Location
Tempe, AZ
Undergrads
50,484
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Awesome Teachers – I fell in love with the teachers at Arizona State University they really thrive on setting challenges and empowering the students to better themselves beyond their limits.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Working Professional – I am a returning student. So, I don't spent much time at the campus aside from classes. That being said I know that students will come to class after smoking weed.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Gammage Auditorium – ASU is blessed to have Gammage on its own grounds! Since we get Broadway plays right on-campus, there's a thriving arts community that comes along with it (and night-of student discount tickets). I always loved going to student productions as well, from theater to dance to ASU students' art exhibitions at our very own art museum.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Dine in Any Country... Without Ever Leaving Tempe. There's a taste of nearly everything around campus, and most places very close (i.e. Mill Ave, places off University, etc.) offer some form of student discount or student appreciation. Near ASU you will find Ethiopian food, Indian food, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean, Classic American, Italian... everything! I'm vegetarian (used to be vegan) and like to eat raw when possible and that's not too hard to do in Tempe! Of course there are a million chain restaurants, but I prefer those little family-owned hole-in-the-wall dives that have the best dang Vegetable Korma ever on a student-friendly budget.

5 College Senior

Majors: The ASU education program is spectacular at preparing you as a teacher. Instead of being thrown into student teaching after a load of methodology classes, you complete these courses hand-in-hand with classroom internships so you are implementing what you're learning at the same time. The workload was manageable and the classes were very relevant to current trends, such as brain-based learning, English immersion, etc. The program does adapt as state certification requirements change, which is nice!

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5 College Senior

Transportation: The transportation opportunities are endless at ASU! My favorite during my undergrad was the Orbit shuttle--it's free and there's one circulating every 10-15 minutes during peak class times. They're air-conditioned and circulate the neighborhoods surrounding ASU. The routes go pretty far for a free service, even into Scottsdale! There is a free campus-to-campus shuttle that goes between Main, Polytech, and Downtown. It's more like a coach touring bus: comfortable seats, air-conditioning, and free wi-fi with your ASU login! If you're an ASU student you can also purchase discount Valley Metro and lightrail passes (your U-pass, available to purchase online through your ASU account), both of which are pretty convenient and ever-expanding. Personally, I'm not much of a Valley Metro fan, I'd rather drive long distances (it's quicker), but the lightrail is nice because it's free parking at the stops and goes right to Sun Devil Stadium (stop trying to battle parking on-campus for football games!), the Diamondbacks' ballpark and the Suns' arena (sorry, I can never keep up with the names!). Plus, if you have tickets for an event at the arena, the lightrail is FREE. If you live near ASU, don't spend exhorbitant amounts on a parking pass and just use the free travel options!

College Senior

Majors: Teaching Program Internships – Before student teaching at ASU, you have to complete three single-semester [unpaid] internship placements at varying schools. You spend on average 1 full day a week in the classroom throughout the semester (although, if you're like me you'll want to go more often!). How your internship goes is all up to you! I always got involved, planned mini-lessons to teach in order to supplement the teacher's own plans so he/she could give me feedback and pointers. This was the best part of the education program at ASU--very helpful for gaining experience!

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2 College Junior

Drug Safety: What Ever Your Into – You'll find what you seek out. drugs and alcohol are all over campus if you are looking for it. I am looking for good kids and good influences so I don't know were to find it, but i could if i wanted to

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Seen but Unseen – The police are always there if i needed their help, but I never really see them doing anything and the drug and achol problem are just getting worse.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Resources Galoure – There are so many resources and options for success here. There are a lot of different kinds of resources that can be used to move forward to being the best student and future professional you can be. The place is big and people can be friendly.

4 College Senior

Diversity: I've seen people of all different races, ethnic backgrounds and religions on campus. It is a campus for a variety of different cultural backgrounds which makes for an interesting and educational experience for everyone.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Many Different Options – I enjoy the food choices at ASU. There is a very fancy, organic (though expensive) restaurant in the student union that I enjoy, a few dining halls with pretty healthy and wholesome foods, a Jamba Juice and a couple Starbucks, and a few fastfood options. I think the variety is perfect.

3 College Senior

Academics: Could Be Better – Like any school, some teachers are amazing while some don't seem to know what's going on and leave students confused and unsure of what is expected of them. However, a bright student will be able to figure it out and be successful with it without the help of their professors, though even the most unorganized teachers try to be of service in whatever way they can.

3 College Senior

Academics: Some Really Amazing Teachers – My first semester I had some incredibly helpful professors, but ever since then every teacher has seemed to be really unorganized, making everything more stressful than it needs to be. Still, they all try to do what they can to help you out and the workload is always manageable.

4 College Senior

Facilities: I chose the Polytechnic campus because it has plenty of places to get away in between classes, whether it's to relax for a couple hours or work on assignments while on campus.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: It's School – It wasn't my first choice, but I chose ASU because going out of state would cost too much. Honestly, I'm a senior and I just can't wait to move on because I'm tired of being in a school where I feel like no one cares about me.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Few Healthy Options – Overall, there is a lot of variety in the campus dining, from campus-based restaurants such as Devil's Diner, Pitchforks, and Engrained, to local and national chains such as Dave's Dog House, Taco Bell, and Papa Johns. In addition, there are convenience stores on campus, called Provisions on Demand. Many of these restaurants offer convenient options, such as Papa John's and P.O.D. Healthier options can be found at Engrained, E2, and P.O.D. as well. There are also a great number of coffee shops including several Java City's and Starbucks on campus. Prices on the healthier options aren't that great, however.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Engaging Education – My experiences at Arizona State University are really preparing me for my career. In my courses I am presented with relevant material and engaged in labs and projects. Outside of my courses I have found opportunities to become involved in research projects and work internships. All of these experiences, in addition to clubs, have made my college experience very valuable. When I am at an internship or a job, I feel adequately prepared to take on any challenge because of the skills and problem-solving strategies, the communication abilities, and the experience I have had at ASU.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Difficulty Deferring Scholarship – I took an internship for a semester and had to defer my merit scholarship. The initial deferrment proces went smoothly; however, it was difficult to sort out the number of semesters of funding I had left. Initially, I was given too much funding and when I tried to rectify that, I was reprimanded by the financial aid office. Then scholarship advisers switched and thought that I had already been given my final semester, even though I had returned the money that had been given to me in error. All in all, the process does eventually work, but it has a few bumps and you may have to work at it.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Fresh Healthy Options, However Lack of Variety – The various on campus dining halls offer healthy vegan/vegetarian options included in their buffet style dining, however they begin to lack in variety after a while.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: Get Them While They Are Hot! Get them as a freshman otherwise your chances of getting aid decrease--this is university specific scholarships and grants--because the "New American University" is looking to balloon its enrollment in coming years and looks to entice high school seniors. The problem is once you are in the door, a large university is already receiving your money and you transition from potential university student there to current student--albeit struggling to pay for that university education nonetheless.

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1 College Junior

Weather: Triple Digit Heat With Little Relief – It is sunny almost year round with little change in weather conditions besides a barely noticeable summer monsoon season. Slather on the sunscreen and wear loose fitting clothes, because tomorrow with most likely be a scorcher. Drink lots of water and be prepared to sweat most of it out again.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Options – The area surrounding the ASU campus has lots of great places to eat. I think everyone can find something to satisfy their needs. One great local restaurant is Cheba Hut located on University and Hardy just west of the campus. Take advantage of their delivery service.

4 College Senior

Diversity: A Good Mix – In my one year at ASU I have met more people from out of state than from Arizona alone. This might be due to me not being a incoming freshman but nonetheless it is apparent in my classes and campus life. There is always an event or booth being promoted by all various groups then just the norm. I feel ASU meets all criteria when it comes to diversity.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: School of the Year – ASU is a place where you are able to combine academics with your social life. With over 800 clubs just on the Tempe campus alone, there is one place where you would be able to fit in and feel at home. With all the support from staff and peers, it easy to get help with your studies, along with all the tutoring sessions so you can be on top of things. Its a great place to find balance between both having a good time and reaching your academic goals.

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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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