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Tempe, AZ
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50,484
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$22,977 ($9,724)
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Very Easy
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College Freshman

Facilities: Campus is On Right Track – The campus is on the right track towards being a fully functional facility. The Poly Tech Campus will be amazing when it is finished. The new residents halls are nice and welcoming. The new rec. center is almost done, and the new dining halls are complete.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: The Process Is Little Complicated – I am an international student and for us there are very limited opportunities to get scholarship. I didn't get much help from the financial aid office at ASU, as most of the scholarships they had required the US citizenship. Although I got the position of Graduate Research Assistant in the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering at ASU for one of the semesters during my Masters program, but I had to pay from my pocket fot the other semesters. But if any student is a citizen here they have lot of scholarships. The only thing they need to do is to apply early in the semester and stay in touch with the college authorotoes and financial aid office during scholarship process.

2 College Senior

Greek Life: Greeks Are Not That Vibrant Now – Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join. Most of the non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks. Greek students stay in run-down chapter houses.

College Senior

Drug Safety: Just Be Yourself – In college, we're adults. No one can tell you what to do or make you do anything. We are all individually responsible for any decision we make (or don't make). If you socialize with people who drink, you'll see a lot of drinking. If you're going to hang out with people who smoke (whatever), it's going to seem like that's what everyone's doing. If you're in the library, it'll seem like everyone and their roommate has a Facebook.. or is actually studying. You've seen those people who party back-to-back and still get good grades or get As on exams. Don't be like that. That's no impressive and not at all respectable.

4 College Senior

Academics: Definitely Ratemyprofessor – Definitely look up your instructors on Rate My Professor. Some instructors may receive a "bad grade" because they assign too many essays, but someone like me, I'd rather write an essay every week than have to work in a group. Do lots of research about tutoring and get to know librarians. Give yourself plenty of time when navigating through campus and try not to become tempted by vending machines... being an adult, life is still mostly standing in lines and paying for things.

4 College Senior

Academics: If Phoenix Can Become Sustainable, Any City Can – I'm an Urban Planning major at ASU. Out of all majors offered at the university, Urban Planning is the only one that's genuinely got me trying and desiring to succeed. The workload can become intense, but there are professors and TAs are available to offer help and guidance. Urban planning and sustainability courses are interesting and very easy to apply to my daily life. There are vague concepts, but at the same time, creativity/originality can go a long way. For example, coming up with unique processes to conserve energy or reduce consumption and things like that. As far as internships and job opportunities go, the world is basically working on becoming "green" or more sustainable. A student can possibly intern or volunteer at a recycling center, shadow a city or regional planner, go into local/state or national politics or even law enforcement. Majors can choose hone into a specific area of urban planning such as transportation, recycling, housing, historical restoration/preservation, environmental conservation/preservation, and so much more. What's taught in urban planning and sustainability courses are things everyday people can understand and possibly apply to their lives.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Loved the Dorms – The dorms that i lived inon campus were very nice. HassayampaBest was a very good and friendly place to live. There were many activities to do.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: 8 Good Months – At Arizona State, weather is very nice for eight months but the other four are extremely hot. Drink lots of water if you choose to go to asu.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking is extremely expensive but available everywhere. A lot of the parking is covered but it's still really expensive. Some of the parking is far from campus but they provide buses to and from parking lots

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Dorm Security – In order to enter the dorms, one must have an I.D. and a key. The I.D. is used to actually enter the dorm area, while the keys open every door from there on in. It helps provide high security and safety for the studenets on campus and living in the dorms.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The guys at Arizona State have a plethora of different ways they dress. Some dress sporty and others based on their culture. The girls tend to wear daisy dukes and lose tops in this hot heat! Many of the students seem to prefer to skateboard around campus, including the girls.

1 College Senior

Parking: Growing in numbers every year, parking has become more of a hassle. Parking is extremely expensive and there is rarely any parking available. Not to mention the meters do not provide enough time to even attend class for an hour. This is something ASU needs to improve on without a doubt!

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Safe and Sound – I have never felt threatened on campus. However, I do remember a few instances in which some students have been harassed. Regardless, ASU is a very safe campus!

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Not Enough Variety – I think the food there is great! However, I would like to see more dining options across campus. Furthermore, as a Nutrition student I think it is important to offer food options to those who may be vegan.

5 College Senior

Computers: The computers at ASU never give me any problems. It takes a while to get to the main screen after you enter your username and password, but the quick internet access more than makes up for it.

College Senior

Academics: Despite what Hollywood movies have to say about it, college is not a time to just party. I am a Math major, but I did not take many of courses seriously enough, and I ended up barely passing them. For other Math majors, my advice is to get tutoring on all courses (even courses where you are confident and competent), take your electives as late as possible, and avoid Advanced Calculus and other higher level math courses unless you have a lot of experience in comprehending and remembering mathematical proofs.

3 College Senior

Weather: The temperatue at ASU is not a very big problem during the winter months, but even for an Arizonan, being outside can be unbearable from the late spring to early autumn. If you must attend summer school, choose online classes only.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I really enjoy attending Arizona State University. I have never had trouble with bullies or the like, but I am mildly annoyed by the smoking on campus. I suggest that someone create designated smoking areas to decrease the likelihood of suffering from second-hand smoke.

College Senior

Majors: Happy With My Program?? Am I happy with my program of study?? Yes and no. Yes, because I am proud of what I accomplished! And no, because of all the different areas that I had to study and the time it took me to complete my degree. I would not do it all over again, I would choose something else. My career goals are to become a doctor. It was my first passion and I should have stuck to my guns! I don't have too many concerns about finding a job in my field because social work is such a broad field; there are many different areas that I could go into with my degree.

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College Senior

Majors: BSW Program Admission Process – Applying to the BSW Program was somewhat easy. You had to fill out an application, have two references, and complete the required prerequisites with a C or better! But you can't apply to the "Professional Program" until you completed the prerequisites and you were a junior in college. So up until then, your major is "Pre Social Work."

College Senior

Weather: During the Fall and Winter seasons the weather is amazing! It can get a little cold in the morning during the winter time, but by midday it feels warm and sunny outside. But during the Summer season, that's a whole different situation...it can get up to 120 degrees during the AZ summers and it is horrible!!! I am a native of Arizona, born and raised, and I still cannot stand going outside during the extreme heat unless I HAVE TO!!!

College Senior

Majors: BSW Program – Being a student at the School of Social Work and pursuing a BSW degree has been very challenging because there is so much that this program requires you to learn. Students in the BSW program take classes in all disciplines, i.e. Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, Human Biology, Stress Management, Social Service Delivery Systems, etc. It was particularly challenging for me because I was also working full-time throughout my college years, so my 4 year degree took 6 years to complete. I enjoy my program because it allows me the opportunity to help a wide range of individuals. The curriculum is challenging but just enough! But overall, it is rewarding once you finish a class and can go out into the world and apply what you've learned.The internship process for my program was very easy; the faculty is very supportive in matching you with the right internship, and they handle almost everything, unlike other majors that require the student to go out and "find" an internship, the BSW program "places" their interns with pre-approved sites.

4 College Senior

Majors: BSW Intern – During the last two semesters of my program of study (Social Work), I am required to complete an internship consisting of 240 hours of internship each semester. Along with the internship comes added responsibilities, deadlines, documentation, etc. because it is essentially another job. The first semester that I had to do an internship I was so exhausted and stressed with everything that needed to get done in a matter of 3 months; I work full-time as a medical research assistant, along with going to school full-time, and interning for 24 hours each week, I hardly had time to eat, sleep, do homework, and there was definitely NO time for extracurricular and leisurely activities. With my major, the process of finding an internship was fairly easy because we get "placed" at different agencies rather than having to go out and look for a company/agency to intern at. There are other colleges and majors at ASU that do it differently than the School of Social Work. For the BSW program there is no pay or stipend for interning, but for the MSW program there are some internships that pay interns.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Diverse Selection – There are Thai food restaurants, authentic Mexican food restaurants, and a Farmer's Market for high quality products.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: ASU's parking situation is dire. Parking lots and structures sell out quickly despite the ever-increasing prices, so a large number of students get stuck parking off campus or in a designated lot some distance from campus. The new Light-Rail train system is only useful to students attending multiple campuses, but the free shuttle service helps alleviate some of these problems. The Flash buses are prompt, fast, and free.

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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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