Location
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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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The Campus Feels Safe – I see security around daily and have never felt unsafe on the campus I attend.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There's Something About It. I originally came here because of the honors college ASU's reputation for great research, especially in psychology. I've had a great experience with both. The student life is great, but the academics do catch up to you. I'm still in the middle of my college life, so that special college research or thesis hasn't happened yet, but I can't imagine leaving ASU. I've found my college. Everything I need from a college is here.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: OK, but Repetitive. It can depend on which dining hall you have, but it all does get repetitive. I would not get a big meal plan after freshmen year. I have a small meal plan now (I'm a junior), I keep lots of food in my room, and I eat out. There are lots of on campus dining options, mostly fast food though. If you want to dine, like eat at a restaurant, there are lots of nice places very close to campus and lots more about a 5 minute drive away.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's Pretty Great – The social life here at Arizona State is great! No one here treats you differently even if you come from a different state. They all just greet and talk to you just the same. But the social life isn't what makes Arizona State great, the places you can study and the amount of knowledge from your peers is what makes it great. They help you when you have trouble understanding things and guide you in order for you to make an understanding yourself.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Just Be on Top of Things – I got the financial aid I needed, but the beginning and end of each semester was a bit scary. I had to go to the financial aid offices in person many times to discuss where the forms I sent in were, why my online financial aid status had not been updated this late, etc. I had to do a lot just to be sure I received my financial aid in time. It was a hassle that cut into my class time.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are Reliable – The transit buses that are provided at Arizona State University is one of the best ways due to the many pick up stops that are provided around the campus. Even at specific times there is a number that can be called to be picked up if a bus hasn't stopped at your location.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I Don't Go – I personally live quite a distance from the campus so usually whenever class is over, i head straight home after a few hours in the library to study. I typically don't stay long enough to enjoy the parties or underage nightlife.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Many Options – Depending on the meal plan you have (if any) you will be eating a lot or hardly at all at the dining halls. The food at the regular dining halls is alright. It certainly has healthy and not-so-healthy options, but there is enough variety to keep most people going back if they have a meal plan. You won't get sick of it that easily as long as you explore your choices and don't go for pizza every time. At Barrett the Honors college dining hall is a step up in the quality of food, so if you can I would suggest eating there over the other dining halls. Every person that has a meal plan also can bring a guest once a week if that deal is still offered, so be sure to take advantage of that. As for everything outside of dining halls, there's a plethora of options. Imagine you're at a mall food court, and then you've thought of about half of your dining options outside of the dining halls. After the typical Chick-fil-a and Jamba Juice type establishments, there are great restaurant options like Engrained on the second floor of the Memorial Union. Sushi...not the kind you get in the clear plastic box either (though that is simply one floor down if you want the cheaper option). ASU (Tempe) is such a mammoth campus that there are obviously many choices for the tens of thousands of people that come to the university.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I lived in the relatively new Hassayampa dorms my Freshman year at the ASU Tempe campus. They were only about 3 years old, therefore everything was still quite shiny and new. I've been to the older dorms and you can definitely notice a difference in the quality and social atmosphere of each dorm depending on how old the building is. The newer the better is the general consensus when it comes to which dorms are better than others at ASU. The Honors College probably comes in first, then Hassy, then whatever else was built the most recently. At Barrett and Hassy they have kitchens available for common use, the cost is proportional to the quality, the distance from classes is nothing to moan about, and the process with which you get acquainted with everything is pretty painless. The people are usually awesome, but that of course differs depending on who you are. The officials on each floor of Hassy are more friends than authority figures, but they still make sure we don't fly off the handle. All in all, I would recommend living in Hassayampa or Barrett to anyone. I met great people and had some of the best times of my life there. I will never forget it.

4 College Senior

Facilities: There is always something you can do on campus. Thre are lots of clubs you can join, you can join the Greek life, or spend your time studying in the multiple libraries and computer commons.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Lots to Do – If you are 21+ there is Mill Ave, street full of bars. Thre are plenty of place to shop; Tempe Marketplace, Scottsdale Fashion Square, and much more. There are lots of clubs to choose from.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: High Bike Theft – If you have a nice bike, spend the money on a good bike lock. Bike theft on campus is high. I lost one of mine, and never got another one. I know people who lost multiple ones.

5 College Senior

Majors: Ford Motor Compnay – I am just finishing my summer Marketing Internship with Ford, and I have had tso much fun. They pay great, teach you a lot, and you have fun at the same time. It is mostly office work, but you also get to go out on the field and visit dealerships a couple of times depending on your project. Everyone is very helpful and there when you need them. ASU is the only PAC-12 school Ford recruits from, so if Ford is a company you want to work for, you are going to the right school.

1 College Senior

Parking: The parking passes are Super expensive, even the farthest one. People are always getting parking tickets. Some of the meters only go to an hour time limit, and most classes are and hour and 15 minutes long. I suggest parking at on of the lightrail stops. The park and ride is free and you can either take the lightrail or ride your bike into campus

5 College Senior

Majors: Marketing Was the Right Choice – I always knew I wanted to go into business, but never knew what. Then I decided marketing because it is more creative and not a repetitive job. Supply Chain Management also interested me, but I never added it as a double major. There are so many industries to go into with marketing whether it is Sports, Clothing, Automotive, Entertainment, the list goes on. I personally have found an interest in the automotive industry. Strange, since I am a girl. But there are so many options of what you can do.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Lots of Options – There is the Orbit, which is free and takes you to campus, it only goes a few blocks from campus but it is very helpful. You can get a metro pass and use the lightrail and buses unlimited. The lightrail goes all the way to downtown, so it is a great mode of transportation for going to drink in Phoenix or going to a Suns game.

5 College Senior

Majors: Love Marketing – All the professors are helpful. We always have career mixers where you can meet companies and find internships. There are a variety of course electives you can choose from depending on your interests.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Very Diverse – I know people of all ethnicities. I know White, Black, Hispanic, Indian, Sri Lankan, Bosnian, just name it. People go to ASU from all over the country and all over the world.

3 College Senior

Weather: HOT HOT HOT – August-November are very hot. Expect 100+ degrees. Although it is hot, it does not stop anyone from going to football games and having fun. Just cause we are in the desert does not mean there is no water. You can also go to the Salt River, or go up north for a weekend, it's beautiful there.

2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: As ASU is trying to remove the party school title, they have more police looking to stop parties. MICs (Minors In Comsumption) are given out like candy. If the driver is sober and gets pulled over and has drunk minors in the car, the minors will get MICs eventhough they are in the car and not driving. Expect a party to be shut down within hours, especially if it is big.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Close Walkign Distance – There are plenty of places within walking distance. Everything real close to campus is priced reasonably. There is Panda Express, Subway, Sushi 101. Sushi 101 is very cheap during their happy hours if you like sushi. Tempe Marketplace has other restuarants that are a little more expernsive, but they are good. Mill Ave. is across the street from campus with lots of bars and resturaunts to eat at during the day. I highly suggest My Big Fat Greek Resturaunt. If you have a car there is also Scottsdale, which has several places like Lo Lo's Chicken and Waffles. In Phoenix there is a great breakfast place called Over Easy, definitely worth visiting.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Lack of Communication – I have not been happy with the financial aid program at ASU. I have had to contact FA for every semester because my funds have not been distributed properly or on time. I got all of the paperwork on my end done, but found myself waiting on ASU. Probably the most frustrating thing is that financial aid does NOT communicate with student accounts. When financial aid learns that my funding is coming through, it is left to me to contact student accounts to stop getting "pay us now" notifications. Also, financial aid does not know anything about my tuition costs or payments. My first semester, I was worried my financial aid would not come through in time, so I was anticipating paying a portion of my tuition. Financial aid told me that I would be put on a payment plan but that I had to contact student accounts in order to be eligible. When I was finally able to get a hold of student accounts (they are ONLY available by phone during regular M-F business hours, which is tough because I WORK during regular M-F business hours!), they told me that there was in fact no payment plan available for that semester and that I would be responsible for the entire cost of my tuition if my loans did not disburse. Not good! I knew my loans we're coming, so I just ignored the payment requests from student accounts and hoped for the best, which is what I have ended up having to do with each subsequent semester for one reason or another. The lack of communication between these intrinsically linked departments is ridiculous and has led to a great deal of frustration for me.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Online Programs – I live in Minnesota in an area where there are no colleges close enough for me to realistically commute to. ASU's online program has given me the opportunity to earn a degree from a great, accredited school without the worry of getting to classes. I have been able to continue to work full time while attending classes, which is a huge perk for me. Additionally, the program itself is excellent. I have access to wonderful professors (who have been very communicative thus far), an easy and reliable interface, and resources such as the ASU library, 24/7 technical support, financial aid help, and a "major map" that lays out which courses I need to take, when I need to take them. ASU's online program has allowed me to go back to school, which I never thought I would be able to do!

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Huge Party School – Basicaly there is no lack of parties going on. Not too sure about the clubs though.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Beautiful Campus – The campus is huge and sprawling with at least 4 Starbucks :). Only downside is the heat; however, there are lots of trees for shade.

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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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