Tempe, AZ
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 6379 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Never a Dull Moment! Since I have been attending ASU, I have never been bored! There is always something to do. ASU is a huge school with thousands upon thousands of students. There are always activities and ways to get involved and just have fun with fellow students!

2 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Police Are Everywhere – ASU is so large we have two different police forces that have jurisdiction. Tempe police, and Arizona State police. ASU police are much more strict with their punishments such as scholarship removal or eviction from campus housing while Tempe police tend to be more lenient and simply send you to a drug/alcohol class. I would advise being as discreet as possible and try not to walk everywhere if you're drunk, take the ASU Escort van or a taxi.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks Don't Rule the School – Greek life at Arizona State is big in some ways, but very small when compared to other schools. ASU president Michael Crow is trying to eliminate greek life and anything they do is closely monitored. The frat parties are good, but with a school topping 60,000 students, it's no big deal if you're not a part of greek life.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Try the Frats – The fraternities although you'd think are on campus are actually off campus, and better for underage students to party at. They have pledges pick people up and drop people off all night. Since it is off campus, campus police can't do anything about the noise or any other activity going on. Tempe police simply patrol the area. The frat doors are always locked and there is always somebody monitoring who goes in and out. The only downsides are gross bathrooms, and messiness.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Lots to Do – It's a really large campus but there is a lot to do there and in the surrounding areas. It's nice for students who have long days of school with break in between. There are plenty of places to get internet or food and keep yourself busy in between classes if you don't live on the campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: There are a lot of choices at the Memorial Union. Plenty of fast food choices and even a small "grocery" store. Not many other options at other locations on campus, other than Starbucks, but not very far from most classrooms and plenty of choices once there.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The weather from October to April is beautiful. The weather combined with a great education makes it a great research university to attend

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: ASU a large research university is located in Tempe, AZ. It's a large, beautiful campus. Collegetown has many fun activities - music, shopping, restaurants, comedy place, & theaters. I'm currently in ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business. The professors are top notch. I've learned a lot here.

2 College Freshman

Parking: There are multiple parking areas. Some are costly, others free. You just have to find a good spot close to most of your classes or you'll end up taking long walks.

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Student Styles – The students at Arizona State are very stylish; very up-to-date. The guys are themselves, not really trying to be what they aren't. The girls are attractive and in relaxed and appropriate clothings.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs are present, but drinking is big and readily available if you have a fake id or are really attractive.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Diverse Enough – ASU has a diverse background but there are very few African Americans.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Apartment Rates Are Decent – Apartments are plentiful with reasonable prices. Just be prepared to spend a pretty penny during the extreme heat waves if you want AC!

5 College Senior

Facilities: This stadium is one of the most remarkible stadiums for college universities. It combine the rush of football with the intense Arizona Sunshine

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Life on Campus – It's very close to all of the classes, which makes for great convenience. It's also very easy to meet people, as many students leave their doors open. They are fairly small, so there isn't much room for belongings and when you move into your own place afterwards, be prepared to buy everything from a bed to couch to a desk.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: A Growing Film School – I enrolled to ASU because of their new film school. I wanted to study film and since I live in Arizona it seemed like a good fit. However, this film school is tied to the theatre school and ASU has another film studies programs, so the film school sometimes gets left in the shadows. Students must jump through hoops to get admitted to the film school, but once in the professors are great and really helpful. The workload can sometimes be a bit much, but it only prepares us for the real world. Since this is a young film school it still needs to grow. More professors and admitting more students is desperately needed. I hope to see this school grow more and more each year.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Arizona State has done a good job on making sure that students are safe on campus. After shootings at other colleges, ASU installed an alert system to text message every student who signed up for the programs. They also run tests regularly. I feel safe when I am on campus.

2 College Senior

Athletics: Sports Are Okay, I Guess – I'm not really a big sports fan of Arizona State, and I hear that the football team is average. Everything else are average, I think.

3 College Senior

Computers: Computer labs at Arizona State are usually crowded everyday. It is very convenient to own a laptop because the WiFi is accessible to anyone and reliable. The need for personal printer is not necessary because ASU provides wireless printing in libraries and computer labs. Overall, the need for a personal computer is a must, unless you want to wait 10 minutes or more to use one.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Arizona Is Hot – Tempe is a hot city during the summer. But the rest of the year is beatiful.

3 College Junior

Athletics: A Little Lacking... Even Average. School Sports at ASU are fun but people usually stop being interested after a couple of lost games.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: A Hot Spot – Arizona State University downtown Tempe campus has a ton to do. The campus itself even has a barber shop! If you are into running, jogging, or just taking a walk, it has a path all the way down Tempe lake. often, you can see people walking their dogs or taking a picnic along the sides of the lake. On one end of campus, there is Mill Avenue, which has everything from shops to restaurants. Its amazing!

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: diverse population, friendly, social although lax in attire

4 College Junior

Computers: Good for Me – availability exceptional when the need arises, reliable and good speed; printing accessibility generally good,

1 College Junior

Nightlife: Sucks Being Underage! Around the Main ASU campus there's a large nightlife scene, but only if you are 21+ otherwise the only options are dumb parties at the Frats and Sorities, which do not uphold the highest standards!


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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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