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Arizona State University prides itself on a program

Apr 09 2014Education
Arizona State University prides itself on a program it calls the Innovation Challenge. The Challenge is promoted as a competition for students who have ideas for 21st century businesses. It is a rigorous competition requiring a grant application and a live "pitch" to a board of people from area businesses. If the student does a good job, he or she can win up to $10,000.00 to further his business plan. The problem is ASU delays payment of the winnings for sometimes longer than a year. By that time, many of the "winners" have moved on or dropped out - or their initiatives fail for lack of funding. I know this because I mentored a project for the Challenge in 2013 and a good percentage of the funding still hasn't been paid - despite emails, phone calls, visits and even a message to the University Provost.They refuse to respond and refuse to pay. So beware the ASU Innovation Challenge and beware ASU!
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Starting Job: Media Producer Preparedness: F Reputation: F

This school is a little bit disappointing

Sep 11 2014Language - French/Spanish/etc.
This school is a little bit disappointing. Before going here, I went to a nearby community college which had brand new beautiful facilities, and received amazing teaching in the courses related to my major. But ASU's buildings are kind of ancient from my experience. The desks are often uncomfortable to sit at, making it hard to get through a class without being distracted by it. The staff can vary between being very nice and being condescending and unpleasant. Another issue with this school is that there are simply too many students. If you ever want to get lunch with a friend on campus, good luck finding a place to sit that isn't outside in the sun. The campus is huge, but it's still not big enough for 80,000 students. I would recommend definitely taking 2 years in a community college first before coming here, you'll likely get a better education that way and be less intimidated when switching to such a massive place.
1st Year Male -- Class 2016
Perceived Campus Safety: A-, Extracurricular Activities: F

ASU is the ultimate big state school with

Dec 09 2012Biology
ASU is the ultimate big state school with the accompanying lack of personal attention, inefficient administration, and huge classes being either hits or misses.

While professors generally read off powerpoint slides, and T.A.s teach many classes, there are occassional gems among the chaff. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the administration, which is an unabated disaster. Expect DMV quality service at the very best.

There is such a huge variety of students here that anyone who cares enough will be able to find his niche. However, it can't be denied that the majority of people are here from other states to party, drink, and have fun. Which means you can skip class and still do fine.

There is a lot number of people from Cali who failed to make it to the UC. Basically they are UCLA wannabees minus the brain. Many students from the East Coast are equally intellectually lacking. The majority of people are alcoholics and classes are dumbed down accordingly to accompany their unique condition. But try hard enough, and avoid the party scene and there are some decent research opportunities as well as real intellectual conversation. Be proactive and be extremely persistent and you will succeed.

2nd Year Female -- Class 2014
Social Life: A, Individual Value: F
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