Arkansas Tech University Reviews
The teachers, staff, and community all play a part in getting my bachelors degree at Arkansas Tech University. My experience was a good one. I got involved in intramural sports and an on campus ministry. The teaching program itself was intense at times, but helped prepare me for teaching. I have been teaching for 2 years now and still reflect on things I learned in my courses to help me in the classroom.
The program and instructors are, for the most, part excellent. The field of emergency management is so broad it is difficult for the university to prepare you for all job in the field. Research Emergency Management closely before choosing this major, you should have some understanding of what professions you are interested in and what specifics are required of those professionals. If you come into the program with this understanding your are much more likely to find a job after you graduate.
Arkansas Tech University has a wonderful Early Childhood Education program. The instructors were very knowledgeable regarding the content and I enjoyed my time there. I am starting on my masters degree soon for Educational Leadership. Excited about the future in the education field.
I had a wonderful experience at Arkansas Tech University. The campus theme is "Welcome Home" and you truly feel like Tech is your home after your time there. The campus environment is relaxed and it fully represents the term "southern hospitality." Tech offers a wide variety of majors and campus activities, many of which that are housed in updated or brand new facilities. As a graduate of the business department I can personally speak to the knowledge of professors, who are always willing to help students and advance their learning in and out of the classroom.
The opportunities available at Arkansas Tech University are staggering, considering you still get the small campus feel. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to walk to my next class in 10 minutes without worrying about parking. ATU offered several ways to be involved in campus and activities to do, especially your freshman year, so that you stay engaged. In the past four years since I've graduation, ATU has added a multiple of new and diverse degree programs, including a game and video design program with a brand new creative lab to go with it. If you are looking for the diversity and opportunities of a large university, but want the feel of a small campus, ATU is for you!
The MTLL program at the CLL is a joke. They never give straight answers and push graduation as far as possible. However if you are their favorite then you can do whatever you want. All my classes they would start out by saying were "kind of an intro" to the program. Never learned what we were supposed to learn since we spent all class talking about random things. Don't waste your money at Tech for this program. Go through the state or Arkansas State.
The financial aid office encouraged us (my husband and I, married young) to get substantial student loans, far above what we needed for tuition and books. My husband blew the money from both our loans. He is now in prison (by the grace of God we are still together and he has got his life under control with the Lord's help) and I am raising three children by myself for the next 4 years. I had to default on the loans and I will be paying them for at least the next 20 years. I just enrolled in NPCC to obtain a paralegal certificate, only federal Pell Grant, no loans this time! Please, if you must get loans, make them as minimal as possible, having money now doesn't negate having to pay far into your future!
I have just started and so far I am coming to love the school. When you make your schedule the academic advisers do there best to work with you for your schedule. I am a single parent who could work past a certain time. We were able to find all the classes i need and still found me time to study. Most everyone here are supper helpful and welcoming. I highly recommend my school to you.
I would have liked to go have gone to a different college, but my undergraduate experience cannot be traded. I chose to focus on the academic aspect of college more so than the social part. Although, ATU does have opportunities to meet people on campus and do fun activities, it seemed like I always had to work. I went into college with a declared major which you don't have to do until you have earned 40 hours, but I knew what area I wanted to study and that was Psychology. The Psychology undergraduate degree program has a lot of room for electives, second field's of study, and/or possibly a second degree. I liked that I was still able to pursue my studies in psych, but I could also pursue an associate's and two minors as well. I love the professors in the Behavioral Sciences Department and the Biological Sciences Department. I am from the Russellville area where as each professor at Tech has an interesting background and how they ended up at Tech. I decided to stay at ATU and get a Master's simply because I am very comfortable there and I know I would be able to receive good financial aid. ATU has a high acceptance rate and is willing to let you in if you do the work. I took classes in Psych, Criminal Justice, Biology, French, and Philosophy and each professor is very educated and wants you to learn. Tech is focused more on a teaching university instead of a research university. Also, there are many resources for students such as Norman Career Services which helps with interviews, resumes, and getting you prepared for employment. There is Student Counseling Services which a student can go to if they are feeling overwhelmed or there are some issues going on that they would like to talk to someone about. We have a lot of International Students here at Tech which introduces students to different cultures. Tech does have it's flaws too. Common things that a Tech student is bound to be irritated by is parking, rain, and the library. Parking can be a giant hassle, especially on "Time Out For Tech" which if when high school students and their families visit the campus. I recommend getting there at least 15 minutes early so that you can get a parking spot, walk to class, and then get your seat. I also recommend rain boots, because Russellville, and Tech is not excluded, floods somewhat when it rains. After periods of long rain fall, "Lake Tech" should be expected. One of my peeves is the library and how it is usually cold, people can be loud, and during finals getting a computer is really hard. However, I am in the library every day, so if you are like me, you are bound to experience these things. Overall, I do recommend Tech to my friends and others, but if you are given the opportunity to go elsewhere consider other places. I am from here, so Tech is my home. It's a love/hate relationship for me and the city of Russellville. But I am staying for my Master's, so obviously it does not annoy me that much. I am just so comfortable here that it's hard to get out of that comfort zone and explore other options.
I am a full time student with a full time career. I am a mother of three children and active in community events. I have been able to further my education with the wonderful program Arkansas Tech University offers online. The advisors are very helpful and the professors and instructors are very educated and interested to assist students. My experience has been fantastic and I would have have been able to complete my degree without the direction of the school. As a first generation college student I hope to change the education for my children with the knowledge I have gained. My husband of 17 years has been very supportive of my decision to further my education. It's a family decision for us!