Tempe, AZ
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 6389 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe at Arizona State University. There are safety posts with buttons for a police call located across campus and are easily spotted with a blue light. A service to help escort students around campus is available just by calling and is very helpful at night. At the beginning of the year we were required to take a safety class taught by a police officer and it helped me to feel safe around campus. At the meeting we were given whistles, I've had mine on my keychain ever since. I've never walked around at night alone, so I've never felt in danger of anything on campus. The dorms I lived in were surrounded by gates that could only be accessed with a student card so I felt safe from outside unwanted visits.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Here or There? There are a lot fo things to do at night on the main ASU campus, but not a lot to do at the Downtown Campus. There is bowling, clubs, eating places, and parties always filling the streets of Tempe, AZ. But in Downtown Phoenix there are approximately 2 clubs and they are not very good. Food places close around 8, and after that you are just out of luck. There is nothing to do.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: ASU is know for their awesome athletics. Footballs games are one of the biggest things that just bring everyone from all campuses together on Saturdays. It is always a lot of fun and it incorporates teamwork. There is tons of school spirit with the bleachers covered in Gold and Maroon. I love it.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: At ASU there are aren't a lot of different ethnicities. It is mainly hispanic and white people who attend the school. Yes, there are programs specially for African- Americans and ect., but it is only located at the main campus. There is nothing for us at the Downtown Campus.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Since most people carry their own computer availability is not an issue. The equipment is quality and reliable.

1 College Junior

Parking: The parking situation at ASU is terrible. There is very little room in the structures and they have poor visibility. On top of that, the parking spaces are tiny. Many cars overlap the lines on both sides. The prices of parking on campus are outrageous. They top $800, which is over twice as much as most "expensive" parking prices at Universities.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life at ASU is terrible. The fraternities don't compare to those at other schools. They have low standards and morals. Many of the frat boys are extreme drug addicts.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is pretty good. Eating on campus becomes monotonous after a while, so it's good to get off campus. There are a variety of fantastic dining options surrounding the campus. Everyone knows about Mill Ave, which is filled with great eateries such as My Big Fat Greek Restaurant and Corleone's, but there are several great food joints not located on Mill. My favorites are Thai Basil, The Vine, and Pancheros. The only thing missing is more/better fried chicken and bbq restaurants.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys, Girls, Too Much, All Good Differences, Hard to Focus on One – There are so many good looking people at ASU, it's difficult to focus on any particular group. It's not only sorority that has the hot girls and gorgeous boys, no, they're everywhere. Sure the majority dresses like pretty boys and most girls share the whole fake tan, bleach blonde hair, and other fake parts of their bodies, but all individuals are for the most part really curteous and kind. There is racial diversity even though one doesn't usually hear people speak in different languages. One could tell that most everyone shops at the same places around campus and new be's can be easily spotted. Eventually though, i think everyone gets influenced to buy clothes that fits Arizona weather. Either way there is no obvious discrimination between cliques or seperation between people of different ages.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: There is a great variety of food on campus, from pizza and hamburgers to asian foods and italian pastas. There are various known restaurants like Burger King, and Starbucks, but also have small local cafe's and shops that also taste great like Charlie's and E sandwiches. The dining Halls are kept clean and there is always room to sit. Maintinence is very good at cleaning any mess people leave accidentally for the next students to sit down. there is also nice seating areas outside to enjoy nice weather and outside upstairs for dining with a nice view. The food is done well and is not sold too expensive; however, for some the dollars add up and many prefer more homestyle cooked meals from time to time than fastfood all the time. About the meal plans and other dining options i'm not all sure about, but i do know that the money i put into my suncard, i can use to buy food or use to print school work.

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.


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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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