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

Transportation: Free Orbit Buses – The free orbit buses are really nice cuz they save people gas money. The only bad thing is they are more like extended vans and they run out of room really fast.

1 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I wish we could use financial aid on the apartments around the city. That would make it so much easier... and CHEAPER to live. That'd be nice.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are little and not so great. Although I did live in the 2nd oldest ones on campus my freshman year. They are liveable but not great.

5 College Freshman

Weather: Nothing to complain about except the fall heat when you first get to campus. After September the weather is perfect. Gotta love Arizona for that!

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Tough Luck – In the dorms if you are relatively quiet you can get away with drinking. If you DO get caught though you won't catch a break. You will get written up, have to take classes and write a paper. That's only for the first offense. On campus police are tougher than the normal Tempe police. If you are going to party, it's best to do it off campus where you have a much lower risk of getting in trouble for it.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: At first the campus may seem overwhelming, but after a few solid weeks of exploring you'll have it down. I always feel safe even if I head over to the library at the crack of dawn or walk home from a late class. The SRC can get packed with such a huge student population going if you have free time between classes is typically the best solution. The upper quiet floors in the library are a great place to crack down and get some work done without all the distractions in the dorms and more social places on campus.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Great Campus – When you first arrive you feel overwhelmed by the huge campus, but after a few weeks of exploration it becomes very accessible and second nature to navigate. The SRC is packed in the morning and late at night, the best bet is to go between classes. The library is my favorite place on campus. There is always room and the study desks behind the bookshelves on the higher floors are the best place to get studying done distraction-free. The south campus Sonora health center is great. The employees and doctors are very nice, and it is not nearly as crowded as the main health office always is. There are little study spots in the shade all around campus that are nice if you want to get away from you dorm for a while.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: Permit Costs – Expensive to park in a parking garage, but it's incredibly safe.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Colleges Offer Great Programs – I'm in Barrett the Honors College and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. I love the quality of professors and the rigorous programs each college offers. I've had amazing professors and know of professors who've been inspirational and unique to our field.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: a girl was robbed of her purse and then drug behind a car until she died. fire alarms go off. a student kills himself in front of his professor. other than that, i've heard of no problems with asu security. i otherwise believe it's really good.

2 College Senior

Parking: Parking at ASU is very costly and far away from most of the important buildings on campus. The meters that are closer to classes are also extremely expensive and don't last long enough for you to park, walk to class and get back to your car before getting a ticket. The one positive thing about parking is that there is a shuttle that takes people from the farthest parking lots to specific places around campus.

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene at ASU is prevalent. Alcohol usage is extremely visible. They are dramatically improving the policy enforcement of the matter but it is still very clear that underage kids drink regularly. There is a significant amount of drug usage and peer pressure. Due to the fact that the drug usage is kept very quiet, the policy enforcement is lacking in this area.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I have always felt extremely safe at ASU. The campus is clean and beautiful. Because the campus is so large and in a relatively urban setting there are buses that will take you from your car to very close to the building where your classes are held. Campus security is also always out in full force.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Clubs for Everyone! ASU is one of the largest schools in the nation, and with over 6,000 students, each person is bound to find their own clique. There is a club for literally EVERY interest!

3 College Junior

Nightlife: I'm not much of a partier, but it seems to me that since ASU is in a desert, a lot of our events take place after the sun goes down. So things like concerts, comedy shows, and giveaways happen at night. The majority of underage activities occur at the beginning of the school year with events like Sparky's Summer Shakedown and Passport to ASU. We have also had stores such as Target and IKEA open after hours exclusively for students.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Bars and Bands – There are a lot of bars/restaurants in the area (especially Mill Ave.), and the nearby Tempe Beach Park usually has some kind of festival or charity event going on every weekend.
Also, the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Gardens are within a couple miles of campus and are a nice daytime activity when the heat is bearable.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I love ASU. Just bring down the parking prices and fix the horrible food service. Everythign else is just peachy.

5 College Senior

Weather: Sunshine and 109! Just kidding. During the school year its usually warm except for the ocaisional jacket days.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Many Different Types – ASU has tempe buses, the flash buses, the orbit buses, bikes, skateboards, motocycles/vespa parking. and it's easy to walk.

1 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: ASU the parking is a issue they need a system for students.

Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Student Living – I feel the student living area need to be updated.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I feel the fashion class was not all it should have been.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: The Only True Greek Scene Is on Alpha Drive – There aren't many fraternities left with houses on ASU's campus, but the ones that are, are all that really matter. People will knock ASU's Greek Life, but that is until they set foot in an Alpha Drive manor. Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu, Sigma Pi, Sig Ep, Delta Sig, and AEPi rule the row and Greek Life at ASU.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I Fall in Love at Least Ten Times a Day on Campus – I grew up in Los Angeles and I can honestly say that nowhere in the world has more hot girls in one place than Arizona State University. It's absurd how hot they are. Spring and summer are special times of the year when it is not uncommon to head to class and find a girl in a bikini top sitting next to you. I can't even count how many times I've fallen of my skateboard just because I was checking out some girl a bit too long and missed a curb. If there was such a thing as love at first sight, then it would be safe to say that I fall in love again and again on my way around campus at ASU.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: W.P. Carey Students Should Take Advantage of the Living Community – I had the time of my life freshman year in the business dorms. Naturally, W.P. Carey kids are not going to be the average shmo ASU students who fully took advantage of ASU's "If you can breathe, you can attend" acceptance policy, but we're business kids, and though we're smart, we know how to have fun. Know your rights and study the 5th Amendment because RA's and campus police will try and strip you of them, but as long as you know when they're over the line you can pretty much get away with anything. I made friends on all four floors of my building, many of whom I am still close with or in contact with going on three years now at ASU. There are more security doors and locks to go through to get into the dorms than you'll know what to do with, but once inside you'll notice a clean, modern student living facility. During finals week you'll find all your floormates cracked-out and huddled around a large circular table in the study room cramming. However, on any other night that table is great to squeeze into someone's room for a nice night of poker to pregame before going out. The best part of the business dorms was having friends and floormates in all of my classes. Studying together was a definite asset to living in the Carey dorms.

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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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