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

Campus Dining: Arizona has the MU where it contains all types of food chain at the center of campus. It is really convenient and has all the stores you need really a good thing to have for every major university.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great Selection on Dining Options – Arizona State University main campus has probably the best selection when it comes to food. There are many fast food joints and plenty of dine in restaurants just walking distance away. When it comes to off-campus food ASU has a great variety.

4 College Junior

Facilities: W.P Carey School Is Top Ranked – The W.P Carey School at ASU is well worth the hassle in applying. If you are lucky to be a direct admit from high school,you can immediately begin your freshman year taking classes toward your degree. Most of the professors are highly knowledgeable and willing to help outside of class. The lower level classes are huge and have about 500 students in them, but your core major classes usually have around 30 students. All of the professors have their offices directly one floor above your classes, so it makes getting extra help simple and efficient. Their are several "weed out" classes, so be prepared to study from the beginning.

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Not Much to Say About Greeks – The Greek system at ASU is weak. They are not allowed to have the traditional housing, thus they live in a dorm together with the symbol of their fraternity on the outside wall. If you want to party, you do not have to join the Greek system to do it at ASU. Parties are plenty, beer comes by the kegs, and the security on campus is easy to win over if not run away from.

3 College Junior

Computers: The computer labs at Arizona State University are plenty if you know where to look. The computing commons lab, and the lab in Coor Hall, get filled quickly during peak times of the semester. Get their early if you want a computer during midterms or finals. All of the computers run adequately and the internet connection is reliable. If you have your own computer, good luck finding an outlet to charge your computer. It's not impossible, but its takes careful searching, pre-planning, and good timing.

2 College Senior

Transportation: Student bus passes used to be free, but they're now $40 per semester. The lightrail is pretty convenient and consistent, but the buses are usually not. Whatever you do, try to avoid having to get a parking permit-waaay to expensive. Also avoid biking near the student union during lunch hours.

3 College Senior

Diversity: I come from a small town in Washington, with little diversity, so ASU in comparison is VERY diverse. There are people from all over the world, speaking many languages. There are also a decent amount of political, religious, and sexual orientation student groups.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The housing is of course very overpriced, but most students don't notice. I lived in Hassayampa when it was brand new, my freshman year. I unfortunately lived on the "worst behaved floor on campus." Fire alarms were frequent and we were kicked out for a night because someone threw a shoe at a sprinkler, which set them all off on multiple floors. The elevators also broke down often, but have since been fixed. The rooms themselves were very nice, and good sized for dorms. I lived in the Cholla on campus apartments the next year. Though it's small and looks like a prison, the only real issue is the outter walls are paper thin, so you could hear everything in the elevators if you were next to them (I was), as well as the parties over as Dos Gringos. However, the convenience of our own kitchen and being just far enough off campus to give us some separation from our classes, made it a pretty fair location.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking at Arizona State is absolutely ridiculous it costs so much to park about a 20 minute walk away from campus. You can barely park anywhere without getting a ticket.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Popular – I would say that almost everyone who attends ASU drinks and likes to party. There is some drug use such as Marijuana but I would say that pot is the most popular drug at Arizona State.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Personal Safety – I would say that Arizona State is safe with it being in the middle of a city I would feel the safest on campus at night. There are always police cars and bikers everywhere. There are also late night safety buttons that you can push in case of emergencies. I consider Arizona State a safe place where I am comfortable walking alone at night.

5 College Student

Facilities: At the downtown campus, everything is small and close together. The staff keep the restrooms, hallways, and outside areas very neat at all times. The student centers to help with writing, math, and sciences are clean and very quiet. It is easy to get help when you need it. The staff is polite and helpful. The library is big and very resourceful, it has multiple study rooms, tons of computers and all the books/videos needed for classes. The campus overall is neat and well kept.

4 College Student

Academics: Downtown Campus Is Great – Arizona State University at downtown Phoenix is a great school. The class sizes are small and the teachers actually get to know their students. It is really helpful when the teachers don't have over 200 students and can give positive feedback to every assignment and be available for students before or after classes. The curriculum is not too difficult, but still college level. The advisors are helpful and get back to you as soon as they can, which is often right away.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: Night Life – I am not aware of the life at ASU because I do not attend the university yet.

1 College Freshman

Weather: We are in the Desert here so it is hot. Record highs are not fun and winter hardly exists. Rain is rare and it is very dry. If you're not careful about staying hydrated, you could end up with a heat stroke. Its almost impossible to walk across campus without breaking a sweat.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Being in the Sun Devil Marching Band I could see the school spirit was high, but the team wasn't too high up there. I wouldn't know anything else.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Tempe Is a College Town – Tempe is a college town and caters to students. Lots to do in the area. Mill Ave is one of the top 2 places to be on New Year's Eve.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Lots of Options – Arizona State University has a lot of options for majors which makes it a lot easier when you have to change your major a couple of times to get in the right program. The teachers are generally good, but a lot of the lower level classes are taught in huge lecture halls.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Plenty but Not Cheap – There seems to be a lot of housing around campus, but most places close to campus are pretty expensive. If you have transportation you can get housing a little further away where it is cheaper. Cars won't work for transportation unless you're willing to pay a lot for the parking lots on campus.

College Sophomore

Academics: Just Changed Majors – I don't know about education at Arizona State University because I have not started taking classes in this major

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is Very Prevelant – The drug scene is very small at ASU. However, because ASU is a dry campus, there are tons of off campus parties where drinking and underage drinking occurs. Also, Mill Ave. is within wialking distance of the Tempe campus so drinking happens a lot at those bars.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: The Greek life at ASU is very poor compared to other universities and colleges around the country. Sure there are parties and events that they hold, but only members of the Greek life are able to attend.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Arizona State University has a campus comprised of many different races and religions. We are one of the largest colleges in the country and offer a vast amount of diversity clubs and organizations.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Basketball Group – it is great to play basketball at night because it isn't very hot in the summer and can play very long time.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Despite Arizona State's bad rap as a cake school the programs they offer is specific degrees are really good. They incorporate internships into your academic life so that almost no one graduates without having served an internship somewhere. It's up to the student to take advantage of everything that is offered, but everyday fun activities are sponsored and if you hang around the dorms on move-in day there's a chance of scoring free pizza and personal grooming supplies. Also, it's in the heart of Tempe which means there's a ton of restaurants and bars/clubs within walking distance of school.

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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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