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

Majors: Huge School – I went to a small undergraduate art school but you could take a class in any art/design or performance field as an elective- and it counted. At ASU you do not get it counted if it is not part of your degree but you do have access to all the presentations/performances and public lectures

3 College Student

Campus Housing: Good Maintenance – Good maintenance of buildings, Aware of when to upgrade and keep current.

3 College Student

Computers: First Come First Serve in a Large School – The computer labs at Herberger Design School at ASU are on a first come first serve basis. The very beginning of Spring 2012 semester is the first time I saw a notice posted that said log-in will be terminated if gone more than 15 minutes. Undergrads are notorious for locking the computer access and going away or even just staking out the computer next to them for when their friend arrives. For the past semesters the computer rooms become like trashed locker rooms- smelly with food and spilled food on the keyboards. The scanners at presentation time become less reliable. Our studio room has a scanner that has never been fully serviced it only works sometimes. We draw a lot and like to combine our hand drawing with digital. During finals the system can become extremely slow. Logging onto to the computer initially is usually a 10 minute wait- so it feels.

2 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: So expensive! It is really hard to find an apt. or a house that is cheap and that is in a nice area. Tempe is not the nicer area in Arizona and if you want to live somewhere cheap and nice you have to live far away from campus.

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2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Dorm Life – I was always sick in the dorms and it was always dirty inside the buildings. The RAs never did anything about noises during quite hours when people were studying for finals. Overall, the dorm quality was bad. The food wasn't better either, I always got sick for campus food. The only good thing about living in the dorms is that you are close to your classes.

2 College Junior

Parking: Complete's Your Daily Excerisce Requirements – You have to spend a good 15 minutes if you plan on walking from Lot59 to your classes and when it's hot, it makes it just all that much better...enough said

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2 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is pretty lame, I mean you don't really see a lot of stuff goin down so it's kind of not a huge social scene. I mean yeah Greek's got their thing but you don't really see much goin on with them, sort of exclusive.

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4 College Junior

Computers: Not Too Shabby – As a student athlete, the comps are awesome and I get free printing which is great too! But other than that I mean you can find a computer generally anywhere and the server is pretty consistent, the internet is always up and running.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – Pretty safe, lots of diversity, so lock your doors at night just to be safe. Mainly scared of petty theft not murders or anything.

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3 College Junior

Computers: Network Reliability and Speed – If there server is overloaded there are some issues. Other than these times, the internet is relatively reliable.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I love the music program at ASU. The people are very nice and most of the professors are great. (You just get those few theory teachers that can be a bit difficult.) Tip: Make an older friend FAST. They will show you the ins and outs of the school. Some things are not very clear and you will need help like I did! :)

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greeks Were Not All Friendly – When you join a greek club, you are sure to have nasty girl or guy fights and issues. Other than that they o not really dominate the school.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Too Much Partying – You don't need to go to every party to be considered "cool". Most of the people who go out feel they need to impress other's. Going out to party or drink once in a while is okay, but not every time.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The School Is Alright but Not Worth the Massive Expenses – Arizona State is a really good place to be as far as atmosphere wise but the expenses pile up quickly especially if you are out of state. The dorms are small and the selection for roommates is do poorly. Academically, it is average but there is studying to be done.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Even in the winter the weather is perfect for walking to class. There is never any snow so slippery roads or sidewalks are never an issue. There are usually more people out when it is warmer and the atmosphere seems to lighten as well.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus Life & Specific Schools – We are also near the top of the lists for party schools. It can both a gift and curse but either way it sets us apart from others.
For those more serious students our Barrett Honors College has a great honors program that definitely sets us apart, at least from the other Arizona schools. Also the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is quickly moving up as one of the best journalism schools. The program offers so many opportunities to students and is the main reason I chose this school.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Apartments Are Expensive but Necessary – The apartments around campus are very expensive to say the least, but I find the neighborhood to be decent. The variety is good, there are several places to choose from-all being super expensive of course.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Fear the Fork! Sports are huge at ASU. We have an awesome rivalry with U of A and everyone gets really into it. The school spirit is ridiculous and win or lose fans always show up. The turnout for football is the best but other sports like hockey and soccer etc. get decent turn outs as well. I'd say the level of diversity is great, especially with IM sports, i mean we have a quidditch team... (they are actually really good, they made it to worlds recently!)

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Dining is one of the areas where the downtown campus really falls short. There are a limited amount of places near by and most of them are on the pricey side. Also if you don't have a car your kind of stuck. A lot of people go to Tempe cause that's where all the good decently priced food is. If I didn't get half-off on the delicious food where I work I'm honestly not sure where I would eat.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Hard to Say – In terms of acceptance I think the school rates really high. I haven't seen or heard of any problems with minorities and there are a lot of great organizations. Unfortunately the campus, at least the downtown one, isn't very diverse. A lot of rich white kids. But in terms of politics, religion, and sexual orientation I would say it's quite diverse and accepting.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Nice but Expensive – Since the dorms are only a few years old they are quite nice. It's two to a room with a private bathroom which everyone loves. The CA's work really hard to get everyone active and involved, we do a lot of fun stuff as a floor and an academic community (the Cronkite school has its own living community). It's extremely convenient since its just across the street from the school. Housing process was easy. BIGGEST DOWNSIDE: super expensive, you'll pay way less for a decent apartment. Also there is only 1 kitchen in the entire building and its gross.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Downtown Is Nice – Everything at the downtown campus is fairly new so all the buildings, especially the dorms, are really nice. It's a small campus which makes everything easily accessible. Also all students get free memberships to the YMCA down the street since we don't have a rec center. The library on campus is small but it's just blocks away from a huge public library.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: It's hot obviously. Really hot around the times when school starts and end. The "winter" is actually really nice and comfortable but it doesn't exactly qualify at winter. There aren't any seasons, no significant changes in the environment besides the obvious heat. Its gross but you get used to it.

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1 College Freshman

Nightlife: Non-Existent Downtown – Everyone knows ASU as a party school but at the downtown campus where I attend there is no nightlife. There are no clubs near by, hardly any houses to throw parties at and if you want to party you have to go to Tempe. Now in Tempe there are plenty of parties but if you don't have a car it can be difficult to go since public transit stops at 1am on weekends and you are stuck. Also even if you go to Tempe all of the clubs are 21 and up.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Probably Better Than Most but Still Average – The dining hall at the downtown campus is one of the better ones. The food is good most of the time and the variety is actually really nice. I'd say the best word to describe it is consistent. Unfortunately there aren't many other options around campus where meal plans or school currency can be used so the food everywhere just gets old really fast.

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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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