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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1 College Freshman

Health & Safety: It is scary when walking around a night time. There are often times crime. Some girl was walking to her car in the parking lot and got a knife pulled on her. Always have pepper spray.

2 College Freshman

Weather: I hate the heat. During the summer and fall season it is burning. It is unbearable especially when walking to class.

3 College Freshman

Parking: some parking structures are better than others. It is usually a hassle to have your car on campus if you are a freshman.

3 College Junior

Computers: Computers are abundant here at school. Not having a laptop is not necessarily an inconvenience, but it does help to have one. WI-fi is available at open spaces on campus and the campus shuttles.

4 College Junior

Greek Life: I have several friends who have joined the Greek Life when I haven't and the difference is not that bad.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: We get a discount book at the beginning of each semester, which really helps my wallet. Mill Ave, our main street offers a variety of food choices, which I happen to like.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The school has perfected the balance of allowing students to do their own thing while abiding by the rules. Teachers have high expectation of their students and expect students to earn their grade.

College Freshman

Parking: I do not have a car at ASU

3 College Freshman

Majors: As an engineering major, you will meet some engineers that come off as social, fun, and attractive that you will find hard to believe do engineering. There are also extremes, many who are conceited, brag about their grades and nerdyness, and generally act like they are the greatest, mainly to make up for the lack of accomplishment and social life they had in high school. I was surprised however at the amount of engineers who go out and party, and grades weren't the most important aspect to them. Many also lock themselves in their rooms, and game all night. Hit and miss, make the connections as early as you can.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: If you generally got mostly A's in high school, and are out of state, ASU will generally give you a scholarship that reduces you to instate tuition prices. If you are instate and got very good grades, like many people I know, you will go here for little to none if you can keep your GPA up.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Very vibrant night life, especially with Mill Ave. and Scottsdale offering a large range of bars and clubs for those of age ( or with a really, really good fake.) They are strict on ID's, especially on Mill. Most underage kids stay away from the bars, stick to apartment/house parties.

College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Haven't lived off campus yet

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: More difficult to find consistent healthy options in the dining halls. Hit or miss, some days the dining hall is fast and has lots of food ready and other days they seem to be dragging behind. Like I said, hit or miss on most days.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: We are located roughly 30 minutes outside of Phoenix which isn't too bad actually. If you want to you can go to Downtown Phoenix or Scottsdale with slight ease. However if you are not from the area you wouldn't really have any reason to go to any of these places.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The girls at ASU are notorious for being among the most attractive in the nation, which is 100% true. However the only complaint is that with ASU's 98% acceptance rate, it doesn't attract the brightest in the nation.

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4 College Junior

Transportation: The local light rail is fantastic I ride it probably 2 to 3 times a week. Our school also has 5 different campuses around the Phoenix area and a free shuttle system gets students to all of them. Overall there is a general liking of this system by the student body.

2 College Junior

Parking: Not the worst, but bad. The cost of parking is just insane. I understand the reasoning behind putting prices high, however there is a point to which the prices seem to be taking advantage of the students, my university has surpassed this point.

3 College Junior

Nightlife: There is one main spot for anyone to go to to have fun off campus. However you have to be 21 to go to any of these places. The other main issue with it is that there is no option of getting home besides a taxi or a designated driver.

1 College Junior

Academics: Communications is by far the most useless major in our university. The only reason I picked it was because I accidentally pressed the button thinking it was the general business major. I didn't realize it was 90% communications 10% business. I would strongly advise against taking this major to anyone applying to colleges.

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3 College Junior

Academics: Due to the fact that we are a research University, our professors seem to generally not care about the actions of the students. As a whole I have only once had a professor care about how I was doing in my academics. They seem to be bothered by students rather than interested in them. I have the feeling every time I go to class that my professor has somewhere better to be.

5 College Junior

Weather: The Tempe weather is among the best weather in the nation. Constant sunshine gets everyone outside of their rooms and into action across the community.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I personally compete in many intramural sports every semester and attend the students gym at least 3 times a week and I have almost no complaints.

2 College Junior

Campus Strictness: The presence of officers on campus is very irritating. The policemen seem to only care about breaking up parties rather than protecting those who live on campus or go to class everyday. Almost everyone either rides a bike or skateboards on campus and it took multiple people going to the hospital in bike accidents for the police to take any sort of action, however make one noise after 11:00 PM and you'll get a knock on your door.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing is fantastic. My only complaint would be that the on-campus parking does not support the off-campus life style. If you live off-campus, which most upperclass students do, it is almost impossible for you to pay less than $1,500 a year and have a spot on campus to park.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Every student drinks and smokes marijuana. There is almost no exception to this rule. The school seems to be treating the effect of this situation by sending out more and more policemen giving more and more tickets every year. However they seem to not even care about the cause of the drug and alcohol use on campus.


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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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