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I previously attended the University of Phoenix online and was referred to Arizona State University through a colleague. I am currently employed as a full time police officer so I am forced to pursue my education solely online. ASU has fantastic instructors. Their knowledge and experience in their perspective fields has greatly assisted me in my pursuit of higher education and expertise.
Arizona State University is a very large school but with many great programs and colleges to attend. From personal experience, I have enjoyed being in the School of Molecular Sciences obtaining a degree in chemistry. If you are wanting to get a degree in chemistry I highly recommend Arizona State University. They have an excellent faculty who are very wise and caring. They also have good courses required for you to take. A chemistry degree from Arizona State University is ACS certified whereas other universities do not provide that. If you are pursuing a career in the physical sciences you will need a degree that is ACS certified which is why I recommend Arizona State University over other universities.
I spent almost five years at ASU. It is very usual for schools to support funding for PhD students; However, ASU is just about building up their profit. They increase the admission rate every year. Even graduate classes are exploding of crowd. No services or consultations -which are free in many schools- are free at ASU. My department does not support students by scholarships but only through teaching assistant-ships which are allocated to a few students who are referred by a faculty. On my third semester, as a PhD, I had to pay my tuition from my own pocket since the faculty who had referred me to the department head had changed his mind. So department refused to allocate a TA ship to me back then. Now I am very close to graduation. I have published several papers during past 5 years and have done several research projects from industry and my GPA is fairly high. I have to pay for a summer tuition since I registered for my defense. I asked the department for help since it is difficult for me to pay this money besides I simply think I deserve it. I never received any type of financial aid from school so far. As I expected department head told me that they do not have funding now. I directly emailed the ASU president, Micheal Crow, to ask for waiving my tuition (only $1500). Not only he didn't directly respond to me, he dismissively assigned someone from International Student Office to meet with me to just tell me there is nothing they can do. Correct! They had me go to that office, wait for someone to hear that nonsense. Waste of time and energy. This school and the leadership is just disappointing.
I loved my college experience from ASU. I chose to not take the typical route starting at the main Tempe campus and instead moved to North Phoenix to attend their West Campus W.P. Carey school. This campus more fulfilled what I wanted with an older average age of students. I was surrounded by adults, most of whom had a great amount of professional experience and loved sharing with anyone who asked. I had easy access to all of ASU's resources but with less crowd. There were also free shuttle services that took you to any of the other campuses so you didn't have to worry about gas, parking, traffic, etc. It was the best of both worlds for me. My degree program was so interesting and I loved my professors. They gave one on one attention when needed and were very open to share professional advice and personal stories in office hours. I would recommend this program and campus to anyone with similar preferences. If you are looking for the party, activity, large groups of people atmosphere that is typical for fresh out of high school teens/young 20's the Tempe campus also offers classes in this degree and caters to those needs. ASU has become a top school for business and I would recommend to everyone!!
Great program with excellent teachers and advisors who went the extra mile to work with students. Coming from Wisconsin, I enjoyed my 4 years in Arizona for college and felt it offered me a great opportunity to meet new people from all over the country who became life long friends.
Excellent professors, for the most part. A couple of professors are practiced engineers, who worked for large companies. Use their knowledge. A couple other professors teach useless classes and do useless pseudoscientific research. Stay away from them. If a professor doesn't have an actual lab with actual equipment, they're probably not publishing real science. I came away with 8 peer reviewed collaborative papers in environmental chemistry. If you choose your PI well, and you work hard, this program can really benefit you. If you instead try to take the easy road and do garbage research, or no research, then you may not even get a job.
During my undergrad I studied Communications. I highly enjoyed the program as there was a wide variety of courses that were engaging and informational. The courses were challenging as they forced you to work within diverse situations. For example, there was a small group communication class in which all projects and grades were a group effort. The course was a great learning experience because in most careers you have coworkers that you are required to work with in some aspect. I also greatly enjoyed the courses that focused on specific types of communication such as non-verbal communication, the difference in gender communication because these courses helped me to understand how different people from different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds communication differs. This greatly helped me in my field of work because I often worked with many different types of people. Overall, I really enjoyed the program.
Once I got into my degree program, I was helped every step of the way. I had great professors and mentors. I enjoyed attending classes and learning. I felt like I was learning material that was relevant to my life and to what my future goal was. When it came time to register for the next semester or understand what was the next move, I was always pointed in the right direction. I never felt as if I was taking "filler" classes that were unrelated to my degree. Before I got into my program, I wasn't too sure what I wanted to do and the advisers really did not help much. I took a bunch of classes that didn't add up to anything, which required me to take extra time and get up to par on my classes that were required for my degree program, once I was pointed in the right direction. The people who were in my classes were very diverse. There were older people starting a second career, which gave me promise that I was in the right avenue. There were younger people which I admired, as well, for knowing what they wanted. and there was actually a lady I went to junior high with and she, too, was married and in her same stage of pregnancy that I was when I entered the program It was interesting to find that out and to catch up with her. In addition to the academic and admissions portion of my experience, my student teaching and field experience mentors were amazing! They all were very highly qualified to host a student and future teacher like me. Each of the challenged me and were real about the educational realm expectations, parent relationships, and all of the "extra stuff" that is not taught in a classroom. I ended up being a colleague with the first field experience teacher I had. She was tough and very much prepared me for the job! I was proud and honored to work beside her. Getting my Undergraduate degree at Arizona State University was a dream come true. I grew up wanting to be a Sun Devil and now I am! I felt is was such a great experience and opportunity that I am working on my Master's degree seven years later at the same school!
I am in the online biochemistry degree because I work full time in a doctors office. I found it extremely difficult to be able to attend school full time as a ground student and still work because most of the classes and labs are right in the middle of my day. Arizona State University had come up with a full time online degree so I am able to continue to work full time and go to school at the same time. The advisors set up a schedule with classes to take during each semester so I can graduate in less than 2 years. It is very doable since I am an older person and have less energy than the typical college student.
ASU overall is a good school. However, the teachers aren't all that great. One in particular was the worst teacher I have ever taken classes from at any school across my entire life in school. When I filed a grievance they sided with him even after I provided proof. Then they tried to turn the whole thing around on me and out the blame on the student. Some of the professor are great but others are straight up crazy. They grade you down for honest mistakes, dont give good feedback and have PMS half the time. I'd save your money and go to a real college.