Tempe, AZ
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 6379 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Computers: Network Reliability and Speed – If there server is overloaded there are some issues. Other than these times, the internet is relatively reliable.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love the music program at ASU. The people are very nice and most of the professors are great. (You just get those few theory teachers that can be a bit difficult.) Tip: Make an older friend FAST. They will show you the ins and outs of the school. Some things are not very clear and you will need help like I did! :)

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Were Not All Friendly – When you join a greek club, you are sure to have nasty girl or guy fights and issues. Other than that they o not really dominate the school.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Too Much Partying – You don't need to go to every party to be considered "cool". Most of the people who go out feel they need to impress other's. Going out to party or drink once in a while is okay, but not every time.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The School Is Alright but Not Worth the Massive Expenses – Arizona State is a really good place to be as far as atmosphere wise but the expenses pile up quickly especially if you are out of state. The dorms are small and the selection for roommates is do poorly. Academically, it is average but there is studying to be done.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Even in the winter the weather is perfect for walking to class. There is never any snow so slippery roads or sidewalks are never an issue. There are usually more people out when it is warmer and the atmosphere seems to lighten as well.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus Life & Specific Schools – We are also near the top of the lists for party schools. It can both a gift and curse but either way it sets us apart from others.
For those more serious students our Barrett Honors College has a great honors program that definitely sets us apart, at least from the other Arizona schools. Also the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is quickly moving up as one of the best journalism schools. The program offers so many opportunities to students and is the main reason I chose this school.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Expensive but Necessary – The apartments around campus are very expensive to say the least, but I find the neighborhood to be decent. The variety is good, there are several places to choose from-all being super expensive of course.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Fear the Fork! Sports are huge at ASU. We have an awesome rivalry with U of A and everyone gets really into it. The school spirit is ridiculous and win or lose fans always show up. The turnout for football is the best but other sports like hockey and soccer etc. get decent turn outs as well. I'd say the level of diversity is great, especially with IM sports, i mean we have a quidditch team... (they are actually really good, they made it to worlds recently!)

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Dining is one of the areas where the downtown campus really falls short. There are a limited amount of places near by and most of them are on the pricey side. Also if you don't have a car your kind of stuck. A lot of people go to Tempe cause that's where all the good decently priced food is. If I didn't get half-off on the delicious food where I work I'm honestly not sure where I would eat.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Hard to Say – In terms of acceptance I think the school rates really high. I haven't seen or heard of any problems with minorities and there are a lot of great organizations. Unfortunately the campus, at least the downtown one, isn't very diverse. A lot of rich white kids. But in terms of politics, religion, and sexual orientation I would say it's quite diverse and accepting.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Nice but Expensive – Since the dorms are only a few years old they are quite nice. It's two to a room with a private bathroom which everyone loves. The CA's work really hard to get everyone active and involved, we do a lot of fun stuff as a floor and an academic community (the Cronkite school has its own living community). It's extremely convenient since its just across the street from the school. Housing process was easy. BIGGEST DOWNSIDE: super expensive, you'll pay way less for a decent apartment. Also there is only 1 kitchen in the entire building and its gross.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Downtown Is Nice – Everything at the downtown campus is fairly new so all the buildings, especially the dorms, are really nice. It's a small campus which makes everything easily accessible. Also all students get free memberships to the YMCA down the street since we don't have a rec center. The library on campus is small but it's just blocks away from a huge public library.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: It's hot obviously. Really hot around the times when school starts and end. The "winter" is actually really nice and comfortable but it doesn't exactly qualify at winter. There aren't any seasons, no significant changes in the environment besides the obvious heat. Its gross but you get used to it.

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1 College Freshman

Nightlife: Non-Existent Downtown – Everyone knows ASU as a party school but at the downtown campus where I attend there is no nightlife. There are no clubs near by, hardly any houses to throw parties at and if you want to party you have to go to Tempe. Now in Tempe there are plenty of parties but if you don't have a car it can be difficult to go since public transit stops at 1am on weekends and you are stuck. Also even if you go to Tempe all of the clubs are 21 and up.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Probably Better Than Most but Still Average – The dining hall at the downtown campus is one of the better ones. The food is good most of the time and the variety is actually really nice. I'd say the best word to describe it is consistent. Unfortunately there aren't many other options around campus where meal plans or school currency can be used so the food everywhere just gets old really fast.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Football and Basketball Are the Only Really Popular Sports – ASU sports teams aren't that great. Football is hugely popular and games are fun, but the team sucks. Basketball is the second most popular and baseball is kinda popular. The rest don't really get any attention.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There a ton of students at ASU (~70,000) and while the majority are white, there are still lots of ethnic groups represented. Barrett the honors college is even more diverse. Since there are so many students, there's a ton of clubs and frats/sororities, including ones for certain ethnic groups.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: The exteriors of the buildings are pretty drab since most of them were built in the 60s or earlier. The Student Recreation Complex (SRC) has lots of work out machines, a lap pool and a chill pool for tanning, locker rooms, racquet ball rooms, tennis courts, basketball courts, etc. The Memorial Union is usually really crowded but there's a ton of eating options and little markets. Hayden Library is the main/most popular library on campus and it gets pretty crowded during finals/mid-term week. I prefer Computing Commons or a smaller library to study in since it does get so crowded. Barrett is a great place to study since it's smaller and considered a more "serious" place to study.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Four Campuses = Variety – Since Arizona State University is split into four campuses, and each campus is accessible by the inter-campus shuttle, then there is a lot of variety to be found at the campuses as a collective - with free transportation to boot!

There's the general fast-food restaurants, quite a few Asian choices that aren't just 'Chinese', some top-notch pizza joints, around West Campus. There are some great restaurants located around Tempe Campus, very close, in fact, bars, sit-downs, and the general eat-and-go or go-and-eat. At Downtown there are great Italian and Greek sit-downs, a part of a beautiful and specially designed student getaway outdoor mall area, in fact; the 'mall' also hosts popular bars, small convenience stores, and ice-cream parlors. Downtown Campus is great place to have a good time with friends, especially thanks to the cinema theater near the outdoor mall area.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Tempe Sun Devil Spot – Tempe and the Phoenix City itself has so much to offer and so much going on. It's a great cultural town with so much different forms of diversity. Super spot for all sports.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Semi Annoying – The college is so big that there are technically enough parking spots. That is if you don't mind parking literally 1 to 2 miles away from your class. The permits are rediculously overpriced, especially for the permits that allow you to park at the stadium which is at least a mile away from any classroom. You pretty much need to show up at least an hour before your class to make sure you can get a parking spot and get to class just in case you have to hike a bit because of the distance.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: As with any college there is a drug scene if you look for it. I haven't had any face to face interaction with that scene but I have heard stories from friends and colleagues about the stuff that goes on during parties and in private. The alcohol visibility isn't too bad directly on campus. That is because it mainly stays on the bars on Mill.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Good System – Overall ASU has a good safety and security program. There are several methods that students can use such as call boxes that are spread throughout campus. They also utilize technology such as sending out alerts and warnings via text messages and e-mail to keep students informed. The only downfall that I see is that there needs to be more security personnel. I see them every now and then patrolling campus but you really have to try to actually find one of them if you need them.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: If you are coming from the Midwest, you better find out what you are getting into. Kids out near the west coast are very different than us and it takes a lot of getting used to. Go for it, if you think you can live with all the rich, CALI SWAG kids. Best of luck.


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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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