Location
Tempe, AZ
Undergrads
50,484
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 7087 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Hot as Hell – Here at ASU it is all outside walking from building to building. And it gets incredibly hot here. The heat drives me crazy and makes me sluggish getting from class to class but I always figure it could be worse. Once the weather starts to cool its very nice.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The greek life at ASU is a joke, thats hard for me to say because I am a member of a sorority. The greeks are there to make themselves feel superior, throw a few parties, and cause trouble for everyone else. They do a few good things for the campus once in awhile but not nearly as often as they are being put on perole for some alcohol abuse charge or something.

2 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The majority of the nightlife seems to be held by students in secret. They arn't announced that well so you have to know somone, who knows someone else to hear about the happenings. Of course the footballs games are always there and that's always good fun but for just parting or dancing you got to have connections.

3 College Junior

Transportation: AZ's Fault, Really. ASU offers a nice option for public transportation. The U-Pass is extremely discounted and offers a cheap way for students to pay for transportation up-front and for very little. The public transportation in the city is terrible (often taking twice as long as it rightfully should), so it's not ASU's fault, but having cheaper parking on or near campus would be a definite improvement in getting to and from class.

4 College Junior

Computers: Fast and Plentiful – I haven't had to use them often, but I've always found an available computer whenever I have needed to use one. I've heard that some of the computer labs are crowded for architecture students during crunch times, but I've never experienced it first hand.

1 College Junior

Diversity: What You'd Expect in a Phoenix Surburb – The girls are gorgeous, and there is plenty to choose from for guys. However, the guys at ASU leave a lot to be desired. There is a lot of diversity for the most part. If you have a preference for black and/or Asian men/women you are out of luck, though. There are not many black and Asian people on campus. Also, there are not many gays/lesbians here either. So basically, if you like Hispanic or white people, you'll love it. There are also alot of people here from different states/countries. So there's that. There are a good mix of political beliefs, as well. Surprisingly (or maybe not), most of the students are right-leaning, while pretty much all of the professors are left-leaning.

2 College Junior

Academics: A Lot of Filler – There is a lot of busy work. The interning program is stellar, but the actual coursework is all over the place. There are only a few teachers who are amazing, the rest, sadly, are very average; a few are even below. The problem is that you cannot choose which teachers you take. In the beginning of the year, you choose a "block" (without knowing who the teachers are) and whatever you get is what you get! It's a complete surprise. Again, it's hard to generalize because a few of the teachers are great, but the majority are not. The intern/mentor program is A class; however, it's only 50% of the program. The other 50% you spend in class with ineffective teachers.

2 College Junior

Facilities: While some classrooms have a nice environment with comfortable seating arrangements, a fair amount are out-dated and have highly uncomfortable seating.

College Junior

Health & Safety: Health & Safety – I am a commuter student, so the only time I spend on campus is for class. There are police/fire buttons all over campus. For the most part campus seems relatively safe. Student health services is there for anyone in need of help.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-Campus Living – I didn't have trouble finding an apartment off-campus. Before I moved here, I did extensive research from apartments.com and found the perfect place that was in my price range. The only thing is that pictures can be deceiving online, so some of the places I looked at before I found the perfect place did not look anything like the pictures I saw online. I live about 15 minutes from campus, and luckily I have a bus that picks me up in front of my apartment complex and drops me off right in front of the campus.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Tempe is home to Arizona State University. There are many different ethnic places to eat, and many bars to hang out at. The Tempe library is also a great place to check out since it's new renovations. There are a 2 art museums within a 5 mile radius, which are also worth checking out. Arizona Mills is the mall that's closest the ASU, and it's huge! It's an outlet mall so items are a lot less expensive, which is perfect for college students like me. I also love the weather here, although it's hot, it's dry heat so the humidity levels are very low. The transit system is great as well, and makes it easier to get around campus and safely back at home. There are a variety of people and students, and I feel lucky as a student here. I am able to take advantage of discounts at grocery stores, incentives at banks, local restaurants, and even clothing stores where I can at least get a 10% discount. Overall, I am very happy with my choice to go with ASU because it's in the heart of downtown Tempe, which neighbors other cities such as Chandler, Mesa, and Phoenix.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Inside Schoop – ASU in a very eco friendly institution. It strives to promote the "going green" message. Students and staff are encouraged to recycle. ASU has been recognized and awarded for all the eco friendly stuff they are doing. Such as placing recycle bins throughout campus and using solar panels.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: I rate ASU with an A regarding campus strictness. I believe the campus rules and how they are enforced are for the well being of all students and staff. They are what one would expect from a university. The strictness does not affect our learning, it enhances it by providing a safe learning environment.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many off campus dining options near Arizona State University. There is a strip next to the universtiy that is full of stores and restaurants. They range from hot dog stands, chineese take out, to bistro dining.

1 College Junior

Parking: Theres very minimal parking and whatever is left is expensive. Parking permits can cost $250 for a spot thats still a 10 min walk. If you don't do that then your own by the grace of god you fing a meter or something! This town doesn't mess around either, if your meter runs out or your in a permit area they will tow you. Most people take the light rail, walk, ride a bike or long board to class.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Single and Hot – Pretty much everyone that goes to ASU is single. Its real hot here, everyone hangs by the pool all day, so the common look is a bikini or swim shorts and ray bans or some other cool pair of sunglasses. Its a very social community most students are down to party and meet new people Thursday-Saturday night either by the pool during the day or parties at night in giant student residential complexes. Oh and the girls are all REALLY hot.

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3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Overall there are many options but mainly fast food. Then theres the dining halls which have a wide variety but overall suck. Theres lots of GREAT resteraunts with drink and food specials which is the best way to go.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The costs of ASU are way too high. They seem to have a low tuition but they add on all these ridiculous charges that almost triple the price (for out of state residents) and it is literally near impossible to get in-state tuition for students. I love the school and love the classes they offer. I really love the atmosphere and the kind of people that go to school here. The staff is usually helpful and it is generally easy to find what you are looking for.

College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol and Drugs – Alcohol especially is prevelant in most students weekly life. As well as drugs mostly including marajuana but other drugs recreationally. The consequences are severe by the school, city, and state enforcement, but the scene hasn't slowed down.

1 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living Freshman and Sophomore Year – Both my housing years, the dorms were horrific. After my year in my freshman dorm, it was acutally closed down due to aspestos. The social aspect especially sophomore year was extremely minimal to non. The cost is was too high for the little provided. There are better housing options, I just went with the cheapest but it was still too much for what I got.

1 College Junior

Parking: Too Expensive – They just installed new solar panel covered parking but led to an increase of the price of a parking pass. Some premier parking can cost upwards to $1000!

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Prominent – Not really an influx of drugs at ASU just a lot of parties and alcohol is the main attraction.

4 College Junior

Facilities: The Library Is Amazing – The three level library is very accomodating and private study rooms provide oppurtunities for easy study sessions or preparation for in class presentations. Up to date technology and very helpful staff.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Sunny, Sunny, and Sunny – Typically it is always sunny and hot here. No need to worry about a jacket but sun screen is a must.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: The campus and regular police break up every party that goes on. It's impossible to have fun.

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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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