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

Parking: highly discourage student cars on campus as there is limited parking- most kids use bikes or skateboards , off campus there are more opportunities

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: lots of activities,parties, on campus events; the light rail transportation and metro bus service available to many places

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Hassayampa Village is the dorm to go with for freshmen

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Tight-Knit Honors College – My experience was pretty interesting as an honors engineering student living in Barrett. All of the engineers were grouped to occupy three consecutive floors. Majors are generally grouped together in Barrett although there are a few exceptions. Any time I had any trouble homework, others were having the same problems that I was, and usually someone on the floor already took that course are were able to help us out. Our floor was possibly the tightest floor that ever existed. Part of it was we were just study buddies but I think we may have been an exception.

4 College Freshman

Weather: When school starts in August it's pretty hot, and stays that way for about a month or two and begins to cool down. People can go swimming at the SRC or participate in fun outdoor activities that require minimal clothing. During the winter, the weather is pretty nice. Sometimes it gets cold, but for out-of-staters, it's nothing. Then it gets hot! And it's a party all over again.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You Can Pretty Much Find Anything – Kids at ASU are commonly drinking, smoking (cigarettes, marijuana, and hookah) and possibly using other drugs. Drugs are pretty popular although I'm basing this off of other people's accounts. The most popular activity is drinking for sure.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Zero Tolerance Alcohol – Over the last year, I've seen police step up their game around ASU campus and raid multiple parties that get out of control. They keep an eye out for DUI drivers and make the students feel safe. They've even taken it to the undercover extreme. I had a red bull in my hand and a cop dressed as a college student in a Phoenix Suns jersey flashed a light and investigated the drink in my hand. I was impressed. The university is strict on safety policies and make students their top priority. With services like safety escort, one can place a call and a van picks up students and drives them to their destinations. Aside from safety, academics are serious. ASU has multiple study lounges each with different moods or scenes made specifically for students. They largely invest on comforting the students.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Vista Del Sol: Overpriced or Priceless? Who would've thought apartment hunting was easier than ever? After the on-campus dorm experience, it was time for an upgrade as the status of my roommates and I went from freshman to sophomore. Vista del Sol is located on the South end of ASU. Availability is based on a first come first serve basis. It is walking distance to the university and in close proximity of shuttles, city buses, and the free flash transit buses. However its high monthly rates and parking costs can be a deal breaker for some. Personally, Vista del Sol is hands down the best apartments for students. Partnered with ASU, it is fully equipped with internet, free printing, tanning, a study lounge, 24 hr gym, student theater room and recreation center. Its luxurious features give it the top of the line quality and pampers students especially during rough finals week. From 1 bedroom to 4 bedrooms, each place has a washer/dryer, dishwasher, private room/bathroom, balcony and spacious kitchen/living room already furnished. When it comes to management, they can definitely improve their services to meet the students needs. Repairs are done within the week and they are great on matching with roommates. Though it is pricey, Vista del Sol gives you a bang for your buck.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: MIll Ave is off of the University and that is where a lot of the resturants are, so that is convenient. However I wish there were some more resturants that take ASU money.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: ASU is such a big campus so it literally has everything. The recreation center is huge, high tech and have a lot of fun work-out class oppurtunities. We have multiple libraires all over campus. They also have some type of activity going on whether if is it is dorm specific or for the whole campus.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I believe that ASU is pretty safe. They have their own police officers patroling the campus, the police station, fire station and hosptial is near by. They have many emergency call box stations all around campus. They have escort vans that drop students off in front of their dorm at night.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: ASU's main campus has the unique advantage of being located in Tempe (which feels more like a college town) but with easy access to the rest of the Phoenix metropolitan area. This provides a lot of opportunities offered by a big city while living in a relatively safer and nicer area.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Fairly Diverse – Arizona State prides itself on bringing in students from around the world, and I sense that to be accurate. I constantly see people of all different ethnicity around the school, often speaking their native language.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Internet Access – You get incredibly fast speeds on both public computers and through personal wireless access. The system rarely goes down, so you will usually be in pretty good shape. The wireless network covers the whole campus, so you will be able to work from almost anywhere.

3 College Senior

Transportation: The school is close to the light rail, and it cost about $80 for an all year pass. It's reasonable, but next year the pass is going to cost $150! Thats outrageous! Buses are easily accessed! There are bus shuttles that take you to different campuses of ASU

4 College Senior

Athletics: School Spirit – School is absolutely incredible. At games, they are very dedicated to thier school, and they always show their support through pep rallies. Everyone is so friendly toward each other. The athletes seem more down to earth.

3 College Senior

Academics: Some professor at ASU are relatively good at teaching their topic, but others don't seem to be as dedicated. With teachers who have large classes, they tend to be more distant and it doesn't allow students to participates as much. At my school, you must do everything for yourself.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The only tips I have are to fill out the FAFSA early, do as many scholarships as one can, and continously go to the Finicial Aid office.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Our school has the Undie Run which gets school regconigition and also news time. It is a big part of the school year because this is a time when students candonate whatever they want whether it is clothes or food and also have a good time by celebrating the end of the school year.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: It Is Okay – This is a majority white school. Although I do not feel out of place, other students tend to be a bubble and away from the other students.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Student's Academic Progress – Students must maintain a certain gpa and cannot be off track in their department major for two semesters.

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The Way Student's Dress – Students dress in their pj's or half naked, but this isn't the whole school that does this only some.

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1 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm transferring. The average "ASU lifestyle" wasn't really for me but this is true of most of my friends as well. Many people I met are leaving, the ones who stay are generally from around here and other places out west

1 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Eh Not So Great – It was cool to meet a lot of the people here I met, but I felt like ASU lacks a lot you can get elsewhere. It is also very expensive for out-of-state kids. Felt like ASU was missing a lot

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek life here is rife with immaturity. I paid them no attention and received none in return. Do not expect to get into Greek parties if you are not in Greek life yourself. Girls get in easy

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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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