally education. The large university provides the often desired college experience, opportunity to meet a variety of people with a variety of backgrounds, interests, and goals. The personal education comes from being a part of small, specialized school within the overall university network. The College of Design was very self contained and allowed for deep relationships with people with similar interests and goals. The high expectations and intensive course work drew students together and allowed for a real sense of community.
I believe the academics are great but the size of the school and student to teacher ratio can be very overwhelming. I like to connect with my teachers and it's almost impossible to do at asu.
I wish I could tell you about ASU’s on-line graduate classes but their career coaches from the beginning left a very poor first impression with me. You will find the career coaches follow a check list and treat you like a number, not a person. They are not able to answer many detailed questions about the program you are interested in or are willing to find answers for you. They will provide you guidance on when you need to have you application fee and other information completed. I have read many articles about online master programs and support that you should expect while pursuing your degree. I have decided that customer service is important to me and will spend my time and money at another school.
There are really two separate schools here --the campus school and the online school. I attended the online school. What I found was that the stated work load for the courses did not match the credit hour ratings. For instance, the 2 credit Intro to Engineering Science course had some interesting content, but it required 12 hours weekly to manage it, with some weeks reaching to 30 hours. The typical work load for a 2 credit course is supposed to be roughly 3 hours for every credit, or 6 hours. The course itself had material that was quite interesting --creating a musical instrument. But a large portion of the final grade is based on the work group playing a song together in the proper key and notes from instruments created. Many of the students were panicked about creating instruments, and there were points removed from creativity for not coming up with an idea solely yourself. And the constraints on the instrument materials made the project quite tricky for novices, leading to a lot of extra time working on a design. This was not the only anomaly. The C++ course that was 3 credits was about a 6-8 hour workload per week, had difficult to understand videos for course instruction, and a new programmer would have a lot of difficulty managing the programs without a lot of consultation. Discussion forums only go so far. Calculus is what finally drove me out. Most college calculus courses are 15 weeks long. All of ASU's courses are 7.5 weeks long. And that's compressing an already difficult subject into a very tight timeline with requirements to make high grades to continue in the Engineering program. There are no 15 week online courses. Calculus and Physics are run with the Pearson tools, and many students complain that they are never sure if their wrong answers are due to not entering the answer in the way that the tool requires or whether they just got the problems wrong. But I seriously question the mastery of a subject in a 7.5 week compressed course. It is VERY difficult to manage this hurdle. As noted by others, instructors and TAs don't always answer email promptly. If you are overseas, finding tutoring that will fit your hours is going to be quite difficult. The hours run are Arizona standard time. I also found that the course graders for some subjects were not actually grading the homework. There was no feedback after the work was graded. And I found that on some occasions, work that I turned in incomplete got perfect scores while other work was meticulously graded but not feedback given for points taken off. I wondered if it is possibly a degree mill or a cash cow for an established school. Those students in the US thinking of taking this should instead look at community colleges for basic credits in math and physics at cheaper prices with longer terms. These courses are crucial to STEM degrees and should not be rushed through without thoroughly understanding the material.
If you are a working adult and seek to obtain your undergraduate degree to further your career, but lack the time to attend on campus courses, ASU Online is a great option. I have compared my experience with my courses taken on campus at U of A and in all honesty, I learned much more through the online studies. People may complain that you don't get enough attention when you work online, but take into consideration the amount of students per the amount of TA's and one instructor. Instructors will reply within 72 hours and your questions will be answered if you utilize the proper routes of communication. Some classes were simple and easy to complete, others were more difficult and demanded attention, overall there were many different teaching styles and many new and interesting things to learn. I was able to work full time, graduate from school, and still raise my daughter by myself. As long as you have the motivation and passion to learn, you will succeed. Good luck future students!
I would not recommend this school for sure. I am enrolled in the MSBE program here. I do not have any problem with coursework as the program is good and the best part is that the faculty is very good and much more competent than many of the best universities in the USA. However their administration is terrible. Instead of supporting students, they will always try to obstruct things merely because of their ignorance, attitude, lazyness and may be some internal politics. And if you are an internatonal student. Get prepared to face all kinds of obstacles related to your internship, jobs etc. despite of having good offers at your table, to an extent of loosing the offer just because of hostile attitude.