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

Health & Safety: Nothing out of the norm from anywhere else in AZ

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Easy to find, but don't need to do it to fit in

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Average American style, lots of skin, but its hot

4 College Sophomore

Computers: The wi-fi and computer accessibility is great

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I started an engineering major, then switched to biochemistry as the interest of the field outweighed the financial benefits of engineering. I have not regretted it yet, and really enjoy my new program and the people I've met going through it.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I had no problems switching programs, my new advisement staff in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry are probably the best I've ever had.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of good apartment complexes, they vary from new and expensive to older and more affordable. Parking and services are dependent, but there are an outrageous number of options within 3 miles of campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a lot of school spirit at ASU, especially during football season. The pride really comes out when we play UofA, in pretty much every sport.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There isn't a lot of visibility on drug and alcohol use daily on campus, but come nightlife, house parties or other social events there is substance use and peer pressure typically of a college campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Arizona, the end of the spring semester is pretty nice, but the beginning is really hot. Campus is generally cooler than other places in Tempe and they blast the Air conditioning but it's still 100 degrees outside. Fall semester is beautiful until the last month or so, when it gets hot again.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are lots of computer labs available, with a variety of computer platforms available. Additionally many programs offer technology that may be rented out and used personally.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is awesome. There are lots of great local restaurants around campus, and even more if you can travel a few miles. It can be a little expensive, but it's the same price as most of the decent food on campus and much better. Also plenty of liquor stores and fast food.

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2 College Sophomore

Parking: The parking permits are really expensive, and they've gotten rid of Lot 59, the cheapest lot. There are meters near campus, but that gets just as expensive over the year, not to mention they are monitored and tickets handed out ruthlessly. The best option available is the student metro pass to ride the light rail and buses for the year. It's typically very easy to find parking at the light rail stations.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The chemistry department is full of awesome people. There are quite a few active researching professors and I found it easy to get started working in a lab for research experience. Even most of the chemistry teaching assistants were really knowledgeable and helpful. The actual workload for Biochemists isn't too big, but there is a load of concepts that must be understood, most time is spent studying, rather than actually working through things.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are quite a few options for bars and clubs around ASU. Mill ave in downtown Tempe just off campus has a number of college bars and old town Scottsdale just a few miles away has a busy club scene.

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: The campus is condensed into walking distance for every class on the main campus. There is a rail that runs through campus, and for those living off-campus, it's a much cheaper easier way to park your car and get onto campus. Parking on campus can get expensive, and there aren't many lots.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: ASU is generally a safe clean campus.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: One thing that bothered me was how strict they are about vistors coming into your dorm. Every time you walk in the dorm building with a group of people they ask if you are all residents here and if you are not, you have to sign in all your guests. They even sometimes asked me if I was a resident there when I was walking in by myself one night! It is just really annoying and the people that worked at the desk in the dorm building were never nice about it.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Our campus is right next to the main part of town (Tempe, AZ), so there are many dining options around campus. One of my favorites is called Jimmy Johns. It is a sandwich place and they are open until 3:00am and they deliver! I have never heard of a sandwich place that delivers. The prices are very reasonable too and the sandwiches are so good! There is also this place called Chopshop which is directly across from campus. It is a very healthy and organic restaurant and to-go place. They have things like salad, fresh lemonade, freshly squeezed juices, sandwiches. Everything is very healthy there, therefore the prices are a little high. Some food places we have off campus near our school are Panda Express, Subway, Burger places, Extreme Pita, ice cream parlors, pizza places, PF Changs, and sushi. We get a "student discount" book at the beginning of each semester and it is a little booklet with a bunch of coupons for students for all the off campus places near our campus!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The greeks are the ones who usually throw all the parties and they usually all sit together on campus. Non-greeks think greek students are just the ones who party and hook up with a bunch of people in frats/sororities and have a lot of money. Across the street from campus we have this complex called Adelphi, and that is where the sororities live. The fraternities usually just buy houses off campus to live in.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: they show me all the financial aid options i have to help me pay for school, but I wish the school offered me more money

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Personally, I feel very safe at ASU, I don't have any safety concerns.

3 College Junior

Computers: Printing at ASU costs a lot, and most of the time it takes forever to print a document. Printers are old, and computers are slow when browsing various sites.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Personally, I have not encountered any drug incidence at Arizona State University.

2 College Junior

Weather: Arizona is hot as hell. In August, when you're first starting out, it is THE WORST. You will literally be dripping sweat.

Winter is great. To natives like myself, it's chilly, and it does get pretty cold come December. No snow, though. Up until March the weather is nice and as soon as April hits, it is starting to get hot, once again.

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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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