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

Majors: Getting into the Biological Sciences program was fairly easy. Students are placed into class sections/blocks that relate directly to biology. This makes registration an easy process for the upcoming semesters. Students are able to meet other students in their same sections/blocks and are able to create lasting bonds that make up great study groups for classes that the students are taking. Around the middle of your college program, students are encouraged to specify the field of study they want to partake in, in order to start preparing for graduate research programs or medical school. Like with any program, it's all in the details.

5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: The diversity at this school is the most noticeable and incredible. You will see people that come from all around the world, and if you're lucky enough, you will have a chance to meet and get to know more about those students, and they you! It feels like everyone fits in to the social scene at ASU.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The housing options for underclassmen are just as abundant for upperclassmen. Living on campus is the best opportunity that students get to have, especially at ASU, because you become part of a community that engages is social activities that promote long lasting relationships. It also helps that you are walking distance from your classes, so even if you get up late, you're still able to make it to class in a decent amount of time. It takes awhile to move in, but setting up your dorm room and meeting your roommates is the greatest part since you all are going through the same experiences. It's exciting.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: ASU has very good policies about students are underage drinking. If they participate in illegal activities such as underage drinking, the policies are there to protect students from doing any harm to themselves or others, rather than just to discipline the student. It promotes security and safety in all communities on campus.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: ASU campuses just went drug-free. It is a great accomplishment for the school to keep it clean. It shows students the awareness of drugs and how they affect our whole lives. Peer pressure is not an issue, as not a lot of students are encouraged to go to bars or engage in underage drinking. Policies are in affect to protect students and faculty.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Lots of busses, light rail system, but the parking at ASU is ridiculous, to park in the closest lot costs $800 and you aren't even guaranteed a spot. Park across the street at Tempe Woman's club or Church on Mill, it's less than half the price.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Herberger isn't all that easy to get into, so the people that are there aren't just anyone who pays to be there. It's a pretty good program so far, the only thing I could think of to make it better is more options on class hours, there's really just one class with one professor at one time for a lot of classes.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Mill avenue is the best, they've literally got every kind of restaurant you could want. My friend and I spent all last year meeting up once a week and trying a new restaurant on Mill and all of them are awesome, and we still haven't hit every one yet.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: They've done a good job with putting together the theater and film kids, it gives the ones with the cameras something to shoot and the ones with the drama something to do. Though I'm more shy and don't talk to people, I still have been able to get to know some of my peers through group work and I know lots of people's names simply from hearing lots of the same names in attendance for every class.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Good variety of classes and options for fulfilling requirements

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I don't live on campus. I hear stuff from time to time from peers and occasionally you'll run into someone that you can tell is totally baked, but other than that I can't really say.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are bars/clubs available to student both 21+ and 21 and under. There are also house parties.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking is more prevalent than drugs. There are frequent checks throughout the dorms.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: There are campus shuttles running for most of the day. Campus escorts are available at night. The lightrail and public buses are also options with reasonably priced tickets.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: Admission for ASU is probably one of the easiest schools to be accepted to. I believe you have to have a 2.5 GPA or higher, and average scores on your SAT. There is no essay required, just a copy of high school or previous college transcript and a fee of about 60 bucks. Easy shmeezy lemon peeezy.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: ASU provides a shuttle from the West campus to main campus which is awesome. It's completely free and it comes and goes every 30 minutes. The transportation once actually on campus is pretty much non-existent. Considering the campus is pretty and it has a good vibe, walking around isn't much of a chore.

3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There are a fair number of computers offered at ASU, but they connect at a glacial pace. It's definitely better to use a computer at home if available. The printing was free last semester, but I heard they were charging $0.10 per sheet again. Ain't nobody got time for that.

5 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Considering I go to ASU, the nightlife is the main attraction for most students. Mill Avenue is always alive, whether it's Tuesday or Saturday. The parties aren't too shabby either as long as you're into house music. If Otis Redding and Donny Hathaway are more you're style, there are plenty of venues with live artists (which is where all the real magic happens).

2 Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I do not personally live on campus, but have known several people who currently are/were at some point. What I have learned is that two of the dorms, Hassayampa & Manzanita have some of the best food court options, but are more commonly known for their lack of upkeep and constant emergency renovations due to lackluster appearance/maintenance. The most highly praised dormitory would probably be Palo Verde West, or any of the buildings on the south side of the Tempe campus...not as many utility problems as the north side. Then, you have the big kahunas on the Downtown Phoenix campus - aptly dubbed the Towers. The height advantage those things have on their surroundings is ridiculous, as do the utilities and fancified amenities included. The first year they were built, more students applied for residency there over any other dorms, save the off-campus orifices. The best idea though would be to live away from the campus, whether at home if you are from AZ or just down the street for long-distance commuters - sometimes the less cheap option, but in most cases a decision which results in the best quality living experience.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: There are so many different majors ASU possesses, it's relatively easy to find internships for anything. While I have not held an internship, I have seen and heard if many. Most of your business, engineering, physics/other science internships are paid, however, others - teaching, English (or foreign language), geography, and some of the lesser-paid departments/occupations do not offer as many paid experiences. Tourism and Recreation seem to have the best experiences and provide the most positions with pay so anyone interested in those would be wise to investigate those before many others.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: There are so many options for students concerning transportation near ASU - both local and long-distance. Since it is in the vicinity of Phoenix, there are several neighborhood/local city bus routes around Tempe, as well as the other 3 major campuses. There is an intercampus shuttle to/from each campus, airport shuttles which go practically everywhere for those needing a ride to/from Sky Harbor Airport, the regular city buses (Valley Metro) and light rail which extend from North Mesa all the way to Southern Glendale/Northern Phoenix. Each mode of transportation runs from early in the morning to fairly late in the evening. Also, there is a campus-only shuttle in Tempe and at least one other campus - for those who accidentally sleep in and don't have time for walking (or even running) to class. Plus, the main campus takes up a good chunk of Tempe so many students prefer to use the bus or zip cars to get from A to B much faster, a way to avoid the sometimes excessive heat.

3 Recent Alumnus

Health & Safety: Campus police are not always easy to find, but when they are nearby they can be very helpful. They're always keeping track of what's taking place on campus - just because you can't see them doesn't mean they can't see you - most commonly at sporting events/venues. They are very strict about substance abuse policies, especially around the dorms. However, they're not perfect and it would be a good idea make sure your door/window is closed at most anytime because you never know the kinds of drunk idiots/prowlers who may be lurking.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Most of the year, it is way too hot. However, there are some cool days, such as when the cold fronts move through and bring some much needed rain w/out having to come from a thunderstorm. In the same way, the monsoon brings a few days that aren't super hot and produce some awesome thunderstorms w/ loads of rain (every once in a while). It's tough for students to have a conversation outside when you're constantly sweating just standing around. On the plus side, we do reach cool enough temperatures which require the wear of winter jackets.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are so many restaurant and fast food options on and around campus. I have never lived in an area where I could pick from so many types of food. The prices vary, but most places are rather affordable and student friendly.

5 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation is easily accessible at Arizona State. Whether it be the light rail, a taxi, or a bus there is always a way to find your way back to where to need to go. All are rather cheap options too!

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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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