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

Off-Campus Housing: Buy a Home – Homes are very cheap out here so I would recommend to those who can afford it; put down money to your first home right now. Rent is still fairly high in the area so it is better to put money towards something of value rather than tossing the money away towards rent when it will never be seen again.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Favorite City – I have lived in four states in the last five years and the city of Phoenix, as well as the surrounding area, is full of life. I have lived here for over a year now and have loved every minute of it. It is the fourth largest city in the US, but someone visiting from out of town would never realize it. It's spread out but has a great highway system which makes the entire city open to anyone interested in exploring it. I tell everyone that the heat isn't something to be afraid of when it comes to moving to the desert.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: At the start of school the financial aid office is extremely busy; get your questions taken care of ahead of time! In general, it is very easy to apply for financial aid, as well as accept and decline awards online! The biggest way is by filling out your FASFA.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I LOVE ASU! I truly bleed maroon and gold!! You will too :) That's what I love about being at ASU--there is so much spirit, pride, opportunities, events, assistance, advice, role models, support, and energy, that you can't help but smile at the incredible place we like to call Arizona State University. ASU provides more opportunity than you can even begin to imagine! There is a great vibe at ASU--one that stimulates you to want to learn more, experience more, and to accomplish and reach your full potential. I am learning so much academically, as well as individually, about the world, society, and people. That's what is so great about ASU: we keep a wide view, so that you can become well rounded and learn not only about others, but also about yourself!

4 College Junior

Diversity: ASU accepts ALL PEOPLE! That is why ASU is so amazing: we accept anybody, are extremely diverse, and we fully encourage you to be yourself :)

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Very Fair – Punishments seem to be very fair and give a lot of slack to first time offenders of most things. The only exception is marijuana, its a possible felony for possession in the state of Arizona. Other than that however, as long as you aren't going crazy and annoying everyone else, you will be left alone.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drugs Are Present but Avoidable – Drugs aren't too common at ASU, but its mostly marijuana and alcohol. Its easy to avoid however, There are plenty of people who don't use drugs there as well.

3 College Senior

Weather: Arizona Heat Definitely Makes a Difference. The weather that affects Arizona State is a decent blend of weather; on average it's not too hot or too cold. However, in the summertime and the beginning of the fall semester the Arizona heat certainly is evident and it can make trips from class to class unpleasant as well as make you sweaty if you don't walk fast enough.

4 College Senior

Athletics: Our sports teams are extremely popular on and around campus and have a great reception from the student body. Our intramural sports are also a popular asset on our campus because people of all sizes, academic settings and skill levels can play whenever their schedules permit. Arizona State also has a wonderful gym facility (our Student Recreation Center) that is filled with numerous work out machines, racquetball courts, a pool and a wonderful track.

3 College Senior

Computers: The computers at Arizona State University are usually a little bit crowded but most people who come to the computing commons move in and out within 15 - 20 minutes which allows students to get a spot quickly if there isn't one already available. The school's WiFi is excellent and always has a strong signal so that all students are able to access the network, where as the computing commons computers run a little slow and take about five to ten minutes to log students on.

2 College Freshman

Scholarships: Although I was able to get some scholarships last year, ASU does not make it easy to get the help you need even if you are in need of the financial aid.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: Very Nice – There are always plenty of things to do around campus, there is no such thing as being bored at ASU

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing at ASU is nice but it is really expensive. There are places that are affordable but there are also the nicer places that have ridiculous prices.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: People Drink Too Much. I don't party or drink and the majority of "nightlife" at Arizona State University is geared for students who like to do these things, even if they are underage. But the transportation seems good; if people are drunk, they can take cabs or the light rain. For underage nightlife, I hang out with people who don't drink or party. But overall, I'd say the nightlife scene is poor.

5 College Sophomore

Weather: Never a Problem – The whether here is always the same. SUNNY. Unless its monsoon season, and if so, you grab a tarp, some soap and friends and make it a water party

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: sports at ASU are a large part of the school. When a sporting event is taking place, namely football, it unifies the four campuses. It brings everyone together where we are all cheering and backing up the same team.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safe for the Most Part – I am on the smaller of the four campuses and the campus is very safe feeling. You must keep your doors and windows locked though. You WILL get broken into otherwise. The police and fire department do come in a timely manner. There is a police station of campus. I feel safe on campus though not in the north residential halls... Every where else though.... my room was broken into at North RES.

3 College Sophomore

Parking: The permit costs to park in the parking garages located around the campus is absurd. It is difficult to find parking otherwise because the campus is surrounded by meters and those fill up quickly. There is not much need for a car if you live on or around campus thought because plenty of alternate transportation is provided.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The facilities on campus are well maintained and accommodate towards a variety of students. The library is always crowded with study groups and researching, the student recreational center is constantly flowing with students exercising and meeting for organized sports. The university does well in providing numerous events for students to enjoy throughout the year.

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Mostly Drinking, Some Smoking – the campus has so many people you can no doubt get any drug if you're hanging out with the right people. however for the most part everyone drinks and probably a third of students smoke

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Get M&G, Not a Meal Plan – There is a great variety of foods all around campus. The MU has all types of fast food, there are various coffee shops and cafes throughout campus as well. However the dining hall in my opinion was repetitive and bland, so don't waste your money buying a meal plan that gives you meals in the dining hall because you will get sick of it after the first week.

5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are many types of people at ASU everyone has a place they fit in.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Cholla Apartaments – I lived in a renovated 2 people dorm, It was B building. The dorm was fully furnished, housing rates included water, electricity, gas, internet, basic cable. The room and living room had an individual AC/Heater. During the summer it got hot inside since the walls are made of brick, it was also difficult to put up pictures. Worst thing about the dorm is that the room didn't have a door going into the kitchen and past the kitchen was the living room so if my roommate was sleeping I had to be very quiet. Everyone in the hall was always in their room, no one kept their door open. No one usually said hi or anything. It was boring, room rate was about the same as tuition, it all varies if it is instate or not. The apartments where located a close to campus, and dinning areas.

3 College Junior

Transportation: Making Strides – Recently Phoenix has implemented the light rail system which goes straight through both the Tempe and downtown Phoenix campuses. This is as convenient as you can get and almost as cheap but safety still isn't up to par. As of now mostly you buy tickets on the honor system which places people on the trains that should be there and makes the ride sometimes unsafe. Until they fix this problem I will continue to pay for parking garages just to be sure.

5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Nursing Expectations – The Nursing program is extremely academically driven. Only 100 out of the schools almost 50,000 are in this program. They are also driven on having all 100 pass the national boards after graduation. Because of this they are focused on preparing us eventually for this test. Since the minimum for the Nursing boards is 77%, this has become the minimum grade you can get on any class or else you fail. Strict yes, but it definitely prepares you.

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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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