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

Weather: Its always sunny, even in the winter. The weather is always bipolar. Super hot in the summer, it can get up to 115.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: If you are looking for drugs, you'll find them. Otherwise there really isn't drug or alcohol visibility at Arizona State University. There are a lot of people who smoke cigarrettes all over the main campus. But that is about it.

2 College Junior

Transportation: I am an intercampus shuttle rider. It arrives every 30 minutes and has stops at every ASU campus. However, there are never enough buses when you need them. They are always filled and very difficult to catch.It gets so bad that people push you out of the way to assure themselves a seat. In addition, if you are running late, you might as well take your car to class instead of the shuttle. And if that happens, be ready to pay $2 an hour in a parking garage. That's IF the garage isn't already full (which it most likely always is). A parking pass for a semester is very expensive, too. Overall, parking and transportation is pretty horrible at ASU.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is so difficult!! The parking passes for the on-campus parking lots are astronomically expensive. If you want to pay every time you park there, there are parking garages for like $2 an hr but that adds up so quickly. Basically it's a nightmare to find parking if you can't afford to pay $600-$700 for a parking pass.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. There are always campus police riding bikes around and patrolling campus. There are lit up emergency stations at almost every corner.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: work great but they are sort of old (the ones available in the libraries)

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Arizona State University has 4 campuses spread out throughout the valley. The main campus is in Tempe, Arizona. It is a beautiful city with a great college atmosphere. There are shopping centers throughout, and the ASU art building hosts shows frequently. The famous Herberger Institute is home to a lot of major broadway shows. The Diamond Backs stadium can be found near the Downtown Phoenix Campus of ASU. As well as the Children's museum, theaters and art museum. The mountains are beautiful and great for hiking and other exercising activities.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: The city of Arizona is known for nice weather all year round. That definitely contributes to the nightlife atmosphere. Students can hang out on Mill Ave and enjoy the great weather as well. Mill Ave is filled with bars and clubs. I am not 21 quite yet, and I have yet to go to a bar scene. They do have 18 and up parties and clubs as well which are fun if you go with the right crowd. The LightRail is extremely convenient form of transportation. I would suggest taking that if you plan on drinking, or having a designated driver. There's always something to do and see on Mill Ave. Around the holidays, the streets are lit up with Christmas lights, and there is a lot of outdoor entertainment. It's all about what you make of it!

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The food here is pretty good, you just have to know where to go. The typical buffet style diners are average, but give you plenty of choices. However, I live on the north side of campus and am always eating at devils diner/bistro/devils greens. the food there is great, tons of options the only problem is sometimes theres a wait. Theres plenty of actual restaurants on campus though that accept m&g dollars which is really nice.

5 College Freshman

Weather: It's AMAZING! I'm from chicago so the weather is absolutely beautiful. In the beginning of the school year its definitely hot, but not unbearable. A month into classes the weather couldn't get any better and it stays that will until classes are out in the summer.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. The entire campus is well lit and there are 'emergency call poles' everywhere. Theres a safety shuttle that will pick you up and take you anywhere on campus for free. If any criminal activity ever occurs in the area, notices are posted all over campus as a warning. There's always asu police officers around campus and doesn't seem to be much crime. I'm a girl at the university and have walked by myself plenty of times after dark and have never been worried.

4 College Senior

Computers: Relatively new computers allow for quality research and studying to be done in computer labs.

3 College Senior

Athletics: ASU's sports department is nationally acclaimed, but is in a process of rebooting the more popular sports. In the meantime, they are still a good show but do not perform like they used to.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I personally don't live on campus, but I do often stop by Jamba Juice at the west campus. It's super convenient and there are rarely long lines when I go.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I've had nothing but great experiences with the academic process at ASU. All colleges have hoops to jump through to be admitted, lots of paperwork, and seemingly endless "to do's", but I've received so much help from advisors that I am thankful for. My professors have all been great, the curriculum is challenging, but not impossible. I'm a big fan of using office hours to get ahead and it shows your professors that you're there to learn.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is nothing like being in Sun Devil Stadium cheering on the Sun Devils. Everyone in Maroon and Gold, great tail-gating experience and awesome school spirit. Also, we have pretty heated rivalries that make football even more fun! Go Devils!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Arizona State University is a very reputable school with four beautiful campuses. I'm an education major, and all of my professors have been outstanding teachers, as well as mentors. I feel that my experience at Arizona State University will prepare me for my future teaching career.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: A lot of computers available for students to use. Often times they're mostly full, but they're easier to access during off-hours.

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking can be great, however, it is and can get very expensive. I had a permit for Main Campus in the Rural Rd. Parking Garage and I paid roughly around $475 for January to August. You'll always have to pay for parking no matter where you're at so I suggest always having cash and at least $3 worth of quarters. I need my car because I work and live off campus. My parking spaces were very convenient for me!

5 College Junior

Majors: I have not had an internship yet, however, I do plan on applying for one when I get to that point. I plan on entering an internship because it will integrate me into the field I would like to be in and give me a chance to make a name for myself. I am nervous to begin the internship, but so far no concerns.

4 College Junior

Majors: There were no difficulties applying for my program, it was all simple and easy because I new what I wanted to do. The most important suggestion I have, is to make sure your GPA is 3.0 or above if you plan on the Business (Tourism) program or a 2.5 or above for any other tourism program. Also, make sure you get a jump start on the admission process and financial aid so you're not cramming and stressing over it.

3 College Junior

Majors: Well, being in a Tourism program is very interesting. I have learned many different things that I never realized were necessarily part of the tourism industry. I also have learned many new ways to live my life in a sustainable manner as well as try to lead my community to sustainability! I enjoy every bit of it because it really is bettering my knowledge of life around me. The workload can be a bit overwhelming at times, however, it is never unmanageable. The curriculum is great, all the classes are very pertinent to what anyone in the major may be working towards. The facilities are great! The Downtown Campus has smaller amount of students in their classrooms, so more interaction with the teacher, but the main campus is where all the excitement is! If you planning on going into the tourism industry, most of your classes will be at the Downtown Campus. There are exceptions, however, as in if your a Business (Tourism) major, you'll be in Tempe. I have not done any internships yet, however, I hear that they set you up well.

3 College Junior

Majors: I am a Tourism Development and Management (Sustainable Tourism) major. I am extremely happy with the program that I am enrolled in. It is exactly what I imagined I would be doing! If I could re-do the my recent academic past, I would have done this major from the beginning rather than changing my major to this half way through. I’m setting myself up to be able to help communities grow, to encourage people to travel, to give people the chance to have memorable experiences, and to encourage people to receive first-hand knowledge of other cultures. Managing a hotel was and still is a main goal of mine; however, through education and experience I have since learned about sustainable tourism. Not only do I want to manage a hotel, I want to help manage and lead the tourism industry into a sustainable way of existence. I want to be able to provide for our needs while giving our future generations the opportunity to provide for theirs. When the economic, social, and environmental aspects of tourism are all satisfied, only then will the tourism industry be sustainable. I will go wherever, whenever, and I will do whatever it takes to help lead this world‘s top industry into sustainability. The worries that I have about finding a job are nil as of the moment, however, when it gets closer to sending in my resume, I'm sure I'll be nervous that the field will be bombarded with just as many other students like me.

1 College Freshman

Parking: The main problem with parking at ASU is the cost. My parking garage alone cost over $400, and it's still nearly half a mile from my closest class. Considering that hundreds and hundreds of people also share my garage, I'm not sure why they make the price so high, because they must be making thousands of dollars, even though they don't pay anyone to man the garage. It's also difficult to find a parking spot that isn't on the top floor. My friend got a ticket for riding her bike on the wrong side of the road, had to pay a fine, and go to a safety class. I need a car, but I don't live on campus. I hear that taking the light rail is a waste of time because it takes so long.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I had a hard time because I wasn't even sure what major I should go in because of what I wanted to do with my life. I asked an advisor, chose a major, and it ended up being an extremely hard major, and not necessarily the one I wanted to be in. The most important criteria for admission is test scores and transcripts. My program, biochemistry, does not have an abnormal application process, though you do have to test in to your math class.

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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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