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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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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Good Opportunities – As an English Literature major I have had experience with some excellent professors who are passionate about their field of expertise.
I've taken some really interesting courses which incorporate novels which were adapted to film; in on particular course we got to read the novel, watch the movie, and then participate in in-depth discussions about the variations and choices of all parties involved in the adaptation.

There are many internship opportunities which fit different interests within English. I had two internships- one was as a writing tutor for other ASU students, the other was as a writing tutor at a local high school. There are journals, newspapers, etc. that students can work and intern with as well.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: While I have had many amazing instructors at ASU, I am disappointed by the expectation of students to be catered to and the willingness of some professors to oblige. Student's aren't always expected to be responsible for their own learning and because they whine over their inability to read a syllabus, they manage to get second, third and fourth chances.
I think students would benefit from instructors with high expectations that are strictly enforced.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Seniority Is Key – They key to excellent upperclassman housing is to do it as soon as possible! The sooner you request your housing the better your apartment will look. ASU has some very nice upperclassman housing just requires early request forms.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Fun in the Sun – Tempe is a city all on its own. There's always something going on and the college community is always involved with something. Beside college activities, the city has plenty of nightlife to attend and great shopping malls all around. The people are always willing to and very friendly.

2 College Junior

Parking: Too Much to Park – Parking costs too much, and everything is far away.

3 College Junior

Weather: Heat Waves – The AZ heat can be unbearable at times. At times, temperatures can reach as high as 117*. ASU is a great school, but walking from class to class in this heat is rather uncomfortable and exhausting. But during the late fall and winter, the weather is perfect!

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid offices are TERRIBLE to work with! They hire students that have no answers to the questions you have and can't work with you if your parents refuse to give you their tax information.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: At first I thought it was impossible to meet guys here that weren't douche bags, but I met the most amazing guy in my freshman math class and we have been dating ever since! Just be sure to watch out for the creepers!

3 College Junior

Facilities: Average College – Honestly, I feel like my school doesn't offer all that much that isn't available at other universities. I really wish there were more things to do here and it was easier to get involved in activities.

5 College Junior

Athletics: The athletics at Arizona State University are great. The teams perform very well and strive to be the best. They have an excellent support system with the other teammates but more importantly the fans. The fans are behind them 100%. The school spirit is alive and well at ASU

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Available but Expensive – Parking is definitely available and you won't struggle to find a spot but it is ridiculously expensive. I think the cheapest parking is in Lot 59 outside and that might be $700 a year. The parking garages are about $700 a semester I think.

2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Lots of Parties Off-Campus – Abundance of parties with alcohol off campus.
Drinking occurs in the dorms and authority doesn't really care as long as it's not too out in the open.
If you don't want to drink it might be kind of hard to find friends who agree with you but most people won't judge you if you don't drink. Adderall, marijuana and ecstacy were somewhat common in my dorm among certain individuals.
I found a great community of Christian friends (CRU-Campus Crusade for Christ if you're interested) who share the same values and morals as me but before that I was kind of alone when my friends went out to party.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: What It's Like – I mean, lets get real here. ASU ain't that bad. Lot's of hotties, but besides that there ain't much to do yadadadabooboo?

4 College Junior

Weather: Anywhere you go is going to have crappy weather. Fortunately for Arizona it is during the summer when nobody takes classes anyway. The other three seasons are phenomenal.

2 College Junior

Health & Safety: I got jumped by 3 guys walking alone in a neighborhood a tenth of a mile from campus on my way home and I called the police. They were campus police. I was still bleeding from my nose and mouth and they started accusing me of provoking these guys for no reason and told me they were to busy to help me find my glasses that I lost. I expect helping someone properly is a common problem.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: 21 and Over – Since the first 3 years of college are usually ages 18 19 and 20, there are not a lot of activities to do aside from going to a bar. That's probably better since you should be studying anyway. Downtown Tempe is sort of a ghost town ever since Tempe Marketplace opened.

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Good Atmosphere – Everyone is a sun devil. Most people rep the school pretty hard. Plenty of activities. Sporting events are abundant.. Suns games, Diamondbacks, Cardinals, ASU basketball, baseball, football. All a blast. Plenty of nightlife. Shopping and dining are EVERYWHERE!

4 Recent Alumnus

Computers: Great Computer System – Wifi is good, computers for use are everywhere. Lots of oppurtunities for technology even if you dont have a laptop.

5 College Senior

Athletics: Neat-O Sports Reports – ASU has an excellent athletics facility called the SRC, where students can hang out, socialize, and above all, exercise. Since memberships are included in tuition, students have unlimited, easy access to the gym and all its equipment whenever as if it's absolutely free! There's also an abundance of athletic clubs for students to choose from, which are also excellent.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: ASU is not that strict. It is almost impossible to get kicked out of the school or get on academic probation. The cops around the campus will give you a minor in consumption if you are caught with alcohol on your breath.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are places to eat all over campus. For incoming freshman, a car isnt a neccessity because you can walk everywhere. Mill Avenue has every type of food you can imagine.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Arizona State is all about the football tailgates. It seems like the entire school is repping maroon and gold and games days and are ready for a good time. The student section is the plae to be at the football games. With thousands of screaming students, you are bound to have a good time.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is all over ASU. It is so much fun being in a sorority with 200 girls and feeling like you see your sisters everywhere. Greek sororities and fraternities participate in a lot of events together that are so much fun. We do things like raise money for charities and intramurals. Greek life is the best way to become involved in your school and help the community.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on Campus Is a Blast – Arizona state is the best time of my life. I have met so many people and had the best experiences i could have imagined. The education is highly valued at ASU and the teachers truely care for their students.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The Hassayampa dining hall was okay to me at first. It was repetitive after awhile and it wasn't open as late as many people wished. I loved the breakfast for the waffles. Most people were okay with the dining hall food quality, I'm just a bit picky when it comes to cafeteria food. Definitely get a meal plan with M&G because The Barrett Honor's College Dining Hall is soooo good.

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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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