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

Local Atmosphere: What ISN't There to Do in Tempe? The local vibe of Tempe, AZ is nothing short of hip, historic, and just, well outstanding. The university is really keeping the city up with the times with attractions like the famous Mill Avenue District, complete with historic red-brick buildings still standing from the city's founding, any kind of food you're looking for, and shopping for every type of person. Tempe Beach Park on the shore of the massive Tempe Town Lake is very often home to amazing concerts, city block parties, and international events like the annual Aloha! Festival which celebrates the Polynesian and Hawaiian cultures. As far as sports goes, if there's one thing ASU is known for, it's their love of sports. Every year, thousands of Tempe-dwellers come out for ASU's football games. Tempe police are always on the prowl to keep this bustling city safe, too. Tempe Marketplace and Arizona Mills are both really great malls to check out for further shopping, and getting to them is made easy by the Valley Metro bus and light-rail train system which operates extensively in the Phoenix-metro area. Basically, Tempe is a perfect place to explore as a college student!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Too Much Culture to Go Around in Tempe! With the immense diversity of students that go to ASU, there is an even more vast array of dining options in Tempe and the Phoenix-metro area. From Ethiopian to Brazilian to Mexican and American, Tempe's dining outlets are affordable and fun to explore! My favorite is 5 R Cha Thai Diner, which has the best Pad Thai around!

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Tons to Choose from – Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, etc the Valley is huge and the freeways/public transportation not bad, so you really have tons to choose from as far as price, style, good part of town, bad part of town, roomates or studios. There are homes for rent that you wouldn't believe how cheap you can get them. Landlords know it's a college town and want your business, so they try to outbid each other.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Costs Too Much – Students shouldn't have to pay for parking, that's what all the money we are already paying should be going towards. With scholarships and loans we are already paying too much.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: You're from Where? ASU has a large and diverse population, especially at the main campus. One extreme example could be that I have personally seen women in burkas walking to class even in August. A lot of people representing many different countries attend ASU because it is a recognized school.

4 College Junior

Computers: The computers usually boot up quickly and have high speed internet. Sometimes they break but usually the majority work.

3 College Junior

Parking: Expensive and Strict – It costs 800 dollars for the structures with any near proximity to classes or dorms. I cant afford that. For the spaces that cost a reasonable 200 dollars the twenty minute walk from south campus to lot 59 in the heat made sure i would only drive if i really needed to. One time my parking permit was backward and i got a 50 dollar fine. I had to move my car every weekend for sports games (because i bought a reasonably priced spot). I got fined because a couple times I forgot to move my car back in time. Like i tried to move it at 715 and got ticketed exactly at 7 when they first could.

College Junior

Drug Safety: I Do Not Do Drugs or Drink Alcohol – I have no idea about the enforcement or lack of going on at ASU. I do not surround myself with people who do them and cant know how many people are caught. I cant know how hard ASU looks or when they turn a blind eye.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Buses and Light Rail Saved My Life – ASU provides a U-Pass or transit card that you pay for at the beginning of the year and use to ride the buses and the light rail which saves a ton of money. there are multiple buss stops and two light rail stops on campus. Both the light rail and buss can take you just about anywhere in the Tempe/Phoenix area. There is no need for a car.

4 College Junior

Majors: Wp Carey – The process of getting into my CIS major was relatively easy.There was no special requirements such as essays. Once I applied, all the classes i needed to enroll into were on my DARS. A very easy process.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Great School – Awesome school! A ton to do, a lot of socialization!

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Beautiful, but Pricy! Off campus housing at ASU is some of the most beautiful student housing I've ever seen! But, you will pay for it!

4 College Junior

Nightlife: So Much to Do! Tempe is an awesome area with a ton of nightlife to offer! Nearby Scottsdale is known for its bar scene. There is definitely an abundance of activities!

5 College Senior

Transportation: It's Easy to Get Around – In tempe and the surrounding cities the transportation is great. There are community and city buses, along with the lightrail and infinite taxis.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Tempe Is the Place to Be. Tempe Arizona has a phenomenal night life. I am from a small town in Upstate NY and the life in Tempe is polar opposite. The dining in Tempe, on Mill Ave is fantastic and affordable. There is also Scottsdale to the north and Phoenix to the South, so you are surrounded by great cities. There is never a dull moment, but if you need to relax you can visit a park or hike in the mountains and find serenity.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There are a lot of things to do at Arizona State University, such as local restaurants, shopping malls, theaters, attractions, etc. The Tempe campus is also located near Mill Avenue District, which consists of shopping, dining and entertainment, such as clubs and bars.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are numerous of apartments and houses available off campus from ASU, but they are very expensive. It is difficult for a student to live alone if they are having financial troubles; the number of commuters is large, but for students who wish to live near campus, rent may be expensive and some locations are not very safe.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Dorm Life – Arizona State University is working on designing and constructing new dormitories for its students and most of the dormitories having tutoring services and diners available for their convenience. Also, students are encouraged to participate in dorm activities so they can meet other students and feel more comfortable.

3 College Senior

Facilities: Arizona State University has four campuses in Arizona and they all strive to excel in campus diversity. All student organizations help students in becoming familiar with university resources and improve on their networking.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Couldn't Be Easier – Arizona State University is huge and for good reason to: people can afford to attend because of the very nice scholarships the school provides. I myself am going through college with a full tuition paid ride and I did not have to do very much to receive it either. Unfortunately because of the budget and school funding cuts taking place in higher offices obtaining the scholarship I have is now more difficult. All I had to do in order to receive my scholarship was exceed the AIMS reading, writing and math portions of the exam; keep a 1.5 GPA or higher in my classes; receive an 1100 or higher on the reading and math portions of the SAT; and be accepted to the college, which you are guaranteed to be if you can get the scholarship. Another great thing about ASU is that they take GPA's as unweighted so that schools that are either under funded or underprivileged give equal chances to the attending students versus students who attend well funded schools. ASU is a very understanding school and honestly wants to help those who truly want to succeed in life.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Winter Is Great but the Summer Not So Much – During the summer, the typical heat warnings and drought periods inflict their dealings on many parts of Arizona which doesn't give any mercy to Arizona State University. The heat can be a pleasing incentive, though, to either hold fun pool parties or even better, go on vacation somewhere where the weather is more hospitable. the bright side to the torrid summer, though, is nature shows you truly how beautiful it can be and isn't modest when it blooms with a majestic array of colors all meted from the rainbow. The heat lasts a while and can possibly start early, but the winter is nothing but perfect temperatures that make other states jealous. Always will you find immigrants from other states in Arizona giving themselves a period of respite from their frigid lands, and no one can blame them. Winter is almost something of a dreamland filled with many nostalgic feelings and memories. When winter comes there is almost no excuse for staying indoors when you do not have to because mid seventies is a reason itself to prosper and enjoy the wondrous nature. Only toward the middle of the winter does it become a good choice to wear a light sweater and even then no one can complain.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: All Things Necessary – The dorms consist of nothing more than what you need to survive and stay sane. The purpose of the dorms is not to be a leisure house for you to feel free as a bird and have everything you could ever want for entertainment reasons, but rather that is left to the beautiful surrounding environment and campus. The dorms typically come with a mini refrigerator, bed, desk and a closet, beyond this you are left up to bring whatever you need. Honestly, these rooms suite just fine even though they can feel cramped when fitting you and a roommate. They provide a kitchen in the commons area and a gaming place there as well. They are fine for being able to rest and study up, but the fun truly happens outside.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The University of Arizona in it's aspect of diversity, acceptance, challenges and everything else act in much the same way as the United States of America does. Not only is it a powerful school, but a very well-known school just like the United States is when it comes to the World Powers. ASU is very understanding when it comes to economic or racial issues, it is has a huge population of variant races and people from all sorts of backgrounds who only seek to further themselves better in life. Also like the United States, ASU Prides itself in having a diverse community and goes out of their way to make sure those who want to be will be successful in life. The lifestyle at ASU consists of many attributes that the USA partakes in as well. There are so many clubs and groups to spend time in which people share common beliefs and there are even more who will accept you even if you disagree on some topics. Sure some unparalleled beliefs arise, but a fair outcome is decided amongst the people as in any democracy. ASU is a land of opportunity, where the possibilities are actually endless because they offer so many programs and degrees and no matter your background, if you have a will you have a way, just like the Unite States of America.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The staff at ASU has provided excellence from the Academic Advisors to the Faculty. I could not be happier with my experience.

5 College Senior

Majors: A Wide Breadth of Educational Opportunities – ASU has an incredible array of schools and programs for students to choose. In addition, the quality of education is very high.

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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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