Location
Tempe, AZ
Undergrads
50,484
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 7087 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Weather: Weather all year is perfect. It rains around 40 days out of the entire year. You will always see people in shorts/tank tops at any time of year. Sorry, NYU...

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You Have Everything – Well Tempe has a mixture of everything. Literally any kind of food you want, you can have with a ten minute walk/drive. The options are endless.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Love the Professors – I couldn't be more grateful to my professors. Every single time that I've needed a hand from one of them due to extenuating circumstances, they have helped me. They aren't robots, they understand that in life sometimes things come up that are completely out of your control. This has helped me maintain a higher GPA and lower level of general frustration.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Great Program, Great People – The program for Urban and Metropolitan Studies here is top notch. It is preparing me perfectly for life and I couldn't be more satisfied. The work load can be heavy at times, but that's to be expected from any major. I'd recommend this to anybody.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Labs Are Generally Open – I've always been able to find at least one computer open; even during finals weeks.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There is a ton to do. You never get bored. There is always something going on.

4 College Junior

Weather: The weather is great. There are the 3 months out of the year that it can easily hit 110 degrees, but besides that you can't complain.

2 College Senior

Weather: It's Arizona So It's Hot – Of course it's super hot during the summer months, but the winter is mild and not very cold.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The Campus Feels Safe – I see security around daily and have never felt unsafe on the campus I attend.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There's Something About It. I originally came here because of the honors college ASU's reputation for great research, especially in psychology. I've had a great experience with both. The student life is great, but the academics do catch up to you. I'm still in the middle of my college life, so that special college research or thesis hasn't happened yet, but I can't imagine leaving ASU. I've found my college. Everything I need from a college is here.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: OK, but Repetitive. It can depend on which dining hall you have, but it all does get repetitive. I would not get a big meal plan after freshmen year. I have a small meal plan now (I'm a junior), I keep lots of food in my room, and I eat out. There are lots of on campus dining options, mostly fast food though. If you want to dine, like eat at a restaurant, there are lots of nice places very close to campus and lots more about a 5 minute drive away.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's Pretty Great – The social life here at Arizona State is great! No one here treats you differently even if you come from a different state. They all just greet and talk to you just the same. But the social life isn't what makes Arizona State great, the places you can study and the amount of knowledge from your peers is what makes it great. They help you when you have trouble understanding things and guide you in order for you to make an understanding yourself.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Just Be on Top of Things – I got the financial aid I needed, but the beginning and end of each semester was a bit scary. I had to go to the financial aid offices in person many times to discuss where the forms I sent in were, why my online financial aid status had not been updated this late, etc. I had to do a lot just to be sure I received my financial aid in time. It was a hassle that cut into my class time.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Buses Are Reliable – The transit buses that are provided at Arizona State University is one of the best ways due to the many pick up stops that are provided around the campus. Even at specific times there is a number that can be called to be picked up if a bus hasn't stopped at your location.

College Freshman

Nightlife: I Don't Go – I personally live quite a distance from the campus so usually whenever class is over, i head straight home after a few hours in the library to study. I typically don't stay long enough to enjoy the parties or underage nightlife.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Many Options – Depending on the meal plan you have (if any) you will be eating a lot or hardly at all at the dining halls. The food at the regular dining halls is alright. It certainly has healthy and not-so-healthy options, but there is enough variety to keep most people going back if they have a meal plan. You won't get sick of it that easily as long as you explore your choices and don't go for pizza every time. At Barrett the Honors college dining hall is a step up in the quality of food, so if you can I would suggest eating there over the other dining halls. Every person that has a meal plan also can bring a guest once a week if that deal is still offered, so be sure to take advantage of that. As for everything outside of dining halls, there's a plethora of options. Imagine you're at a mall food court, and then you've thought of about half of your dining options outside of the dining halls. After the typical Chick-fil-a and Jamba Juice type establishments, there are great restaurant options like Engrained on the second floor of the Memorial Union. Sushi...not the kind you get in the clear plastic box either (though that is simply one floor down if you want the cheaper option). ASU (Tempe) is such a mammoth campus that there are obviously many choices for the tens of thousands of people that come to the university.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I lived in the relatively new Hassayampa dorms my Freshman year at the ASU Tempe campus. They were only about 3 years old, therefore everything was still quite shiny and new. I've been to the older dorms and you can definitely notice a difference in the quality and social atmosphere of each dorm depending on how old the building is. The newer the better is the general consensus when it comes to which dorms are better than others at ASU. The Honors College probably comes in first, then Hassy, then whatever else was built the most recently. At Barrett and Hassy they have kitchens available for common use, the cost is proportional to the quality, the distance from classes is nothing to moan about, and the process with which you get acquainted with everything is pretty painless. The people are usually awesome, but that of course differs depending on who you are. The officials on each floor of Hassy are more friends than authority figures, but they still make sure we don't fly off the handle. All in all, I would recommend living in Hassayampa or Barrett to anyone. I met great people and had some of the best times of my life there. I will never forget it.

4 College Senior

Facilities: There is always something you can do on campus. Thre are lots of clubs you can join, you can join the Greek life, or spend your time studying in the multiple libraries and computer commons.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Lots to Do – If you are 21+ there is Mill Ave, street full of bars. Thre are plenty of place to shop; Tempe Marketplace, Scottsdale Fashion Square, and much more. There are lots of clubs to choose from.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: High Bike Theft – If you have a nice bike, spend the money on a good bike lock. Bike theft on campus is high. I lost one of mine, and never got another one. I know people who lost multiple ones.

5 College Senior

Majors: Ford Motor Compnay – I am just finishing my summer Marketing Internship with Ford, and I have had tso much fun. They pay great, teach you a lot, and you have fun at the same time. It is mostly office work, but you also get to go out on the field and visit dealerships a couple of times depending on your project. Everyone is very helpful and there when you need them. ASU is the only PAC-12 school Ford recruits from, so if Ford is a company you want to work for, you are going to the right school.

1 College Senior

Parking: The parking passes are Super expensive, even the farthest one. People are always getting parking tickets. Some of the meters only go to an hour time limit, and most classes are and hour and 15 minutes long. I suggest parking at on of the lightrail stops. The park and ride is free and you can either take the lightrail or ride your bike into campus

5 College Senior

Majors: Marketing Was the Right Choice – I always knew I wanted to go into business, but never knew what. Then I decided marketing because it is more creative and not a repetitive job. Supply Chain Management also interested me, but I never added it as a double major. There are so many industries to go into with marketing whether it is Sports, Clothing, Automotive, Entertainment, the list goes on. I personally have found an interest in the automotive industry. Strange, since I am a girl. But there are so many options of what you can do.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Lots of Options – There is the Orbit, which is free and takes you to campus, it only goes a few blocks from campus but it is very helpful. You can get a metro pass and use the lightrail and buses unlimited. The lightrail goes all the way to downtown, so it is a great mode of transportation for going to drink in Phoenix or going to a Suns game.

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.

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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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