Tempe, AZ
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 7038 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The student union (Memorial Union) is really nice. They have pool tables, a bowling alley, a nice selection of fast food places as well as a barber shop. The student rec center has state of the art equipment and they are currently adding on to it. Hayden library is open 24/7 Sunday through Friday, and there is almost always something going on, like the resident hall soccer game I saw the week of 3/7/13

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: ASU is very diverse and is home to multiple fraternities that are minority backed and two LGBT greek houses.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I havent really seen an advertisement on scholarships, mainly just through FAFSA.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We dont have any discounts on any of the off-campus dining.

4 College Freshman

Weather: One think I like the most is the weather in Arizona. Particularly in the Spring time because it is warm compared to other states. However, during the summer--I would rather go to California.

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: I thought my college experience would of been much better however it hasnt. I dont really like the social scene here, compared to one you would see at an ivy league type of school.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There is a plethora of dining options both on and off campus. There are also restaurants for all price ranges.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: There are so many major programs available. There is definitely one for everybody! The application process is very straight forward. General all college application, plus special requirements depending on the program you apply for.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: ASU has a large nice campus. The social life is not easily rivaled!

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Classes are very big. Campus is spread out. The campus is very nice though, and lots of places to hang out between classes.

5 College Junior

Transportation: there are differnet ways to get to school. theres the lightrail, bus, car,bike,long borading, etc.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: Sports are a big part of our school and the athletes are a huge model for students

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Computers get crowded around finals but other than that its fairly good.

3 College Junior

Academics: Great major but bad faculty. I like the atmosphere here at polytechnic but the department is so unorganized and they don't care about their students. They make it so hard for students to graduate on time. Advisors are there to just to tell you to go do all the work yourself and they will sign whatever they have to. Probably worst advisors I have ever dealt with.

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3 College Junior

Greek Life: No fraternity row. Everything is based off campus which sucks.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Tempe is a great college town. Located next to campus is Mill Ave, which features great clubs, bars, restaurants and shopping. Tempe Town Lake is to the north of campus, and provides great views from the top of A Mountain. Downtown Scottsdale is about 10 minutes away and provides a huge amount of nightlife and places to shop. Spring training is huge here and there are games every weekend at the many spring training facilities around the city.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at ASU only encompasses 5% of the school's population. Because of this, it is limited compared to other schools that have a thriving Greek Life. ASU removed Greek Row, and now fraternities are being forced to find new places to live. It has caused a lot of problems in the community and there is a lot of room for improvement.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation is really good at ASU. There are free campus shuttles that can bus you from campus to campus, and ASU also offers a reduced-priced U-pass ($150) that gives you access to the light rail and to the metro busses. the light rail can be very convenient (especially to go shopping for groceries or other necessities) and the shuttles are great for getting from campus to campus.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Being in Arizona, it can get very hot. During the summer and the first few months of the year, it's really hot outside, so i would highly advise bringing sunglasses and wearing sun-screen, especially if you're light skinned like me. Around december through late february/early march it gets cooler out side, and it rains a tiny bit. Sometimes when it's really cold at night, it can discourage students from going to late-night movies in the park or other night-time activities. The weather hasn't really affected me all that much. Since the dorms are so close to the classrooms, it's not much of a hassle to get to class even if it is really hot or raining.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Since i live on the Downtown Phoenix campus, there's only one on-campus option: Taylor Place. I absolutely love Taylor Place. There are two towers. Tower I is where freshman usually stay, and the rooms are shared room/shared bath. Tower II is usually saved for upperclassmen, but some freshman do liver there, and the rooms are private rooms/shared bath, so you still have a roommate. The cost for living at TP is pretty good. Me personally, i'm from out of state, so i don't really have a choice but to dorm. your housing also comes with a meal plan and school dollars. There are quite a few different meal plan/school dollar MG's options to choose from, such as unlimited meals/250 MG's, or 180 meals a week/375 MG's.

It's required for freshman to dorm, unless they're given special permission not to, but it's a really good experience. The floors are split up by your residential college, so for example floor 3 is where all the Nursing students live. TP is literally right in the center of campus, so it's really easy to get to your classes. That's my favorite thing about TP, that it's so close to everything on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: There are tons and tons of different majors offered at ASU. Most of them are offered at the Tempe campus, but the other three campuses also offer really good programs. At the Downtown Phoenix, I'm in the College of Nursing and Health Innovations (CONHI) and i'm a nursing major. My favorite thing about the Nursing program is that they have what's called "Direct Admission" meaning you can get accepted into the nursing program as a freshman, and as long as you keep up your grades, you're automatically accepted into the upper division nursing program instead of having to compete for a spot. The classes are challenging, and it can be hard to keep the grades you need, but there's a lot of help offered on campus. My advice is to make sure you maintain your grades. As long as your grades are there, you'll have no problem receiving direct admission.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of good restaurants around the Downtown Phoenix campus. Most of them are found in the Arizona Plaza Center which is just behind the NHI buildings, so it's really convenient. Some of the smaller restaurants take school dollars, but the ones that don't have decently priced items. There's a lot of other restaurants further away from campus, they they're easily accessible from the Light Rail or Metro Busses.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather at ASU is great. It's warm all year long, but the summers are kind of difficult because it get's excessively hot and humid.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Students really seem to enjoy going to Sun Devil games, especially for football. It gets pretty crazy around campus during these events, with tailgating and what not.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is there is you want to be a part of it. The sororities are relatively easy to get in to, there's always a bottom house that will take anyone (ADPi, AGD, and GPhi). Lots of partying in other houses (DZ, APhi, AXO, PiPhi) and stuck up girls in others (KKG, Chi O, Theta)


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Jade Riley
Glendale, AZ
Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology
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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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