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

Parking: Parking at Arizona State is absolutely ridiculous it costs so much to park about a 20 minute walk away from campus. You can barely park anywhere without getting a ticket.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Popular – I would say that almost everyone who attends ASU drinks and likes to party. There is some drug use such as Marijuana but I would say that pot is the most popular drug at Arizona State.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – I would say that Arizona State is safe with it being in the middle of a city I would feel the safest on campus at night. There are always police cars and bikers everywhere. There are also late night safety buttons that you can push in case of emergencies. I consider Arizona State a safe place where I am comfortable walking alone at night.

5 College Student

Facilities: At the downtown campus, everything is small and close together. The staff keep the restrooms, hallways, and outside areas very neat at all times. The student centers to help with writing, math, and sciences are clean and very quiet. It is easy to get help when you need it. The staff is polite and helpful. The library is big and very resourceful, it has multiple study rooms, tons of computers and all the books/videos needed for classes. The campus overall is neat and well kept.

4 College Student

Academics: Downtown Campus Is Great – Arizona State University at downtown Phoenix is a great school. The class sizes are small and the teachers actually get to know their students. It is really helpful when the teachers don't have over 200 students and can give positive feedback to every assignment and be available for students before or after classes. The curriculum is not too difficult, but still college level. The advisors are helpful and get back to you as soon as they can, which is often right away.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: Night Life – I am not aware of the life at ASU because I do not attend the university yet.

1 College Freshman

Weather: We are in the Desert here so it is hot. Record highs are not fun and winter hardly exists. Rain is rare and it is very dry. If you're not careful about staying hydrated, you could end up with a heat stroke. Its almost impossible to walk across campus without breaking a sweat.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Being in the Sun Devil Marching Band I could see the school spirit was high, but the team wasn't too high up there. I wouldn't know anything else.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Tempe Is a College Town – Tempe is a college town and caters to students. Lots to do in the area. Mill Ave is one of the top 2 places to be on New Year's Eve.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Lots of Options – Arizona State University has a lot of options for majors which makes it a lot easier when you have to change your major a couple of times to get in the right program. The teachers are generally good, but a lot of the lower level classes are taught in huge lecture halls.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Plenty but Not Cheap – There seems to be a lot of housing around campus, but most places close to campus are pretty expensive. If you have transportation you can get housing a little further away where it is cheaper. Cars won't work for transportation unless you're willing to pay a lot for the parking lots on campus.

College Sophomore

Academics: Just Changed Majors – I don't know about education at Arizona State University because I have not started taking classes in this major

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Very Prevelant – The drug scene is very small at ASU. However, because ASU is a dry campus, there are tons of off campus parties where drinking and underage drinking occurs. Also, Mill Ave. is within wialking distance of the Tempe campus so drinking happens a lot at those bars.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek life at ASU is very poor compared to other universities and colleges around the country. Sure there are parties and events that they hold, but only members of the Greek life are able to attend.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Arizona State University has a campus comprised of many different races and religions. We are one of the largest colleges in the country and offer a vast amount of diversity clubs and organizations.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Basketball Group – it is great to play basketball at night because it isn't very hot in the summer and can play very long time.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Despite Arizona State's bad rap as a cake school the programs they offer is specific degrees are really good. They incorporate internships into your academic life so that almost no one graduates without having served an internship somewhere. It's up to the student to take advantage of everything that is offered, but everyday fun activities are sponsored and if you hang around the dorms on move-in day there's a chance of scoring free pizza and personal grooming supplies. Also, it's in the heart of Tempe which means there's a ton of restaurants and bars/clubs within walking distance of school.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Buy a season pass as soon as they are available. Football games are the best part of college. Even though our team is pretty horrible it's a great excuse to get drunk and meet people that will love to go out and party with you for the next four or five years. Baseball games are free to students and although there's a lot less drinking it's still a good excuse to get some girl friends together and admire muscular boys in tight pants.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Lots of Money; Little Choice – The best thing in the MU is Starbucks which always seems to have a 30000000 people line. Obviously, I'm exaggerating a tad but I did overhear on a campus tour the other day that Arizona State's starbucks is the 3rd busiest in the nation. There's Papa John's, Taco Bell, Chick-fil-a, Quizno's, Burger King and apparently they recently opened a healthy restaurant upstairs but it also has the most expensive food (I hear), and considering that I already spend about $8 on the fast-food stuff I haven't dared to make the trip up the stairs. The best option is to just walk across the street and take advantage of the non-campus dining options. If you are a freshman get your parents to buy you the package with sun dollars, MU dollars and the dining hall passes because then you're options get a lot more exciting. I had the dining hall only and that meant only the dining hall at my dorm and the one in the MU which meant I had a lot less friends then people with the all encompassing passes.

3 College Freshman

Parking: If you live on campus there is really no need for a car. If you live off campus and don't want to pay the ridiculous parking fees or drive around for hours to find a spot, then the light rail is the best option. I do park and ride, which allows me to get on and off the light rail right in front of school. The busses and light-rail have made the headache of parking much better.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I Would Live on Campus – I have never lived on campus at a college before, and always had a bad idea of dorm room life. However, I do think that the downtown campus of ASU has great accommodations. The dorms are clean and modern and the apartments seem classy and are literally right across the street from classes. This is one University that I would like to live on campus, instead of the hassle of living off campus.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: 1St Amendment Forum – The 1st Amendment Forum is my favorite place to hang out. There are big comfortable chairs to lounge in while either studying or watching the news on the gigantic screen. Near to school there are all the amenities one might need, great coffee, organic produce, bars, museums, the light rail and of course the YMCA. It is a great campus in so many ways.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Dorms Are Sketchy – It depends what dorm you live in, but a lot of Community Assistants don't care if you drink as long as you're not too loud. If you get caught, they don't call the police, but you do have to pay to go to an alcohol class. It's basically impossible to get kicked out of the dorms. Don't go walking around campus belligerent though, or you will get breathalyzed. Also, marijuana smells and you WILL get caught if you smoke in the dorms.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many places have student discounts, and there are so many close by restaurants and fast food places. Tempe has big chain restaurants, sushi, bars, great pizza places, Greek food and especially good Mexican restaurants around campus. My favorite restaurant is Plaza Bonita, just a couple blocks from campus. They have THE BEST fajitas! Also check out Cookiez. They give student discounts, so you can get a massive ice cream cookie sandwich for around two bucks.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Finacial Aid Is Pretty Easy – We do everything through MyASU, which makes it pretty easy when accepting scholarships and financial aid. We have an office located on every campus for students that need a little extra help. So it is pretty helpful and 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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