Location
Tempe, AZ
Undergrads
50,484
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Freshman

Facilities: They offer an absurd amount of programs, clubs, sports, greek life you name it, I think we have it!! There is always something you can be a part of on campus. Campus life is great, there are a lot of people who life on campus their first year, and the resident hall advisory puts on so many programs and events to make life on campus fun!

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's lots of shopping, restaurants, and places to drink, but the area lacks culture. Great scene for those who say, "like" a lot, if you get my drift. Being from Chicago and Hawaii, I crave authentic ethnic foods (other than Mexican), good museums, and different types of music. Then again, I may not be looking hard enough.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: ASU is extremely research focused, wanting to become another Cornell University or similar. For science and health majors, you have to be involved with research and can use the hours for credit instead of taking several courses which is nice, but you have to do some footwork to get in. The competition can be a bit of a bummer since it's just undergrad work - I just had a friend who was asked to contribute to a paper to be published, but the author ended up using his data and such without giving him credit.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My paperwork all went through smoothly and I got what I expected, which wasn't much because I worked full time the year prior.

1 College Sophomore

Majors: The pre-med program is a little weird. I felt very supported when I was a biochemistry major with a goal of doing research, but found the support dwindled when I changed to pre-med.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm still only a sophomore, but kind of wish I had gone to University of Arizona as they have a bit of a better reputation. I've spoken to a few people from all over the country who have made ASU jokes about how they allow just about anyone in. Even TMZ has poked fun at ASU on a few occasions! Plus I recently switched from a biochemistry major to biochemistry for pre-med, and UofA has a med school whereas ASU doesn't.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Maybe a little too easy, as ASU has a reputation for admitting just about anyone and it sometimes shows in the quality of classmates, the size of the classes, and the availability of classes. I transferred from community college with a 4.0, so I transferred very easily but no more easily, I think, thank anyone with a C or better would.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The public transportation is really good around Tempe. The school offers lots of parking lots and a free bus to transport the students from the parking lots to campus. There are also lightrail that take people from from Downtown Phoenix to Tempe.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I have not yet found an intership. I think this is because I just transfered into ASU this Spring and was to late to get into the Physic classes I wanted. I plan to take summer physics classes to catch up on my studies. I am looking forward to an intership in the Physics Department as soon as possible and will begin the hunt as soon as I can so I am a little concerned. I currently teach Chess part-time at local elementary schools.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of good inexpensive food on and off campus. I like that I can use my food plan to buy the food I want to eat.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Good communications, we know about incidents soon after they occur. Alot of bicycles are used on campus and my room mate recently got his stolen, not good.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is alot of off campus housing available in Tempe. The problem is finding the right housemate. Though I don't live off campus, I see many housing complexes surrounding the campus. I live on campus so cannot speak to pricing, comfort, amenities or parking.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I would say that overall academic programs at ASU are very good.
However, some are better than others. Math and science programs generally have very good reviews, but many teachers aren't too great in their areas and some of the TAs aren't wonderful. Plus, many of the math/sciences courses are very difficult and require a lot of online work.

But general education courses and electives are easy and tend to have great teachers.

People who graduate from ASU are well-rounded, intelligent people; so I'd say ASU is doing well.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is AMAZING around ASU. First, there's the light rail. It travels all the way to Central Phoenix and Mesa and doesn't cost that much if you're riding once. Plus, it runs until about 3 AM on the weekends.
Then, there's the bus system which is also great and navigates the areas closer to school. It's a great way to get to the grocery store or a mall.
Also, there are buses that drive around campus, in case your class in really far away.
Expense wise, you can get those three options for unlimited rides for $75 a semester; I'd say that's pretty good.

On campus, there are tons of bike racks if that's your green go-to. And if you're hurt, ASU has cart drivers pick up people on crutches who can't get around campus quick enough.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The campus isn't the great, but the atmosphere is. I love the teachers, the TAs, and the tutors. Other students are more friendly. It's overall a great campus.
The teachers definitely know what they're doing and their math and science programs are phenomenal. There's quite a range of majors, so I recommend it for eveyone.

5 College Senior

Diversity: For ASU, we have various councils and committees that involve diverse cultures together. We do have a large body of caucasians at Arizona State, but we have a diverse crowd of Europeans and Middle Easterners at ASU. We do need more African-Americans here.

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: For a large campus, it's pretty calm during the week. You just have to watch out for cyclist, skateboarders and oncoming vehicles. Some thefts have occurred, but mainly when a lot of students are not on campus.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There is so much renovation going on and new buildings just finished. It is so nice to be at a campus that is so up to date and nice.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: It is available, but not the biggest thing at ASU.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's not everything like the last school I attended. It's out there of course but it all depends on the people you hang out with.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Health and Safety at ASU is great because they provide students with email or text alerts whenever a crime scene or a harmful toxin is released on campus. But if you want to walk around at night, go with a group. It's still in the middle of Tempe and there are creepy people who like to wander around the campus.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Our school is a big melting pot. So many people from all over the world come here. They all have different backgrounds when it comes to ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and political beliefs. And because everyone is so different, I believe there is a respect there for the differences that exist; there are hardly any arguments.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't think anyone cares whether you are in the Greek life or not. Nobody pressures you to join a fraternity or sorority, either, which is nice. But when it comes to how the Greek life on campus affects campus life, I personally don't see a difference.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have not yet been searching for off-campus living, but I haven't seen any options on the ASU housing website; it's all regulated towards the on-campus halls and apartments.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Public transportation here is the greatest. Everything you need is within walking distance. If its a little out of reach there are plenty of flash busses that travel around Tempe. There is a light rail that can bring you to the downtown campus. The intercampus shuttles provide a free and convenient way to travel to all of the local campuses. Even the valley metro bus provides everybody with affordable and constant transportation. If you want and need to travel back home, Sky Harbor Airport is less than 25 minutes away.

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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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