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

Off-Campus Housing: Living the Life Alone – I think it would be hard to live on your own. You might end up with roomates you do not like. Condos and apartments can get pretty expensive. Also, you do not know how your other person lives. It is hard to find a good apartment. There is no parking at ASU which is bad you have to use a parking meter.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Pre-Med and Global Health – I am currently going to be a sophomore in college at ASU. I love my major. I get to travel with study abroad. I took a required class with other people in my major, Global Health, and I made a lot of friends. Do not be afraid to email your professor it is the best thing to do or get to know them.

5 College Junior

Weather: Fantastic Blue Skies – Arizona is always sunny and the skies are always blue! The warm, dry weather means you almost never need an umbrella and can walk to class in comfort. I can't imagine having to worry about rain or snow and I'm so happy to be attending a school with such great weather. It really helps knowing that you can plan your day without worrying about weather.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: At Arizona State University there is a reputation for the student body to be very attractive. For the most part, this is true. Since there are so many students at ASU there are plenty of people to socialize with. Some people prefer bars or parties but others would rather just hang out with their friends. There is a niche for everyone. There are over 600 clubs and organizations available for students to join which cater to a huge variety of interests.

4 College Junior

Academics: Applying to Arizona State University was a simple process and relatively low stress in comparison to the application process of other universities. However, the courses at ASU are challenging and professors expect the best from their students so don't be fooled by the high acceptance rate. I am a transfer student and I know other transfer students who agree that the professors at ASU tend to assign a lot of homework. Also, ASU is a fantastic institution in terms of options for research opportunities. This was a big selling point for me in the decision to come to ASU, especially as a psychology major.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great Variety – Around Arizona State University is a street called "Mill Ave." This is where you can find many eating places from burgers to sushi. It's great to get the variety so that everyone can eat something they like.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Good but Could Be Better – The financial aid personnel are pretty good, but once asked the more difficult questions, they are hesitant to respond.

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: Everything Is Popular – ASU is known for being a party school and its names precedes it. There are all types of drugs that people do out there. Mostly drinking though.

4 College Senior

Academics: Professor Very Knowledgeable – Professors for the marketing department at ASU. They are very helping from what I have experienced and make taking their classes fun.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The Campus Is Great – The main campus is located in Tempe, AZ so for most of the year the weather is awesome. The campus is filled with trees and water features which makes it easy to find a nice place to study or hang out.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Lots to Choose from – Since Arizona State University is a large school, they offer classes in just about any topic you can think of

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Could Be Better – There is always a fraternity party going on and non-greek girls are allowed into them for the most part. Non-greek guys usually don't get along with greek guys because they aren't allowed in the parties. I think greek life could be much bigger than it is, which is unfortunate. If you are involved in greek like, it's the best time of your life so I definitely recommend it. There are only three frat houses left of the row because ASU keeps tearing them all down. But fraternities usually try to get their guys to all live at the same apartment complex so that it's easier to have parties. Sororities have their own "dorm-like" housing called Adelphi. It is comprised of 12 clusters for the 12 sororities and approximately 30 girls from each house can live in their cluster. Even though President Crow is trying to kill greek life and is making it difficult for us to do fun things, I love it!

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Somewhat Safe – ASU and Tempe Police are visible around campus which makes me feel a little bit safe. However, Tempe is not the nicest area and just outside of campus there are some not so safe areas. I make sure to follow precautions like the buddy system and not going out late at night in order to prevent anything bad from happening.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Business Is the Best! I am enrolled in the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State and it is one of the best business schools in the nation with top programs in Supply Chain Management and Sustainability. I feel so honored to be a part of such a successful institution. The workload is somewhat strenuous but I have only attended one year so far and therefore have not experienced some of the upper level courses. Overall I love my major and am enjoying the classes I have taken so far.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: New Experiences – The new honors dorms on Arizona State University's campus are more spacious than any other dorm on campus. They are comfortable and a great place to meet new people with similar interests and study habits.

3 College Junior

Academics: A Plethora of Possibilities – Arizona State University has a diverse range of offered majors and minors. Although the size of the university has some drawbacks, its location in a big city and the multitudes to which it caters makes it a great place to suit individual needs. When it comes to possibilities, Arizona State Univesity is definitely not lacking.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Mill Ave. Having amazing, tastey, delicious foods off campus is what you need after a rough day at school. The various food selections from sushi, to burgers and fries, to fried chicken, and even frsh, healthy salads.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Dance Major – Being in the Dance Studio with amazing dancers that are very creative and passionate is a great feeling because we can all relate to one another. Dance teaches you to explore within your mind, your body, and your surroundings. Having an enviroment of strong dancers around you only makes you want to strive for more and work hard.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Free Shuttles, When Not Crowded Are Lovely – ASU provides free shuttles to and from the West campus to the Downtown, Tempe and Polytech. These buses are the greyhound buses, and very spacious and usually kept clean. They provide internet access and you can even track the buses with GPS on the ASU website. Unless it is a crowded time (i.e. around rush hour traffic times is usually when the buses are crowded) the bus experience is rather enjoyable compare to taking the light rail.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Guys are normal, girls are okay. There are a few smoking hot ones, but no more than you'd find in any other university the same size, I think.

2 College Senior

Campus Dining: Not Too Good – The quality of the available food is, in general, rather poor. Unfortunately the only place to get better food (in the honors dining hall) severely overprices their meals, at around $14 or $15 a meal without a meal plan.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Officers are readily accessible (at least during the daytime), there is a pick-up service for students who are stuck on campus late at night, and there are special blue-light emergency posts all over campus with buttons that can be pressed for help.

2 College Senior

Parking: Better Without a Car – Honestly, it is much easier to get to class by walking, biking, or boarding if you live close enough. I live in an apartment 5 minutes off campus and it normally only takes me 5-10 minutes to get to any class biking. Parking is more of a hassle and not worth the time, energy, or money.

The cost for parking permits seem to go up every single year so its better to find alternate modes of transportation. There are shuttles running all around the Tempe area which makes this a really great option for students who don't want to pay or for students who don't have a car.

The parking services do go around ticketing cars without permits or with expired meters. So it's not really worth the risk to park unless you're willing to pay for it.

4 College Senior

Facilities: Arizona State University is made up of four different campuses that are located in different regions which makes it more accessible to students of different locales. Each campus also has specific majors or concentrations that help students to grow and learn with others that share similar interests and goals.

The Main Campus in Tempe is where the majority of students attend their classes. There are numerous facilities that students can visit for study or recreation.

There are multiple libraries that students can study, the major ones being Hayden Library and Noble Library. There are many quiet study areas for those who want to study alone or common study areas in which large numbers of students can study together.

The Student Recreation Center (SRC) is the perfect place to get in shape. The fitness equipment is endless and students can choose to work out alone or play a game of basketball, volleyball, football, or badminton with a small group of friends. There is also a large pool for students who want to swim a couple of laps or a dance room for those who want to practice ballroom dances.

The Memorial Union (MU) is where many students go for a quick bite to eat. Many club meetings, activities, and career expos are held here and it is conveniently located at the heart of the ASU campus. It also houses a game area with pool tables, a bowling alley, and arcade games.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Great Campus Life – Most everyone I know that goes to ASU has stayed as close as possible to the campus because it is such a great scene. There is mill avenue just a block away with many great clubs and restaurants. Tempe is filled with college age students so it is a great place to meet people who are like minded and at a similar age.

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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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