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

Guys & Girls: Definitely a Range – I guess there's a different range of boys and girls. There are the ones that play a bunch of sports. There are the peppy ones. There are studious ones. There are also the loud ones. That's kind of it though.

1 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Not a Lot of Options – There are only fast food places near the school. Only one allows you to use your M&G dollars which really limits are options. One place gives you a $.20 discount if you show them your school ID, but that's not enough for me to use real money. The only sit down restaruant that's close to the school is a Denny's.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: I'll shout from the tall buildings here in the downtown area: this campus is awesome! It's much smaller than ASU Main and houses a few of the university's college, including the journalism, the nursing, and the public programs colleges. Currently spanning a few blocks' worth of space, the university has a much more intimate feel. Class sizes are smaller and concentrate more on the student. A lot of other colleges within the ASU system are in the works of being moved to this campus, including the law school. Many museums and art galleries are open to students, and usually will have a discount for ASU students. Multiple eateries around town have discounts if they're shown the ASU student I.D. The only thing is that outside of these things, there isn't a whole lot down here in the sea of business firms and law offices. Many people still head to Tempe for the weekends for parties and clubs. If there was a way for Downtown Phoenix to open up that option for the students down here, this campus would be able to attract more of the students and locals for some awesome fun.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: Light Rail, Anyone? To get around the Downtown Phoenix area, the light rail is where it's at. It takes you to Tempe if you'd like, or up town to find some awesome places to eat. Your passes aren't so reasonable; they recently changed them from free status to being $40 a semester. Yikes! I can safely say it's worth it, though. Back and forth from places to eat, Tempe visits, and just going home sometimes for the weekend - it's worth getting one. On the Tempe campus, they have many buses that run for free all around the ASU Main campus. It's great for getting around. There's also an intercampus shuttle that runs from six in the morning until nine-thirty at night during the week, and it travels from all four campuses around the Phoenix metro area. Good job, ASU!

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Security and Turnstyles to Access Dorms? I Feel Better. Unlike most of ASU's population, I live in downtown Phoenix and attend classes on the newest ASU campus. I live in the dorms as well, and let's just say that it's pretty secure considering the area. A 24-hour security person is always at the front desk, and in order to get into the building (after 7 p.m. and on weekends) and up to your room, your I.D. is needed. No I.D., no access. A lot of people who come from the Tempe campus are quite confused why it's not as open as their dorms might be, and why people don't have their doors propped to allow easy access from room to room. Safety is a major concern down here in Phoenix, and these are the agreements the university had to make with the City of Phoenix government. Still, during the day, it's quite easy to access the dorms and manage to get past the turnstyles. So overall, it's much safer than many of the older Tempe dorms, but it could still do with some improvement.

3 College Junior

Weather: No Snow but Very Hot – It's great here because the sky is usually clear and it never snows. However, if you hate heat, run away as fast as possible. It can get up to 115 degrees in the summer and just walking a short distance to your classes can transform you into a walking melted snow cone. There are a few nice days in November and April but don't count on real seasons. And be prepared for everyone to pull out the heavy coats when the temps fall below 70 degrees.

1 College Junior

Parking: Parking is a big joke. There are parking garages near the campus with a limit of 8-12 dollars a day, but add that up over a few months and you discover why you have no money. If you buy a parking permit, the only one that's even halfway affordable is for Lot 59 which you have to take a shuttle from to get to campus because it's that far away. The other parking structures near the school charge around $800 for a permit but there are plenty of parking meters around if you don't need to stay long.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: No Idea Why – Students at ASU are EXTREMELY into football and baseball but I haven't the faintest idea why because the teams lose all the time. It's hard to understand why ASU inspires such loyalty. But it's impossible to go a day without seeing the ASU mascot or school colors on a backpack or sweatshirt.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Haven't Seen Much – All I've ever really heard about is weed, which I think is pretty common at any school. Drinking is more common than drugs.

1 College Junior

Facilities: Old Old Old – First let me say that the Hayden Library is very nice, as is Coor Hall but the rest of the campus is a nightmare. The bathrooms are horrifying, most of the classrooms still have chalkboards and the desks/chairs came straight from an elementary school because no one can sit comfortably in them. ASU has a very weird 70s vibe, and I don't mean that in a good way.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Plenty of Choice – Finding a place to eat on campus is fairly easy, as there are several fast food restaurants in the MU, but it's typically packed. There are also plenty of places near the school that are sit down restaurants, mostly on Mill Ave.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Gotta Know What You're Getting Into – Do the research on your professors and you will do great at Arizona State. It's not true what they say: not just ANYONE gets a degree here. I had to work my butt off for my Bachelor's in psychology and enjoyed my coursework. They offer a lot of study abroad opportunities as well as plenty of internship resources.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I Love It! I am a freshman living in Hassayampa, and I love it! People complain about the food but I think it's awesome and there is definitely something to be said for the residential community experience

3 College Freshman

Computers: Just Know Where and When to Go. If you know when and where to go, you should be fine. If you go to the Computing Commons or Coor hall, both will be crowded at crunch times, but you should still be able to find afew free computers. Don't even bother going to the Hayden Library to get one- EVER.

College Student

Transportation: The light rail is up and running. I'm going to ASU next year, and I heard that the lightrail was basically built for the ASU campus.

College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm out here on the polytech campus in the golf management program, and there is definitely no check-in desk or 24-hour security for our dorms. The occasional cop rolls through, but out here at Dean and Bell there is a party every night.

College Student

Computers: I am a Computer Science major and there is a 24-hour lab that ASU takes great care of. As for the other computer labs on campus, Coor is not bad–there are newer computers there. In the computer commons, use the Apples and you will be alright. I would give the Computer Science department an A+, and the school overall a B-.

College Student

Guys & Girls: We have the #1 rated Safeway Grocery store for the hottest crowd. Beat that.

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Niche User

Transportation: There's the Flash, which is free for students, that will take you around campus and to Mill Avenue. There are also buses that stop all over the city.

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Transportation: Transportation is very convenient because we have the Flash bus that runs around campus all day.

Niche User

Transportation: Arizona public transportation sucks really bad. You don't ever want to have to take the city bus. Tempe isn't terrible, but if you go to Phoenix, you might be waiting 45 minutes to catch a bus and then a transfer might mean a mile walk.

Niche User

Transportation: I didn't have a car my freshman year, but I could always find someone in my dorm to give me a ride.

Niche User

Transportation: Public transportation is horrible. If you can't find a ride, call a cab.

Niche User

Transportation: There's a free shuttle that circles campus in each direction and one that does a partial circle then goes through downtown Tempe. A number of bus lines going through Tempe, to Scottsdale, and to Phoenix stop near campus.

Niche User

Transportation: There's a free bus system that cruises the outskirts of campus. It runs often but can get crowded.


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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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