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Tempe, AZ
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50,484
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The main place to go at night/on the weekend is Mill Ave, which is lined up and down with bars and restaurants, offering all kinds of food and ambience. There are tons of places to eat, on a variety of budgets, within walking distance of campus, and even more options within a ten-fifteen minute driving radius. Many places--though not all--have student discounts. There are great places for breakfast/coffee too: Harlow's Cafe up University Dr., Ncounter on Mill, Cupz Coffee, and more.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: There is a decent mix of buffet-style dining halls and standalone, food-court-like restaurants, both brand name (Starbucks) and generic. However, it can be tough to find healthy food that's affordable, and the availability of food is heavily dependent on when you want to eat--later at night, the only options are pizza and Starbucks. At peak times, there are long lines and wait times pretty much everywhere. There are a few standout places to eat on campus--notably Engrained, which offers rotating menu of real food, much of it local, organic, or both, and Dave's Dog House, which makes some absolutely incredible hotdogs. Overall, the food quality is adequate, with some gems. If you like local/organic/healthy food, every other week, the campus hosts a Farmers' Market, which is small, but has some good stuff.

I'd suggest not getting the primo, all-you-can-eat meal plan unless you know you're going to need it. Many of my friends had meals left over at the end of the semester, and unless things have changed, that money isn't refunded. Stick with a simpler plan, since you can add to it later if you need to.

5 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There was never an issue with the computers at ASU West. They fixed any problem right away.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: When I attended ASU West there was no Greek Life there - that may have changed since I graduated.

4 College Junior

Majors: I'm in Arizona State, and I've been satisfied with my education thus far. I'm in Computer Science major, and most of the thing we do might me time consuming, but it's worth every while. The professors are top notch when it come to helping students. Some of them are willing to help when you get to know them better. Although I haven't applied for any internship/job opportunities yet, the school always had seminars you can attend that involves people that might help you take the next step.

3 College Junior

Majors: I first applied for a nursing major because I heard that that's where the moneys are. But I realized that it wasn't my passion, and might not enjoy it that much. So I change to the one I was interested in; Computer Science. As much as I love learning computer related stuff, some of my classes are hard and time consuming that I sometimes, I question myself why I took it. Despite the hardship, I enjoyed most my classes, and I'm willing to retake SOME of them. As of right now, I haven't decided on any jobs/careers yet. Anything that's computer related will do for me.

3 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into my Computer major was relatively easy. I was only here for 6 months when I first applied. I had a pretty bad ACT score (never took the SAT) but I had a decent GPA(above 3.0). I just went to their site, enrolled, did some petitions and got in.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Being a part of the Pac-12 means great, top-flight level competition in any sport. It's definitely a football school, but baseball and softball do excellent. Sun Devil Stadium is a great place to watch a game and the program is on the upswing.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: The beautiful thing about ASU is it melds naturally into the Tempe surroundings. There are a TON of options for off-campus living, and of any variety/price as well. There will be an acceptable option for you if you choose to go this route.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: An urban campus such as this one usually has its issues, but for its size, ASU is a very safe campus. The campus is well-kept and well-lit at night and between Tempe PD and ASU PD, the campus is secure.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Loaded with on-campus and off-campus options, the ASU/Tempe area has plenty to choose from! The Mill Ave. district is a short walk off campus if you tire of the normal in-school food scene.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining is very diverse around ASU's campus. There are a variety of different restaurants ranging from middle eastern, Hawaiian, Italian, etc. Throughout campus coupon books are handed out and there are many discounts and coupons for restaurants near campus. There are also restaurants that come on campus, like Hungry Howie's, and they for example give the students free pizza. One of my favorite places off campus is Hawaiian Paradise. They usually get busy on game days and they have the best BBQ chicken.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am now very happy with my Global Health major. I feel comfortable in my classes and enjoy what I am learning. Before I was a Global Health major, I was a Biological Sciences major and I hated it. The classes were very general and did not catch my interest. If I could do it all over again, I would chose not to because I am happy with how things turned out and I believe I picked a major that suits my interests. Initially, I had picked Biological Sciences because I wanted to be a pediatrician or doctor in order to help people, but I realized that Global Health was more fitting for me because it encourages more social interaction with a community or person, which is very important for me if I want to help someone out.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I am a Global Health major and from my understanding this discipline is fairly new, which is something I really like because it is something modern and innovative. It focuses on health related issues that affect a community and how to come up with ways to overcome the issue. One requirement that this major requires is that students must study abroad. I like the fact that this is a requirement because it drives students to travel somewhere beyond their comfort zone and apply the skills they have learned to help a community that can benefit from this knowledge.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The Hassayampa dorms I lived in my freshman year were very accommodating. The building was much newer than some of the other dorms and the rooms were very spacious. I liked the fact that the bathrooms were not typical community bathrooms. Instead, there was one bathroom for two suites which worked well for me because I did not have to worry to share the bathroom with the entire floor. The only thing that I did not like was that the walls were somewhat thin so it was easy to hear noises from outside the room.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The process of admission to obtain my Global Health major was not very difficult. One of the problems I had was looking for the adviser's page to make an appointment, but after that point it was very simple. The adviser was very helpful and helped me pick my classes that were most suitable for my schedule and area of study. One important criteria is to complete introductory courses for a foreign language, but after much encouragement from my adviser, I took the CLEP Spanish test and did not have to take those introductory courses.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I have not had an internship yet, but do plan on looking for one. On the university's website, there is a page where students are free to browse for jobs/internships which makes internship hunting easy and accessible to those looking for such an opportunity. When it comes time to look for an internship, I'll be confident in knowing how to look for one and determine which is the best for me by simply looking on ASU's student employment search.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: Many changes have occurred within our United States Universities. Many have found school to become challenging due to high enrollment status or projected career interest. Just ask yourself if this career choice is what you see yourself in and are you ready to make that commitment. Remember a student loan must be paid back.

4 College Senior

Parking: I have personally observed many car vacancies, for myself I do not have such, an automobile.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: I have noticed special events, bannners as such, to exhibit the upcoming events regarding Greek festivities. There are numerous restaurants to choose from regarding Greek entree and share Greek traditions.

4 College Senior

Academics: BFA in dance is not as easy as most people think. This major requires your to comite a lot of time and effort. The workload is not overwhelming, but expect to write a lot. The facilities are great, nice big studios. The dance program is small. You will know your classmates, peers and professors very well!

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4 College Senior

Weather: Hot, Hot, Hot! During summer months expect to be inside or at the pool (in the water!) Summer temperatures are from 100-125. In the fall ( mostly after october) things start to cool down a little. Winter and Spring is great! 50-80's. BUT, it can get cold during the winter! (i'm talking 30's-40's)

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: You'll find a lot of attractive individuals on this campus.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Tempe is a party town. Mill Ave is always crazy during the school year. Plenty of great restaurants and shops also aline the streets of Mill. There is always something happening. The Phoenix are is pretty spread out though, so having a car is a plus.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I lived in Hayden and it was not the dorm experience I was expecting. To start the rooms where ok. not a lot of closet space for a girl, but i made it work. Having to use the community bathroom, which was not my favorite part. I was on an all girls floor, who kept to themselves. The maintenance response time was fast if their was ever an issue. I mostly enjoyed the location of these dorms on campus.

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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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