Tempe, AZ
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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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's never easy to leave home for college. But the support provided at ASU definitely helped. ASU was my only choice for college and I absolutely love it!

2 College Freshman

Weather: It's a Sunny World in Arizona – Arizona is known for it's heat. For most of the year warm weather clothing was necessary due to the fact that even if it wasn't hot outside, the classrooms would be too warm to concentrate. A light jacket was needed during winter in the morning. Overall air conditioning is used in common areas and that makes it bearable.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: When the Dorms Dont Make the Cut – The living areas off campus around ASU are very nice and modern looking. The pricing however is slightly overwhelming. I have actually had to give up a lease due to cost of the apartment vs what I am currently making. The apartments a few miles away from school seem to be a little more run down, but more appropriately pcied.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Honors College – The only reason I attended ASU was because of Barrett, the Honors College. It is more work but being in the honors college means being offered scholarship and internship opportunities before anyone else. We also get a special dining hall and have the best dorms.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Lots of M.I.C's – If you drink underage, chances are you will get an MIC sometime during your college career. Drinking at the dorms isn't a big deal as long as you're smart about it. Tempe cops range in their strictness so it really depends. As long as you're smart about things you really wont get in that much trouble. The university does like to have the image of being strict about things though.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Determined by Student – Arizona State really gives the student the ability to determine the rigor of their course load. The academic experience is really what you make it. There are a wide variety of classes and professors to choose from as well as a variety of levels of academic rigor. Registration is extremely simple and it is easy to make your schedule suit your life. There are so many possible opportunities.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's There – Although ASU is a dry campus, there is drinking that goes on. Most people go off campus to drink and party. You do hear of drug use, bud alcohol is more popular.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Plenty of Apartments – There are plenty of apartments around campus. There is a good public transit system, so it is relatively easy to get too and from campus.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I Am a Non Greek – I did not participate in any greek life or events however as i walked around campus, i saw all sorts of groups and organizations distinguishing themseleves by wearing their sorority or fraternity logo.

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: The transportation around the campus is very easy to use. There are many options that a student could take throughout all hours of the night. Whether it is just from one end of the campus to the other or around the city where the college is located, the transportation system was made easy for students and locals to use. There is a transportation system called the safety escort where students could call at any time of the night if one feels unsafe to walk alone or if a person is too intoxicated to walk, transportation at night is made simple.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Very Safe – I have always felt safe on ASU's campus. I have often been walking home late at night and I have never unsafe. Most of the doors lock automatically and there are emergency contact stations through out campus. ASU is a dry campus so they don't take kindly to alcohol.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The libraries on campus are incredibly convenient and so easy to access. With over 4.2 million copies of books, it is easy for one to get misplaced, however, on each floor there are multiple staff members waiting to assist the students with a 5:1 ratio. ASU has over sixty thousand students however having access to the computer was never a problem due to the number of computers that were made available to the students on each floor.

2 College Student

Athletics: The only sport that gets attention at ASU is the football team. I feel bad that all the other sports do not get any recognition. ASU football is a long tradition so it is understandable why it is so big, but I think it mostly has to do with tailgaiting befor the games...

2 College Student

Diversity: If you do not drink, it is extremely hard to find friends and people who have the same interests as you. ASU has a reputation of being the biggest party school. Some of us, however, are here to actually go to school. A social life is hard to come by given this reputation.

3 College Student

Campus Housing: Dorm Cost – Living in the dorms was not bad, but it was way too expensive. Between my roommate and I, we were paying over $1,600 a month for a space the size of an office cubicle. ASU makes freshman live on campus, which is a good idea, but they need to make it more affordable.

Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Transfer Student – I'm starting at Arizona State University in the fall. I don't have an overall experience "GRADE" for the school yet.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Small, but Friendsly – It is a pretty small town, and most people know each other and get along pretty well

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Campus Student Life – Guys & Ladies at ASU are very attractive for the most part. Many take care of themselves and work out. ASU is a dating campus. Most students enjoy dating and are not necessarily in a serious relationship. ASU students enjoy joining greek life and there are many gatherings that are not classr related

3 College Freshman

Computers: Dorm Network Reliability and Speed – When living on campus in the dorm rooms, connecting to the ASU network can be a bit of a hassle. There are security features and such that need to be in place before it will allow you access. But once your connected, there's usually no issue with reliability. You can always get on. It can be a bit slow depending on the time of day and use from the rest of campus.

3 College Student

Transportation: From what I can tell, public transportation is good around campus. I've never taken it, but I've never heard any complaints.

1 College Student

Parking: Parking is horrendous on campus. Metered parking only lasts for up to two hours (only one hour in some spaces). Parking tickets and fines are high. Parking passes are overpriced and the lots are far away. The reason everyone bikes to school is because, in order to park financially efficiently, you must walk two miles anyway.

4 College Student

Diversity: As a member of the LGBTQ Coalition, ASU is above-average in accepting those with different sexual preferences and identities. The university itself attracts diverse ethnic groups and it's not uncommon to walk into the union and hear five or six different languages being spoken.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great Food – There are plenty of varieties of restaurants and fast food places off campus that range from cheap to expensive

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Average Food – the food in the dining halls is nasty and expensive but the fast food places on campus should compensate for that.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: While I can not say much about the housing for the rest of ASU Barrett housing is amazing! It is a great community with plenty of space and many perks!


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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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