Location
Tempe, AZ
Undergrads
50,484
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Senior

Academics: Sustainability is getting harder at ASU. Every semester the classes get more rigorous. It is somewhat difficult to find jobs in the field though. There also are not many internships. Make sure that you are really passionate about sustainability before you major in it.

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5 College Senior

Academics: Despite its reputation academics at ASU are excellent. The workload is usually significant, unless you are just in an easy major, and the curriculum is relatively rigorous for a state school. ASU doesn't just pass people. You must earn your grade. They have the plus and minus system too, which makes it more challenging to keep a good gpa. The hardest majors here are business, engineering, sustainability, architecture, and probably others but these are the ones that everyone knows to be hard because the schools that these majors belong to are hard to get into and to stay into.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is very expensive unless you are willing or live somewhat far from campus which I would advise against because traffic is very heavy in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Landlords are okay but they often don't take students seriously and only respond to the concerns of parents. Parking costs extra at most of the close-by apartment complexes and it isn't cheap. You will likely need a cosigner to cosign your lease.

4 College Senior

Computers: Lots of computers but still better to have a laptop. Many students bring laptops to class.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Tons of students from out of state and out of country as well. Decent LGBTQ community.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: The fraternities don't have houses and the sororities live in small communities that have small dorm rooms for bedrooms. Greeks aren't treated that much differently but they are very involved on campus.

1 College Senior

Scholarships: Unless you are an out of state student or very financially needy, the financial aid office will do nothing for you.

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4 College Senior

Majors: I just needed a higher gpa than ASU 's admittance gpa.

3 College Senior

Majors: Most are unpaid and require a huge time commitment. Mine was far away and I had to take the light rail to get to it. It took about 40 miss there and back twice per week. I was lucky to be able to do most of the hours from home.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Lots of good-looking people who like to have fun. Most are the preppy, athletic type. Many are smart. Even a lot of engineering majors are attractive. People dress very fashionably and they don't wear much in the summer. It is somewhat hard to meet people on your classes. It is easier to met people if you join organizations.

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Mill Ave and ASU is the pride and joy of Tempe residents. Other than that, the rest of Tempe is not very nice. Just stay in the college town area. Parking is terrible! Public transportation is worse! Make sure you get yourself a parking permit in an ASU lot that is very close to your dorm or apartment unless you are living off-campus. In that case, make sure you have parking at your off-campus residence and ar ASU because the public transportation system in Phoenix is known to be extremely inefficient. It is also very hard to find parking near campus without a permit for an on-campus lot. You'll have to park at a meter or risk parking in front of stores and restaurants. ASU loves to tow people so make sure you park in your designated lot and check the signs when parking in other lots. Football game parking is about $50 if you don't live on campus or have a parking permit. Parking in Tempe in general is hard to find. Meters are free after 6 pm in most areas except at ASU. Meters there aren't free until 10 pm and start charging again at 7 or 8 am. When they charge you only get about an hour or two.

2 College Senior

Campus Housing: Buildings are old, dorms are small, the upper-division "apartments" are a joke unless you live at Vista but that isn't exactly considered on-campus, prices are outrageous for the quality. Live at Vista if you want the on-campus experience without the low-quality for a high price. If you are deciding between living at home and living on campus though, your social experience will be ten times better if you live on campus. It is easier to make friends that way.

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College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I do not live around campus.

3 College Junior

Majors: Setting up for classes is a major hassle.

3 College Junior

Majors: I would stick with this program since there are a lot of good courses.

2 College Junior

Facilities: The school is more of a business than a place for education.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I live in the Honors College which has a totally different vibe, but it's the best!

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The ASU police is always running around. I've seen them almost everyday.

4 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is available around campus, however, the price is very high! Like almost $800!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: As the biggest university in the nation, it would be expected to have more spirit for sports other than football, however, they are still enjoyable.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a wide variety of people that attend this school, however most of the people I know are very outgoing, respectable, ambitious, driven, and very kind people.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are plenty of places off campus to live but they are not near the campus and are very expensive.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: While I do not know personally about the bars near campus, there are plenty of them that are very close by. There are plenty of opportunities to experience nightlife at this school whether it is through a party, going to a bar, a club, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I believe even though the Greek life is not the majority if the campus population, it still plays a very big role at the university. This is also another great way to meet new people and find new things you like and may be interested in.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The social atmosphere is great which can be a good thing when getting to know new people and getting acclimated to the school.

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Jade Riley
Hometown
Glendale, AZ
Major
Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology
Grad Year
2013
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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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