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

Athletics: Some People Are Really Into It – It can be cool if you are really into it. I know they just tried to raise the cost of student tickets

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Small crimes are common, ex. bike theft, laptop theft, but these happen everywhere. Walking around late at night is very safe, because there is almost no one waking around at night! Ever! I am from baltimore and people walk around all night- its not like that here at all. The only danger that you might find is from dealing bums/crazy people walking around on drugs.

5 College Freshman

Weather: The weather here is amazing. Very sunny most days. it can get gusty in the desert but its never a bad thing really. Summer is hot, winter is warm.

1 College Freshman

Transportation: Not Much, Nowhere to Really Go, Limited Access – There is the light rail which goes through Tempe into Phoenix. It is useful for getting into Phoenix, but what there is to do for fun in Phoenix is beyond me. The only thing I ever heard of kids using it for is to go to a suns game, or kids that go to one of ASU campuses (Other than the main Tempe campus). it can be helpful if your trying to get to a party or restaurant or something. There is a bus system in the area, but they are slow and run a confusing route.

3 College Freshman

Computers: Pretty Nice – Many computer labs, you can find a computer usually

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: University Owned = Bad – It's best to get your own place and live in not something that is university owned. You won't have to deal with CA's that way and you live with your friends

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of Options – Lots of fast food, subs, mexican food, etc Pretty good Decently priced

1 College Freshman

Parking: I don't have a car but I know for a fact the price of a parking pass is ridiculous, the lots aren't in convenient spots, not bad if you skate but still why skate to your car? Everything is spread out like that in AZ

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Many typical "college" parties and ragers, often at peoples apartments/houses/dorm/whatever. what kinda party your getting into depends on who you are and who your hanging out with. all different styles, some more predominant than others however. If your looking to come to ASU to party I'd say its not worth it TOO MANY COPS HERE TURN AWAY

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Students in the Arts Get S******** Dorms – All different styles of dorms goin on at the Tempe campus

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Many, many, people at ASU do not do drugs. At the same time though you could probably find whatever you were looking for in Tempe, its a party town.

1 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Rip Off – The dining hall food sucks, everything in the on campus convince stores is expensive as s***, the hours of the dining halls suck, I often rolled up to find the place closed. Imagine everything being a few dollars more than it needs to be

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus Facilites – The Memorial Union is a pretty nice place to get some food, read, or just chill. The food there is pretty much only open during the campus' "peak hours" ie, most people come to campus for class during the day and then leave and go home. The best facility on campus is the SRC: they have a ton of weights and equipment, courts, machines, random rooms, and a dope pool

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: it depends on who you are and who you know, what you do, how you do it. if you be yourself you'll be straight here. a lot of people dip out after the first year myself included, its all good tho i have no regrets. more gay people in az than east coast good vibes however

3 College Freshman

Academics: Geography Major – This is actually a pretty good geography program here at asu. Any of the sciences are a straight choice at asu. I was a film major first semester- it was bullshiitt, they teach it as a business and not an art

1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: AZ Cops – AZ is crawlin with police Im from the east and not used to this many cops being around, they are a common sight both on campus and off of it. It is not uncommon on any given night to see 3-4 cops (bikes, segway, cars, motorcycles) all on the same block. The mentality these cops have is f***** up, they are wild. Surprised that the people of AZ have not reacted to this more severely. F*** cops.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: The search and variety of scholarships are limited on ASU. Although, every institution has their own scholarship search to make the search much easier for specific degrees.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Arizona has the MU where it contains all types of food chain at the center of campus. It is really convenient and has all the stores you need really a good thing to have for every major university.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Selection on Dining Options – Arizona State University main campus has probably the best selection when it comes to food. There are many fast food joints and plenty of dine in restaurants just walking distance away. When it comes to off-campus food ASU has a great variety.

4 College Junior

Facilities: W.P Carey School Is Top Ranked – The W.P Carey School at ASU is well worth the hassle in applying. If you are lucky to be a direct admit from high school,you can immediately begin your freshman year taking classes toward your degree. Most of the professors are highly knowledgeable and willing to help outside of class. The lower level classes are huge and have about 500 students in them, but your core major classes usually have around 30 students. All of the professors have their offices directly one floor above your classes, so it makes getting extra help simple and efficient. Their are several "weed out" classes, so be prepared to study from the beginning.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Not Much to Say About Greeks – The Greek system at ASU is weak. They are not allowed to have the traditional housing, thus they live in a dorm together with the symbol of their fraternity on the outside wall. If you want to party, you do not have to join the Greek system to do it at ASU. Parties are plenty, beer comes by the kegs, and the security on campus is easy to win over if not run away from.

3 College Junior

Computers: The computer labs at Arizona State University are plenty if you know where to look. The computing commons lab, and the lab in Coor Hall, get filled quickly during peak times of the semester. Get their early if you want a computer during midterms or finals. All of the computers run adequately and the internet connection is reliable. If you have your own computer, good luck finding an outlet to charge your computer. It's not impossible, but its takes careful searching, pre-planning, and good timing.

2 College Senior

Transportation: Student bus passes used to be free, but they're now $40 per semester. The lightrail is pretty convenient and consistent, but the buses are usually not. Whatever you do, try to avoid having to get a parking permit-waaay to expensive. Also avoid biking near the student union during lunch hours.

3 College Senior

Diversity: I come from a small town in Washington, with little diversity, so ASU in comparison is VERY diverse. There are people from all over the world, speaking many languages. There are also a decent amount of political, religious, and sexual orientation student groups.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The housing is of course very overpriced, but most students don't notice. I lived in Hassayampa when it was brand new, my freshman year. I unfortunately lived on the "worst behaved floor on campus." Fire alarms were frequent and we were kicked out for a night because someone threw a shoe at a sprinkler, which set them all off on multiple floors. The elevators also broke down often, but have since been fixed. The rooms themselves were very nice, and good sized for dorms. I lived in the Cholla on campus apartments the next year. Though it's small and looks like a prison, the only real issue is the outter walls are paper thin, so you could hear everything in the elevators if you were next to them (I was), as well as the parties over as Dos Gringos. However, the convenience of our own kitchen and being just far enough off campus to give us some separation from our classes, made it a pretty fair location.

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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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