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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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Overall there is anything you crave, you just got to know how to look.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a select few African American students on campus. Major is white students and Indian. I feel more diversity should be spread throught the campus to allow better understanding of different cultures.

2 College Freshman

Facilities: The facilities at ASU are not the worst but could use some work. The student center is live and active. It is a great place to interact with other students and have lunch. Other facilities, such as the classrooms and bathrooms, need some work. The dorms are old and out dated. Most streets are not paved very well and have many faults. ASU needs an upgrade.

1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: No Funny Business – The police on campus are pretty strict. They aren't afraid of handing out tickets for underage drinking, minor in consumption(MIC); and don't think that if you are not drinking that you are let off scotch free because they have special tickets for designated drivers, minor in possession (MIP). Just play it safe and if the party has hit its peek just leave...it is only a matter of time until the cops show up to end it.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Hotties from Around the World – You'll find all sorts of guys at Arizona State University; they come from all over the world. The accents are hard to not fall in love with and their bodies are to die for! As for the girls, I don't think there is another campus in the Unites States that has this many good looking girls, especially the diversity of girls.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Check Out Mill Avenue – Mill Avenue is the hot spot right around the corner from ASU.There are tons of fancy restaurants and mom-and-pop dinning places like Pei Wei, Chipotle, Chili's and Five Guys. Mill Avenue even has clubs for 21 and up, with special nights for 18 and up, like Cherry lounge. There's also plenty of places to do some shopping as well as grabbing a dessert, my favorite place for ice cream and cookie cravings is a small shop called Cookiez.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Hot Hot Hot – During the school year (August-May) the weather is generally very nice and warm. The very beginning and end of the year can become uncomfortably hot, but it is manageable. Classes are usually not cancelled, unless by an individual professor. Walking to class is never really an issue because chances are its at least sunny or partly cloudy at a decent temperature. People like to be outside, especially by the pools.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is a good amount of Greek students on campus, however there are still plenty who are not. I would like to maybe join a sorority next year because they do lots of neat activities and events. Non-Greeks have stereotypical minds on how Greek life works. There are fraternity houses, however no sorority houses. They do have a common area though.

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Beautiful Campus – Tempe is just one of the four campuses of ASU, however it is the largest. There is palm walk which is lined with beautiful, tall palm trees which runs right through the middle of campus. The different classes/buildings are fairly close to one another, allowing one to get from one class to another easily. I feel fairly safe right on campus, outside of it can become a little unsafe. There are plenty of sports and clubs that people can join. There is also many students involved in Greek life. There are numerous restaurants and shopping areas around campus as well. Tempe Marketplace and Mill Ave are two popular attractions for students. Something is always going on!

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Arizona State offers many internships and research opportunities that I believe are not offered at most other schools. ASU advisors and professors reach out to students to engage them in learning opportunities that occur outside the lecture halls. ASU also offers many campus sponsored activities during the entire week.

1 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking on campus is a mess. There is almost never enough parking to go around. Some parking garages have parking spaces that are too small to fit larger trucks and SUVs. Sharp corners in the parking garages make driving around in the garages somewhat difficult. Parking costs are astronomical.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports are a huge part of the Arizona State experience. School spirit is extremely prominent, and students get behind their teams even when the teams are not playing their best. Many students are also involved in intramural sports.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: I bring food from home to save money due to the expense of the food available on campus. However, they offer a wide variety of places to eat and it's mostly good quality food.

2 College Junior

Academics: I have learned from the education program, however how it's run is rather ridiculous. Every student in the program should have an internship, and they waited with many students until the last minute to get them a placement, and they do not allow us to find our own placements. Even those who were placed late were required to complete an excessive amount of hours for the time they were given. Many of the teachers I feel are ill-qualified, my classroom management teacher couldn't manage our class. The $100 program is a pain to use and has given every student a hard time. The classes are not intellectually challenging. To "raise standards" in the education program, they changed the grading scale rather than making the classes more challenging. I do like that they give us internships, that is where I learn the most, and they give valid assignments to complete through our internship. Most of the instructors are willing to work with us if we are having difficulties with our placement teachers or have other problems.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: ASU has such good public transportation around it! we have a light rail that makes a few stops around campus, buses that make several stops at campus, and there are even free buses for people who have to park far away that bring them in from the parking lot onto campus.

3 College Junior

Computers: The computers have full internet access and printers, but they are relatively slow. It's hard to find open computers in the libraries big labs, but I use the engineering lab that is smaller and always has open computers that are faster and more efficient.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – There is a campus escort service that will come pick you up and take you where you need to go so that you don't have to walk across campus alone at night. ASU has its own police force, and they can be seen patrolling campus often.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's never easy to leave home for college. But the support provided at ASU definitely helped. ASU was my only choice for college and I absolutely love it!

2 College Freshman

Weather: It's a Sunny World in Arizona – Arizona is known for it's heat. For most of the year warm weather clothing was necessary due to the fact that even if it wasn't hot outside, the classrooms would be too warm to concentrate. A light jacket was needed during winter in the morning. Overall air conditioning is used in common areas and that makes it bearable.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: When the Dorms Dont Make the Cut – The living areas off campus around ASU are very nice and modern looking. The pricing however is slightly overwhelming. I have actually had to give up a lease due to cost of the apartment vs what I am currently making. The apartments a few miles away from school seem to be a little more run down, but more appropriately pcied.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Honors College – The only reason I attended ASU was because of Barrett, the Honors College. It is more work but being in the honors college means being offered scholarship and internship opportunities before anyone else. We also get a special dining hall and have the best dorms.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Lots of M.I.C's – If you drink underage, chances are you will get an MIC sometime during your college career. Drinking at the dorms isn't a big deal as long as you're smart about it. Tempe cops range in their strictness so it really depends. As long as you're smart about things you really wont get in that much trouble. The university does like to have the image of being strict about things though.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Determined by Student – Arizona State really gives the student the ability to determine the rigor of their course load. The academic experience is really what you make it. There are a wide variety of classes and professors to choose from as well as a variety of levels of academic rigor. Registration is extremely simple and it is easy to make your schedule suit your life. There are so many possible opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's There – Although ASU is a dry campus, there is drinking that goes on. Most people go off campus to drink and party. You do hear of drug use, bud alcohol is more popular.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Plenty of Apartments – There are plenty of apartments around campus. There is a good public transit system, so it is relatively easy to get too and from campus.


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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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