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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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3 College Freshman

Academics: The academics at Arizona State University are unusual for Biomedical Engineering Majors. BME is one of the few majors that require classes in Physics, Biology, Economics, Chemistry, AND Computer Science. This requires graduates of the major to know at least a basic amount about a wide variety of subjects. This creates a lot of high-energy classes that have a large workload compared to other majors.

3 College Freshman

Academics: At Arizona State University, academic classes and their staying power are akin to walking on eggshells for a Biomedical Engineering major! The major map is still evolving, so sometimes a course is required to graduate, and sometimes it isn't; upperclassmen of the same major often have holes in their education because a brand new class just for BME majors failed to supply enough learning compared to other upperclassmen in different years.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The Scholarships advertised on the ASU website are like fish in a swarm of sharks; they are snatched up by only one shark when there are hundreds more that applied! Students must search elsewhere in order to find scholarships that are applicable and that they have a chance of winning! I feel that looking only on the ASU site is a mistake when scholarships are dearly needed.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are many safety measures taken on campus. Any emergency responders are really fast because the ASU police station is right across the street, Tempe St. Luke's Hospital is a mile away and there is fire station nearby. Safety services include night-time safety shuttles and message alerts from ASU safety services. The dorms are all key card access only and you need a key card for a few other areas as well. Unfortunately all of these measures are necessary because we have a real problem with homeless people around campus for some reason. Most are pretty harmless but some are kind of crazy. Just be aware of your surroundings and don't make eye-contact.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The newer dorms provide much better privacy and amenities. I would recommend Hassyampa (near a cafeteria and good social atmosphere). Avoid north campus dorms, they are too inconvenient and most are old and not clean.

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3 College Freshman

Computers: I haven't really tested out any of the computers around campus because I have my own computer in my room. I never have a problem with the wifi in my room and most places in campus have pretty good wifi service. There are some dead zones around campus though. The most annoying one for me being right outside of my dorm building. The wifi can also be a little slow at times just because there are so many students using it. Usually it's not too bad so I give it a B.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: ASU has the greatest atmosphere. You still have all of the old cliques from high school, but the remarkable thing is that they over-lap to a large degree. I would say the local attitude towards students is ...aware. You never know if the nerdy kids are going to be coming to a restaurant drunk or if the party people behave themselves at a bar. For the most part, people are friendly and ASU Sun Devils at heart. On Mill Ave (the West side of Tempe/Main campus) is full of bars, restaurants, stores. The other campuses have milder hangouts as well. All of the campuses are safe, but once you start venturing farther away, it is good to be aware of your surroundings. Obviously taking a short cut through a dark alley is not the best of choices, but it's well lit and safe otherwise.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: For housing, it is better NOT to go through ASU. The apartments the university offer are twice as expensive as apartments a block away. I would suggest really doing your research via internet and look at reviews from 3rd party sites to get a realistic idea of what the apartment complex is like. For the most part, it is fairly easy to get a decent apartment close to campus. Chances are it will be safe, a decent price, and close to a bus stop that will take you to campus in under 10 minutes. However, it may not be the fanciest of places.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I graduated from ASU with a major in English Literature and I gave ASU a B+ because I know its program is good, but it is not the best even in the state. I had friends who went to NAU and UofA and they were learning much more than me. However, any program is what you make out of it and how far you are willing to go. I will say this for ASU, they have a remarkable internship program. If you network and stay in touch with the director, you can find some great opportunities to lead to your career. NAU and UofA do not have as good of a program in that respect.

4 College Senior

Athletics: I think the school spirit at ASU is outstanding, it is a great way for students to be involved.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: ASU keeps all of their facilities clean and up to date. The facilities are all equipped with today's top technology, which creates an excellent learning environment.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: For the most part, ASU follows there policies, whether it be academic or crime policy. So, if you ar looking to get away with something at ASU, you better have a good lawyer.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Everywhere I go at ASU, people are smoking. But around the dorms, it's worse. I know at my dorm there were several students caught smoking marijuana. Other than the smoking, I have not seen other drugs being used.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food at ASU is great. However, the prices are outragious. For instance, I ordered just a cheeseburger and it was $5. For that kind of price, I could have gotten a whopper with a large fry and drink for less money.

4 College Freshman

Computers: The Computer Labs are amazing. All of the computers are state of the art and are equipped with hundreds of programs free to use.

5 College Junior

Weather: From October or November until March or April, the weather is spectacular - the sun shines nearly every day and you'll never have to shovel snow; you might not even need a jacket. There is snow just 2 hours away if you decide you need to play for a day. The summer is extremely hot. Those are the only two seasons ASU has.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: You can find everything under the sun when it comes to Sun Devils.

3 College Junior

Diversity: The campus itself, as well as Tempe, are diverse. That's not necessarily true of the state as a whole.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: There are not as many scholarships available in the ASU 'scholarship portal' as I had expected.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food is good and there are lots of options, although none compare to home.

College Freshman

Greek Life: Some say they love it and others say they don't. It depends on the Sorority/Fraternity you chose to be in.

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3 College Freshman

Transportation: I live downtown so I usually take the Light Rail or the shuttle. The Light Rail is very convenient and you can get anywhere from one stop at Mesa to Tempe then to Phoenix in about 20-40 minutes. Although the Light Rail can get pretty scary at night since it is available to the general public. The shuttle is free for all students and staff but it does run late sometimes and it could get pretty packed and on a hot day some people tend to smell.

4 College Freshman

Weather: I like the weather in Arizona. I am originally from California and I do enjoy the weather there but I prefer the heat.

4 College Freshman

Academics: it is a hard workload being in engineering but it is a lot of fun and rewarding.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Tempe is a large town and lots of things to do and it is very safe.

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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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