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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Engaging Education – My experiences at Arizona State University are really preparing me for my career. In my courses I am presented with relevant material and engaged in labs and projects. Outside of my courses I have found opportunities to become involved in research projects and work internships. All of these experiences, in addition to clubs, have made my college experience very valuable. When I am at an internship or a job, I feel adequately prepared to take on any challenge because of the skills and problem-solving strategies, the communication abilities, and the experience I have had at ASU.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Difficulty Deferring Scholarship – I took an internship for a semester and had to defer my merit scholarship. The initial deferrment proces went smoothly; however, it was difficult to sort out the number of semesters of funding I had left. Initially, I was given too much funding and when I tried to rectify that, I was reprimanded by the financial aid office. Then scholarship advisers switched and thought that I had already been given my final semester, even though I had returned the money that had been given to me in error. All in all, the process does eventually work, but it has a few bumps and you may have to work at it.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Fresh Healthy Options, However Lack of Variety – The various on campus dining halls offer healthy vegan/vegetarian options included in their buffet style dining, however they begin to lack in variety after a while.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: Get Them While They Are Hot! Get them as a freshman otherwise your chances of getting aid decrease--this is university specific scholarships and grants--because the "New American University" is looking to balloon its enrollment in coming years and looks to entice high school seniors. The problem is once you are in the door, a large university is already receiving your money and you transition from potential university student there to current student--albeit struggling to pay for that university education nonetheless.

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1 College Junior

Weather: Triple Digit Heat With Little Relief – It is sunny almost year round with little change in weather conditions besides a barely noticeable summer monsoon season. Slather on the sunscreen and wear loose fitting clothes, because tomorrow with most likely be a scorcher. Drink lots of water and be prepared to sweat most of it out again.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Options – The area surrounding the ASU campus has lots of great places to eat. I think everyone can find something to satisfy their needs. One great local restaurant is Cheba Hut located on University and Hardy just west of the campus. Take advantage of their delivery service.

4 College Senior

Diversity: A Good Mix – In my one year at ASU I have met more people from out of state than from Arizona alone. This might be due to me not being a incoming freshman but nonetheless it is apparent in my classes and campus life. There is always an event or booth being promoted by all various groups then just the norm. I feel ASU meets all criteria when it comes to diversity.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: School of the Year – ASU is a place where you are able to combine academics with your social life. With over 800 clubs just on the Tempe campus alone, there is one place where you would be able to fit in and feel at home. With all the support from staff and peers, it easy to get help with your studies, along with all the tutoring sessions so you can be on top of things. Its a great place to find balance between both having a good time and reaching your academic goals.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Good Details – I have had a good experience. It lets you narrow your research and match you with your scholarships.

3 College Senior

Weather: It is hot, not overbearingly so. Make sure your car has a/c and you should be good to go!

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Options Options Options!! There is something for everyone when it comes to dining. The most popular place would have to be Mill Avenue because the food there is phenomenal and the people on the street are even better... talk about a dinner and show! If you are looking for a little more humor, there is a great Improv place that serves wonderful food while hosting great comedy. It's always a win there.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: Arizona is not a place where you would want to walk a lot so it is ideal to have somewhere to park but with 40,000+ people at the Tempe campus, it is hard to get a spot. There are parking structures in which you can pay to park at yearly or by semester but it costs up to $700 just to park your car for a few hours. A little advice: park your car at a nearby place and ride your bike or walk the rest of the way because the parking prices are not worth it. If you do decide to get a parking permit, the structures are right on campus so you have direct access to your nearby classes.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Hassay Has It All – When it comes to dorms, Hassayampa Academic Village is as good as it gets. The dorms are on campus so it is a quick walk to all of your classes, no matter how far they are. To top it off, there is a UPS store, dining hall, Subway, and market directly in the middle of the dorm buildings for student's convenience. If Subway doesn't sound good, then pizza, burrito and ice cream are directly across the street for a little variety.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: At ASU, there is something for everyone! There is a club for just about everyone and their unique hobbies and if there isn't, you can make a club with just a few of your friends and get it certified. As for the heat, it is something you will have to get used to since it never cools down, even it if is 2 am. Overall, the school is never dull and the football games are always something to remember. I highly recommend attending ASU!

3 College Junior

Parking: Parking on the ASU campus is not too hellish as long as you are willing to pay $800 to park on campus, which I refuse to do. So usually I park away from campus and walk bus as of next semester since I cannot afford gas anymore I will probably ride the train. Parking on campus is doable but with 80,000+ students, you can forget about finding a parking spot in the mornings, that is when ASU is at it's busiest.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: The computers and computer labs, including the two buildings specifically housing computer labs and offering computer services, are of fantastic quality! The Internet service, when not busy, is fairly strong as well. However, with several students all using the same server during the school year, the wireless Internet connection can be a bit spotty.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The services offered to students at this particular university are of good quality. The libraries offer tons of services as well as printers for students and the athletic and fitness centers are top-notch. The most surprising element of this campus, however, is in the number of trees and "green spaces". For being a "green/eco-friendly" campus in the middle of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area, this campus is gorgeous.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The main nightlife scene of the ASU main campus is definitely Downtown Tempe/Mill Avenue. Although there are no true dance clubs in the area, there is a plethora of small locally owned businesses, restaurants, and tons of bars. Also being a large school with a large number of dorms and a wide array of nearby off-campus housing, parties are almost constant.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Hidden Opportunities – When I first transferred to Arizona State University, I could not believe its massive size. However, I quickly realized this large university also houses large opportunities. A few months ago I happened upon a job/research opportunity. Before I was even fully enrolled in my Fall semester classes, I had applied, interviewed, and been accepted into a paid-internship in an area of research and education somewhat related to my major. I have found this to be a wonderful opportunity, and encourage all who attend to seek out experience in their intended major and interest.

3 College Junior

Academics: For the price you pay, the education received is not of equivalence

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Girls Are Sizzling Like the Weather – The girls are fit and sun-kissed. Most of the time you will see them wearing booty shorts since the weather is so dang hot out here. Not sure how to rate the guys, so I'll leave that one alone. Everyone seems to be from locales other than Arizona.

3 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: Party School – ASU is well-known for its reputation as a party school. The drug scene isn't big that I know of. I'm sure the Tempe campus is a lot different than the Polytech campus since there are 3-4 times the amount of students.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Modern and Green Certified – ASU's Poly campus is very clean, serene, and modern. The architecture is LEED certified. The student center is a great hangout spot.

4 College Senior

Academics: Biology Majors Really Stick Together – Going through all the Bio classes you really get to know the students in your program which helps you when you are all taking similar classes. The teachers are very helpful for the most part and are genuinely excited about what they are teaching.

4 College Junior

Academics: A Great Help – I came to Arizona State University because it had the graphic information technology program. The campus is amazing, it has a wide variety of great things to do with plenty of resources to get help from. Especially the faculty from teachers who are willing to go the extra mile with you to make sure you are on the right path. To campus faculty who help you on a day to day basis with anything and anywhere you need to go.

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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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