Location
Tempe, AZ
Undergrads
50,484
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 6379 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Junior

Academics: The Ceramics department is top notch. Great instructors, well-equipped facilities, and a challenging workload.

3 College Freshman

Weather: ASU is in Arizona and it can get HOT in the summer so drink lots of water, wear sunscreen, and make sure to bring summer close. It is however very nice during the winter, it gets cold but that's what jackets are for.

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3 College Junior

Facilities: The main campus is great and has great student life. All of the other campuses are very boring with nothing to do.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: There is alcohol everywhere. ASU is supposed to be a dry campus but they don't do a good job of enforcing it.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Truthfully, it depends on your major. Because of the size of ASU, it's divided into many smaller 'schools', like the WP Carey School of Business, or mine, the School of International Letters and Cultures. Therefore, each school will offer a different academic experience. The larger, more prestigious schools will rely on mega-classes of 400+ students, while smaller ones will have more interaction from the teacher. Again, because of the diversity and sheer size, it is easy to be overwhelmed or to think that all professors at ASU are impersonal or to feel like a number. A word of advice: before jumping to conclusions, try to talk your professor. A personal relationship with your teacher will do more to help you academically and reveal more about the school you're in than a review on RateMyProfessor

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is bubbling over with all the interesting backgrounds and ethnicities you see at ASU. From girls wearing full burqas as they attend their classes to international students from China to your good ol' American kids, there's a niche for every culture here. There are business student associations for the Pacific rim students, Hispanic fraternities etc. You can find it all.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: The School of International Letters and Cultures, which I am in, is a much smaller program than a lot of the others. For that reason, we receive less funding, less attention, and fewer students. Despite being small in number, we are close knit and all of the staff- the language teachers, the advisers- are very involved in their students' success. I'd say the smaller numbers of language students leads to smaller classes and a more personalized experience, which is a rare treat in such a large university.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: You get a lot of different cultural backgrounds here. People play sports, meet for a fun night out, usually the look is for summer since its so hot most of the year but you can get the professional look, sporty, and just casual. Academics are important but having a good time on the weekends or social events during the week are just as important.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: I think ASU is very diverse! With 4 campuses it houses many international students, transfer, continuing education, and incoming freshman of all different backgrounds!

2 College Junior

Parking: Parking on campus is expensive!! It can be difficult to find parking and is a nightmare to leave. Once it took me 45 minutes to get out of my parking spot, out of the parking garage and about 2 miles down the road

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: ASU has 4 campuses and there is a shuttle that goes to and from every campus. It can be difficult and time consuming to travel that often (an hour ride from West to Tempe), but they still make it so you can save money on gas. In Tempe, they have local commuter buses, but if you don't live on that campus, be prepared to pay for public transportation (which is not great at West and Polytec campus) or make sure you have your own car.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Most places are really good and there are a variety of cuisines to choose from. Some places can get a little prices or the owners change hands though.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: The campus is well lit at night and there are tons of call boxes in case of emergency on all of the campuses. It can get a little sketchy at night, but just be on your guard. I've never had any problems, but I've always been aware of my surroundings.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Some places are very interesting: lots of international food to try out! I have tried Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Thai, and Brazilian food near-by campus. The prices are not too high either. High quality places are closer to Mill Avenue and Scottsdale.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Some places can be way too expensive (like the former Vue). You can be paying way too much for the quality that is received. The staff tends to be uncooperative and unfriendly. The places are close to campus, however. The leasing agreements are strict and keep you locked into the apartment.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Sometimes parking on campus is a pain. If you dont have a permit then they would first warn you to not park there and the second time they would give you a citation. The parking meters should have a longer time to park there or just not have them at all since its a pain. Visitors should be able to park anywhere and anytime. It sucks to have a vistor visiting and they would get a ticket just for parking at the wong place or for too long.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: On mills there would be a lot of clubs that are mostly 21+. During the weekends that whole street would be packed with people waiting outside the club just to wait to get in. There would also be cabs which is good so whoever needs a ride after a drinkig there would be rides. The police would be out with their hourses or bikes just incase if an accident occured.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived in Hassy so I loved it, it was very clean and HUGE for two girls. Everyone on the floors love each other and many students go out with their entire dorm floors for the first couple weeks. It's also the most expensive option but for hot water that never fails and a bathroom only shared with 3 other people, totally worth it. PV East and West, Best, Hayden, and Sonora are all crappy. They're farther away from actual campus (i.e. the classes, gym, MU, SRC), the wifi and hot water constantly go out, you have community bathrooms, and the foods more eh. But those are the more cost efficient options so it's a toss up.

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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Mill Avenue is amazing if you're 21+, but don't try to go there with a fake I.D. or an idea that if you have huge tits you'll get in for free. Generally costs are low and the bars&clubs are bumping, but you have to be of age. The frat parties are great but we don't have a frat row and the police tend to find the parties within 2-3 hours. Thankfully there's multiple every Thursday, Friday and Saturday so you can always party hop, if you're a girl. Cabs aren't outrageous, plus there are pledges at disposal if you're close with the fraternity members.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Classes are more difficult than you would expect. The university is trying to change it's image not only from a party school, but also from an "easy" school. There are some great professors but there are also professors that are full of themselves or have accents so thick you can't understand a word they're saying. We're still on semesters which I'm a fan of and it makes registration a lot more bearable since you only have to deal with the system and the guidance counselors twice a year.

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3 College Junior

Weather: The weather is always sunny its Arizona. It can be unbearable when it reaches 100 degrees but they even offer online classes if you live on campus. Hello staying in pajamas all day and still at college.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: There are many diversities at ASU. The student staff alone shows diversity. I don't feel there are any race or ethnic issues. There are four different campuses not including students who are online.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: There is an actual police station on the tempe campus. I only take online classes but I still get daily updates regarding my safety. This is fantastic. I don't feel unsafe. I like that they take into consideration all students. I also see when I have to go on campus security is everywhere.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Pleased overall. Classes are hard but interesting. Suspect harder than average.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Generally hot, but we are in Phoenix. Misters throughout, good shade.

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Jade Riley
Hometown
Glendale, AZ
Major
Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology
Grad Year
2013
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Arizona State is like no other university in the country. With a large, vibrant, and exciting student body that truly makes the campus unique, there is no arguing that ASU is by any means a boring place to be for the next four years of your life. As soon as you step onto ASU's campus, you will feel the immense amount of positive and exciting energy that gives you sense of belonging. Even though there are so many students around campus, you will be sure to find a niche to call your own. College is the time to find yourself and truly learn who you are as you prepare for the real world. ASU provides the perfect environment to challenge you to make "adult" decisions, and you won't always, but by the end of it all, you will mature into a dedicated individual!

Even though students will struggle with all-nighters, sports practice, parking tickets, and trying to recover from a great night, many of them couldn't ask for anything else. There will be times that you are drowning in homework and studying, but by the end of it all, you will look back and laugh. Your peers help you get through the tough times and make those social outings even more fun. ASU knows how to party hard, but when it comes to crunch time, we pull it off well. The kids here know how to have a great time, the nightlife and social settings are extremely fun, the academics are quite challenging—especially when you apply yourself and take it seriously—but most importantly, students will leave prepared for post-graduation and taking on the world. ASU is a fantastic place to meet new people and a great way to experience life in the great southwest. But don't take my word for it—come on out and experience it for yourself!

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