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Tempe, AZ
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4 College Freshman

Academics: Even if we are the #1 party school or have a high acceptance rate, that does not at all reflect the academia here. Classes are hard here and the teachers for the most part are not push overs like in high school. I have homework or things to study everyday and most people do, even sociology majors have difficult homework. It is all about time management.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is the safety escort and that is so amazing because now I don't have to walk from the library in the middle of the night to my dorm. It is really safe on campus, I haven't felt unsafe since being here.

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5 College Freshman

Weather: the weather is amazing. if it rains it is super sweet and a relief because it can be so hot. I was wearing shorts the first week of Decemeber still and am wearing sun dresses in February, January was the coldest though for sure so bring some jeans and jackets.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Aside from the beginning of semesters, when everyone is logged onto MyASU and trying to register for classes, the school's network is pretty reliable.

The computing commons and Coor Hall are great, open facilities. Typically, one does not have to wait at all or very long to get onto a computer.

For larger or more significant printing jobs, off campus options are best.
There's alphagraphics, fedex-kinkos, and a few others.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: I can't speak to how the meal plans work, as I graduated in 2011 and only used a meal plan from '07-'08. I have heard that ASU has recently phased out the sun dollars program. Favorite dining hall was in the Barrett Honors college facilities. I believe I spent most of my food money in the MU's P.O.D. market.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Admittance to the University does not translate to admittance to the Urban Planning program. You must take certain courses (if I remember correctly, these included ALA 100 and PUP 190). After these requirements are satisfied, then you submit an application and essay for admittance to the program. I can't say how competitive the applicant pool was. Many students wanted to be in the program, while some used it as a fallback. Keep in mind, that you can apply to architecture, l.architecture, and planning at the same time.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: My internship was performing clerical duties for an immigration lawyer. It was an unpaid opportunity that I found on my own without utilizing university resources. Certain programs and their advisors are better than others in helping students find internships, and truthfully, certain programs (engineering,sciences, business) simply have more opportunities for internships.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Overall, I was pleased with the learning outcome of the urban planning curriculum. It was a good fit as it allowed for exploration into many adjacent fields that interested me, such as land use and zoning law, urban design, architecture, and landscape architecture. However, there were certain limitations and difficulties. The school of planning was separated from architecture/design school and placed into the school of geographical sciences. While there is a strong connection between urban planning and geography (especially with GIS), I felt the urban planning program was better served being tied with the school of design. Furthermore, academic advisors are generally helpful in finding internships. However, most of the internship opportunities listed through the school of geographical sciences are more focused on GIS, rather than urban planning.

As for the field of urban planning, it has been and will probably continue to be difficult to enter with only a bachelor's degree. Professional urban planners typically require an array of skills covering legal knowledge, design skills, computer/GIS training, and business practices. It's definitely a challenge to gain all of these experiences in an undergraduate program. Many entry-level planning positions require a master's degree. Therefore, I feel that prospective urban planners should start viewing the profession as being comparable to law or medicine in that graduate education will be necessary. For graduate school, ASU's planning curriculum is great preparation. I will begin graduate studies in landscape architecture for Fall '13. I've also looked into law school, architecture, and even fire science/firefighting, and the education in urban planning has proved to be a good foundation for each.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I haven't ever felt unsafe at campus, even when walking to the parking garage at 7:15 at night. There are always several people walking about minding their own business. And if I did feel like something was about to happen there are plenty of like SOS buttons placed around campus that would call the police over to your position.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: For girls it's either short Shorts season or Yoga pants season. BUTTS EVERYWHERE. It's like that shots song, but with BUTTS. God damn it's annoying to see butts popping out everywhere you look. And same with their regular clothing with their boobs popping out. You won't have a hard time finding an easy but attractive girl out there. Haha. For guys, they are normal, I have found only a handfull of attractive ones out of the 70,000+ people that attend there. There are a lot of foreign people that attend the school, and that's where I find most of the attractive people.

4 College Freshman

Weather: It is Arizona. So yes, during the summer, and beginnings and endings of Fall and Spring semester (respectively) it will be hot outside and sort of uncomfortable to walk. But it is a DRY heat, no humidity....unless it rains during August-October months. During the winter months it can get decently cold out, but honestly I don't think it really bothers anyone to wear a jacket or coat.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Most of the computer labs around campus are pretty full during the middle of the day. Usually early morning and afternoon/evening is a good time to go when not a lot of people are there. Some labs have more programs than others, like Adobe products are usually on the Apple computers, but they usually have everything you need to complete any assignment. I still can't believe how you are able to get a decent wfi signal almost everywhere you are on campus.

5 College Freshman

Weather: I'm an Arizona native so I'm used to this weather and I love it! You have to like seeing the sun almost 360 days of the year! It can also get pretty hot in the summer (typically starting in April). Don't let the heat have to stray from bringing winter clothing because we often do get fluke cold fronts and it can get COLD!

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The restaurants on Mill are fantastic. As well as the restaurants and fast food places along University and Apache. They are all reasonably priced and some even take M&G! Others also provide discounts for students!

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Unless you're 21 or older there's nothing much to do around town.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Awesome lots of good options

4 College Freshman

Academics: May be easy to get into however the academics are difficult (especially W.P. Carey School of Business).

2 College Freshman

Computers: Usually computer labs are full with classes and such so I recomend a laptop or a tablet because the school has wifi almost everywhere.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I feel there is a lot to take advantage of here at asu , we are paying after all. There is a gym called the Src center which is a great way to keep in shape and make sure you don't gain the freshman 15. The libraries are really great when you can't focus in your dorm ,they have computers , quiet space and it's always relaxing.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: It's almost totally useless to try to get into clubs under 21 (unless they're having an 18+ night). They're so used to fake IDs that the lines take forever as they check everyone and they will call the police on you if you argue. Parties (if you're a girl) are awesome here. There's something to do almost every night of the week if you know who to ask. They're easy to get into, the alcohol is free and everyone just wants to have a good time. Fraternity parties are by far the best parties, so if you're a guy and not in a fraternity, it'll be difficult to find a decent party. Most people at fraternity parties are underclassmen since the over 21 night life is easy access and a lot of fun.

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Mill Avenue, while a great night life scene, also has a ton of restaurant options. It is walking distance from the school and my personal favorites are Cafe Boa (expensive, fancy, date type restaurant with AMAZING italian food, beautiful atmosphere and great service), Rula Bula (an Irish style pub, everything on the menu is amazing and there is a lot to choose from as well as a variety of drink options and good music) and Magic Mushroom (a pizza place that specializes in creative pizza. It's expensive for what it is, but a good change from the domino's pizza that I eat everyday). University also has plenty of great restaurants, my favorite being Cornish Pasties. I don't even know how to explain what it is, but it has the atmosphere of an old fashioned English pub (the tables are pews and the lighting is by candle light) with a really laid back staff. If you go at night don't expect great service, but the food is so unique and so delicious. A pastie is a dinner pastry and they have 3 pages full of different fillings for them. Just try it, there's something for everyone there. Also, for late night dorm food, there is always Jimmy John's right next to the dorms on two different corners of campus. I love food and I'm way too excited just talking about it.

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1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: It all depends on your CA. If your CA doesn't care, you're good but if not, ASU is super strict about drinking, whether or not you're 21, it's a dry campus. My friends and I got caught with an unopened handle of captain morgan that was just sitting in her room. The CA searched to room, saw it, and made her dump the entire thing out and everyone that was in the room had to attend (and pay for) an alcohol class. Next year (2013-2014) they're making the campus tabacco free, which includes hookah, so I imagine there will be something similarly horrible as consequences for that.

The English program has a very strict 4 absence rule. Regardless if you're sick/dying/at a funeral for both of your parents who died serving our country, you can only miss 4 classes before you get dropped. Since everyone has to take English courses, it sucks. If you're someone who gets sick/hungover a lot, take English online or at community.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: You get so used to 120 degrees that 75 feels like the north pole. Everyone talks about the weather constantly, you can't avoid it, but it's nice half the time.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys here are attractive, especially the ones in greek life, and very big on partying. It seems like the most attractive guys realize early on that they should be in Greek life, and the ones that don't join right away figure it out eventually. The girls here are quite shallow (most of the girls who go to frat parties are also greek) and the sorority girls (myself included HAH) are much more likely to hookup with a fellow Greek. Don't expect to find a relationship though, the whole school is very casual and hookup oriented.

The girls here are overall attractive, regardless of Greek life. This is because girls don't need to be Greek to get in to parties, they just need to be hot, and since it's Arizona "no fat or ugly girl wants to walk around in a tank top and shorts all year." The words of a friend of mine. This is a good think too because as a whole, people here are very into appearances. You have to accept that about the people here if you want to get anywhere. Everyone is hot and everyone sucks basically. If you find a hot, nonsucky person, hold on to them at least somewhat because they're rare.

Also, tip for guys. Pay attention to how a girl is around other girls. Almost all girls act like angels around guys, so if she's a bitch to her girls, go for a one and done. You don't want that crazy around you.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Depending on the department, the athletics can go either way. Overall, pretty good though.

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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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