Arizona State University Reviews
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I will admit, I wish I had done my homework and looked into other schools. I jumped into this school for a few reasons. My father graduated in 1970 from ASU. After I had to drop out of UNT (I would NOT recommend UNT), I needed to finish up. Having my associate's degree, I checked out their site and saw the BAS in Operations Management, The degree accepted my associate's and I went in at year 3. The online format was amazing, and I was doing fairly well. It can be at times more difficult, but the ability to do it around my schedule was amazing. The reason I wish I had done more research is mainly pricing. It was about $450 a credit hour for my degree and I had to rely on federal funding and some student loans outside the school. Luckily my tax returns paid those off. If I had done more research, I may have found another state university on equal level as ASU, maybe better, maybe not quite as good, that had an equally amazing online program for cheaper. Maybe not. I chose not to look into other schools after starting, out of fear I'd find something I wish I had taken instead somewhere else. The degree though is what I wanted, as my associate's was in management, so it transitioned well. I just wish I had more flexibility on electives. What I recommend is this: Research extensively. Do not get pushed into a "For Profit" school. Choose a major that has good career prospects. My motto is this: For the first degree, choose something useful. Then go back and get the useless degree. So if you want to study religious studies, get a degree in engineering or business, finance, whatever, then go back for that other degree. This school is pricey, but if you choose a degree that is right for you, it can be worth it. Be sure to research other state universities as well, but stick to the non-profit schools.
I loved ASU! The professors challenge you, but were also very fair. I had a lot of wonderful experiences on campus as well as off. I will tell you that as an online student there is a bit of a gap when it comes to feeling involved in the ASU atmosphere. I did think it was nice that I received free tickets to an ASU basketball game, but that was only once the entire time I was a student. Being an online student was very time demanding. I did not have much of a social life, as most of my time went to taking care of my son, school, and working. However, it was very nice because I could do my school work from home and around my own schedule, and I didn't feel as though I was getting less as an online student. I read the same, learned the same, and produced a lot more work being an online student. If online is not for you, the Phoenix campus is beautiful. I would take the light rail and step right onto campus which helped me save a lot on transportation. The professors are passionate about what they teach, and that is what I look for in an instructor. I cant think of one teacher that I didn't enjoy as far as my degree program. My degree program was amazing. It is such a variety of things, so I was always learning something new. It wasn't just one subject like nutrition, but exercise and wellness, stress management, behavioral science, neuroscience and much more. The one thing I did not like about this degree is I felt like they didn't focus enough on the career side of things. As I am applying for jobs now, I'm noticing that people want you to be certified in personal training, or certified in counseling, and other certifications. So now I'm in a bind trying to get all these certifications when I wished the school could have stepped in and at least offered these certifications so I could do it all as a student. I feel a little unprepared and since this degree was focused on coaching and theory, it's very difficult to find a career without experience. The experience they are looking for is teaching health classes (like a gym class), being CPR, AED and first aid certified, and having experience in creating and implementing actual programs. I wish I had more opportunities to implement the programs I created in my degree program so that I could have measured the outcomes and see if they were successful. So if you want to do this program I highly suggest that you are very clear with what direction you want to go with it and focus on gaining the experience while you are still in school (if that is possible). I think this degree is perfect for starting your own business, and that is what I plan on doing with mine.
I really enjoyed my time at Arizona State University. I was a part of Barrett, The Honors College there at ASU and i really feel like that gave me a head up in jobs. Many employers mentioned the fact that I was a part of the honors college and liked that. The SDFC is amazing complex is amazing! They have all the equipment and gyms you need. However, the staff at the SDFC are extremely unhelpful and not very professional. My Teachers college program I felt did a pretty good job at preparing me for my future career as a teacher. Their scheduling of some of our classes was not the best, but it was doable. There was no behavior management class, which I felt was really needed. However, I did like that we have a whole year of students teaching where as other schools do not offer this. Overall, I enjoyed ASU, but glad to be graduating and moving on.
I would recommend to anyone ASU. They were very efficient and quick with working on any issue I had. All the professors were excellent in teaching and assisting me outside of class, always eager to help. very quick in processing important paper work for classes, financial aid and transcripts. When I initially started college at a community college I had a negative experience but after coming to Asu they completely changed my experience with dealing with colleges.Overall Arizona State University and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences were amazing with my college experience.
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.