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The PhD in Biology at ASU is a thesis-based research degree. Current funding from the School of Life Sciences provides funds during years 1-5 during the Fall and Spring semesters, as well as tuition remission and health insurance coverage year-round. The PhD has few course requirements, which allows the student an opportunity to focus on his or her research projects. Unfortunately, many students take longer than 5 years to complete their PhD, where their funding is no longer guaranteed. Moreover, while the funding during the 9 months of the Fall and Spring semesters is guaranteed, there is no guaranteed funding for the summer months. Both of these concerns lead most graduate students to look to alternative sources of funding in the form of grants or part-time assistantships to support themselves throughout their PhD. While the health insurance coverage provides assistance with basic needs, chronic or severe medical issues, or the financial costs of child rearing may force a student to incur additional debt through loans.
I used them online and after a semester through their social media outlets such as Facebook groups, I and my spouse were being harrassed by other students. I felt the school itself was acceptable in education but had too much social media conflict. If you go there just do yourself a favor and do not communicate with any other students for any reason.
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.
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.
I believe that in order to have an effective learning experience at ASU in the Mass Communication program, on campus is where you need to be. You really need to be involved and learn from experiences and surroundings. I was unable to attend on campus classes and did not participate in school events and lost out on many opportunities.
The W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is a well rounded public state university. The reason I chose this school was mostly because of finances because they offer pretty decent merit scholarships. However, there need-based scholarships are only for a select few and not for middle class earners. In reference to the degree program, freshman are forced to take many entry level courses even if they have credits from high school and the courses themselves are relatively easy. Overall, my experience has been a good one and I would recommend ASU to my friends and family.
The quality of instruction at Arizona State University is first class. Many of my classes were less than 20 students, despite the university being on of the largest in the United States. I chose to continue my education at ASU by pursuing a master's degree.
I would tell anyone to be very wary of transferring into ASU and when dealing with advisors. I have been royally s*****d for the upcoming year by having some pretty c****y advising that has left me without required credits that I was previously led to believe I already had earned, and I am not having to do those credits and take yet another semester (I was supposed to graduate this coming Spring). And it is looking like those extra credits will have to be paid for out of my own pocket rather than by financial aid. So, if you are a high school aged kid and you are thinking about college and are considering ASU: proceed at your own risk. I would HIGHLY advise you to know exactly what credits you will need, when you will complete, them, how long it will take, etc. You CANNOT trust the advising team at ASU to help you here, from my experience. Actually, be careful with ASU period!
ASUs financial department is terrible. It shouldn't be so hard to pay my tuition, but ASU makes it hard!! If you have a scholarship good luck. I was repeatedly hit with late fees because the scholarship department could not post my payment to the finances department on time. It showed on my account that I had a scholarship and the money was there but because scholarships department didnt release it in time they nailed me with late fees and there was nothing I could do about it! Good luck calling, if they returned my call all they could tell me was nothing but sorry. They could not answer my questions and they just transferred me back and forth from scholarships to the finical department for an hour!! Great classes and instructors but terrible financial department. Just plan on paying an extra $100 in payment plan fees every semester on top of all the other fees you have to pay!! I gave the school 3 stars because any other department I reached out to was great and always returned calls and emails and I never had problems getting answers from them.