Tempe, AZ
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 7087 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Parking: Parking can be great, however, it is and can get very expensive. I had a permit for Main Campus in the Rural Rd. Parking Garage and I paid roughly around $475 for January to August. You'll always have to pay for parking no matter where you're at so I suggest always having cash and at least $3 worth of quarters. I need my car because I work and live off campus. My parking spaces were very convenient for me!

5 College Junior

Majors: I have not had an internship yet, however, I do plan on applying for one when I get to that point. I plan on entering an internship because it will integrate me into the field I would like to be in and give me a chance to make a name for myself. I am nervous to begin the internship, but so far no concerns.

4 College Junior

Majors: There were no difficulties applying for my program, it was all simple and easy because I new what I wanted to do. The most important suggestion I have, is to make sure your GPA is 3.0 or above if you plan on the Business (Tourism) program or a 2.5 or above for any other tourism program. Also, make sure you get a jump start on the admission process and financial aid so you're not cramming and stressing over it.

3 College Junior

Majors: Well, being in a Tourism program is very interesting. I have learned many different things that I never realized were necessarily part of the tourism industry. I also have learned many new ways to live my life in a sustainable manner as well as try to lead my community to sustainability! I enjoy every bit of it because it really is bettering my knowledge of life around me. The workload can be a bit overwhelming at times, however, it is never unmanageable. The curriculum is great, all the classes are very pertinent to what anyone in the major may be working towards. The facilities are great! The Downtown Campus has smaller amount of students in their classrooms, so more interaction with the teacher, but the main campus is where all the excitement is! If you planning on going into the tourism industry, most of your classes will be at the Downtown Campus. There are exceptions, however, as in if your a Business (Tourism) major, you'll be in Tempe. I have not done any internships yet, however, I hear that they set you up well.

3 College Junior

Majors: I am a Tourism Development and Management (Sustainable Tourism) major. I am extremely happy with the program that I am enrolled in. It is exactly what I imagined I would be doing! If I could re-do the my recent academic past, I would have done this major from the beginning rather than changing my major to this half way through. I’m setting myself up to be able to help communities grow, to encourage people to travel, to give people the chance to have memorable experiences, and to encourage people to receive first-hand knowledge of other cultures. Managing a hotel was and still is a main goal of mine; however, through education and experience I have since learned about sustainable tourism. Not only do I want to manage a hotel, I want to help manage and lead the tourism industry into a sustainable way of existence. I want to be able to provide for our needs while giving our future generations the opportunity to provide for theirs. When the economic, social, and environmental aspects of tourism are all satisfied, only then will the tourism industry be sustainable. I will go wherever, whenever, and I will do whatever it takes to help lead this world‘s top industry into sustainability. The worries that I have about finding a job are nil as of the moment, however, when it gets closer to sending in my resume, I'm sure I'll be nervous that the field will be bombarded with just as many other students like me.

1 College Freshman

Parking: The main problem with parking at ASU is the cost. My parking garage alone cost over $400, and it's still nearly half a mile from my closest class. Considering that hundreds and hundreds of people also share my garage, I'm not sure why they make the price so high, because they must be making thousands of dollars, even though they don't pay anyone to man the garage. It's also difficult to find a parking spot that isn't on the top floor. My friend got a ticket for riding her bike on the wrong side of the road, had to pay a fine, and go to a safety class. I need a car, but I don't live on campus. I hear that taking the light rail is a waste of time because it takes so long.

3 College Freshman

Majors: I had a hard time because I wasn't even sure what major I should go in because of what I wanted to do with my life. I asked an advisor, chose a major, and it ended up being an extremely hard major, and not necessarily the one I wanted to be in. The most important criteria for admission is test scores and transcripts. My program, biochemistry, does not have an abnormal application process, though you do have to test in to your math class.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus because there are many emergency buttons that you can press in case of an emergency. There is also an ASU police system, and a group that can walk you places at night. However, there is a lot of robbery and bikes being stolen.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: There is a lot of variety of food on campus, but it can get to be very expensive, and the restaraunts on campus aren't open very late.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: ASU scholarships that cover tuition on its own are hard to come by unless you have an AMAZING sat score and a polished high school transcript.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: While ASU does try to cater to all of their students, Health and Safety are hard for them to be on top of all of the time because there are SO MANY STUDENTS.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Arizona State has a phenomenal technology center and overall is very good at staying on top of having the best tech possible.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: I am an off campus commuter. however, i do know that the dorms are very nice and the campus overall is very well taken care of.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There is a serious mix of everyone here. You see everything from girls walking around in stilettos to people running around in bunny suits. People are generally really friendly and most are obsessed with Greek life. Drinking is one of the main interests, hands down, and pool parties!

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: It's basically average; there are plenty of people who do drugs and plenty of people that don't. You aren't really exposed to drugs or drinking on campus at all, just cigarette smoke really!

1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: ASU is a dry campus. It is possible to get away with drinking in the dorms but if you get caught you're in huge trouble. The police here have zero tolerance for underage drinking and partying and it's a major buzzkill.

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3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Tempe is incredibly supportive of the University and tons of places offer discounts/deals for students on campus. It's awesome in Tempe for the atmosphere. Definitely a college town, but other cities for the remaining three campuses for ASU are varied. West campus in Glendale is more family oriented, which kind of stinks. Downtown Phoenix is really urban, and right next to a local art sculpture. Mesa is low key. Really depends on the campus, but if the surrounding cities with all campuses were all like Tempe, it'd be waaay better.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Several different buses go around the campus (Flash, which goes in both clockwise and counter-clockwise) and between the four different campuses (Inter-campus shuttle) which, mind you, are in 4 different cities. And the Orbit bus line, which is a public transportation in Tempe goes around the campus and in the neighborhoods, which helps when you live off campus. The city of Tempe is also hugely bike friendly, so it's easy to get around without a car, sometimes it's even easier. There's also a late night security pick up if you need it for staying late on campus. The Campus Security is easily accessible too. The only downfall is not all campuses are like Tempe. Downtown Phoenix is small, spread out through urban city. Not so biker friendly, but easy to navigate. West Campus in Glendale is more in a 'family' neighborhood, so the bike transport is alright, city buses aren't super reliable always but they are easy to get to. Never been to the campus in Mesa, but I hear it's small.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: I do not like how our transportation is. It is very confusing and not accurate.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: they always try to enforce ridiculous things that are never going to happen, like walking your bike on campus. we have the bikes to ride them on campus. they wasted a ton of money on the campaign to stop people from riding bikes or skateboards on campus.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: ASU isn't very safe at all. there are constantly car accidents all around the campus. and there area around the campus is known as sin city because of how much crime goes on their.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Tempe has a lot to offer, if you are over 21 anyways, but the area surrounding the university isn't safe at all. you dont want to go out at night.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: ASU is a very preppy school. Most girls wear bright colors, a tank top and jeans, and a lot of summer clothes. The guys tend to dress the same. Jeans and a tee or board shorts and a tee. Its all warm weather clothing here. Most of the students are very attractive and outgoing.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There are a good amount of parties around ASU. However, there isn't much peer pressure to go to the parties.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: There is always parking available. Unfortunately, parking passes are very expensive and there is a bit of a walk to campus. There are private lots right across the street from the campus that you can park at but the daily fee adds up unless you are only staying for an hour or two a day.


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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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