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

Academics: Despite what Hollywood movies have to say about it, college is not a time to just party. I am a Math major, but I did not take many of courses seriously enough, and I ended up barely passing them. For other Math majors, my advice is to get tutoring on all courses (even courses where you are confident and competent), take your electives as late as possible, and avoid Advanced Calculus and other higher level math courses unless you have a lot of experience in comprehending and remembering mathematical proofs.

3 College Senior

Weather: The temperatue at ASU is not a very big problem during the winter months, but even for an Arizonan, being outside can be unbearable from the late spring to early autumn. If you must attend summer school, choose online classes only.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I really enjoy attending Arizona State University. I have never had trouble with bullies or the like, but I am mildly annoyed by the smoking on campus. I suggest that someone create designated smoking areas to decrease the likelihood of suffering from second-hand smoke.

College Senior

Majors: Happy With My Program?? Am I happy with my program of study?? Yes and no. Yes, because I am proud of what I accomplished! And no, because of all the different areas that I had to study and the time it took me to complete my degree. I would not do it all over again, I would choose something else. My career goals are to become a doctor. It was my first passion and I should have stuck to my guns! I don't have too many concerns about finding a job in my field because social work is such a broad field; there are many different areas that I could go into with my degree.

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College Senior

Majors: BSW Program Admission Process – Applying to the BSW Program was somewhat easy. You had to fill out an application, have two references, and complete the required prerequisites with a C or better! But you can't apply to the "Professional Program" until you completed the prerequisites and you were a junior in college. So up until then, your major is "Pre Social Work."

College Senior

Weather: During the Fall and Winter seasons the weather is amazing! It can get a little cold in the morning during the winter time, but by midday it feels warm and sunny outside. But during the Summer season, that's a whole different situation...it can get up to 120 degrees during the AZ summers and it is horrible!!! I am a native of Arizona, born and raised, and I still cannot stand going outside during the extreme heat unless I HAVE TO!!!

College Senior

Majors: BSW Program – Being a student at the School of Social Work and pursuing a BSW degree has been very challenging because there is so much that this program requires you to learn. Students in the BSW program take classes in all disciplines, i.e. Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, Human Biology, Stress Management, Social Service Delivery Systems, etc. It was particularly challenging for me because I was also working full-time throughout my college years, so my 4 year degree took 6 years to complete. I enjoy my program because it allows me the opportunity to help a wide range of individuals. The curriculum is challenging but just enough! But overall, it is rewarding once you finish a class and can go out into the world and apply what you've learned.The internship process for my program was very easy; the faculty is very supportive in matching you with the right internship, and they handle almost everything, unlike other majors that require the student to go out and "find" an internship, the BSW program "places" their interns with pre-approved sites.

4 College Senior

Majors: BSW Intern – During the last two semesters of my program of study (Social Work), I am required to complete an internship consisting of 240 hours of internship each semester. Along with the internship comes added responsibilities, deadlines, documentation, etc. because it is essentially another job. The first semester that I had to do an internship I was so exhausted and stressed with everything that needed to get done in a matter of 3 months; I work full-time as a medical research assistant, along with going to school full-time, and interning for 24 hours each week, I hardly had time to eat, sleep, do homework, and there was definitely NO time for extracurricular and leisurely activities. With my major, the process of finding an internship was fairly easy because we get "placed" at different agencies rather than having to go out and look for a company/agency to intern at. There are other colleges and majors at ASU that do it differently than the School of Social Work. For the BSW program there is no pay or stipend for interning, but for the MSW program there are some internships that pay interns.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Diverse Selection – There are Thai food restaurants, authentic Mexican food restaurants, and a Farmer's Market for high quality products.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: ASU's parking situation is dire. Parking lots and structures sell out quickly despite the ever-increasing prices, so a large number of students get stuck parking off campus or in a designated lot some distance from campus. The new Light-Rail train system is only useful to students attending multiple campuses, but the free shuttle service helps alleviate some of these problems. The Flash buses are prompt, fast, and free.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: ASU is the heart of Tempe in Arizona. Shopping, bars, clubs, restaurants all within a stone's throw of the campus means lots to do in town and the surrounding areas, great people watching, and frequent and regular events being put on nearby. Concerts, beer festivals, bicycle festivals, the annual Undie Run, art festivals, Iron Man, block parties galore. Not to mention ASU athletics and it's rival UA to the south keeping traditions and tensions alive and well. There's something for everyone if you can brave the desert heat.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: West Campus – West Campus is a great option for the people who would prefer smaller class sizes and a more personal experience with professors and fellow classmates. Professors seem to really care and are much more available to their students because of the smaller size. Overall it was the best choice of environment for me to accomplish the things that I had wished to accomplish.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Night Classes – I had to take many night classes at the West Campus and never felt unsafe. The campus is well lit in all areas, including the surrounding outside perimeter and parking lots. There are always security guards around that will be more than happy to escort you to your vehicle or destination if need be and there are also security blue light stations in the parking lots in case of an emergency.

2 College Senior

Weather: This Is Arizona Dears Prepare for Heat – that means it is really hot during the summer, like 115 F. Sop be aware of the heat, drink plenty of water and try to stay inside as much as possible during the heat of the day (about 2pm-5pm). Winters are pretty mild but you may need to bundle up a little bit. Oh, and don't worry about rain gear, because we don't often get real weather down here!

1 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus is expensive and inconvenient. I found myself paying several hundred dollars to park in an uncovered lot that was over a mile away from my classes. Not to mention if there was any sort of sport event, I got bumped back to another parking lot that was even further away. I now park at a friend's house and bike a mile and a half to class because even that is easier than dealing with parking on campus.

3 College Junior

Transportation: City bus are great but the shuttle bus are very over crowarded and only run every in mins so some time you have to miss the shuttle and get the next one do to over filled buses

4 College Freshman

Academics: My program in Doctarate level in Nursing, which enables me to give back to the community with the knowledge I gained from school. My professors are excellent help for me to suceed in every way. They provide us with mentors and prepare us to work efficiently.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The cirriculum is excellent compared to other Universities in AZ. This ciricullum prepares a graduate student like me to excell in my field and get fully equiped to serve the community.

5 College Senior

Facilities: Always Thriving – Our campus is full of fun and excitement. We have a beautiful student recreation center with state of the art exercising equipment and an olympic sized pool. ASU also has a bowling alley on campus, where they offer free bowling on some nights! ASU is nationally recognized for our "Green Initiative" and almost every thing we do positively effects the planet. I take pride in my school's ability to inform students on how to Go Green! The best event put on at school is the Fall Welcome Concert. The Programming and Activities Board does an excellent job at bringing a huge band/name to campus to perform for all students FOR FREE!

5 College Senior

Athletics: Arizona State University has a top notch athletics program that has made my college experience more memorable. By attending football, basketball, baseball and softball games, it has instilled a sense of pride in me for my university. The Inferno, our student section, is full of dedicated fans who paint their faces and make signs, and who stand outside in the blistering heat to ensure a good seat for the game.

5 College Senior

Facilities: Activities Board Keeps School Fun – ASU has an activities board that plans fun events!

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Haven't Seen Anything Bad Going on Here – I've seen more drinking and cigarette smoking than any other drugs. but i guess it depends on who you know and who you hang out with.

2 College Senior

Computers: Available but VERY Slow – I'm not sure what ASU is doing but they connection to even log on to the computers in any lab takes 20 minutes, its ridiculous. the space is nice, the access is to things is good, but all that does not matter when you have to wait 20 minutes just to log on to a computer to access it.

4 College Senior

Majors: Great Options – Since the liberal studies program allows you to take a variety of courses, you can pick and choose where you want to focus. It also helps if you have a minor because, often times, you can use required courses for both. But that really depends, make sure you check with your advisor before trying to "kill two birds with one stone".

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5 College Senior

Majors: Easy as Pie – Getting into the Liberal Studies program was easy. All I had to do was declare my major. The advising has been wonderful in helping me create a program better geared towards pre-law, since there's no such thing as a pre-law major or course of study. I'd definitely recommend the Liberal Studies program if you can't narrow your area of study down to one topic such as History or Psychology. It was great.

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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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