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

Transportation: Getting around is a little difficult unless you have money for a cab. There are buses you can take for far distances but it is confusing to figure out which one you have to take to get where you want to go.

2 College Freshman

Parking: There is very little parking for students. You have to get to school super early if you want a good spot and to get to class on time. It is also very expensive to get a parking permit.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking is definitely more popular at Arizona State University. I have not had any encounters with people using at parties very often.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The best way to get as much financial aid possible is to apply early as in before January. I received a good amount of financial aid for this school year but unfortunately because of the increase in tuition I had to take out a loan.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Campus Life – There is so much to do here at ASU. With 600+ clubs its hard not to find a hobby. Not only are the clubs really fun but there are activities held on campus almost everyday. They play music during lunch, sometimes dance cubs perform on the small stage outside, there are shopping booths along the library, great places to eat on campus. I can truly say this is a diverse campus in both the people and the activities.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The Tempe campus has a variety of bus that can transport some. There are specific buses that can take you directly to the other campuses, there is the flash that drives around the tempe campus only which helps getting you to the parking garages, and there is also the orbit system which is free of charge that drives all around the tempe area. There is parking but that is insanely expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Know Where to Go – In Tempe, there are going to be parties. But you've kind of got to know where they are to get to them. Sometimes you can go to Frat Row, but they can be hit or miss. Your best bet is to make friends with kids who have their own apartment or find kids who know kids who have their own off campus houses. Or get a 21+ friend and party by yourselves.

There are plenty of bars and clubs in Phoenix, but you've got to be 21 to drink at bars. And there are a couple of 18+ clubs, but you might have to fend off a few creepers. But they can be fun, and their really close to the Downtown PHX campus.

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4 College Junior

Weather: Welcome to the Oven – It's incredibly hot here in the summer, but you already knew that. I love the heat and think the warmer winters are awesome, so it's perfect for me. If you're not suited to temperatures that reach over 110, then leave before June!

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Dining: There are lots of places to choose from around campus, but nothing particularly outstanding.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Local Attitude Toward Students – I have never seen anyone who gave me a hard time for being a student here, in fact, I swear that Panda Express gives me a discount for it.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Best Experience of My Life – Living on campus my freshman year was the best. The life at ASU campus has is high energy and so much fun. There is always something to do. Programs and groups to join for all people. It's really easy to get involved and to have fun. It's a huge campus that has a lot to offer and it's all within the campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: ASU has too many options of food to eat on campus. They have choices for everyone even vegetarians. The dinning halls can get a it repetitive if you eat there every single day but there are plenty of options. As for meal plans it's better to stick with all M&G and add more later. Friends can guest swipe if you really need it.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: ASU has a beautiful campus that is just glowing with life and fun. There are many things to do such as work out at the SRC which has plenty of machines and a huge pool to swim and workout in. We also have the Memorial Union which has plenty of activities for you to do as well as so many options for food. Throughout campus we have many beautiful fountains and art as well as table and benches to sit and enjoy the lovely weather and outdoors.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Memorial Union has several good places including burger king, subway, taco bell, and more. Several other places spread out through the campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Thai Basil – Thai food. Rice, noodles, chicken, an excellent place to eat any time of the week.

3 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: ASU's not far from home, nice campus, lots of shopping and restaurants and bars nearby

3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: ASU is a "dry" campus meaning no alcohol. Also no drugs allowed of course. However, when reading the news in the university's newspaper, there were quite a lot of reports on drug or underage drinking and even by word of mouth you heard about crazy parties and such.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather here is perfect. Summer is a little hot, but it's manageable

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Life Off Campus – As a returning student, I don't think I would want to live in the dorms. I prefer to live off campus and commute. There is definitely a dorm like feel to campus housing that I personally don't care for.

2 College Junior

Campus Dining: Fast Food Dining – I would recommend stepping off the campus to grab something to eat. There are tons of great restaurants around the campus. However they do provide fast food, like taco bell and subway for students on campus.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Really Safe – I have always felt completely safe on the ASU campus. There are emergency phones every 10 feet to get a hold of the police and they have an emergency text system to let students know if there is a problem on campus. I really like the campus and would highly recommend it to others

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshmen dorms aren't the best, but they're better than what one would expect. Hassayampa is not too bad. It's close to two dining halls and the post office. The rooms are alright, but the lofted beds are a bit of a hassle and you have to buy your own light source.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel very safe on campus. Campus Security is always out and about, and there are emergency phones all over the place. If you need to walk across campus at night, you can call for a free escort from security. The school is always good about informing students about potential dangers and whether or not there are criminals near campus. I only wish the campus was more well-lit at night.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Mill Avenue – There aren't many unique restaurants available near ASU, but there are restaurants close to the university especially on College Avenue and Mill Avenue. Mill Avenue is probably the coolest place to hang out, but it's mostly for people over 21 years of age.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking is expensive and very inconvenient. There's no need for a car if you live close to campus.

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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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