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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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not Much – The drug scene is not very large. It all depends on the crowd you hang around. Mostly I only see people smoking cigarettes.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Can't Wait! At this very moment I am still attending Glendale Community College receiving my associates by the end of the fall semester. I am majoring in Broadcast Journalism and am very excited. I am looking forward to being on camera, meeting new people, gossiping about the problems and what is going on in the world, and much more.Right now, I am all about keeping a good GPA and getting all my core requirements out of the way. Although I might get nervous at times, I am very excited for my future!

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I love every part of being a Sun Devil. The social scene is by far one of the highlights of ASU. The academic aspect is also very rewarding and easy to balance with the intense social scene

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Very Diverse – ASU extremely diverse, made up of many different races, gender and religions. Diversity is definitely present on this campus

4 College Junior

Facilities: Fun in the Sun. Out of my two years at ASU, West campus always seems to be having some event going on. Whether it be last Friday's, where local artists display their work, bands play their music, or jewelry makers sell their goods - there's always a worth while event. The facilities are all easy accessible. A gym is located in the UCB building, there are always innovative performances on stage to see, the library is large and well organized, and the student center is full of games and couches to kick back and relax, so whether you want to chill out or be part of the action, there's a place for you.

4 College Junior

Computers: Last semester, I spent a greater part of my time in ASU's media lab working on a short film. The access was beyond accommodating with twenty-four hour access. Our school's network is always up to speed and rarely ever down for maintenance. With wireless access all over campus, the versatile atmosphere lets you access all your needs anywhere - whether it be outside our in. The library is very helpful with their computer bank and cheap printing and copy systems.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Diversity ranges in every direction, from a taste of India, Vietnam, Mexico, and the good old US of A. Whichever direction you travel in, north, south, east or west there is a restaurant to satisfy your hunger. Whether it be quick food to go or a nice sit down to explore your life and your friends, there's a restaurant for you with affordable prices.

5 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Paradise in Tempe – Tempe has so much to offer college students! It seems as though everything surrounding ASU's campus was built to help it become the perfect college environment. You have tempe town lake where they hold a huge variety of events, a lot of places to eat and hang out socially that are in walking distance of student housing.

5 College Junior

Transportation: Light Rail, Buses, Shuttles, Etc. You can get absolutely anywhere, at absolutely any time of the day. There's tons of shuttles, public buses, light rail goes everywhere, taxis are cheap, and most everything is within a 15 minute walk.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Easy to Not Get Caught – As long as you aren't stupid with what you're doing, it's pretty easy to avoid getting caught. RAs aren't allowed to enter with permission, and neither are police. Warnings are the norm, and after the usual scheduled police crackdowns during the first week, there's no threat of arrests.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Lots of Variety – There's a huge variety of whatever you could want. Low-cost housing, the bare minimum? High-end 4-man suites with living room, locally grown food? A hangout spot, sex and booze? It's all there.

For me, everywhere except the Honors dorms suck, and the best food is at Engrained.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: Its arizona so the weather will drive you insane but inside the classroom its fine

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Very very good recreation center, great for excersize

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Major Related Residence Halls – Our school started a program where you can, and are encouraged to, live your first year in a dorm filled with students who are part of the same college of study as you are. This allows you to bond with the same people who you see out in classes during the day and back in the halls of your dorm. It also really came in handy when I was having trouble in certain classes, I could go to people down the hall from me in the evening for help. I think it really opened a lot of communication between myself and other students for me.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Its 50/50 – Drugs and alcohol go hand in hand. They are both very popular unfortunetly.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Sororities and Fraternities – If you don't belong to a sorority, the girls aren't exactly all that nice to you. However, Frat boys with always talk to you if you're attractive. That whole Greek scene is pretty shallow. I have to say I've met a lot of really nice people and a lot of very rude people. It's such a huge diverse university that there's bound to be plenty of the good people and plenty bad as well. The one thing I appreciate about everyone at Arizona State is that we all have a relaxed vibe. We're motivated to do well in school, but we also know how to enjoy life, and we don't let stress get the best of us.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus Near by Apartments/Houses – There are many options for off-campus living available to students. Because ASU is located in such a big city, there are plenty of options all around/near school, as well as legitimate transportation to or from school including local buses, parking passes, and a new light rail. The prices are all very reasonable as well. They range from very nice and expensive to the bare minimum so everyone can really be accomidated. I lived in the dorms my first year and now I live off-campus in an apartment and I much prefer it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I chose the Herberger College of the Arts at ASU because it is highly rated amongst other art schools in the United States. I majored in photography this past year and decided it was a waste of time. The program is in no way designed to help you forward your art career or sell your work. It is instead a four year program based on making your own thought process more and more abstract every year. I understand why this program is set up this way and is important, but I do not agree with the fact that the university has no interest in helping you succeed past passing your art classes, and even then, the majority of the professors have a cynical outlook on life and students and are rarely around to help you or show up for their own classes. I have since switched my major to Anthropology and hope to find a better support system and learning environment within that college, yet still at Arizona State University.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Go Devils Hoo-Rah – On football game nights there are seas of gold and maroon t-shirt wearing fans and students flooding Tempe. The amount of school spirit is undeniably ginormous when one can hear the screaming fans a mile away from the stadium. The athletic facilities are decent and the school provides intramural sports for students.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Melting Pot – Most of the students that I have met at ASU are originally from another part of the world. There is a myriad of different people that attend ASU and almost all of them are accepting of others. Every background and belief is represented by at least some one at ASU.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Feeling safe on campus has never been an issue for me. Using a U-lock will ensure that your bike is not stolen and be sure to keep an eye on all belongings because theft is a rampant crime on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: A Little Bit of Weed? I don't see a huge drug problem on the Arizona State University campus. The only thing I'm aware of is that a lot of people smoke weed, but nothing beyond that. I'm sure there are the few out there who have another drug of choice. But for me personally, none of my college friends do drugs and the ones that do only experiment with weed.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: A Little Bit of Weed? I don't see a huge drug problem on the Arizona State University campus. The only thing I'm aware of is that a lot of people smoke weed, but nothing beyond that. I'm sure there are the few out there who have another drug of choice. But for me personally, none of my college friends do drugs and the ones that do only experiment with weed.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Party Party Party – I'm almost positive that sororities and fraternities are supposed to do community service and things of that nature in addition to throwing parties. At the ASU campus all I see are parties every weekend and no service to the school or their members. Also people view greek life as a free way into a great party, not for a family bonding experience. It's kind of a joke.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love It! I just love ASU! of course there are parties, but you have to be in control! great environment too.


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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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