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

Local Atmosphere: There is no time for boredom where ASU is located. There are numerous places to go for entertainment for people of all ages. Theaters, clubs, bars, restaurants, and not to mention the famous Tempe town Lake are just some of the popular places one wants to be. The excitement doesn not stop there; however,there are myriad art galleries with endless amounts of wonderful art to view and music heard all around that never tires the ear. The area is well protected with police doing their jobs and doing it well. With that girls can do their shopping at all the different clothing stores without fear and strict caustiousness. Helpful places such as college stores and transit centers are easy to find, and town maps and labeled signs are put up everywhere so people can never get lost. Notifications are sent to all students about every event going on, sports, shows, charity and volunteer work, making it difficult for someone to be left out. Many cultural things happen as well like chicano poetry, native american dances, and the variety of lectures given by individuals from around the world. There is the best forms of transportation including shuttle buses and the new Lightrail train that stops at a number of these different interesting locations, continuing the fun and education wherever one goes.

College Sophomore

Weather: Lots of Sunshine – It's very warm and walking around to get where you have your classes is pretty tiring.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular – The drug scene at Arizona State University is not really big. The main drugs that people are doing is smoking and drinking

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Gyms Are Great! There is an on campus gym. I go there all the time. It is fully loaded with every equipment anybody could ever need. It is a great place to go on your free time. There is always games going on in the open field.

College Sophomore

Academics: Very Competitive – The major for business is very competitive. This school has one of the best for getting a business degree. I think if I can get a degree from her then I would be able to find a very good job with my education.

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: I did not wish to go to ASU and if I could, I would go to a different school. That being said, ASU is not a bad school. It is just too large for my taste, and I often feel like none of the staff cares about me.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: While I did not choose greek life at ASU, There are many options for Greek life at ASU.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Campus Stuff – Campus police are like bees, you dont mess with them and they don't mess with you. The punishments on campus are pretty severe. If you like in the dorms and are caught with drugs/alcohol or your roommate is, there will probably be so pretty bad consequences.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Free Prgrams, Undie Run, Great Weather for the Pool, Dorms, Dining Hall – The number of free progams and activities offered are crazy! There is always something to do and always something out of the ordinary going on. The undie run is always a highlight. How many other school have kids running around in their underwear for such a good cause? Buisness dinners, guest speakers, comedy shows, and concerts are just a few of the great opportunities. The rec center is absolutely amazing and actually encourages my to go to the gym. The pools are so much fun! Lounging by the pool mid-October is my kind of place. And my dorms were beautiful, safe, and homey. My dining hall had THE freshest, tastiest meals around.

4 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Safety Escort, Relatively Close House Parties, Mill Avenue – Transportation is nice with "safety excort". House parties are usually pretty easy to find and in walking distance, if you're willing to walk up to a couple miles. Once of legal age, the bar scene on Mill Avenue is lively and and looks to be a lot of fun for everyone.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Varied Student Body and Professors, Great Facilites, Challenging – I was oringinally so opposed to going anywhere west for my college experience, until I visited ASU. Its highly acclaimed buisness school and honors progam were of huge importance to me. There are students and professors from all over the globe offering an insightful and wordly view to each and every subject to which they come in contact. The facilities and equiptment are state of the art and never to disappoint. I was well prepared coming into college, and because of that was able to handle to course load, but I was still challenged and had to work hard to do well.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Lots of Skin – It's hot here... so people aren't going to bundled up. Lots of opportunity to decide from the insane number of people on campus, most of them are pretty good looking.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Get Used to IHOP – Lots of options around campus, including some all night places, like IHOP. But to get something a little less chain, a little more character, you'll have to travel a bit more.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: You can find computers, especially if you're in Barrett, but be prepared to cough up some money for printing. Your own laptop is still nice for taking notes (or keeping yourself amused) in huge lectures.

4 College Student

Weather: I've lived in Arizona my whole life, we have 2 elements: sun and wind. The good thing is that we're not in school when it gets to be 118 degrees outside. The weather normally isn't an issue. Its hot, but in fall its normally perfect outside, same in spring. It hardly ever rains and never any snow and the wind isn't bad, it makes the day better.

5 College Student

Athletics: ASU probably has one of the number one fan support groups. Arizona State residents and college students LOVE their ASU Sun Devils! Pride in the Desert is where it's at! Our teams don't always do the best, but that doesn't matter. Our stadiums are amazing, professional league status: the AZ Cardinals played in Sun Devil Stadium before they had a home in Glendale. Our baseball team is outstanding and like all athletics, support local high school seniors coming to ASU. It's one big happy family!

4 College Student

Campus Housing: At Arizona State University, it is highly recommended that all freshman live in a dorm. I did not because I have lived very close to ASU my whole life. A lot of my friends lived in the dorms however and they loved it. There are many to chose from and a lot of the are new. Manzy hall is the oldest, tallest dorm building with the most rooms, but it's still a nice dorm to live in. I've never heard anything bad about the ASU dorms (other than drama of course).

5 College Junior

Diversity: Everywhere I look is different. People of all ages, sex, race, and religion.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Noticeable – The drinking scene is bigger. But it depends on if you allow it to affect you. Everyone knows college students party. But you have to be focused enough to not let it control your future.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Great Unless Purchased Parking – Buying a parking space is extremely expensive so as long as you can take a bus, the light rail, walk, or ride your bike, you will be great. The buses are very convenient, as well as the light rail, and if you wait until the right times you can usually find free parking somewhere.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Heard Not Seen – I hear about how most of the engineers do a lot of drugs but I have been to where they live and have not actually seen anything drug related.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Has Nice Proximities – There are many options to choose from that are very close to campus.

1 College Junior

Parking: Good Luck – There aren't enough spaces for the 50000+ students. Permits are ridiculously overpriced.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Late Night Munchies – Its 2am and you're studying for a relatively important exam. You reach for a snack and find out you're out of chewies. What's for eats? Well if you turn to on-campus dining, the answer is NOTHING. This is to be expected, because its late night. But it does make for a huge inconvenience and extra pounds, because lets face it. Your other options are fast food chains.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Don't Get Stuck – Tempe offers a good amount of attractions. There's Tempe Marketplace, which boasts high quality restaurants and outdoor shopping from Ross and Target to Gamestop and Victoria's Secret. Arizona Mills Mall offers a variety of attractions along with its stores including an IMAX 3D theatre, and there are lots of neat little stores to be found on Mill Ave. So what's the deal? Why only a B+? Transportation. Notably, if you're on the Main Tempe Campus, Mill Avenue is not too far of a walk. But while the city does offer free bus routes, catching them can be well... quite a pain. The route had recently been changed so that getting to Tempe Marketplace takes an hour each way unless you're willing to cough up some cash just to go spend some more on either a bus or a cab. But watch out -- soon they'll be charging for that long route (although it will still be cheaper than the regular bus.) Using a bus is cheaper than taking a cab, but watch out for the 11 o clock time limit you'll have to get back home if you choose to take one. However, all of these issues are avoidable if you have your own car. And of course there are plenty of beautiful spots on-campus to check out.

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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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