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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1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: ASU is a "dry campus" meaning they supposedly have zero tolerance for alcohol...WHAT A JOKE.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Downtown Phoenix Campus – Generally feel safe despite lots of people thinking downtown is full of homeless people.
Feel more comfortable in a group, of course.. but on campus by myself isn't really an issue.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: When you walk around campus you see a lot of people with the grrek shirts and bags but you also notice that the people with these bags or shirts and attractive people. Makes you feel like your too ugly to get in to a sorority or a fraternity. And the people are basically showing off that they are beautiful and the rest of the people aren't.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: A Lot of Everything – Here at ASU there are a vast amount of whites, but there are also plenty of people from different races. There are African american, Native american, asian, indian, and everything in between.

2 College Freshman

Academics: Extremely Stressful – I am taking courses in film and the professors are okay except one of them. He makes it fell like he is there to give his lecture and thats it. If we need help it's like we can't go to him we have to get help elsewhere. However the sources here are always overcrowded.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: ASU has nice surrounding with great luxurious apartments, gyms, and restaurants.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Phoenix, AZ is home of the hot-hot-heat. We're not called Sun Devils just because it sounds cool.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: College Town – Lots of bars and lots of music. Even more drinking violations. If bar hopping Thursday through Saturday sounds appealing, go for it.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Boys on Campus – Boys on campus can be described as extremely cocky.. Supposedly ASU has the hottest girls on campus ... sorry boys can't really say the same for you

the majority of the boys here have SoCal style .. which is like a california surfer type look going for them and ride their boards around campus, which is cute.

For the most part boys .. I'd suggest joining a frat if your interested in Greek girls

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Good Eats Around – At ASU West, the food on campus in the dining hall is okay, but off campus there's a lot of choice. Within a two-mile radius, you can easily satisfy what you're craving.

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2 College Junior

Transportation: The cost are aobut $800 for parking every where and you never can get a good spot.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The teams are great and everyone is happy to be here

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Mesa Arizona – I live in mesa Arizona. Mesa is a really quite place. The University is about 10 miles away. We have old town mesa but other than that there is not much here. We do not mind the students but there are not everymany here.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Hot as Hell – Here at ASU it is all outside walking from building to building. And it gets incredibly hot here. The heat drives me crazy and makes me sluggish getting from class to class but I always figure it could be worse. Once the weather starts to cool its very nice.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The greek life at ASU is a joke, thats hard for me to say because I am a member of a sorority. The greeks are there to make themselves feel superior, throw a few parties, and cause trouble for everyone else. They do a few good things for the campus once in awhile but not nearly as often as they are being put on perole for some alcohol abuse charge or something.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The majority of the nightlife seems to be held by students in secret. They arn't announced that well so you have to know somone, who knows someone else to hear about the happenings. Of course the footballs games are always there and that's always good fun but for just parting or dancing you got to have connections.

3 College Junior

Transportation: AZ's Fault, Really. ASU offers a nice option for public transportation. The U-Pass is extremely discounted and offers a cheap way for students to pay for transportation up-front and for very little. The public transportation in the city is terrible (often taking twice as long as it rightfully should), so it's not ASU's fault, but having cheaper parking on or near campus would be a definite improvement in getting to and from class.

4 College Junior

Computers: Fast and Plentiful – I haven't had to use them often, but I've always found an available computer whenever I have needed to use one. I've heard that some of the computer labs are crowded for architecture students during crunch times, but I've never experienced it first hand.

1 College Junior

Diversity: What You'd Expect in a Phoenix Surburb – The girls are gorgeous, and there is plenty to choose from for guys. However, the guys at ASU leave a lot to be desired. There is a lot of diversity for the most part. If you have a preference for black and/or Asian men/women you are out of luck, though. There are not many black and Asian people on campus. Also, there are not many gays/lesbians here either. So basically, if you like Hispanic or white people, you'll love it. There are also alot of people here from different states/countries. So there's that. There are a good mix of political beliefs, as well. Surprisingly (or maybe not), most of the students are right-leaning, while pretty much all of the professors are left-leaning.

2 College Junior

Academics: A Lot of Filler – There is a lot of busy work. The interning program is stellar, but the actual coursework is all over the place. There are only a few teachers who are amazing, the rest, sadly, are very average; a few are even below. The problem is that you cannot choose which teachers you take. In the beginning of the year, you choose a "block" (without knowing who the teachers are) and whatever you get is what you get! It's a complete surprise. Again, it's hard to generalize because a few of the teachers are great, but the majority are not. The intern/mentor program is A class; however, it's only 50% of the program. The other 50% you spend in class with ineffective teachers.

2 College Junior

Facilities: While some classrooms have a nice environment with comfortable seating arrangements, a fair amount are out-dated and have highly uncomfortable seating.

College Junior

Health & Safety: Health & Safety – I am a commuter student, so the only time I spend on campus is for class. There are police/fire buttons all over campus. For the most part campus seems relatively safe. Student health services is there for anyone in need of help.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus Living – I didn't have trouble finding an apartment off-campus. Before I moved here, I did extensive research from apartments.com and found the perfect place that was in my price range. The only thing is that pictures can be deceiving online, so some of the places I looked at before I found the perfect place did not look anything like the pictures I saw online. I live about 15 minutes from campus, and luckily I have a bus that picks me up in front of my apartment complex and drops me off right in front of the campus.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Tempe is home to Arizona State University. There are many different ethnic places to eat, and many bars to hang out at. The Tempe library is also a great place to check out since it's new renovations. There are a 2 art museums within a 5 mile radius, which are also worth checking out. Arizona Mills is the mall that's closest the ASU, and it's huge! It's an outlet mall so items are a lot less expensive, which is perfect for college students like me. I also love the weather here, although it's hot, it's dry heat so the humidity levels are very low. The transit system is great as well, and makes it easier to get around campus and safely back at home. There are a variety of people and students, and I feel lucky as a student here. I am able to take advantage of discounts at grocery stores, incentives at banks, local restaurants, and even clothing stores where I can at least get a 10% discount. Overall, I am very happy with my choice to go with ASU because it's in the heart of downtown Tempe, which neighbors other cities such as Chandler, Mesa, and Phoenix.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Inside Schoop – ASU in a very eco friendly institution. It strives to promote the "going green" message. Students and staff are encouraged to recycle. ASU has been recognized and awarded for all the eco friendly stuff they are doing. Such as placing recycle bins throughout campus and using solar panels.


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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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