Location
Tempe, AZ
Undergrads
50,484
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 7038 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Senior

Majors: Love Marketing – All the professors are helpful. We always have career mixers where you can meet companies and find internships. There are a variety of course electives you can choose from depending on your interests.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Very Diverse – I know people of all ethnicities. I know White, Black, Hispanic, Indian, Sri Lankan, Bosnian, just name it. People go to ASU from all over the country and all over the world.

3 College Senior

Weather: HOT HOT HOT – August-November are very hot. Expect 100+ degrees. Although it is hot, it does not stop anyone from going to football games and having fun. Just cause we are in the desert does not mean there is no water. You can also go to the Salt River, or go up north for a weekend, it's beautiful there.

2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: As ASU is trying to remove the party school title, they have more police looking to stop parties. MICs (Minors In Comsumption) are given out like candy. If the driver is sober and gets pulled over and has drunk minors in the car, the minors will get MICs eventhough they are in the car and not driving. Expect a party to be shut down within hours, especially if it is big.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Close Walkign Distance – There are plenty of places within walking distance. Everything real close to campus is priced reasonably. There is Panda Express, Subway, Sushi 101. Sushi 101 is very cheap during their happy hours if you like sushi. Tempe Marketplace has other restuarants that are a little more expernsive, but they are good. Mill Ave. is across the street from campus with lots of bars and resturaunts to eat at during the day. I highly suggest My Big Fat Greek Resturaunt. If you have a car there is also Scottsdale, which has several places like Lo Lo's Chicken and Waffles. In Phoenix there is a great breakfast place called Over Easy, definitely worth visiting.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: Lack of Communication – I have not been happy with the financial aid program at ASU. I have had to contact FA for every semester because my funds have not been distributed properly or on time. I got all of the paperwork on my end done, but found myself waiting on ASU. Probably the most frustrating thing is that financial aid does NOT communicate with student accounts. When financial aid learns that my funding is coming through, it is left to me to contact student accounts to stop getting "pay us now" notifications. Also, financial aid does not know anything about my tuition costs or payments. My first semester, I was worried my financial aid would not come through in time, so I was anticipating paying a portion of my tuition. Financial aid told me that I would be put on a payment plan but that I had to contact student accounts in order to be eligible. When I was finally able to get a hold of student accounts (they are ONLY available by phone during regular M-F business hours, which is tough because I WORK during regular M-F business hours!), they told me that there was in fact no payment plan available for that semester and that I would be responsible for the entire cost of my tuition if my loans did not disburse. Not good! I knew my loans we're coming, so I just ignored the payment requests from student accounts and hoped for the best, which is what I have ended up having to do with each subsequent semester for one reason or another. The lack of communication between these intrinsically linked departments is ridiculous and has led to a great deal of frustration for me.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Online Programs – I live in Minnesota in an area where there are no colleges close enough for me to realistically commute to. ASU's online program has given me the opportunity to earn a degree from a great, accredited school without the worry of getting to classes. I have been able to continue to work full time while attending classes, which is a huge perk for me. Additionally, the program itself is excellent. I have access to wonderful professors (who have been very communicative thus far), an easy and reliable interface, and resources such as the ASU library, 24/7 technical support, financial aid help, and a "major map" that lays out which courses I need to take, when I need to take them. ASU's online program has allowed me to go back to school, which I never thought I would be able to do!

5 College Junior

Nightlife: Huge Party School – Basicaly there is no lack of parties going on. Not too sure about the clubs though.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Beautiful Campus – The campus is huge and sprawling with at least 4 Starbucks :). Only downside is the heat; however, there are lots of trees for shade.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Even though I don't reside in Tempe, I feel there is an ample of restaurants, bars, stores to choose from. However, I feel like businesses around campus, about 5-mile-radius, are very strict in terms of parking. It looks like everybody wants to tow your car.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Overall, I feel like the campus is safe. There are always students and staff walking around, and I never feel alone. However, I have never lived on campus, so I am not really sure if it would be different at night.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Lots of Stuff – There is always lots of stuff going on and things to do whether you like bars or sporting events or dancing.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Downtown Campus – I've only been on Downtown Campus and only for summer so I am unsure about those things.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Downtown Campus – I only attend at Downtown Campus and it has been summer so I am unsure what it is like when students are actually around.

College Senior

Parking: I Don't Drive to School – I take the light rail to get to school- I don't drive my own car so I don't know what the parking is like.

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Easy, Convenuant, Nice – it is easy and perfect if you arfe hungry after your last class

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: Great, Entertaining,Exciting – it is great. you have lots around you and many activites for you to particapate in. you can interact at some of the college hot spots and smeet tons of new people.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: There are not that many options at campuses other than in tempe.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Great Food – There are a lot of off campus places to dine around the college.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Before I Was a Student – I have been to parties and bars around the school even before I was a student

4 College Senior

Facilities: Perfect Mixture – ASU is a perfect mixture of successful academic programs, strong athletics, an amazing social scene, and tons of opportunities. The best part about ASU is that there is something for everyone. You can be an honors student and still be able to be an athlete and go out and have fun on Mill Avenue. There are opportunities to join Greek life, major in whatever you want, etc...

4 College Senior

Athletics: Awesome Sports Program – ASU has some of the best athletic teams in the nation every year. Each Saturday during the fall semester, students fill Sun Devil Stadium and the local bars and restaurants to cheer on the football team. The athletic facilities are definitely some of the best in the country and are constantly being made better. Students are always talking about sports on campus, and every Friday during the fall, students wear yellow to support the football team and bring out that school spirit.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Great Area for Students/Young People – Tempe is a great place for students. It has everything you could ever imagine for young adults. There are great restaurants, bars, and clubs for the people who enjoy going out and partying/drinking. Tempe Town Lake, located right by Mill Avenue, holds concerts, cultural events, etc... Tempe also has lots of sporting activities thanks to ASU and spring training for Major League Baseball (LA Angels have a stadium about 10 minutes away from ASU). Most of Tempe (at least the north area) is made up of students, so there is a great, welcoming attitude towards young people.

3 College Senior

Parking: The best way to make sure that you get a parking spot is to buy a permit to one of the many lots on campus. There are covered lots that are more expensive, but are definitely worth the money with the sun/heat we get in AZ. There are also uncovered lots around the edge of campus that are much cheaper and some have shuttle services back and forth. For the people who don't want to buy a permit, there are lots of metered spots, but you must get there early to find one since there are so many students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Good Internships – I've had a couple of writing tutor internships, but they were not for pay, unfortunately. In fact, I haven't seen a lot of paid internships.
The time commitment for each wasn't bad- about an average of 6 hours a week. One experience was really good and it was a challenge, but the other didn't provide much experience but was a lot of sitting around trying to keep busy.

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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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