Arizona State University Review

Arizona State University is a leading online school with several well-respected graduate programs and nearly 30 undergraduate degree options. Graduate tuition can run slightly high, but a solid reputation and excellent networking resources make it worth the cost.

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The Good

Impressive networking resources:

One of the great benefits of attending college is the ability to network with other students. Almost all schools have basic alumni associations, but when it comes to providing networking resources, Arizona State University (ASU) goes above and beyond what many top schools provide. ASU offers career services, has a huge LinkedIn network with roughly 30,000 members, and even has a mobile application called Spark that helps you connect with alumni in your area. Combine all of these services with an active alumni association and you can see why the networking opportunities provided by ASU are pretty hard to top.

High-ranking online graduate business program:

Arizona State’s online graduate business program is ranked number two in the most recent U.S News & World Report survey. The online business program follows a flexible, one-course-at-a-time schedule, and can be started in either January or July. The online program is offered through the W.P. Carey School of Business, which has a solid reputation and is one of the largest business schools in the United States. If business is not your area of interest, Arizona State also has graduate programs in nursing, education, and engineering which are all ranked in the top 50 by U.S News & World Report.

Numerous bachelor's degree options:

Arizona State University stands out among major universities by offering nearly 30 different online bachelor’s degrees. The undergraduate programs at many of the top schools are limited to only a handful of options, which may not be a problem if you already know which discipline you want to study. However, if you’re uncertain about which degree to pursue, being limited to only a few degree choices is not ideal. ASU’s bachelor’s programs cover a range of topics, which gives you more opportunities to find a degree that suits your interests.

Live chat simplifies the research process:

The Arizona State University website has a live chat tool that puts you in direct contact with an ASU representative and allows you to get quick answers to your questions. Conducting online research is an important step in ensuring that you end up in the right program, and unfortunately, not all universities make it easy to get the information you need to make an informed decision. Only a handful of schools provide a live chat service, and the fact that ASU wants to reach out to prospective students and personalize interactions reflects well on the university.

Access to great library resources:

Online students at Arizona State have access to a huge library of e-books, journals, and other resources to help successfully complete your education. ASU librarians have put together several library guides that provide quick access to common subject areas and help you navigate the library system. Online tutoring in math and writing is also available through the library at no additional cost, which is a great perk if you need to brush up on the basics.

The Bad

Slightly higher application fee for bachelor's program:

Arizona State’s application fee for bachelor’s programs comes in at $65. If you plan on applying to multiple universities, these non-refundable fees can add up quickly. Most online schools charge an application fee of $50 or less for bachelor’s programs, and there are even a handful of online schools that waive the application fee completely if you apply online. ASU does not admit every applicant, so be sure to research admissions standards before applying and potentially throwing away $65.

The Details

General Information

  • Application Fee: $65 - $90
  • Location: AZ
  • Region: Southwest
  • School Type: Public
  • Term Schedule: Other

Number of Programs

  • Online Bachelor's: 38
  • Online Graduate Business: 2
  • Online Graduate Education: 6
  • Online Graduate Engineering: 6
  • Online Graduate IT: None
  • Online Graduate Nursing: 9

Tuition Rates (per credit)

  • Online Bachelor's (In-State): $460
  • Online Bachelor's (Out-of-State): $460
  • Online Doctorate (In-State): $852
  • Online Doctorate (Out-of-State) : $852
  • Online Master's (In-State): $482 - $1,054
  • Online Master's (Out-of-State): $482 - $1,054
  • Online MBA (In-State): $1138
  • Online MBA (Out-of-State): $1138

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