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

Local Atmosphere: I'm at ASU's Tempe campus, which is located right outside of Phoenix. The campus is huge so there are always people out and about. There are tons of hookah bars around campus, Mill Ave. is within walking distance of campus and it has tons of shops and restaurants. The light rail also is convenient for going into Phoenix, downtown Phoenix, the airport, the Cardinals stadium, and much more.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Being a Sun Devil – I'm only a freshman, but my first term was an absolute blast! I met some really great people, enjoyed classes, and the freedom/responsibilities of being on my own. But it's easy to get too caught up, and after going back home for winter break I've faced a more difficult second term. I still enjoy it here at ASU a lot: the weather is amazing, there are lots of fun people and things to do, and the staff/courses available are pretty great. I'm from Oregon and I kind of miss the open-ness and friendliness found in almost every resident, but I do like it here in Tempe a lot. I couldn't really picture myself anywhere else, and although it's kind of a culture shock/intimidating at first coming to the largest university in the country, don't worry. You will find your niche and comfort zone quickly and won't feel like you're among 60,000+ other students.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: I've read in past ASU college prowler books that the greek life on campus isn't a very good or large one, but I'd have to disagree. I know tons of people in sororities and fraternities,and it's a very widely accepted and acknowledgable commitment and organization. There are some Frats that I'd reccommend staying away from due to their notorious reputations of slipping rufies into drinks and such. And there are some sororities that are notoriously known as mean, but for the most part i think the majority of greek life is positive.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Since ASU has the largest student body of all the Universities in the U.S., you can imagine there is a great amount of diversity. I personally haven't faced or seen any discriminations/challenges in regard to diversity; whether it be political, religious, ethnic, economic, or sexual orientation related. There are so many organizations and activities to get involved with such as race-specific sororities/fraternities, clubs, church groups, etc.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I Have Had a Good Time. ASU has been a great experiance for me and the atmosphere is fun and exciting.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Is More Popular Than Drugs – I do not know alot of people that do drugs very much. Drinking is most definately the choice among the ASU students.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorm rooms at ASU are not the most spacious, but they are liveable. The bathrooms are gorss, but i would rather live in my dorms in PV east than the Manzanita dorms.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I'm a COM major hoping to find a career/job in Public Relations. The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication here at ASU is pretty good. There are some great professors who can be great networking connections for the future. The workload overall hasn't been anything outrageous, it's what I expected college to be. There are TONS of On-Campus student organizations (clubs), over 600 infact, and they can be extremely beneficial to get involved with in not only a social aspect, but also for future internship/job opportunities as well.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a lot of team spirit and most of our teams do exceptionally well.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Pretty Good – Some areas around Tempe are less desirable than others, but it is easy to find a great apartment in Chandler or Gilbert which is about 15 minutes away.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The off-campus dining is much better than on-campus. There are several places around the school that will give student discounts, or use the school's "sun dollars." There's two breakfast places right across the street on either sides of the school, an Oreganos about a block away, which is one of my favorite pizza places, excellent coffee shops to just hang out, and a PF Changs, which is more pricey, but worth the spend.

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Variety around campus – The places around campus are all fast food, with one subway on an extreme end of campus, and one organic restaurant that is, of course, more expensive than everything else. While a lot of the food options are in the middle of campus, they lack the health and nutrition factor, and are extremely overpriced.

1 College Student

Campus Strictness: We Might...Might Not – The police force that surrounds the campus can be strict. in the dorms, law officials are at times oblivious.

4 College Student

Facilities: Go to the MU – The ASU campus offers many great facilities that are available for use. The Memorial Union (MU) is a great place to hang out, eat, or get some studying done. The MU is all newly renovated, making it one the most popular spots on campus.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not Enough Options for Underage Students – There aren't many options, in regard to clubs, available for underage students. Also, many are pretty distant from campus and need public transportation to access. It is more popular to attend fraternity parties or house parties through word of mouth and facebook.

5 College Freshman

Computers: Enough Accessibility and Convenience – All the libraries, classrooms, dorms, and buildings house computers for students to use. The library computer typically gets overcrowded during lunch hour or study time, and also during midterms and finals.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Is Secure Well-Organized to Protect the Interest of Students – I have never felt pressure or became threatened by any circumstance on campus.

1 College Freshman

Parking: It costs around $900/year for a covered parking spot, and traffic around campus is horrible. It is all in close proximity to classes, but the price hardly makes it worth it.

2 College Freshman

Greek Life: Most of the party scene at ASU revolves around greek life, and they aren't big on allowing non-greek males into their parties unless they are brought in by one of the members.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Variety of Expensive Options – There are several apartment options near campus, but they are all way overpriced. A lot of them give offer perks for signing leases early, but it doesn't make up for the ridiculous prices. It shouldn't cost over $2800/month for a four bedroom apartment.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: All in All, a Great Place – I like ASU a lot but it isn't the best place for political science. More for Business, Journalism, Engineering or PreMed majors. Also has a very nice Honors college.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Pretty Safe – I always feel safe at ASU Main. The only problem is that there is a lot of bike theft so buy some expensive locks and lock your bike properly if you have one...

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Party Hardy for Students – I would have to say the partie life is super good at ASU, after all we where one of the biggest party schools. But if your not a partier, then there are alot of things to do locally at night time, the new Lightrail was just put through the campus, so are restricted to the tempe area.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Average as Can Be – This Campus is SO diverse I can't even explain! although if you are not a persaon who can just jump right in and make new friends then acceptances can be hard. As far as challenges in regards to ethnic/racial diversity I would have to say there is barley any challenges

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: This School is huge and offers a nice why of school. The crowd that goes to ASU is very out going and have a lot of energy.


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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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