Tempe, AZ
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
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Very Easy
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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.

3 College Senior

Weather: OUCH: THAT's HOT!!! The weather at ASU falls on the hot side. The good news is there is little humidity making the higher temperatures more bareable.

5 College Senior

Guys & Girls: ASU provides a wide array of personalities and backgrounds. This cultural diversity leads to an educational synergy fostered by a multitude of perspectives making for a more well rounded educational experience.

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Safe Enough for Everyone – There have been no reported drug incidents lately.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It's Worth It – While most people hate staying on campus, because of the crazy people that you meet (and there are a few crazies), it's worth it. You meet so many amazing people that the crazy people become avoidable. Also you end of having a lot of stories by the end of semester, because of the things you do or see while living on campus. If you can afford it then do it.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Sometimes It Is Hard to Find – Living on campus, I quickly found out that there was always something to do or some place to go, I just had to go out an find it. There are some really great events that most people don't hear about because they aren't advertised as much, but then there are other events that are plastered all over the school and didn't really need to happen. Overall, whether it is during the day or at night, if you want to find something to do you can and there is also a safe way to get around campus with safety escort so walking at night is an avoidable option.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: It's There If You're Looking for It. The nightlife at ASU is there, but only if you want to find it. If you're not really into parties, there are easily avoidable. As for the 18+ clubs, they are cool for dancing, but there can be some creepy people. Most of the nightlife, like restaurants and clubs are geared towards 21+, so if you are really looking to have a good time, it will probably be at someone's house or one of the frat hoses. My best advice would be to find friends with the same partying habits as you to ensure that you'll have a good time, because the person who has the most fun also has the most connections.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a decent amount of races and religious backgrounds. I see lots of white and Indian people though.

1 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I Haven't Seen One Hot Guy OR Girl – I believe there is 1 hout guy or girl in a 20 person pool. My school is big too! It's quite hard to spot out someone good looking. No one really cares.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: Worst Experience Ever – As of right now, I am denied of my dependency review even though I got it approved my first year. I now have no money for school and I have to redo the whole dependency review process and it still isn't a guarantee I would get it approved. None of the advisers have been helpful. I feel so stressed every time I am at the financial aid office.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Good Variety – The plaza right across the street (Rural Rd) from ASU has a variety of quick fixes. There's Sushi 101 which is really good if you're into sushi. Then the bagel place next door which is always packed in the mornings! However if you go down about half a mile down the street there are a ton of other little places that are all pretty good and very close to the school.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Looks Vs Personality – There are some very good looking people here. And the fact that nearly all year people are in summer cloths is real nice. It wouldn't be a bad thing to ditch the attitude, you never know who you dissing.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A Good Solid B – There are some real nice people at ASU but you have to dig to find them. Most people here are hard to bet to know. There are many flakes, so it's hard to know if someone is a nice person or just manipulating you. The education is good, I have learned a lot, but many professors are bias and also have big egos to deal with. The school preaches collaboration, and I have grown to think it's because no body here wants to collaborate. I have seen group projects go bad because everyone in the group thought it should all be the way they want it, no compromise. There are winners here, just got to sort though and find them, be with them, and do what they do.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Important but Not the Main Thing! Students at ASU are there to learn and advance their post-graduation earning power. Focusing solely on petty issues such as "datability" is just a distraction from one's degree plans! You'll find most students haven't the time for romantic relationships.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek-Lifers Were Kicked Off Campus. This past year, the greeks took the phrase "party hardy" much too far. In the beginning of the year there was reported underage drinking for most frats and sororities that resulted in several people being taken to the hospital, bu those are the party groups. Other greek life, like the honor and major Greeks are pretty prestigious. I am not favorable to the stereotypical greek life, but I do plan on joining an honor group if I can. ASU cracked down on all the groups living on campus, so greek life is completely centered on campus though it is still a prominent figure at ASU.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Hey Look, Blackboard Is Down Again. The internet is usually pretty slow and isn't very reliable. This past year the ASU website was hacked and both students and teachers could not use blackboard for over a week. When the wifi is bad, the computing commons is very helpful. I love that place because there are almost always computers open and the wifi isn't too slow. There are also both macs and PCs there.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I Wish My Car Could Compact Into a Suitcase – Having a car on campus is expensive, meters are everywhere along with cops, and spots are only free during certain times. The light rail offers a journeying way to get to campus without driving, but can take a long time to get there. You don't really need a car unless you live far away, or attend two campuses.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Staff Has No Idea – The campus living is average. The facilities are nice but the staff has no idea what goes on inside. There is an abuse of alcohol and drugs. I for one had a roommate that was doing drugs in the dorms and I complained to the front desk several times. He had even been arrested in the dorms a couple times, and it took about two months and 3 arrests to get him removed. Way too lenient.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Feeling Safe on Campus – I feel safe on campus during the day but not as much at night. When there are a lot of people at night, such as finals week or after a sports event, but when I am alone I do not feel as safe. Some parts of campus are poorly lit making you vulnerable for something to happen.


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Jade Riley
Glendale, AZ
Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology
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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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