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

Weather: Hot Hot Hot – Early spring and late fall are nice seasons, so when you are attending normal semesters, it's nice most of the time. However, from about late April to later September, it is very hot. In the middle of summer, it can get up to 120 or so sometimes. So, for zealous students pursuing summer courses, this can be a real pain, especially if you have classes in multiple spots around campus. (speaking from experience on the main Tempe campus).

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Just Loans – The process was smooth, but all they gave me were loans. On top of the loans, they will not cover all of the tuition costs.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Intercampus Shuttles – The intercampus shuttles are the best option for transportation at Arizona State University. They are free to students and you can take them to every campus.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's Great – Time here at ASU is great the school is pretty big but you don't get lost and the staff and students are very welcoming.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: The process was pretty difficult you must have a GPA of 3.0 or better as was as a certain score on the SAT or ACT it is very competitive but worth it.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Text Messaging and Emailing Alerts – Texting and emailing students when there is an alert at the college or surrounding area

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Student Intergrity – Student intergrity is a requirement of pursuing a career at Arizona University

3 College Junior

Computers: Wireless Speed – Unfortunately, some areas at ASU have horrible wireless speed and connection. I could be sitting in a lecture and I would not be able to get connection to get on the internet either because of the amount of people in the room trying to use it or the location of the lecture room.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – I feel very safe at ASU considering that everywhere I walk, there are always police men and women making sure that the campus is safe to be on.

3 College Freshman

Weather: If You Love Lots of Hot, Sunny Days It's Great – Having to walk to classes in the months of August, September and April SUCKS. The heat is overpowering and it feels like you're in a giant oven. But the rest of the school year the weather is pretty bearable. You're in the desert, so be prepared to almost never see rain, but the upshot is that there's always stuff to do outdoors- games to see, mountains to climb, runs and bike rides to go on- without having to worry about getting rained out... As long as it's not in August, September or April. Then it's just best to stay inside until the sun goes down.

5 College Freshman

Majors: The Best Teachers I've Ever Had – I'm extremely happy as a political science major. The two classes I've gotten to take for my major thus far were the two most interesting, enlightening and enjoyable classes I've had here at ASU, and the teachers (Richard Ashley and Terence Ball) were BRILLIANT. I don't know if this is true for other majors as well, but personally I couldn't be happier. I haven't had any trouble finding the courses I need, and so far I'm 2 for 2 on finding professors who were funny, engaging, helpful and extremely knowledgeable about their subjects.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Wouldn't Change a Thing – Like anyone else, I have concerns about finding a job after college, but I'm pretty confident I'll land on my feet. Political science is one of the best majors to choose if you're not totally sure what you want to end up doing after college, because it gives you so many options. With a poli sci degree, you can pursue careers in journalism, public policy, non-profit organizations, law, and almost anything else you can think of that has to do with politics and government. This kind of versatility is also why ASU is one of the best schools to study it at. At the largest college in the country, there are so many options and potential fields of study that one would be hard-pressed to find something they couldn't do. You won't get locked into something you aren't sure about, and there's always a way to further specialize your particular focus.

5 College Freshman

Majors: Piece of Cake – I didn't have to do anything special to get into my particular major. I just talked to an adviser, told him that I wanted to be a Political Science major, and he helped me sign up for the classes. That was it. It's possible that I wasn't in a hugely competitive program, but from my perspective it was super easy.

5 College Student

Weather: Not Much – Its always sunny here but if there is rain, i just take the lightrail

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Not Prevolent – It would mean to be a regular user or in the circuit to know what really goes on behind the scenes

4 College Student

Athletics: Sports Pretty Darn Good – The sports are very varied and inviting. one has but to ask to be on a non-competetive team. Very recreational

2 College Student

Parking: Parking at ASU is organized caos. There are great places to park, but you have to get there early, and know where they are. If you decide to pay for parking there is no problem with it.

2 College Student

Greek Life: Not personally being involved in a sorority, I don't really know anything about their activity. The only way I know they exist i the groups of girls wearing the same shirts walking around campus.

3 College Student

Campus Dining: Dining at ASU is very diverse. There are many available dining halls that are pretty well stocked with a wide range of food. Mind you, not very much of the food is healthy, but it's not mediocre school food either.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Greek Life – I am involved in Greek Life and it is NOT what people see it as, party, party, party, drama, "a scene" to be in, it really isn't. We raise money for an awesome cause, promote schlastic excellence and also provide a support group. Lots of fundraising goes on more than "party, party, party" it is a chance to give back to the community and become professional leaders. (yes with business meetings). If interested, ask a greek brother or sister for information on joining, everyone is very willing to give you recruitment information and rush info. Get incolved with your community and come meet some awesome people, and the fees (DO NOT) got to paying for school, when you join you will find out they go to something that will benefit you and your bros/sisters.

5 College Freshman

Transportation: Their are a variety of transportation options at ASU. The option I usually use is the lightrail. The cost is also very reasonablel. Paying $150 for the whole academic year, including lightrail usage, and city bus usage, unlimited of course. And, the lightrail takes you right into the campus, which is very convenient. There are also city buses that take you to the school, as well as Orbit buses. We have parking lots at ASU, however the cost may be a bit too high for some who can't afford that. Although, most students take bikes, use longboards, or walk.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: This school has alot of diversity. You'll see all kinds of racial groups. From Asians, to Hispanics, and Whites to those from the Middleast. They all bring their uniqeness to this great school, ASU.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Arizona State University has alot to offer. Being in the city of Tempe, you'll find lots to do. We have the "A" mountain right in front and you can hike it all the way to the top and look into the city. On the other side, you can see Tempe Town Lake, and at night, may I say, that is a beautiful sight!On Mill Ave, you'll find local stores, and boutiques, as well as restaurants, all located next to the university. This is a great place to be, trust me, you'll never get bored.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Opportunity for Fun! ASU Tempe campus is right in the center of other huge cities which have tons of activites to immerse yourself into. There are professional sports stadiums, museums, cultral centers, special event centers such as play houses and clubs.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Stressful but Possible – Hard to find right types of aid, but when seeking help from financial aid office can make it possible.

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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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