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

Athletics: Buy a season pass as soon as they are available. Football games are the best part of college. Even though our team is pretty horrible it's a great excuse to get drunk and meet people that will love to go out and party with you for the next four or five years. Baseball games are free to students and although there's a lot less drinking it's still a good excuse to get some girl friends together and admire muscular boys in tight pants.

2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Lots of Money; Little Choice – The best thing in the MU is Starbucks which always seems to have a 30000000 people line. Obviously, I'm exaggerating a tad but I did overhear on a campus tour the other day that Arizona State's starbucks is the 3rd busiest in the nation. There's Papa John's, Taco Bell, Chick-fil-a, Quizno's, Burger King and apparently they recently opened a healthy restaurant upstairs but it also has the most expensive food (I hear), and considering that I already spend about $8 on the fast-food stuff I haven't dared to make the trip up the stairs. The best option is to just walk across the street and take advantage of the non-campus dining options. If you are a freshman get your parents to buy you the package with sun dollars, MU dollars and the dining hall passes because then you're options get a lot more exciting. I had the dining hall only and that meant only the dining hall at my dorm and the one in the MU which meant I had a lot less friends then people with the all encompassing passes.

3 College Freshman

Parking: If you live on campus there is really no need for a car. If you live off campus and don't want to pay the ridiculous parking fees or drive around for hours to find a spot, then the light rail is the best option. I do park and ride, which allows me to get on and off the light rail right in front of school. The busses and light-rail have made the headache of parking much better.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I Would Live on Campus – I have never lived on campus at a college before, and always had a bad idea of dorm room life. However, I do think that the downtown campus of ASU has great accommodations. The dorms are clean and modern and the apartments seem classy and are literally right across the street from classes. This is one University that I would like to live on campus, instead of the hassle of living off campus.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: 1St Amendment Forum – The 1st Amendment Forum is my favorite place to hang out. There are big comfortable chairs to lounge in while either studying or watching the news on the gigantic screen. Near to school there are all the amenities one might need, great coffee, organic produce, bars, museums, the light rail and of course the YMCA. It is a great campus in so many ways.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Dorms Are Sketchy – It depends what dorm you live in, but a lot of Community Assistants don't care if you drink as long as you're not too loud. If you get caught, they don't call the police, but you do have to pay to go to an alcohol class. It's basically impossible to get kicked out of the dorms. Don't go walking around campus belligerent though, or you will get breathalyzed. Also, marijuana smells and you WILL get caught if you smoke in the dorms.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Many places have student discounts, and there are so many close by restaurants and fast food places. Tempe has big chain restaurants, sushi, bars, great pizza places, Greek food and especially good Mexican restaurants around campus. My favorite restaurant is Plaza Bonita, just a couple blocks from campus. They have THE BEST fajitas! Also check out Cookiez. They give student discounts, so you can get a massive ice cream cookie sandwich for around two bucks.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Finacial Aid Is Pretty Easy – We do everything through MyASU, which makes it pretty easy when accepting scholarships and financial aid. We have an office located on every campus for students that need a little extra help. So it is pretty helpful and easy.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Campus-To Campus Shuttles – We have four different campuses, so depending on where you are coming from, we will shuttle students to and from different campuses. This makes it easier for students living on the west side that have to travel to Tempe campus. Instead of driving all the way down there, they can park at west campus and shuttle to Tempe.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: We Are Typical College Students – Students here look pretty typical. I mean, we live in the desert, so of course the shorts start coming out around March. But on average, the students are laid back, wearing jeans and a t-shirt, laptops open, usually studying.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Arizona State is amazing. Coming from Texas I taught that it would be some boring school but I was totally wrong. The people here are nice to you and make you feel like you are at home. The weather is nice except the first month during fall where it is just blazing, but all that hot weather makes great pool parties. The tradition here is great with the whole painting the A, the fork symbol, and the rival with U of A. The public transportation is amazing in the Tempe area, where I can hop on a bus and go to somewhere in the valley. I would not want to go back to Texas.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus housing here in ASU is okay. The most expensive apartment called "the Vue" is only 300 a month per person when split by 4 people. There are other apartments around campus that are 100 a month per person.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Fun With a Fee – Tempe is a booming place with a lot to do, you can go to the lake or a plethora of bars/clubs, and if you don't mind traveling on the lightrail you can go the the phoenix art museum, or even the science center. But all of this fun comes with a cost... If you are like me and have no money then you will spend most of your time at home studying..

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Safe? Always! The ASU campus has an excellent safety system. There is an emergency call box 200 feet from one another covering all corners of the campus. ASU has their own police department. There are staff constantly roaming the grounds for any danger. I couldn't feel safer

4 College Freshman

Computers: Computer Avaliability – There are so many computers on campus that if you turn around there will be a computer there! There are computers on all corners of the campus. There are computers for a quick print or group computers for group projects. Bringing a laptop to school is a good idea because there is Wi-Fi covering the school grounds. The log in time is the only thing that bothers me.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Plenty of Good Options, Hiking Tuition – I am dealing with raised tuition and summer abroad fees--scholarship money is vital! Yet, there are a lot of options, so hopefully they all pan out.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Light Rail – It is very convenient for campus students who want to go out on the weekends. The price is reasonable (around two dollars) and the ride is a fun experience.

5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Study Hard, Party Harder. Great nightclubs, restaurants and cafes. The School also provides students with exclusive bowling alleys, billiard halls and places to hang out! ASU is famous for it's nightlife and party atmosphere!

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Team Spirit – Sports at ASU are lead by experienced coaches and everyone gets involved, from the faculty to the players and of course the student body always comes to support our school! They practice hard and play to win, but it's always in a fun atmosphere.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: They're Great! Applying to ASU was the best choice I could have made. The professors are experts in their field and have the ability to explain and teach it without much effort. The professors are very friendly and always there to help after class. There a lot of extra help labs on campus and tutors if needed. You are provided with all the tools to success.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is awful! It is INCREDIBLY expensive for a parking pass. There are rarely any meter open on the streets near campus, and the security will fine you if you're a minute past when your meter ends. It's a pain.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Not Very Strict – Not very strict on the social lives of students. Lots of drinking and smoking pot in the dorms. The CA's get lazy and don't feel like filing paper work, if they're even actually in the dorm. It really depends on the professors when it comes to the strictness of students' academic life.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a decent amount of diversity on campus. A lot of different races and people of economic backgrounds. Definitely a lot of people with different religions and sexual orientation.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Most of the Time Sunny – In Arizona over all is always sunny. most of the time its nice and sunny to hit the pool or tempe town lake, which become a distraction for some students. Over all walking to school is not so bad during the winter, fall and spring its nice and warm. It becomes a hassle walking to school when it hits summer, its hot and humid, you could compare the weather to a sona at a spa. Drink lots of water during those summer days!.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Availability Is Fair – Computer labs are fair, theirs enough, and it only gets crowded during noon, the chances of getting a computer during the morning or afternoon is high. The Awsome thing about campus its WIFI is accessible throughout campus, speed is good, and it is reliable. Printing stations are all over the library building, thats good, prevents huge lines waiting for the printers. The good thing about the library it has plenty of computers and its open for students 24 hrs. no need to rush and finish, you could stay as long as you want.

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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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