Location
Tempe, AZ
Undergrads
50,484
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The MU (Memorial Union) is a food court on campus and there are a lot of options to choose from and it's really convenient. However, the lines are long and the food is overpriced.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am enrolled in Electronics Engineering Technology and this campus is great for students interested in the engineering department. There are plenty of labs and computers for students to work in. The major offers unique classes that emphasize on skills you need to learn.

5 College Freshman

Computers: The computers are amazing here. There is a computer room for any student who needs to use one. The computers here are mostly Macs which have a clear bright display. There are rarely any problems with the internet or the computers. It's a great campus if you need to use computers. This is the polytechnic campus and computers are essential for the education of these majors.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: This campus is pretty strict on not having drugs or drug paraphernalia. Also, you cannot have alcohol on campus or in any dorms. The campus does a semester inspection when you move in and when you move out. Other than that, the teachers are pretty strict about deadlines and absences.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I came to Arizona State University because it is known for its engineering program. The program has been great so far and the teachers have been very helpful. The campus is amazing and is very technologically involved. This is the polytechnic campus and has many students in the engineering fields. Also, the usual student majors you encounter here are pilots, engineers, or computer programmers. The campus is a peaceful and very welcoming environment. The campus is smaller than the main tempe campus but is a positive aspect for those students who like the close relationship with the professor. It is worth going to a class with a professor who actually knows your name.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: As far as I have observed diversity is accepted, as is sexual orientation, sometime I think too accepting.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I attend both main and west campus and I have not had any reason to question my personal safety -- I don't think the campus crime is any worse than normal campuses, I have had any problems. Security is very visible. I park on campus and commute by bus with no problems.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: LIVING off campus is great. Some pros are privacy, freedom to do as you please and space. For the most part around the campus it is pretty cheap. Most landlords are understanding that we are in college and may not have developed credit and crustacean only afford so much.I think living off campus has many benefits. I think the only downfall would have to be transportation and parking at the school.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There is a huge variety of majors available. ASU also has ASU online where you can get your degrees completely online.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial aid is really good but the scholarships through ASU are very limited. When I asked the adviser about Scholarships she only directed me to the ones through the ASU website.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Having a car isn't necessary on campus, but if you do have a car, parking is a pain. Yearly parking lot costs are absurd if you want to park in one of the central garages. There are meters but they are usually taken.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: ASU has a lot of variety in student life on campus. Since the weather is so nice here there are a lot of places around campus to just go and relax and do homework. The libraries are a great place as well, and easy to spend time in between classes. The athletic center is great and they are currently adding onto it so next semester it will be amazing!! Throughout fall semester there are lots of campus activities, especially for incoming freshmen. Overall campus life is great!

3 College Freshman

Facilities: They offer an absurd amount of programs, clubs, sports, greek life you name it, I think we have it!! There is always something you can be a part of on campus. Campus life is great, there are a lot of people who life on campus their first year, and the resident hall advisory puts on so many programs and events to make life on campus fun!

2 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There's lots of shopping, restaurants, and places to drink, but the area lacks culture. Great scene for those who say, "like" a lot, if you get my drift. Being from Chicago and Hawaii, I crave authentic ethnic foods (other than Mexican), good museums, and different types of music. Then again, I may not be looking hard enough.

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3 College Sophomore

Majors: ASU is extremely research focused, wanting to become another Cornell University or similar. For science and health majors, you have to be involved with research and can use the hours for credit instead of taking several courses which is nice, but you have to do some footwork to get in. The competition can be a bit of a bummer since it's just undergrad work - I just had a friend who was asked to contribute to a paper to be published, but the author ended up using his data and such without giving him credit.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: My paperwork all went through smoothly and I got what I expected, which wasn't much because I worked full time the year prior.

1 College Sophomore

Majors: The pre-med program is a little weird. I felt very supported when I was a biochemistry major with a goal of doing research, but found the support dwindled when I changed to pre-med.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm still only a sophomore, but kind of wish I had gone to University of Arizona as they have a bit of a better reputation. I've spoken to a few people from all over the country who have made ASU jokes about how they allow just about anyone in. Even TMZ has poked fun at ASU on a few occasions! Plus I recently switched from a biochemistry major to biochemistry for pre-med, and UofA has a med school whereas ASU doesn't.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: Maybe a little too easy, as ASU has a reputation for admitting just about anyone and it sometimes shows in the quality of classmates, the size of the classes, and the availability of classes. I transferred from community college with a 4.0, so I transferred very easily but no more easily, I think, thank anyone with a C or better would.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The public transportation is really good around Tempe. The school offers lots of parking lots and a free bus to transport the students from the parking lots to campus. There are also lightrail that take people from from Downtown Phoenix to Tempe.

4 College Freshman

Majors: I have not yet found an intership. I think this is because I just transfered into ASU this Spring and was to late to get into the Physic classes I wanted. I plan to take summer physics classes to catch up on my studies. I am looking forward to an intership in the Physics Department as soon as possible and will begin the hunt as soon as I can so I am a little concerned. I currently teach Chess part-time at local elementary schools.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of good inexpensive food on and off campus. I like that I can use my food plan to buy the food I want to eat.

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Good communications, we know about incidents soon after they occur. Alot of bicycles are used on campus and my room mate recently got his stolen, not good.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There is alot of off campus housing available in Tempe. The problem is finding the right housemate. Though I don't live off campus, I see many housing complexes surrounding the campus. I live on campus so cannot speak to pricing, comfort, amenities or parking.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: I would say that overall academic programs at ASU are very good.
However, some are better than others. Math and science programs generally have very good reviews, but many teachers aren't too great in their areas and some of the TAs aren't wonderful. Plus, many of the math/sciences courses are very difficult and require a lot of online work.

But general education courses and electives are easy and tend to have great teachers.

People who graduate from ASU are well-rounded, intelligent people; so I'd say ASU is doing well.

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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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