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

Guys & Girls: Attractive Students – There are tons of attractive people who attend ASU. Especially during the hotter months, everyone's decked out in short shorts and tank tops ;)

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Smart Instructors – There are many helpful instructors who know what there are doing and their teaching methods range from traditional to fun and different.They try to help me any way they can and give a lot of good resources to utilize.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: 1 Good Library, 1 Bad – The computer labs at Noble Science and Engineering Library get overcrowded and there are 4 computers I know that are extremely slow. At Hayden Library there is always a spot and there is a lot of room for those who bring there laptops.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Nice Variation – There are a good variety of restaurants and are all close to the campus so its very convenient

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not Much to Talk About – The only drug scene I see on campus is public smoking. There may be other things going on I don't know about. But, other than that drugs isn't a huge problem here.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: If You Don't Look for It You Are Fine – ASU isn't bad at drugs. If you don't look for trouble you won't find it.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Its Easy If You Look for It – Its easy to get financial aid if you go out and look for it.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Very Diverse Ungrad Population – ASU has students from all over the US and world. You will find a very diverse population at this school!

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I have lived off campus for the last two years, and have had no problem finding a new place each time I moved.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Rules on Campus – The ASU campuses have there rules just like any other. Don't do anything outrageous and you will be fine!

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Light Rail Are the Best Potion – We have some many transportation in our campus, such as buses, orbit and light rail. Let's talk about the buses first, it's a really good transportation which is cheap, but we have to wait for a long time. Secondly, I want to talk about the orbit. It's free, but it takes to long to go to the places we want. Thirdly, I want to talk about the light rail. It's fast, we don't have to wait much time, it be on time and it can to a lot of places.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Great Move-In Process – The move-in process at ASU is great, though the lines can be long. You pull up your car, wait your turn, then a moving company unloads your items (labeled with your hall and room #) and by the time you finish checking in, your stuff is waiting for you in your room. This is perfect for the Arizona heat during mid-August.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation in the Tempe area is good, with free options around the Tempe campus and some that go to different areas in Tempe. The light rail goes downtown, and there are public buses that go around the valley. If you are on campus after dark and need to get somewhere else on campus, you can call the free safety escort to pick you up.

3 College Junior

Academics: For a journalism major, the professors are at the top of their game and possibly above it. They know there stuff inside and out and I enjoy attending class and being about to soak up every bit of information that they are able to provide and then more. The resources available are awesome for broadcast majors are well. The equipment on campus is unbelievable.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Mill Ave – There's always stuff going on on Mill Ave right next to ASU Tempe campus(main campus). It's not just 21+, Mill has a lot of different places to eat and a lot of cool shops.

2 College Senior

Weather: It's way too hot in the summer. By the time you walk to your class in the middle of the campus you're soaking wet. Winter is amazing though, Perfect weather!

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: College Town – ASU is located right in the heart of Tempe. It is surrounded by restaurants, bars, and college themed locations. Mill Ave is the street known for shopping and other attractions. "A" mountain is also within distance of the school for hiking. There is always something to do around campus. There are so many kids in the area you always run into classmates.

3 College Junior

Academics: Speech& Hearing Major – I go to college at ASU and I am enjoying the major I have chosen so far.The program I am in doesn't have an overload amount of other students in the classes and though the workload is demanding, it is rewarding. The graduate program is pretty competitive but the job outlook is very bright so it should all be worth it when I start my career.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Mill avenue offers a variety of casual dining restaurants, like chili's, p.f. changs, etc. There's also a bunch of fast food type places immediately surrounding the university.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Mill Ave – Mill ave is one of the major nightlife centers in the state of Arizona. Period. It's within walking distance of the university, and is basically a long strip of restaurants, bars, and clubs.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I worked hard for good grades in high school, and was given a merit scholarship from the University without any application. The toughest part of the whole process was filling out the FAFSA. After you go through a fairly streamlined process, your financial aid is processed automatically and the scholarship/grant/loan amount is just subtracted from the total fees you owe, with no hassle. I didn't take out any loans, so I can't say much about that process, but for university scholarships and grants, the process is easy.

2 College Junior

Parking: Expensive Permit, Far from Classes – ASU is a big school with tens of thousands of students. They offer no free parking at any time, and semester long parking permits are very expensive, at least for my budget : $200-500 depending on the distance and size of the lot you choose. The most expensive lots are fairly close to the campus proper, but that won't help if your classes are not close together, as the campus is huge. However, a cheaper alternative without the nightmare of finding a parking space is buying a year long transit pass that qualifies you for using any of the bus systems and the lightrail. If you have to commute into the city, you can park for free at any of various park-and-ride lots and take the Lightrail to the school to avoid the parking madness.

3 College Junior

Weather: The weather is consistent, and in the winter and fall months it is very nice. However, 6-9 months out of the year, it is extremely hot. It rarely rains, so most of the time it's not humid, but the heat is oppressive and makes the long walks between classes difficult at times. Getting around quicker, like on a skateboard or bike, can help with this.

5 College Junior

Diversity: The school is diverse and this makes class more interesting becasue of individuals personal opinions.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is on campus dining. This makes it conventional for all of the students.

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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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