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Tempe, AZ
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50,484
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$22,977 ($9,724)
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Very Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Freedom is always worth it. :-)

College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I do not utilize campus dining.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Being involved in your university will likely surround you with like-minded dating opportunities. Aside from the unavoidable select few, I am confident and pleased with the social setting at this school.

2 College Junior

Transportation: Public Transportation is an area they really need to improve. The light rail essentially goes nowhere and taxi's can get expensive considering how far everything can be.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: The drug culture is pretty bad at ASU. To be fair, they are trying vigilantly to stop it as much as possible.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is usually just offered to freshman.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Many options but ASU doesn't exactly promote healthy eating around their campus. You'll have a difficult time finding anything except fast-food chains off campus.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am so glad that I chose to go to Barrett. The community is amazing and I've met so many interesting people. I've also had some really interesting classes and I've learned more than I expected to in college so far. Going to Barrett is one of the best decisions I've ever made.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There aren't any frat houses at ASU anymore, but there is still Greek housing in some of the on-campus apartments. Frats throw wild parties at the off-campus apartments pretty frequently, but parties get busted pretty fast. It is definitely not necessary to join Greek life to have a fulfilling social life.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Barrett is whiter than the rest of the university, but there is still plenty of diversity in ethnicity, economic status, sexual orientation, etc.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most people live off campus. There are several luxury apartment complexes immediately off campus like The District, The Hub, etc. but these are super expensive and there are parties constantly. Lots of people live in houses near campus which are pretty cheap and not the best quality, but they get the job done.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are huge at ASU, and especially for football of course. The games can be pretty wild, but they are still a lot of fun.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: ASU has a beautiful and well-maintained campus. The recent SDFC addition is amazing, but the weight room still gets crowded during peak times. The SDFC also provides Devil-X group fitness classes which are pretty reasonably priced ($60/semester or $15/month for unlimited classes) and fun.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: One really outstanding part of ASU is Barrett. Barrett is ASU's honors college, and it has its own mini campus in the corner of ASU's campus. The residential experience is awesome because you get to spend pretty much all day, every day with intelligent and interesting people. Furthermore, Barrett provides a lot of additional opportunities and personal attention. Barrett literally has a staff dedicated to make students' lives better and more fulfilling. There are people to help you find internships and research opportunities, people who set up free and fun programs for students (e.g. they bring in therapy dogs during finals), and lots more. Barrett is easily my favorite thing about ASU.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of students go to Mill on the weekends, and there are lots of restaurants on and around Mill. You can easily walk or bike there.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Since ASU is such a big school, there is tons of diversity in guys and girls. There are plenty of frat bros who spend their days lifting at the SDFC and stereotypical sorority girls. I'm in Barrett, and the guys and girls are generally smarter as one might expect, but Barrett students are generally still friendly and fun. Both the guys and girls are good looking. There is a decent chunk of people in serious relationships; some are new and some are leftover from high school. If you're a freshman coming to ASU, you should avoid staying in a relationship with a high schooler unless you seriously think you're going to get married or something.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There are intermittent safety scares, but its easy to avoid most dangerous situations/crimes if you use common sense. For example, always make sure to lock your door (and your bike), and walking with a friend if you're out late at night can't really hurt.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: The light rail and valley metro buses are fairly convenient and easy to use, but they take a lot more time than driving. The buses are usually early or late or don't show up at all. Fortunately, its only $1-$2 per ride.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I do not have a car on campus and I don't think its really worth the cost of a $700+ permit and gas money. The light rail is cheap and very easy to master, but it is not very fast. There are also multiple bus stops around campus, but the buses rarely run on schedule. A car is probably worth it if you go home frequently or live off campus, but otherwise its not really worth the cost.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I was not eligible for need based aid, but I did get the Presidential Scholarship, which is an automatic award based on test scores and GPA. As an out of state student, this was the only scholarship I was able to get since options are quite limited for non-Arizona residents. Still, ASU is still cheaper for me than most of my other options.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academics: I'm in Molecular Biosciences/Biotechnology. It's in the School of Life Sciences and its a very small program, but its great if you want to do research or get involved in the biotech industry. The major covers most/all of the premed requirements if that's what you're looking for.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors can be hit or miss, but if you do your research beforehand you will usually be fine. Academics are really what you make of them. As with any other school, if you don't put any effort into your education, you won't get much out of it, and you can't blame that on professors.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I live in Barrett-- the food is generally pretty good, especially compared to typical college food. Sadly, we do have Meatless Monday, which everyone hates. Otherwise, the food is good but the meal plans are wildly overpriced.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I could really use more, I need help badly

4 College Freshman

Computers: We have mac's everywhere, our wifi just sucks sometimes

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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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