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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Mill Avenue is probably the most noted area for dining although the restaurants there are usually overpriced with average food. There are a few local gems such as Los Favs which is a great Mexican restaurant but other than that you'll see a lot of chains.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: You're put into dorms based on what college your major is in. So if you're like me and fall under the Herberger School for Design and the Arts you will get stuck with the oldest dorms on campus. Not to mention the only dorms with community bathrooms. They will try to convince you that community bathrooms are a "fun" part of the college experience but please note this is a LIE. Especially considering how much money you will pay and how many times the hot water in the showers will not work (hint: too many times to count). All dorms on campus though have paper thin walls and are fairly close quarters. The only positive I can give is that since they are on campus it is very easy to get to class.

5 College Junior

Computers: I went to the ASU West campus to pick up a book at the Sun devil bookstore while there realized I needed to print out an assignment. Received great direction to the library went in and plenty of computers available , printed my documents and was on my way. As a student you receive 50 free printed documents per semester I believe. Very accessible and convenient.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Tempe has a lot of great local activities to attend. There seems to always be something to do whether it is participating in a long-distance race, going to art displays, sports events, etc. There are a lot of fun small shops to visit and the people are really fun to be around!

4 College Junior

Transportation: Shuttle service from campuses in Phoenix metro area which include, ASU West, ASU Downtown, ASU Tempe and ASU Polytechnic(Mesa) are very accessible and convenient. Purchase a U Pass for $75.00 per semester and this allows unlimited travel on metro bus lines and the light rail which runs in downtown Phoenix and Tempe.

5 College Senior

Diversity: From my experience thus far at ASU, I feel that the university does a great job of being accepting of the diversity among students. I have noticed that the university puts a great emphasis on diversity and welcoming any and all who choose to attend.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Probably just a bit above average. There is Tempe Marketplace fairly close and then the huge Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale. The public library is close and there are several museums right off campus. There is a lot of talk that the school is all party, no study, but that's not really true at all. Safety is a bit of an issue here, but with so many students, you're never really walking around alone when it's dark out.

4 College Junior

Majors: Criminal Justice and Criminology at ASU is one of the top programs in the country, most professors are extremely helpful and informative. I plan on being a law enforcement officer, the only issue is saying you went to ASU does take away from an application because it is known for its parties.

3 College Junior

Computers: There are plenty of computers and printing is free (for now), but ASU's network is known to completely crash at least once a semester, one time it took a week to get it back up!

2 College Junior

Nightlife: There are not many nightlife opportunities for people that are under 21, because the best bars and clubs are 21+, but there are always parties that are relatively easy to find.

College Junior

Greek Life: I really can't speak for the Greek Life because I am not part of it, but from what I have personally seen the only thing they do is throw huge parties and get in trouble.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have not heard any incidents of crime or theft on the West campus. It is small, friendly, and there are generally cops/security available for protection. There is also options available for somebody to walk you to the parking lot if you get out of class later at night.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Due to the fact that I am living at home, I do not qualify for many of the financial need based scholarships my school offers. This is because my parents make an average amount of money and could help me out, they just don't want to. I did, however, receive a merit-based scholarship for my tuition from my high-school which was disbursed promptly.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I am a freshman, secondary education major. Due to the fact that I am only in my freshman year I have not yet experienced some of the great things about this program. ASU has one of the top programs for teachers, called iTeach. In this program, we focus on our specific subject areas so that we are proficient and then are given more student teacher time than most programs. Also, many of the people in this program are hired directly after graduation.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I enjoy the ASU West campus, due to the fact that it's smaller and generally more friendly. The transition from high school to college can often be difficult but this campus is considerably less confusing and intimidating. I am an education major and the teachers in this program are excellent.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: While the dining halls are all you can eat, they become very boring and bland once youre two months into class. They close at very early and inconvenient times, and are usually packed. Thankfully though, there are other places to eat on campus such as devils diner, or burger king, qdoba, papa johns and taco bell that are open late for those hard working students!

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: The public transportation is very convenient for students who want to travel to other areas around campus. For example, theres the orbit, which will take you to the tempe marketplace if you need to do some grocery shopping. As well as the lightrail which can take you form the phoenix area, all the way into downtown tempe.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The ASU campus is generally a safe haven for students, but once you delve deeper into the city of tempe or towns surrounding it such as mesa, or chandler, you may find yourself in some trouble.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Im in the Fulton School of Engineering here at ASU. This is a great program so far. The teachers I've had have all been wonderful and happy to help you. I got the exact class schedule I wanted for there are so many options given to you. The workload of chemical engineering so far has not been to much I have been able to handle it well. They also have job fairs and programs that help you when need to earn money.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many different restaurants within a mile of campus and tons of variety for food options.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: ASU football is the most popular sport and students really get hyped up about the games! Even though I don't really like basketball, I still wish it were a bigger part of ASU college life.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are personable and most of them you feel like you can talk to about any problems you may be having. The workload is basically exactly what I thought it would be. Its more reading than I thought though and less homework homework. The registration process can be a pain because you have certain required classes you need to take that fill up really fast. Overall ASU has been a great academic experience.

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5 College Junior

Parking: You don't need a car for campus but I do suggest that you have a car. Arizona is beautiful and getting off campus to see what it has to offer is awesome. Parking isn't bad at all but the parking permit is very expensive and is based on where you want to park. (i.e. front parking spots = more expensive and back parking spots = less expensive)

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5 College Junior

Computers: I have had great success with computers on campus. I was able to access them good and print things out very easily. The speed and organization of them was awesome. I also found that there was a lot of helpful people there to ask questions too if I had a technical problem.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Student life on campus is indescribable. It is a lifestyle that is like no other. If you stay involved, campus life will be that much more enjoyable. The campus is breathtaking, students are involved and have fun with the activities, students hangout at the library together and form study groups to help further their knowledge and obtain good grades.


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Jade Riley
Glendale, AZ
Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology
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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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