Tempe, AZ
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 6350 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Teams Have Potential – There's a lot of sports history at ASU. Our football team went 6-6 but we lost 4 games by 4 or less points and almost beat Oregon so they could've easily have been 11-1. Our basketball team sucked but we have a good class of recruits so they'll be good later down the line. We have one of the best baseball teams in the nation. A lot of school spirit, always a great turn out out the football games. Intramurals aren't huge at the school but they do offer a variety.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Arizona is strict on bar life, so when under 21, there isn't much to do besides party with friends, but with ASU, there is no shortage of partying with friends.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: DRINK DRANK DRUNK – Tempe is best know for Mill Avenue to party on, but Tempe has much more to offer as far as events, restarants, events and things to do.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Amazing Experience – I love the ASU Tempe campus it really is breath taking. From the first tour I took I knew this was the place for me. I like that you can just go lay out on the grass and read in the middle of the day and no one will bother you, or if you want to meet new people you can do that anywhere on campus. Everyone is very social, and friendly which makes for some good conversation. Also the campus is amazingly diverse, there are some many things you can learn about so many different cultures just by interacting with the diverse people around the campus.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: I love the weather a good amount of the time because I really enjoy warm to average weather, the cold isn't really my thing. Here it is usually very sunny and beautiful weather. I love it you can just walk around in some comfortable clothes and enjoy the sunshine. However, if you don't enjoy really warm weather this is most likely not going to be the best place for you.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student Recreation Center (SRC/Gym) – I love going to the gym here it's amazing you have everything you need right there in one place. You want to swim you've got it, treadmills and ellipticals, they are very numerous, and we have an amazing weight room too. Basketball courts, racquetball, volleyball, tennis, it's all here. The facilities are also very clean and in good condition. It's a very relaxing place wear you can get your workout on either alone, with a friend, or even a personal trainer.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received a small grant from the university but with the large budget cuts soon to hit the school the opportunities for financial aid is going to be greatly diminished. I would advise someone applying for financial aid to also apply for scholarships because work study and grants are hard to come by.

2 College Freshman

Parking: I currently do not have car parked at the university and that is largely due due to the horrible parking options of Tempe. Tempe provides no parking spaces available and the university only offers parking permits at prices that are too high for a student trying to finance an education can pay for.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Political Science – The Political Science Department at Arizona State University is excellent. They provide every opportunity for their students for them to be successful and create a comfortable learning environment. The workload is not over bearing and allows the student to expand their studies to other things like languages and business. The faculty are knowledgeable about the subjects they teach and the facilities they teach in are magnificent. The department provides opportunities to find an internship and there are many outside internship opportunities available as well. Overall the universities program is top notch and should be a consideration for all interested students.

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2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There is always something happening on campus. Sororities and Fraternities and clubs are always offering opportunities to join for other students. It is very friendly however overwhelming at times, the campus gets really full with social effects it makes it difficult for students to study outdoors because of all the distractions.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus Improving – I do not live on campus, but I do spend most of my days on campus going to class anf the library doing homework. I love the library hours it is 24 hours for students and that is very convenient, however the MU is not. I feel that should be 24 hours as well it will make it easier for students to study.

1 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I do not feel safe at all when it comes to night time. I think they should have more securities on campus and more emergency poles in case of emergencies. The crime rate in Tempe, Az. is high.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Barrett the Honors College – We have an great honors college that provides a closer relationship with your professors and more opportunites to succeed.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Power Rd. Whether you go North or South on Power Rd. you will find several differents restaurant to dine at. You will find all sorts of different cuisines and tastes.

5 College Freshman

Computers: We have a great compuer common that comes along with an excellent tech staff. Not only can you get help with the computer they provive, but if you are having trouble with your own computer, the staff will help you solve your problem.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Lots of Choices – The only problem with the housing around the campus is that you go from really poor housing to really good housing, but you have to reach alittle further to get the best price and the best quality.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The variety is outstanding and the food is always pretty good. I would eat there every day if that was what was closest to me.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Could Be Better – The area does not have that much, as far as ASU west goes. The Tempe campus is much larger and has many more options.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Totally Going Green – Arizona State is really unique on the Tempe campus with its green movement. It recently opened up a sustainable living facility that allows students to grow their own veggies and such, and we even have an entire department devoted to global sustainability research. It's definitely one of the more eco-friendly campuses around, which I think is really admirable; plus, ASU makes it very easy for the student body to feel like they're participating in the green movement, which just makes me want to continue recycling!

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: People Come Here to Party...Period. I actually have few complaints regarding the academics here. Advisors are easily accessible and really willing to help you out, and my major-specific professors have been nothing short of amazing. The social life is really dependent on partying and the people you meet while getting drunk and high. As a straightedge kid, it's difficult to meet people who don't think I'm a buzzkill - and the huge campus makes it close to impossible to see people very often. Your floormates are really your only chance to get to meet people without having to sacrifice an arm and a leg...or a liver.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not Entirely Enforced – Arizona State is a dry campus, but there are in-dorm parties all the time. RAs are pretty lax about maintaining the dry campus state as long as things don't get too out of control, but I have seen a few parties busted for being too loud or rowdy. There are lots of security guards and on-campus police officers that have a good track record of keeping drunk students under control and watching over any possible DUIs, though, so there are times when strictness is enforced.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I have yet to receive any money. They say my parents make too much. But they don't help me with school at all. I pay for everything on my own, so I think that is unfair. But speaking with a financial aid officer will help a lot. They can help with any questions you may have and provide websites for scholarships.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at ASU is a lot of fun. I have a lot of friends in sororities and frats. There are a lot of formals and functions.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Students who are 21 and older have a huge variety of things to do at night. Bars, clubs, house parties. Bar and clubs on Mill Ave and in Old Town Scottsdale are the most popular. Transportation is nice. There is the light rail, that will take you basically anywhere in tempe. And cabs usually aren't too busy so they only take about a half an hour to get to you. Nightlife for underage students on the other hand is a little more difficult. I personally have a lot of friends who are 21, when we all go to house parties they can drink, but the cops are way too strict in Tempe. Cops usually break up house parties fairly quickly and hand out MIC's like they are candy. Your best bet for underaged students would be Frat parties. They are fun, lots of dancing and less cops.

5 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: I always feel like that campus is a very safe place. Cause it is the life center of student who is well educated and good quality.


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Jade Riley
Glendale, AZ
Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology
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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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