Tempe, AZ
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 7053 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: The football team at ASU is the most popular sport on campus. The stadium is always compltely packed for the games and almost every single person is decked out in school colors. The fans are loud and constantly cheer on the team, especially in the student section where you won't find a single person who isn't covered in maroon and gold clothes or face paint. ASU football is one of the best ways to gain school spirit, and for the students to bond and meet new people.

5 College Freshman

Computers: The computers at ASU are extremely high tech and very reliable. There are several places around campus with wireless access which makes it convenient to do homework almost anywhere. Having your own computer isn't a absolute necessity, although it does make it easier to take notes in class if you have your own laptop. For the students who don't have access to their own computer, they find it very easy to locate a computer on campus that they could use. Printing on campus is also quite simple because wherever there is an on-campus computer, there is always a printer nearby.

5 College Senior

Facilities: ASU offers great semester abroad programs, as I am sure many other universities do as well.

However, in the past few years ASU's School of Journalism has reached out to report contentious issues important to our Nation's security, specifically our Nation's borders and specifically the borders of Arizona.

With Arizona sharing borders with Mexico, The School of Journalism lead expeditions to Mexico to document, with photos and video, the impact the border has on families and on the state of Arizona.

Also, being the Film and Media Studies Major that I am, I am always impressed by the guest lectures and events the school puts on.

Last semester we were visited by Daniel Harkins, owner of Harkins Theaters, Phil Rosenthal, creator of "Everybody Loves Raymond", The Marketing Executive of Disney, and many other names in the business of film and media.

The lectures and presentations were and are always inspiring and I am so thankful for them. It is great to be able to ask questions to people who are in the business who have experience and knowledge.

4 College Senior

Greek Life: I am not in a fraternity nor have I ever rushed, however my roommate Freshman year joined a fraternity and I have many other friends who are apart of the fraternities and sororities on campus.

From what I know it seems that almost every fraternity/sorority had a house or living area on campus or extremely close to it. Greek students seem to always encourage non-Greeks to rush and are very enthusiastic about their affiliation.

ASU Greek life conducts a lot of philanthropy events.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: I feel safe at ASU's Tempe campus. I often see police patrolling the campus and also nearby, patrolling the streets that surround it. ASU, as I'm sure other universities, offers students the ability to receive text messages if and when possible danger is present.

I remember two years ago when the Memorial Union, a central location for student dining and activity, caught fire and the whole building had to be evacuated. The fire department arrived immediately and students and employees were evacuated in an efficient and easy manner. No one was hurt.

5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Mill Avenue – Mill Avenue is known for being a crazy college hangout, and being practically a part of the campus, it has a lot of dining options. My personal favorite is a place called Chipotle, where you get to build your own burrito! It's not a typical burrito though, you can put anything on it from beef, to salsa, to peppers, to rice, to beans. It's fantastic. The prices there are also really good, especially for all the food you get. Aside from that there are a lot of places that offer foreign foods such as Thai, Greek, Asian, and everything in between. The prices are all pretty good. If you don't have time for a sit-down restaraunt, check out the fast food places. There's a Jack in the Box right by campus, Chipotle is also quick, and there are others too. Overall it's a really good place to go for all your dining wants!

5 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: My school is located in Tempe, AZ and it couldn't be in a more active part of the state. During the day there are tons of stores and places to hangout. The transportation is great, and there is even a shuttle service (commonly called the Flash) that goes right around my school, and entirely for free! there is also a group of busses called Orbit, and they all take you to various points all throughout Tempe. We recently got a Lightrail also, which helps to connect the different campuses, as well as make it easier for people who want to commute. Aside from the wonderful transportation services, there is always something to do. Unlike a lot of places in Arizona, Tempe often has buisnesses and hangout places open until late at night. It's small enough to feel like a close community, yet big enough to never let you be bored. It is an extremely creative place to live also. You can often see street performers out (especially Friday and Saturday nights) and there are always art showings, or concerts, or theater performances going on. Naturally, with all the crative vibe that Tempe has, it brings a variety of people. Growing up in a smaller town that usually became dead after about 10 pm, Tempe was a huge change, and it's absolutly wonderful!

College Freshman

Nightlife: Have not really been on campus much during the night.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Arizona Apartments – Many are available to just about anyone. Costs vary and the quality does as well. Some are safe while others not so much

4 College Junior

Diversity: Culturally Diverse – Every Arizona State University campus has a large range of students with different backgrounds and ethnicity. There are clubs and associations that bring them together in their miniority groups. There are also others that separate them but bring the students together on campus. Its a great way to make friends from all racial backgrounds and they seem to all get along great.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Quiet Library Centers – The libraries at the different Arizona State University campus' are great. They provide study rooms for individuals or groups. There are a mass amount of computers that students can go to for resource. The librarians and student workers are helpful and answer any questions or concers. Every library is eqipped with a Starbucks or some minor coffee shop for a pick me up and snack.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Great Faculty – ASU has many Nobel Prize winners and esteemed scholars on its faculty roster. Having the experience of being taught by these prestigious individuals is both enlightening and an honor.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Fabulous Place to Attend – The courses offered here are very in depth and engaging. The amount and variety of clubs and Greek organizations will keep students engaged and entertained throughout their college experience.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Much Variety – There are restaurants within the university and others around campus which integrate many culinary cultures into student life. The variety of international and local foods will always satisfy and not bore. It is also convenient that the local restaurants accept the meal plan funds.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Party School – As long as you are reasonable and remember campus security can be pretty helpful when you need it, we're lucky they know they aren't working at a nunery and act like it.

5 College Senior

Campus Housing: Living on campus when you can get it is the best. No car insurance! While it's easier to get to class because it's close, friends hanging out that don't have class when you do can be hard to ignore at first.

3 College Senior

Computers: Personal Computer – For some classes it is a must to have a notebook computer to get a good grade as powerpoint slides are downloaded and you make your notes on those slides

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Bigger and or More Space on Campus Bus – The bus that goes to campus to campus is very useful, but can become very crowded quickly.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: It's Not as Bad as You Think – Sure there are some people who go totally over board, but most of the time it's very moderate to none at all.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Asu offers lots of parking options. They all have a parking permit

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: It's just a huge school. The amount of people for me just gets to a point of annoyance - but I chose to go there so... Which means there are a variety of people around. The greek life groups are pretty serious about themselves. As well as any other group for that matter within majors.

4 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Very Safe – When I lived on campus only people who lived on that particular dormitory could get in and had to have their gate access card. There was a security number that could always be reached as well.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Honors College and Major Are Great – I am with the honors college at my university and they along with the professors(for the most part) that I've had have been extremely helpful and encouraging. They go out of their way to help you achieve the goals you want to achieve and motivate you to do so.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Multiple Options – There are buses that come every few minutes and drive all around the main campus. There is also the lightrail to take you to the other campuses. ASU is also a bike friendly school, and many people also ride scooters, rollerblade, or skateboard.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Never a Dull Moment! Since I have been attending ASU, I have never been bored! There is always something to do. ASU is a huge school with thousands upon thousands of students. There are always activities and ways to get involved and just have fun with fellow students!


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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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