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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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.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms Are a Great Experience. The freshman dorms at Arizona State are fun. It is a great experience to have and you make many friends there. The CAs can sometimes be a pain but it is easy to become friends with them and get on their good side. The dorms are easy access to many shops and food.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Tutors Are Always Available – ASU has many available tutoring centers that are there to help when needed. They are open late and are always ready for the next question you give to them. It helped boost my grade.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Beautiful People, Questionable Morals – ASU is full of good looking people. It's almost unbelievable. However, the extensive party culture leads to several cases of "hot, but unattractive." If you're into the party scene, there is no reason not to be here. If you're not, there are plenty of ways to fit in without partying. It's all very chill and very low-pressure. And very hot.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Hard to Believe This State Borders Mexico – ASU is pretty white. White and bleach blonde. With extensions. While wearing Rainbows and listening to Jack Johnson. Yes, there are several international students, and being a part of the American Southwest means there is a decent Hispanic population. But there really is very little to brag about in the way of diversity.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Housing Seems Reasonable – Tempe is a great college town with several off-campus housing options. Rents can vary greatly, with condos and apartments near campus (The Vue, Gateway, Vista) being the priciest. However, any house more than a block or two away from campus in one of Tempe's several student-oriented neighborhoods has affordable rent when split between 3 or 4 housemates. Most students move off campus after their sophomore year.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I Like It – I'm hardly on campus right now, my classes are all online this semester. The book store staff is always very helpful and friendly. Most of the teachers are great. It's a little to expensive though. I never had to take out loans until last year.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Never a Problem – I've never seen a problem. The teachers don't seem to be overly strict about what they don't allow in class.

1 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Could Be More Vegetarian – There is way too much fast food and not enough emphasis on providing quality nutrient-rich food choices! There needs to be more vegetarian fresh cooking or even raw vegan cuisine!

4 College Freshman

Transportation: In Tempe, when a student doesn't have their car with them, they have a few options in terms of transportation. There is a lightrail station a few minutes away from campus where they can easily get on, and it takes them almost anywhere they need to go. The lightrail is basically equivalent to a subway, aside from the fact that it is above ground. The cost is very cheap also, considering it's only about $80 per semester, which is great compared to the cost of parking your own car on campus. Most students who attend ASU are already from Arizona, so they never really have to travel very far, which is why several students just leave their cars at home and travel by bus or light rail. When it comes to traveling within the campus, students either walk, or ride there bikes, longboards, or even scooters. In the beginning of the school year it is extremely hot so most people find any kind of tansportation other than walking.

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.


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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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