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

Nightlife: Mill Ave. is where to go if you are 21+, if not then it sucks to be you. But there are also plenty of house parties which are generally much more awesome than the clubs and bars. But with the assortment of girls in the area there is no going wrong.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: All Kind of Lame – The majority of the dorms have issues and are pretty lame. The good thing is that they are close to most of the buildings you will need. There is no alcohol allowed on campus, so it makes living in the dorms harder. Keyless entry to the main buildings makes it a bit nicer, but I suggest renting a place in the area.

4 College Freshman

Academics: One Place Many Opportunities – The opportunities available are amazing. There are many different majors, and specialities to choose from. The faculty is usually very knowledgeable and helpful. Registration is very easy, very nice and easy to follow online instructions. Depending on your major the courses might have a bit more work than you would like, but I am sure it is less than other institutions around. It seems that there is an engineering library for science majors, and a 24 hour library that is good for studying.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Would I Give It Another Go? Knowing what I do now, if I had to start all over again ASU would still be my first (and only) choice to pursue my degree. However, I may begin my studies at a community college and then transfer, due to the costs. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a student at ASU, getting to know more people than ever before, and learning some of the history and traditions of the campus(es). I am an avid Sun Devils fan for life, and will continue cheering on ASU teams long after graduation. ASU is more unique than any other school because of its location (not quite in a big part of any city, but not secluded/isolated either), its extraordinary diversity (currently leads in hispanic-latino population among others), its plethora of programs, the overall student/faculty body, its number of courses and offerings on each campus as well as the potential for more increases in all areas. Several of its programs are currently ranked in the top 50 by all major publications (i.e. U.S. News and World Report), it has developed and redeveloped and improved upon many of its facilities which hold some of the best programs - not to mention the sustainability efforts which have been undertaken in recent years, including, but not limited to: solar panels over parking lots/garages, wind powered fans (Global Institute of Sustainability facility), research in laboratories using algae, dog feces, and many other unknown and uncommon resources. ASU is great because it is the perfect place to meet people, it has the most friendly professors, and its resources are endless both inside and out. They have some amazingly planned Family Weekends and Homecoming activities among others, and there is never a dull moment. The only thing I have an issue with is the outlook on academic progress and trying to get things done too quickly at times. Otherwise, I would give it an A+ without hesitation.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off Campus Food – There are plenty of off campus restaurants and fast food place with in walking distance and they work in lots of deals for college students. My favorite is Chuck Box.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Barret College – Only one dining hall has a good variety of food, which is Barret college in ASU. The rest have the same meals every week which is not worth the price of the meal plan, I'd be better off buying and cooking my own meals.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: For the time that school is in session the weather in the Phoenix area is amazing. The first part of the fall semester when it is still summer can be a little hot, but if you are willing to endure that for the 70 degree temperatures around the late fall semester into the very end of spring semester, it is worth it.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Great Computer Access – ASU classes rely heavily on your ability to use computers, and they supply you with that ability. There are computer labs, an apple store to buy your own mac, free, very high-speed, internet access, and print stations if you need them that cost a few cents per page. You can even get your computer repaired on-campus. Computer issues aren't a problem.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Freshman Campus Life – Welcome week is excitingas there are rallys and free stuff. The first year ASU is all about getting students familiarized with the campus and getting involved in campus life by joing clubs, going to fun events on campus,etc.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most minorities can be seen walking through campus but the most dominant ethnicity is Caucasion, very few, Mexicans or African-Americans. Although it is refreshing to see so many exchange students on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The main capmus is surrounded by off-campus housing, some have fair pricing thanks to rent control. ASU will also help you in any off-campus related matter.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Nice People – Lots of pretty ladies at ASU! There's a little bit of everyone out here, and you can easily find groups of friends that share your common interests - whatever they might be.

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5 College Junior

Academics: Film Students Will Prosper – The film program offered at ASU is ran by several excellent faculty members that really help guide their students through the program and into specific internships.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Excellent Social Scene – Tempe is an excellent college town right in the heart of Arizona. The downtown area where the college is located is always offering something to do (concerts are a big plus!)

3 College Junior

Facilities: ASU is a huge university and therefor has a huge and diverse community. Its easy to meet people in classes and most people are very nice. Most of the teachers that i have had have been very good, informative, and energetic about teaching, learning and interacting with us (students). An education is what you make of it, you can't expect it all to come your way if you don't make any effort. That being said, there are people who are at ASU who you can tell are there only for the social aspect of ASU which is a shame because its pretty darn expensive to go to school. But no one forces you to be with anyone and there are such a wide long variety of classes, its hard not to find things that interest you.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Public Transport – ASU has a great system around the Tempe campus. They have buses that travel for free to and from their different campuses. They have free buses that run around to different parts of that one campus, they have free buses that take you out to different neighborhoods around campus and then the public buses run all along campus so its possible to get anywhere. We also have the light rail that is extremely helpful for getting to and from the airport and its pretty close to campus and very accessible and cheap. Most of the buses around are free, only the light rail and the public transport that runs all over Phoenix charges, and they have student rates for that as well.

3 College Junior

Parking: $2 an Hour? Forget, I'm Taking My Bike! ASU doesn't have enough available parking spaces at the Tempe campus. And if you are lucky enough to get a spot, you have a huge fee to pay. You can try your luck at getting a metered spot but you can only pay for an hour at a time and that costs 2 dollars! Me, I like to just bike to school. Sure its hot and you get sweaty during the first few months of school, but it makes it really easy to get around on campus and off campus. Some of my friends even drive to school with a bike, park somewhere that isn't far away where its free and then hope on their bike the rest of the way so they don;t have to walk for 35 min to class. Also, ASU oversells some parking spaces because they know that not all people have class at the same time on the same days which is a problem because you can have payed for a spot and actually not have one some times.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: There Are Options People! Ok, so unless you live too far from campus, you won't really need a car. Parking permits at school can be a bit costly, but if you know you will be driving, get one. Sure, you may be paying $300+ but if you don't, you'll be paying $8 a day and you'll need to arrive with plenty of time since they sometimes get full.
As I said though, there are options. If you live close, a bike will do. There are plenty of things close to campus and there is public transportation that can take you around. We have the buses and light-rail and students can get an unlimited two semester pass for only $80.

3 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: You Don't HAVE to Go Greek – Greek life is great, because you get to meet a lot of new people with common goals in mind... Sure those goals vary quite a bit though... Regardless, don't feel that you need to join one to fit in, there are also a lot of clubs and other activities you can join... or not.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: There is always something to do on Mill Ave, right next to ASU. Whether you are looking for a place to shake that booty, have the opportunity to use a designated driver, or just have a tasty snack, there is sure to be something there. Although a lot of places are 21 and up, one thing is for sure, there is always something walking distance from campus going on.

2 College Junior

Scholarships: I always get little to no financial aid. They just raised tuition at school yet again. Tuition this year went up to 10700.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: ASU has a strong no alcohol on campus policy; it has its own police department. There isn't a dress code.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: ASU is located in a very vibrant city where you can find everything within walking distance. There is a wide variety of restaurants, book stores and entertainment.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Guys Vs Girls – Both guys and girls can be intimidating at a school as big as Arizona State but I have noticed that the majority of people are actually quite nice and perfectly friendly. Of course there are exceptions but that is true of all schools.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Dining Is a Joy – Our memorial union has a wide variety of places to eat and it is located right at the center of the campus. There are places like burger king and papa johns as well as Arizona States' own buffet restaurant.

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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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