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I attended Arizona State University online to gain my Bachelors degree, which I received in December of 2017. I have heard many say that online school is not real school or it is much easier than traditional school. I am here to tell you, you are wrong. Online school is just different. While it may not be easier, it is definitely more convenient for those of us that work full time, go to school full time and take care of kids full time. It is a bit more flexible, but the schedules are still pretty strict and you have to be disciplined enough to get your work turned in. Most of the teachers I had were understanding, but still expected you to be an adult and be responsible. Arizona State University was definitely my top choice to obtain a degree because of their online school options and when I found out they were getting Masters programs online, I was all over it. I would not be able to afford going to traditional school full time, especially with me working full time as well. One or the other would have had to go and I was not willing to make that sacrifice. The pace for the school is pretty fair, but a bit quick. I liked the fast paced classes as they allowed me to finish my degree even faster. It was also a bit better for since I could still take the four classes a semester, but split them up into 2 per session.
I started an online degree program at Arizona State University in Spring of 2013 with some trepidation. Especially because I was returning to finish a degree after more than 20 years out of school. ASU surprisingly provides everything you need to make you successful. They provide support in any form you can think of. You just have to ask. It ended up being the best thing I have ever done professionally. I graduated in May 2016 with a honors degree.
I chose Arizona State University knowing that the journalism program at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication was consistently ranked "Top 10" in the nation. The school more than delivered my expectations in a journalism program. The professors were extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the subjects we studied and I was constantly immersed in opportunities to better myself professionally to become competitive in the field upon my graduation. I wouldn't have chosen to go anywhere else.
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.