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Tempe, AZ
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50,484
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$22,977 ($9,724)
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Very Easy
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3 College Senior

Nightlife: Graduate University Lifestyle – Nightlife is relatively good here in the campus. There are parties around the university. Specifically during the weekends students between the age 18 to 25 can be found in the bar or club in the Mill Avenue. I really like the light music because it is calm and soothing. If the party is organized then there is a maximum possibility for the cab to be called to take you back to the campus. But if you are with your roommates or close friends then you don't have to worry for transportation as they may give you a ride back.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Housing, NOT So Much Parking – Overall the housing around campus is convenient because the size of Tempe Arizona is fairly large. With that said it is an old neighborhood with narrow streets. Most landlords in the area are allow pets which is always a plus and pretty reasonable rent prices.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Party on and FEAR the FORK – ASU is an over all party school. Most parties do not get broken up because there are a ton of students. On occasion parties will be broken up and just sent home, very little students get an MIC a.k.a. minor in consumption. ASU is the ultimate school to socialize and party your pants off. There is some occasional punishment that is why ASU received an A-.

3 College Senior

Weather: Summers Are HOT! The weather doesn't really affect the campus experience. The summers in Arizona is just really hot making walking to class a little bit miserable!

4 College Senior

Computers: The computers on campus are great. There are average laptops and Apple computers. They all run very fast. Printing I believe is 10 cents a page. I personally have my own computer and printer but the computers on campus are great for emergencies.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Easy to Apply – It is fairly easy to apply to any program on campus, however keeping up with it is what matters. Make sure you take your critical classes when you're supposed to and get at least the required minimum grade in them. It is easy to stay on track if you use your DARS, which you can get from your MyASU page under where is lists your major. Just keep on top of the requirements for your program.

5 College Senior

Greek Life: The dorms, Taylor Place, have no declared a floor for Greek Life. People in Fraternities and Sororities can now live together on a floor. It brings new life to the social atmosphere of the dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: SRC Is a Great Place to Workout – The SRC has just about any piece of workout equipment you could ask for, as well as a pool. It's a fun place to workout with friends or by yourself, there are tvs on some of the equipment so you don't have to miss your favorite shows. There are also classes available there that you can take. I definitely suggest checking it out.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Studying abroad is something that ASU values highly, not that you HAVE to do it, but if you want to there are many opportunities to do so. There are many different trips available during the school year or the semester and anyone can do it. There are also scholarships available for those in need, so don't be afraid to ask if it is something you are interested in.

1 College Senior

Parking: I go to the downtown Phoenix campus and there is nothing but meters surrounding campus. It wouldn't be so bad if the meters lasted long enough to get through a class. But they don's and we all end up with $50 tickets because we were in class and didn't get out enough to feed the meter.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Lots of Opportunities for Success – ASU has great events, advisers, and online access to information about internships, research positions, and jobs. The Job Portal through ASU's website is really helpful and has job posting for many different areas. The advisers and professors are typically always ready and willing to help people who come to them with questions. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there!

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The wifi at ASU can get really busy especially around finals and registration. Sometimes you can't even get on, but typically if you use the guest wifi, there are less people on it and you can typically get through.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There is much to do at ASU since sightseeing and exploring the campuses take one to take the opportunity to participate at local vendors, malls, and recreation centers.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Better Than Most Universities – The space at the general facilities is sufficient and wide enough to have many students enjoy the available utilities there.

4 College Senior

Academics: Nursing Pro's and Con's – With people loosing their jobs or having to take pay cuts at an alarming rate retired Nurses are returning to the job market. This is making the number of nurses wanting to be teachers less and less. The benefit of that is, the ones who are teaching really want to be there. If you take the time to communicate with them and put the time in you will do well in the program. You may have three separate teachers for one class, but this will prepare you for the multiple people you will have to interact with once working as a nurse. Keeping a positive attitude and being dedicated will take you a long way.

College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Living Outside the Norm – As someone who entered the University world after completing my Associates at a community college I did not consider on-campus housing as an option. I had already lived on my own for three years. I looked in every direction of campus. Unfortunately the school is near a lot of older houses that have a very high rental rate due to the proximity, so I have always chosen to live a city away. This has given me the ability to pay my rent and not sell my soul, but the parking fees usually resulted in the same in the end.

4 College Senior

Computers: Super Busy Labs – Labs on campus are always super busy and there is a wait to get to computer

5 College Senior

Nightlife: One of the Top Party Schools – Asu has one of the top party scenes in the nation. Bars and clubs for those above 21 are right by campus and super easy to get to. Dry campus though so keep drinks off of school property!

4 College Senior

Athletics: Arizona state university's athletic team has a great fan base- and everyone is involved in one way or another!

3 College Freshman

Weather: The wheather in Tempe is like any other weather type in the phoenix metropolitan weather. Summer is hot, winter is somewhat cold, spring is nice enjoyable weather, and the fall is best weather

2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Very Strict – ASU/ Tempe/ Arizona in general has some of the most strict drinking laws in the country. Underage drinking policies are highly enforced. Undercover cops will randomly breathalize or search backpacks in the on-campus apartments. Police will ticket and breathalize for something as simple as jaywalking at night (ive seen it happen) and the student ends up with an MIC (minor in consumption ticket). Something as simple as holding a red cup if the police show up at a party and you get caught, whether you were drinking or not can get you an MIC. The first MIC offense can be wiped off your record by taking $130 class, and remains permanently after any further offenses. Tickets for the second offense are ~$450, and continuously go up from there with continuing offenses, upwards of $1000. So keep the monetary and legal consequences in mind when you go out to get shwasteddd because you might wake up an unhappy camper the next morning with serious problems on your plate. Smoking marijuana is also highly frowned upon, and the police are called immediately if any weed scent emanates from your room. Consequences are severe, with either being kicked out of where you are living, or kicked out of where you are living as well as the university + a lot of legal issues to follow. Another thing I got to deal with this year was harassment and stalking, and ASU police does not take this lightly. If you have a problem, go to them immediately and ASU and the police will be willing to help with any problems you may have, so don't suffer in silence.

3 College Senior

Majors: I Would Do It Again – My program unfortunately got messed up half way through I started with the program director changing everything and then leaving, staff leaving, etc, but the major itself I would never have chosen differently. I simply was at the school at an inconvenient time, but they are in the process of fixing the issues that came up. When I started, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was on the "pre-med" track and thought about medical school. I was worried I would never figure out what I wanted to do, but as you go along, you figure out what you like and don't like. I now am more interested in working for a big company in industry, rather than research or medical school. I am somewhat concerned about finding a job, because BME majors are often over looked if there is a mechanical engineer also applying. The job market is already generally tough, so if this is the major you want to pursue, make sure you get into research labs, make connections, and try to add something to your skill set to set you apart from others.

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5 College Senior

Majors: Harbor Branch Marine Institute – Apply apply apply! Apply to as many things as you can find, and you are bound to get something. I just recently finished an internship at an ocean institute doing drug discovery research, which actually has nothing to do with my major biomedical engineering. I learned a lot of new skills and it helped to broaden my horizon when it came to possible jobs. This was an REU (research experience for undergraduates) so my internship was all research based. Pay all depends where and what the internship is, for example an internship at an actual company is going to pay significantly more than an internship through a university. The time commitment for me was your typical 8-5 M-F job, plus outside research and time for writing a final report. Starting with an REU is a good way to gain more experience and boost your resume, because getting internships with a company is much more competitive and difficult. I had already had previous research experience at my university, however many of the students there had little or none, so don't let this discourage you! The REU programs often take those with no experience because the entire point is to help students gain experience. I learned a lot about living on my own for the first time, and I was away from my family in a different state for the time, so you learn a lot about yourself, as well as technical skills you can take to a future career. Students who are sophomores or juniors should definitely try to apply for a research-based internship through a university if they have little experience. Another plus, you are with a group of other students and it is good to share experiences and hear what everyone else is doing in their life.

2 College Junior

Weather: It gets incredibly hot at ASU! So it gets very uncomfortable getting from class to class. From about November to about March the weather is good though.

2 College Junior

Parking: It's pretty expensive to get a parking space at one of the garages on campus. But the only other option to park your car would be at a meter, and usually those are all taken up. The best advice I have, is to either get there early enough so you can get a meter or to use the lightrail or bus.

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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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