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

Overall Experience: Mature Enough to Handle It – I have been to several other state universities. I have enjoyed Arizona State because I am mature enough to handle the responsibilities of life and school needs.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs and alcohol are used on campus. Alcohol is more visible than the drugs, except smoking during on campus activities.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Bar/Club Scene – Right down the street are several awesome bars and eateries. One could enjoy themselves as they desire and only have a few short blocks to get back home. This area is good if you have no transportation. Live, learn and repeat!

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Pretty Strict – the scholarship criteria is pretty lax at the selection process but prevents many from continuing to keep it because after a lax minded first year many find it hard to keep their gpa at the required level even though they are able to do so after the second year

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Respite from the Heat – coming from the desert, the campus is the only place in the city with any variety or even presence of trees. some academic programs like the languages have trouble because they don't have enough teachers to teach the subject. coursework is pretty much like any other college

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: School Is Full of People – the school is literally packed with kids at reaching 60,000 by the end of 2010 combining all 4 campuses. if you like crowds, this is the place to be; but to have your own space you will have to go to the dorms or your own apartment

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Not Bad – They do offer scholarships - most are so specific though that it's impossible unless you're part of a minority or different ethnic group. Financial aid was decent and the federal grants helped.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Every space on campus is metered or an ASU lot that you have to buy a pass for. The meters are monitored constantly and even a small side street parking lot has SWAT Towing company hovering constantly. It's such a pain to drive anywhere! Some meters are free on the weekend, but most are only free Sundays and Holidays. The parking garages cost a ridiculous amount, too. Upwards of $900 for the year.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on Arizona State's Tempe campus during the daytime. For the most part I would feel comfortable as a young woman walking around when it's still bright outside, but when the sun sets - things get more questionable. Tempe is filled with lots of homeless people and they are often on the outskirts of campus. Also, there has been a problem with people stealing purses at night and just a few weeks back a boy was shot while wakling on the northeast corner of campus. ASU tries to do the best they can and they offer a "Safety Escort" service to drive kids anywhere on campus from 7pm-3am.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Fin Aid – It is very hard to recieve financial aid at ASU becuase of the sheer volume at the school. It can be done, but I had to wait a month and a half to recieve my financial which I was late to pay rent that month. Watch out!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off the Rocker – There are plenty of student living apartments but many come with downfalls which include high cost and lack of safety. Many of the apartments there are very nice but they are just shells of luxury as in many of the complex's cut corners to reduce costs. The only pro would be that some of the apartments are within a mile of campus. The safety in the area is sub par considering a fellow student was murdered about a month and a half ago.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Adobe Life – The facilities as ASU are great. They offer every sport imaginable which includes an outdoor weight liftiing facility. The buildings are truly cutting edge with its green/solar technology. The MU offers every fast food restaurant from chick fil a to taco bell.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Stay on Top of Things – ASU is huge, so sometimes things get lost in the shuffle, so if you don't stay on top of things and get them taken care of ASAP, then you WILL fall through the cracks. However, I have never had too much trouble getting the financial aid I was eligible for. They have reminders for the important things on your MyASU (main webpage for classes, etc), but they send out the scholarship reminders way too late, so keep up with those on your own.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: All Expensive but Some Are Nice – It's less expensive to live off campus at ASU, but there are lots of great experiences to be had in a dorm. The living and learning communities are a great way to make new friends in your type of major. The dorms to avoid if possible are Manzanita and Center Complex. The honors dorms are the nicest with amenities including a computer lab, study rooms, and a work-out area. Sonora is also nice, but a little too far a way to make it worth it. You're best bet on campus if you aren't in the honors college are Hassyampa, and San Pablo, which are part of campus, and on the newer side.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Campus Centered Community – Tempe, AZ is centered around the Arizona State Campus. Major attractions include Mill Avenue, which is central to nightlife and a popular hangout right off campus as well as athletic games such as Basketball and Football. There are lots of 24-hour stores and restaurants, although not 24-hour coffee place during the week. The park on Tempe Town Lake, also a short walk from campus, is home to lots of cultural events, including the Tour de Fat, a event to get more people to ride bikes and take care of our environment.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Simplicity Says It Best – Applying for scholarships is a bummer and not really enjoyable but if you need one you can find one. ASU is pretty good about giving money. For students with high or good GPAs financial aid is easily awarded. Under every major there are more specific scholarships. The best way to find out about scholarships is to talk to the Finance Desk in the Student services building (you can usually just walk up to the desk, the front desk people aren't very busy) or make an appointment with your advisor (you will probably get into see him or her within a few days which isn't bad at all and then you get to meet with them one on one and discuss what you can do personally. The advisors are very friendly and very helpful!!! If you ask to meet with them tell them that it is in regards to scholarships and they many even have some in mind for you already).

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life at ASU is not anything you would expect. The sororities a very good. The only problem is that they don't have official houses because in Tempe, AZ a house with 7 or more women living in it is considered a brothel. They do however have an apartment complex called Adelphi which consists of all the sororities, each of which is gated in by itself and has: a small kitchen, chapter room, study area, quart yard and rooms for around 30-40 girls, and suite style bathrooms. The fraternities are a bit of a different story. It seems to be almost an honor to be on probation because almost all are. This is unfortunate because date dashes with a single soror and a single frat are limited. Frat Row is currently being torn down because it was many of the house were deemed unlivable. The only left standing are AEPi, Sig Pi, Sig Ep, and Sig Nu. Even those houses will be demolished soon. That isn't to say that Frat Row is any less of a party magnet, it is still a very prominent place to go for nightlife. Many other frats do exist even though they don't reside on campus. Big apartment complexes such as Campus Suites and Block 1949 house large groups of fraternity men. It is unclear at this point in time if or when Frat Row will be rebuilt. Talk of an all Greek condominium has been heard but it is very possibly just rumor. Hazing is very limited and under ASU law prohibited and strictly enforced. Going Greek in not the most important thing at ASU...until you go Greek. Being Greek is very important to Greeks. Greek members do socialize outside of themselves, and are often very friendly, they are just very proud to be Greek

4 College Freshman

Athletics: All Around Sports – The teams at ASU have a great deal of talent. Sometimes they consists of a lot of young or inexperienced talent which can lead to losses but nevertheless the means games are always intense and interesting. ASU is a high ranking school for its actual team sports but also has many intercollegiate sports that are quite active and available to the student body. Greeks also form their own sporting events among themselves. Everyone has school spirit and when ever there is an event around campus a sea of people in gold is sure to be found. Tempe (the city in which ASU is located) is definitely a college town full of sports bars and grills where games are always shown. Most athletes stick to strict practice schedules and socialize mostly within themselves but when they have time to branch out they are often very friendly people.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The housing on campus depends on you. Do you want the old dorms or the new dorms. But remember, the older dorms is lower than the newer dorms. Students go for the older dorms because it is cheaper than the luxury dorm. If you are rich, then I consider you the newer luxury dorm but the prices are very high for a semester or rently payments.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: The Dorm is great but a little high to stay on campus. There are rules on campus as in the dorms. Students can visit each other but can have there own room. You must experiment the dorm life to understand what I mean. But studies come first then fun.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus crime is very low. No one will hurt you unless you disrepect them. Normally, there are ASU police on campus to control the students or protesters. But the securtiy measures, police and safety services is good.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: The financial aid process is very easy. Alot of paper work to fill out but the aid is worth it. The financial aid office will help you if you need help.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Academic Program – There are alot of academic programs or majors to choice from while attending Arizona State University. Arizona State University offers over 250 academic undergraduate programs and majors led by expert faculty from highly ranked colleges and schools. An exceptional education inspired by vision, scholarship, and creativity. Students can enjoy which major to choice from which is offered at Arizona State University. Campus life is awesome while you meet your new roommate and other students that are attending. Making new friends that will till you graduate and still be friends while performing your career. I recommend Arizona State University to students who want to learn from the best and still be a kid. Professor, Doctors, etc still act like children but they do so in a fun way to be creative and teach students about the real world. The faculty at Arizona State University is helpful and will not turn you down. the faculty is there to help you succeed in college and earn your degree.

3 College Junior

Academics: My review for the science class is tough but in all it depends on you. How much work you put in your study time. For, me it was hard because I work part time jobies trying to fulfil payment fees for Arizona State University. Basically, all the classes at Arizona State University is not hard, you just got to attend class, read your books and ask questions if you do not know whats going on. The professor at Arizona State University is professional and know what they are doing. They are cool and nice to get to know but watch out, do not get on their bad side or they will humanilate you in front of everyone but hey, relax it is college and professors needs examples to give. Not on you but examples on how the real world will function. In all, Arizona State University is a good school to attend.

1 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not receive nearly enough money to pay for both tuition and the costs of living on campus. Although ASU is one of the most affordable schools in the nation, it is really only accounting for tuition. The cost of living on campus costs more than the cost of schooling itself.

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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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