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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2021

Prepare to learn nothing. This department when this department isnt full your head with post-modernist propaganda it is grading with a chip on it shoulder. I had one professor who required 400 word posts and 250 word responses on every discussion. Another wanted to crame 5 modules into 7 weeks. All the while I felt less like I was learning and more being evaluated on what they thought I should already know.

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Degree: Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other
Graduation Year: 2020

I was exciting to go back to school for my Masters as I'm creeping every closer to 40. I am disabled and live in California, so of course I chose the online route, but I have been severely disappointed from the beginning. I don't know why I was surprised, but just like all corporate run state colleges, this one was no exception. They must assume that everyone is a clueless freshman that has no direction in life (not saying this applies to all freshman), as, of course, they enroll you in classes that you already know you will never use the information from in your professional career. But they get to justify it because that's just how it is and they can get away with it. It's a money grab. This is the way it's been for a very long time, but then for those classes, like Calculus I or II, they set you up to fail. Again, no logical explanation other than to force you to retake a classes and give them more money. Calculus is not a beginners math class and is in no way a subject you should be forced to take unless you already know it is used in your future career of choice. It is NOT in may case (facts based on friends and colleagues establish in the same career) and I simply do not have the brain power to memorize BS that will be useless 6 months down the road. But they have to justify filling those seats, which they couldn't do if they only offered it to people who actually needed it. They are no better than the extended warranty offered when you buy a used car. Scam. But the real problem comes when your ONLINE tests are proctored. Not only do you have to take the test with your webcam and microphone on, they apparently believe they have the right to tell you to not have any music on, rearrange your office or desk so that there are no other materials anywhere in sight, and don't talk out loud. Basically, they want to control every facet of you home life when taking their class. It is a GROSS invasion of privacy and unnecessary control. You literally have to pick up your laptop or camera and show them all around the room, forcing their way into your home. Unbelievable. If you are a stay-at-home parent with a baby to take care of, probably the reason you chose online courses to begin with, then apparently you need to lock your baby in a closet, otherwise you'll get an email about rules violations while taking the test and the noises from the baby that can be heard. I have a dog and he has issues and growls at times. *Rule Violation! Sorry school, you don't have the right to tell me I need to spend money on a sitter, that I don't have. As far as I am concerned, they do NOT have the right to tell you how you recall information or how you study, so it's become a joke now and as far as I am concerned their rules hold no value. I continue to talk to myself, that's how I recall and study, I am no longer concerned for their opinion of it. And to be clear, these things were NOT discussed in any capacity as I enrolled in the school, paid the overpriced application fee and spend time submitting all required documentation. It is only revealed AFTER you enroll in the class and become aware of their test taking policy. You know, when it's a little late to back out. Just be warned and think about your reasons for taking the online route. You privacy will be violated, you will have to re-think the way you study, the way you recall information etc etc. And while we're on the subject, shouldn't schools get with the times? No company worth their weight will ever limit an employee to only using information that they have memorized. Any good manager will provide their employees with all the resources they need to get their job done, whether it is reference material, notes, etc etc. So why do school insist that you don't use notes when taking tests? Having notes is no guarantee that you will ace anything, you still have to understand what you are referencing, but they care more about outdated memorizing than actual learning. The only logical explanation is they desire to set their students up to fail, thereby forcing those that did not eagerly await this class, to fail, and pay them more money to retake it. Look at a picture of any scientist in their lab/office. What do you see? Books and notes, everywhere. And it's literally rocket science for some. So, in conclusion. You are far better off just paying the monthly fee at Cousera, and learning on your own terms. Our school system is outdated and as can clearly been seen in recent news, just as corrupt as any bank or government agency. Do yourself a favor and save both stress and money and seek alternate solutions. I have been very happy with my representative at the school, but that's about it. This is 2019 and the videos (the real teachers) are from 2012. I have pointed out 3 errors to date and clearly they will not be changed, further setting up unsuspected students to failure. Very, very disappointed.

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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014

I transferred to ASU after getting my AA from community college. I was excited about the classes offered and looked forward to getting my BS from them. I worked closely with my Academic Advisor to take the best courses possible. At the end of the semester, I called to speak with my AA again to register for next classes. The one that I worked with originally was no longer there. I was asked why I took the classes that I had, because none of them applied to the degree I was pursuing. I told them that I cleared them with my previous AA. They then advised that my graduation date would be delayed another semester because of the classes I had just completed. So now, I was on the line for 7k in student loans that served me no purpose. I immediately transferred to another school.

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Degree: Neuroscience
Graduation Year: 2019

Really awesome degree programs, but ASU only cares about money! I am in triple digit debt, and for what? I had to ask 5 different teachers for letters of recommendations for graduate school because most said no. It is like.. they do not really care. I would email professors about meeting to discuss "next-steps" for after graduation and most did not answer me. I simply wanted to know how they got into the field they were in, I was interested in it for myself, and 3 separate professors ignored me. They go on and on about mentor-ship and opportunities but for the amount of money I paid them in tuition and fees, all I truly got was a headache. I learned really interesting material in class, but most of it was self-driven. I had to make my own schedules and independently study topics. I had to make my own class schedules, advising has no idea what they are doing. It is a lot of YOU doing for yourself, and that is fine and it prepares you for the real-world. But why am I in so much debt for a school that really did not do much for me?

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Degree: Neuroscience
Graduation Year: 2019

Really awesome degree programs, but ASU only cares about money! I am in triple digit debt, and for what? I had to ask 5 different teachers for letters of recommendations for graduate school because most said no. It is like.. they do not really care. I would email professors about meeting to discuss "next-steps" for after graduation and most did not answer me. I simply wanted to know how they got into the field they were in, I was interested in it for myself, and 3 separate professors ignored me. They go on and on about mentor-ship and opportunities but for the amount of money I paid them in tuition and fees, all I truly got was a headache. I learned really interesting material in class, but most of it was self-driven. I had to make my own schedules and independently study topics. I had to make my own class schedules, advising has no idea what they are doing. It is a lot of YOU doing for yourself, and that is fine and it prepares you for the real-world. But why am I in so much debt for a school that really did not do much for me?

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Degree: Management
Graduation Year: 2014

I would recommend ASU for programs other than Design Management. The Design Management program was too easy. It's designed to be a flexible program with no specific career path. A lot of students settle for this when they don't get accepted into a design studio program. The successful students I know out of this program are the ones who took it intentionally and with a goal. If you take this program, make sure you set a career path for yourself. It does help you become a well rounded person if you need help in that area. It also helps with communication, management and a bit of entrepreneurial topics (but if you're interested in those things just take the business or entrepreneur program). If you don't know what you want to go to college for, don't settle for a major like this. Just don't go at all until you figure out what it is you want spend 4 years and a bunch of money on.

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Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

The business program is expansive. In additional to the tuition, they charged extra fee (+$400 each semester) and also so-called "athletic" fee. Professors rarely provide students with feedback about student work, and you do not really know where you need improve. All you are entitled is a grade. The overall culture is dominated by liberals. You cannot really express your opinion and values if they are different from "progressivists" agenda.

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Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2016

ASU is not the place to go if you are looking for an academically rigorous college experience. Professors routinely passed students on who had in reality failed the class by introducing a massive curve, since they are forbidden to fail more than a certain percentage of students. In reality, the students didn't even know the basic competencies of the class. That created a vicious cycle, because then those losers are in your class next semester (which builds on the class they should have failed but didn't), and they don't know what the hell is going on. The professor then teaches to the bottom of the class so he doesn't lose them, and you end up with a degree a few years later and realize that you actually didn't learn a whole lot. The instructors were good quality overall, though I had my fair share of instructors that were of foreign origin, making them very difficult / nigh impossible to understand. The online classes are terrible if you ever take them - basically recorded in-person lectures with all the background noise, people shuffling / coughing, definitely not worth your time. The one positive thing is I went to ASU on a full ride scholarship, so I didn't pay a dime for my school. And now I'm working as an engineer at a company in the top 25 Fortune 500 companies, so I guess all is well that ends well, and I really can't complain. Still, I feel like I got cheated out of what I deserved.

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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2016

If you are looking for an online degree program, this university has a reputable one with many options. However, certain professors are "unprofessional" and the administration within this particular school of the university lacked compassion for their students and seemed unconcerned with student success. There are many reputable online universities these days, don't get caught up in their sales pitch.

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Degree: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Graduation Year: 2016

There are many young people who work there. Not many seem to know the reality of life. Every aspect of attending ASU is all done online in the beginning. There will be computer glitches between ASU's system and FASFA's. There is no way to deal with any of it person to person. I tried and thought it was resolved, nope, it still did not accept my taxes from 2015. The first person lead me to believe it was all taken care of. I could not find help to find a three credit class that would fit in my schedule to be full time. I asked for help and was shown online the classes I could choose from. Nothing was a fit except a lab for biology that I was already taking on Fridays. Horrible that companies who take our money for what we are seeking have bad customer service. Worse is the education system is flipping people in taking their money and not communicating with clarity. I think all education systems need a few classes in communication and the value of communicating that leads to long-term relationships to sustain business. DON'T BE SCAMMED! I have already attended colleges in TN, TX, AZ, and CA. I was able to attain an education that has aided me. ASU is not for me. Especially since my interest is genetics, AZ is not the place for education in genetics.

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