Arizona State University Reviews
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I attended both on campus and online classes, however I while attending ASU I worked full time to try and pay for school therefore went to class either first thing in the morning or at night so I wasn't able to fully socialize with the other students. I did however attend several football games and recommend every student go to at least one and attend any ASU homecoming or event they were awesome and one way to meet other students.
ASU is often stereotyped as a party school without much academic merit, but it truly is an exceptional institution. The best thing about ASU is that despite its massive size, you have access to so much academic, personal, and professional support, that you feel as if you are attending a much smaller institution.
ASU is a helpful university. They offer an extensive use of resources. The professors there are very flexible to your concerns and are experienced in the field they are teaching.
My college experience was good overall. I wish that I had been involved in more than I was, but it was still a good experience. I would say that my school was a good fit for me since it was close to where I had grown up and because there were so many opportunities available.
I would not choose the same degree. The degree I chose is difficult to apply in the workforce. I would have selected something more directly applicable to industry and I would also have picked up a second major.
My advice to students is to get involved in a lot of different programs, activities and clubs in college. You can always drop out of events and activities later, but it's difficult to get really involved once you're already partially through school.
I graduated in 2010 with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree. My concentrations were Social Work and Religious Studies. Although the instruction in the online IDS classes was good I graduated with few job prospects. I really have no one to blame but myself. I was interested in Social Work but did not want to go the traditional route. Believing that IDS would offer an expanded breadth of knowledge that would make me a more attractive hire to the Social Service providers I was interested in I went that route.
My recommendation is this: do your homework if you don't know exactly what job your degree will qualify you for; do not assume that it will qualify you for anything. Part of the issue was cuts, to federal funding, which fund most of the social service programs. These cuts took place during my 3rd and 4th year of school, which greatly decreased the number of social service jobs available and lowered the pay for those jobs.
The courses that are offered are great, but most of the teachers are difficult to understand because of heavy accents and the cost of living as a college student here is not affordable, including dorm, parking, and especially tuition.
I love ASU. The quality of teachers is exceptional and I feel that I always get the support I need. The student body is diverse. ASU has many resources for students of all types. Great computer labs and library as well.
Ten years ago, I received my Associates degree from a local community college. Being stuck in a career field that I disliked motivated me to look at going back to school to get my Bachelors Degree in a field that I care about. I looked at the 3 big schools here in Arizona - NAU, UofA and ASU. After reading about ASU's innovation and its ideals about a sustainable future, I knew that this was the school for me.
My experience has been nothing but pleasant with ASU. Being 10 years out of the loop on how to go about being a college student again, I had a LOT of questions for the admissions, financial aid and advising departments. Everyone was so helpful and I am very grateful for this as I was so nervous about going back to school! So far I am absolutely enjoying my courses, professors and fellow classmates. It is wonderful to be a part of shaping the future.
Being from Arizona, my ultimate choice to attend ASU was at first, something I was ashamed of. With ASU's reputation as a large state 'party' school and nothing more, I was not pleased that my financial situation only allowed me to attend ASU.
However, ASU, and its faculty and staff, have proven me wrong on every misconception I had. ASU, although large, fosters a sense of community and offers so much student support that you get the sense of a smaller, private university. ASU offers an abundance of student organizations to get involved with, numerous resources for career/internship exploration, and is great at helping you narrow down your interests to pick the right major and pursue relevant opportunities.
Additionally, ASU is a leading university in terms of research, and undergraduates have the opportunity to participate in research from the very start of their academic careers. This is not to be taken lightly, as most universities reserve such research opportunities for graduate students only.
I am barely a freshman here in Arizona State University and I have enjoyed every moment. Teachers, CA's, and just people in general are friendly. If you need help with anything, there is no way to get lost or behind because everyone is there to help you with whatever you need. They are just a phone call away or an email away. I extremely recommend this university for its enthusiasm at football games but more importantly, the memories you make while receiving your education.