Tempe, AZ
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 6427 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Despite Flaws, Love It – If you chose to apply for Barrett honors college, you really get to chose how much of your experience feels like a large college and how much feels like a small liberal arts college. The Barrett dining hall is amazing, especially if you are vegan or vegetarian or just looking to eat more healthily. Stir-fry, gelato, to-order omelets, etc are staples of the dining hall. All my professors so far care and are driven, if you bother to introduce yourself. We have access to so many great resources and the campus is practically like a mini-city all by itself. Plenty of people go overboard with the partying, fine, but it's not as all-consuming as people think. I've been to amazing lectures with Reza Azlan and Paul Davies and seen screenings of great documentaries, I worked on a special paper with a professor where I did field work researching Buddhism in Arizona that turned out to be 16 pages. We have a great sustainability program, a unique Global Studies major (which I am a double major with bio (genetics/cell development). The Study Abroad opportunities are crazy and so good and more often than not have some form of scholarship attached. The education can be top quality if you take the initiative to get what you want. And the administration are willing to help you take the path less traveled if you want it, you just have to want it.

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2 College Freshman

Transportation: Weak Public Transit – Except for the light rail which is great, the public transit isn't very reliable (the buses take FOREVER) and it's very hard to get out of the university/downtown Tempe/downtown Phoenix without a car. The immediate area around the university is great for walking and biking, but there are other nice areas only reachable by car. And Lightrail does not reach them nearly enough. Car parking is expensive, but after your first year or two a must.
Campus transport=great and easy. Bike is all you need, maybe use the on campus shuttles.
Local=mostly good, light rail will get you to most of the places college students like to go.
Beyond local=you need a car. No way around it.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Strong School Spirit, Good Facilities – I'm not really a hardcore sports person, but the school sports experience is fun to participate in from my point of view. The fields and facilities are nice, school spirit is pretty high, football games are kind of a big deal and you can hear the cheering from a significant distance away. The weather when not super hot is absolutely great for being out and about in, and therefore there's a lot of great outdoor areas with shade and cool grass.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Merit as Well as Need Based Opportunities – ASU gives out a lot of scholarship money, including merit based scholarships which are often hard to come by these days. The application for merit based awards is automatic and very easy. For need-based scholarships, all you have to do is fill out the FAFSA

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3 College Freshman

Facilities: Certainly Policed – There are often cops around at night, and CA's around during the day. It is definitely easy to get away with drinking etc. if you are smart about it and dont cause commotion, though

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Certainly Policed – There are often cops around at night, and CA's around during the day. It is definitely easy to get away with drinking etc. if you are smart about it and dont cause commotion, though

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: I am under 21, but I've heard that Mill is wonderful for those that can go to bars. ASU is a typical party school, and there are MANY opportunities to party whether you are in Greek Life or not. AND girls never have to pay. :)

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: It Is Just Normal – The dining halls are typical, food is not great but there are many different options for students. The Barrett Honors dining hall is much better than the others, but still not absolutely amazing. Places around campus are not healthy at all, but there are lots of options. Examples are Jimmy Johns, McDonalds, Whataburger, bars/grills on Mill Ave, Chipotle, etc.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Not Too Bad – I received a decent scholarship and everything was pretty smooth. Wish there were a few more scholarships available to out of state students though.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Hot Girls Everywhere – I will see the pretty ladies in all directions at all times of day. Went above all expectations.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Decent Variety – There are definitely plenty of places to eat off-campus, but there are not a ton that amazing. Oregano's is always good and I enjoy going to Devil's Advocate for watching football and eating wings.

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4 College Senior

Scholarships: Easy to Get the Help I Needed – I received a scholarship when I applied to ASU and they automatically showed the grants and loans I was eligible for online in the finances section of my personal ASU page. Any time I go to the financial aid office with questions they are always helpful and eager to find ways for me to pay for school.

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3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Some Options, but Not as Diverse as They Could Be – Dining options on campus have improved over the past couple years. A sit down restaurant, Engrained, was opened upstairs at the Memorial Union. In addition to the rank and file fast food places, the dining halls offer the ordinary as well, except 1 day a week they devote to vegetarian options. There are several coffee places around campus, e squared one of the few that is local (something other than Starbucks). ASU offers M&G dollars that is applied like a debit card, they are usable anywhere on campus and even some places off campus; this is the best meal plan option as it offers the most flexibility.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Its great! We have the light rail, we have our own student bus transportation called Orbit, we have cabs, or the public bus. The only thing is that campus parking is pretty expensive and crowded at times. Some parking lots are very far away from campus.

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5 College Junior

Nightlife: Night Life – AWESOME! There are plenty of local bars, cab companies are always lingering around for business, and night clubs are very close to campus. There is a street called Mill Ave. From Mill Ave and University moving north bound, up until about 1st Street, you have nothing but a strip of stores, small business, and bars. There's always something to do! For those who don't like to drink, activities on campus are always happening, too.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Transborder Latina/O Chicana/O Studies – Not only do you get to learn more about Latinos in America and around the world, you get to learn about their health disparities, standard of living, and how we can improve all things for them. We also learn about other minorities in America and all of our data is compared. You get to learn a lot about all races around the world that reside here in the US.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: A Lot to Do in a Small Area – From movie theaters to shopping malls to various artistic venues, in addition to a plethora of campus activities, you will hardly lack things to do during your time here on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Many Cultures Blending Together – While I can't speak for sexual orientation, I've seen many students from many different ethnic and religious backgrounds around campus. It's quite impressive how many people are brought to this campus and how everything seems to go together quite well.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Tempe Is Prime Location for Entertainment – The ASU main campus is located in the heart of Tempe, its where all the action is at. It is unique in the sense that from the main campus, you have access to the best of what AZ has to offer (apart from the fantastic nature of the north). From Tempe, you can head down to Mill Avenue, get a few drinks, relax, and from there you can head to downtown phoenix (just 20 minutes away) to watch sports games or musical performances.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Works With Every Niche – ASU offers students a chance to experiment with a very diverse amount of aspects of "the college life". It is was to find a party, easy to find a hole in the wall to study, and it is very easy to put yourself in situations to meet new people.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: Shuttles Are Convenient – Shuttles arrive every 30 minutes and are inter-campus shuttles. If you are not shuttling between the main two campuses (Tempe, and Downtown Phoenix) then you may end up waiting awhile on the bus.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular – drug scene is not often to ses, but drinking is popular, especially during weekends.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: OK but Not Diverse – It is OK if you do not eat on campus every meal. But if you often eat on campus, you will get tired of the food due to lack of options

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I feel very safe on campus. If some threat appears, we will receive texts from ASU alerts and keep indoors.

4 College Freshman

Computers: network speed is quick most often, but sometimes My ASU is down because it is too crowded.


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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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