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Reviews 7217 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: It's horrible. The parking passes are outrageously expensive, and there is hardly anywhere to park when you do buy one. The parking and transit office cuts you no slack, so don't park where you are not supposed to. Even if you are visiting a friend in a dorm or have family in town—they will ticket them without concern, and there is nothing they will do to relieve you of the fine. Unacceptable!

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: There are a few that are just there to party and drop out eventually, but most of the students are hard-working. Dress is about what you would expect for a college student. I tend to dress a little more fancy than others just because I like to make a good impression on professors and students I teach. There are parties I hear about (after all, it is college), and I do attend some of them. I know a lot of people on that campus; you get your mix of blacks, whites, asians, and what not.

1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Having to move out of your room for the summer and sometimes the winter is extremely annoying. I have so much stuff to move in and out every semester; it is a pain having to haul it around, find a place to store it, and move it back for the semester. This is why I moved off campus for about two years. I feel that they should let you keep your stuff in your house/room for no charge since you are paying to stay there in the first place.

4 College Senior

Computers: There are a few options of places to use the comuters at AZ State. Like most schools there are tons of students on the computers during the mid day and during finals. Only bad part about ASU campus and the computers is if you need to print something! They charge you all the time!

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Their are many places on campus to eat! I have been to the dining halls and the food isnt that great but thats college food! AZ States Memorial Union is full of many restaurants for quick and easy food between classes. And there are at 3 Starbucks on the Tempe campus!

3 College Junior

Parking: The permit costs are quite high in comparison to other Arizona state schools. ASU is very consistent about giving tickets and fines if parked improperly. If you do not live near campus, a car is absolutely necessary. If one nears on or near campus, a bike can usually suffice. There is very close campus parking though it is expensive. There is also parking that is about half a mile from the campus that utilizing a campus bus system to commute back and forth. In the cheaper parking spaces, there are always a ton of spots - I have never struggled to find one for class. The better parking structures on campus have long waiting lists. The parking structures are usually completely full.

ASU is quickly running out of space for exclusive parking, but does have a great deal of parking on the outer edges of campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: ASU prides itself on academic honesty and ethics. I have seen a handful of students in the few years be caught quickly in their efforts to cheat the system or use other's work, most with follow through on the University's part to disqualify them. Additionally, the anti-plagiarism software used appears intuitive enough to offer the professor details as to what is actually plagiarized versus cited.

On another subject entirely, ASU is implementing regulation on where students can use wheeled vehicles to travel on campus. This is both annoying and admirable. It is inconvenient, especially for students who ride bicycles because they have to walk them around certain walk ways, and helpful in that as a pedestrian, there is less potential in busy areas to be hit by a bike or skateboard.

As I do not live near campus, I cannot speak to the social restrictiveness or its enforcement, but in the Barrett halls there appears to be "quiet" hours set in place and highly encouraged by residents. Regardless of residency, there are a great deal of social events that occur nearly every week that appeal to student focus on academics, to music, to art, to dance, to food, etc.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Dining around ASU is not necessarily cheap dining. However, the food is of relatively good quality, especially for a college town. There are quite a few sit down restaurants versus order and go. Most of the close dining (within walking distance) it tasty and ranges from healthy options such as D'lish to delicious but not so healthy places like Whataburger. There are also restaurants like Chompie's in addition to all of Mill Avenue. There is a huge range of variety within 2 miles of the campus, from Ethiopian cuisine to something as common as Smash Burger. Most of the local restaurants offer an ASU discount, usually enough to make the walk worth it. I highly recommend D'lish and Thai Basil - they are affordable, student friendly, quick, and seriously yummy.

1 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus is more difficult than necessary. It is extremely expensive and unnecessary on top of the high cost of education. There is not enough parking to accommodate the students attending ASU. Even after finding parking, there is still a long walking distance to even get on campus near any of the classrooms.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: The guys and girls that I have met are serious about their education and seem to be very intelligent. They are from all ethnic backgrounds, different religion preferences, and from different parts of the world. The diversity at ASU is endless and everyone has the opportunity to fit in somewhere on campus.

3 College Senior

Majors: As an English major, I was more interested in creative writing classes on campus and online but there are very few courses available. I believe that as an English major there are more courses available emphasizing English Literature rather than creative writing. Although the courses available are decent I believe more creative writing courses should be made available or create more space for more students to enroll in the current courses.

2 College Senior

Scholarships: Qualifying for scholarships at ASU are more confusing and difficult than I anticipated.

College Senior

Greek Life: I don't know much about this. I don't have personal experience with them.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking is all too common at ASU, sometimes to the point of being dangerous. The campus and student population is large enough that it is possible to avoid drink and drug toters. Effective Aug 1, 2013, however, ASU is enacting a 100% tobacco free policy on university-owned property and offering programs to help students quit smoking.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: The Tempe campus is situated within walking distance from Mill Avenue, a busy hub for shopping, eating, and social events.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers I have used at ASU allow the user to choose between a Windows OS or an Apple OS, depending on preference or needs. In my experience, the machines in the building related to my major have programs on them to assist with field-specific work. I have found this immensely useful in my studies. I give the score of A instead of A+ because the student computers in the Hayden Library are slightly slow in terms of network connection.

5 College Junior

Athletics: School Spirit is a BIG part of ASU. The students are so supportive of their teams and represent ASU colors at every game. We are loud and proud.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: ASU provides the typical food standards of any other college. Nothing special.

5 College Junior

Transportation: ASU provides a free intercampus shuttle, as they have four campuses across the valley. It is a well run system with air condition and wifi provided.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: ASU is not in the nicest area but the campus itself keeps it pretty clean and put together, and keeps everything under control.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Unfortunately I'm a transfer student and never really got the chance to live on campus. Though I have visited friends who lived on campus and they loved everything about it. Though the quarters are fairly small it efficient and contains everything you'll need.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Personally I don't partake in much student campus life, I am friends with many fellow classmates but when we meet its usually off campus. I do know there is a vibrant on campus life, I just choose not to partake.

3 College Senior

Parking: It's always necessary to give yourself at least 30 extra minutes before class to find parking. It takes time to find a spot but then also pay for it which may have a long line. The permit costs are about $400-600 for one semester depending how close to where you need to be. Also the earlier you get to school the better parking you'll find. I had a class at 7:30am and the best parking, class at 10:30 & it takes 30-45 min to find a spot. For the first time you don't pay for your spot they just give you a warning ticket, after that the fine is between $25-50 depending if on campus or parking near campus.

3 College Senior

Facilities: The majority of my classes are in the art building from the 70's. very old brick building and old elevators, the spaces inside the building are good but there tends to be a lot of problems with old sinks and the elevators. You can tell what programs my school funds the most by the quality of their buildings. The science research and business buildings are very new and some are contemporary.

5 College Senior

Computers: The computers are fairly new but take a couple of minutes to log in, might just be a software issue. There are plenty of computers and printers. To print you must set up a pay account which takes about 30 minutes. The network reliability is great and you can get wifi all over the campus. There are many libraries and computer labs that get busy but you can usually find a spot.

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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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