Location
Tempe, AZ
Undergrads
50,484
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 6979 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. It is very large, but there are always a lot of people on campus even at night, because there are a lot of night classes. They have a campus escort service if you are traveling across campus at night, they can give you a lift. During the day, it is extremely busy so there are no safety concerns.

4 College Senior

Academics: I am a communication major. The internships and job opportunities are endless. The workload is not extreme, but can be a lot of writing. The facilities are all extremely nice. The curriculum is interesting, lots of classes that relate to real life application.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: Their involvement on campus has been restricted due to Michael Crows attempt to make Arizona State a non-party school.

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: Arizona State University is the place to be! When you have 75,000 students who attend Arizona State, your going to have plenty of opportunities to socialize and meet a large amount of people. For those 21 and older, Mill Ave. is the late night scene with clubs, bars and fun places to eat that are unique and designed for a date night dinner. But for everyone else, there are late night activities hosted by ASU which allow you to engage in fun gatherings and events which allow for that networking opportunity for friends.

5 College Junior

Facilities: With over 12,500 people living on the Tempe campus alone, Arizona State University is an exciting and unique place to attend college. There are so many opportunities to become a part of this campus, and the other campuses, to find the place where you can leave your legacy. The only issue is that you have to network and make the decision to make an impact on campus and your community.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Everything at Arizona State University is managed and cleaned properly so that you can travel and work in an environment which is not distracting to your academics.

3 College Student

Diversity: ASU Tempe campus has incredible diversity, but I would not say it is the most diverse school, in terms of ethnicity.

Acceptance here is great, being so diverse. A large student body allows for the diversity to happen. Overall, ASU is diverse but could improve connections to study abroad programs for incoming and outgoing students.

4 College Senior

Diversity: ASU attracts many international students and as such has an exciting and diverse population. In many of my upper level classes, as a white American woman I am the most common person there even though my program is more male dominated. I have met students from all over the globe and the US at ASU and been able to learn from them what it is like where they come from. With regard to gender and sexual orientation I have not noticed or experienced a lot of issues. In a few philosophy type classes during discussion there was a religious person who expressed a bigoted opinion but it was typically refuted by other students. Overall the general climate is not homophobic or gender biased. I have not observed any discrimination or negative comments related to politics or religion aside from in academic settings and done in a respectful academic manner to refute or question a claim. I have not observed economic discrimination.

4 College Senior

Facilities: I cannot speak to other schools as I have not attended them but I enjoy the diverse student population at ASU. There are many international students and people of all ages and financial backgrounds. The faculty are approachable, helpful and have strong backgrounds in the fields they teach. Unlike some of the instructors and people I ran into at Jr. college, ASU is definitely the big leagues. Every person you talk to at ASU (students and teachers) is dynamic and interesting.

4 College Junior

Weather: It can get very hot during the summer time and even in the beginning of fall. However, the west campus provides an abundance of shade to stay cool in between classes, and still has some open area's in case it gets too cold and you want to sun bathe.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: There are many different types of classes that can be taken at Arizona State University, and sometimes it all depends on the type of professor you have for the class to make it enjoyable or not. It is a great idea to look them up on RateMyProfessor before applying for classes. A teacher can make a subject absolutely fascinating while some can make you loathe it. Although RateMyProfessor is not the absolutely best option to try to understand the professor because some reviews are biased or just pure hateful, it can provide you a broad understanding of the how other students have viewed the class.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are numerous areas to use your own laptop or use one from campus ranging from the Engineering Center, libraries, and the computer center. It can be crowded at times, but there is usually a spot available. When there is an issue, there is always someone at the front desk to provide any assistance. It costs ten cents to print black and white copies, but in some places, you can print for free if you know where to. The wifi can be slow, but if you have your own ethernet cable, the connection can be quick.

1 College Freshman

Nightlife: The social scene is kinda horrible at ASU, the parties suck and get broken up by 1am 1:30 at best. The people are pretty rude and can be exclusive (comparatively to the south). You might find some nice people, but overwhelming the population is quite rude. I joined Greek Life but it isn't much to go crazy for. To succeed here you have to make the right friends as early as possible if you meet the right people the nights are endless and the parties never stop. But people pick their "groups" fast so get in while you can.

3 College Freshman

Majors: Getting into the Biology department is easy, there are no additional applications beyond the ASU application which might just be the easiest app ever. ASU gives you a cluster of classes that are somewhat focused in your major and you have those classes with some of the same people. Also, I have had all professor taught classes which I think is really cool and TA's have also been really helpful as well.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The amount of aid received was adequate. I still had to pay for the remainder of my tuition (which was about 500 dollars my first year). However, the tuition was increased but our scholarships remained the same (so now I have to pay 2000 dollars to cover the remainder of my tuition). My scholarship does not pay for my parking. Neither does it cover the cost of dorming.

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3 College Junior

Parking: The parking cost is high but parking at the Tyler Street parking structure is definitely worth it. I am close by to all of my classes so the walking distance from the structure to my classes is a minimum. However, the disadvantage is that the parking structure is about an 8 minute walk from the MU. And if you have classes at the other end of the campus, it will take a person about 10 to 15 minutes to walk there. There are plenty of spaces available. However, keep in mind that spaces near the stairs will be taken generally from 10 am to 4 pm. Parking in general at the tempe campus is average. The cost of a parking permit for structures near the campus are high (generally around 800 dollars per year). Those parking places that are cheaper are like a 5 to 10 minute walk to the fringes of campus.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Honestly, I haven't really used transportation services to get around campus, so I'm not quite sure how to rate them. I personally think campus is not that big and would do the 15 minute walk to get to the opposite side anyday. However I live super far away and commute on bus and light rail 2 hours to school and back and I would say other than the amount of time i spend on public transit, it's not horrible. They are both pretty comfortable, the bus is usually on time and I almost always have a seat. The U-pass is $150 which isn't exactly cheap, but for a year it's a pretty good deal. I've never had to take transfers on the bus so i can't rate that, but the light rail is convinient because it stops at other colleges, library, restaurants, banks, anything you really need in a day. It gets me to school so it's alright...

3 College Senior

Diversity: I know there's diversity on campus only from speaking directly to individuals, but it's not completely evident in appearances I don't think. Other than hearing the jew club calling out for members and those praying in the churches or mosques, you wouldn't notice the diversity much. Everyone pretty much dresses the same (except for maybe the middle-eastern women), and speak in the same tone. I almost feel like at ASU everyone picks up on eachothers way of speaking and dressing. It's very different from the world outside of the university, but I like it. It pushes people to ask questions and it's interesting to find out and sometimes be surprised. No matter what, everyone for the most part is accepted. The only time I've seen some form of rejection is when preachers and protester come speak in the quad area, but there will always be people that disagree...that won't ever change.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I never have any problems on campus. If the need for assistance does arise there are yellow buttons on light poles that one may push day or night and campus security will arrive almost immediately.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: My mode of transportation to get to school is the Metro Light Rail. I live an hour away from ASU, so this is the cheapest option for long distance students. It is cheap and reliable. ASU offers a yearly pass for the light rail at 150 dollars which is very cheap compared to passes bought by non students. I've never been late while taking the light rail. For on-campus students they can take buses offered by ASU, I have not taken on but I have seen many people take them. Also many people use bikes to get around on campus, it is much quicker than walking.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: The parking is expensive if you do not have a pass. I parked in a lot operated by a student. I left to attend class and came back two hours later to pay and leave. He was not there, I ended up waiting 40 minutes for him to return and when he finally did I paid and he lifted the thing blocking my exit. He forgot to put down the punctures that flatten tires and ended up putting a hole in one of mine.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: I loved living on campus. I met some of my best friends my freshman year when I lived at the dorms. It made the transition from high school to college much easier.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I have never been offered drugs in the three years that I have been at ASU. Drinking is the most popular activity that students take part in.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus is terrible. It is hard to find anywhere to park that isn't free and if you don't want to pay then you have to take a bus that takes a while to get in between campuses or a light rail that I do not feel very safe on.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Since I am living off campus I will graduate college debt free as long as I continue to get scholarships!

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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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