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Tempe, AZ
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50,484
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
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Very Easy
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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.

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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.

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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

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I see people from all over!

4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I love it so far, great night clubs, shopping etc

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They need some work on helping people

4 College Freshman

Academics: I like my classes, you just have to get the right teachers. Use rate my professor!

3 College Freshman

Academics: It can be a lot of work, so don't fall behind in the beginning or the rest of the time is just a struggle

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Taxi's can be pricey and zip cars are like 20 bucks an hour if i remember right.

1 College Freshman

Parking: Way too expensive, and you have to move for games so they can get money from fans EVEN THOUGH THEY ALREADY GET IT FROM US FOR PAYING TO PARK THERE. stupid.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It just depends on what you want, but it's all good really

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love ASU because the people are great and I can relax here

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I got the biggest room on my floor because it's handicapped (but i'm not) so it's great!!

2 College Freshman

Campus Dining: I found a staple in the pizza and hair in the mashed potatoes. Dear god.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They say a lot isn't allowed, but I don't see implementation.

4 College Freshman

Weather: I love the sunny weather, it gets chilly in the winter, but you can basically still wear shorts as if it was summer here in Az.

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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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