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

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: There are so many options on and off of campus. Apartment buildings are just popping up all around Tempe which has made picking a place very hard. You wouldn't believe you were in a college town if you had seen these apartments online. ASU students have the best selection BY FAR of any college campus I've ever seen.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: ASU was known as the numbre one party school in America. In recent times, the campus as shut down frat houses on campus and turned into a dry campus. Moreover, it is also a smoke-free as of early August 2013 Therefore, anyone being caught with alcohol can be fine and hauled to jail depending on the severity of the crime.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Parking is super expensive. For being an out of state student, the expenses there and then parking on top of it? Also for game day is even worse. The best for ASU is to learn how to ride a bike and get around the city in that fashion.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Honestly, in today's day and age more and more people are being accepted for whom they are. So far in my experience with college I have not witness any mean gestures nor non acceptance because of race, religion, political vies or sexual orientation.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: At ASU there is never a time where you are the only one out. There are always students up and studying. Furthermore, every few feet there are signals to where you feel you are being watched you can press the signal and the security can follow your pathing and eventually catch up to you to escort you. Secondly there is a shuttle that will drive you from your dorm to a certain location at night. Lastly, there is the Tempe police station near by if needed.

4 College Junior

Majors: I have not done an internship yet but I plan on doing one. They are easy to find especially if you are in a club related to a certain field. There is also a career center to help students work on their resumes and find job and internship opportunities.

4 College Junior

Academics: The business school is very good at ASU. The professors are great and very into what they teach. I have really enjoyed being a part of WPC.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: You get to choose what scene you want to be a part of. You can drink every night or you can never drink and still fit in fine.

1 College Junior

Campus Strictness: ASU police is very strict and go out of there way to find underage drinkers. There is not medical amnesty policy, so even if you are getting help for a friend you will probably find yourself in trouble as well. During the day time you need to watch out for riding your bike on the side walk or J walking, they love to write those tickets as well.

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4 College Junior

Academics: I have loved W. P. Carey and I think that it is a great business school.

3 College Senior

Majors: My program at school is okay you learn mostly about the history of design and marketing. I would enjoy it more if the program had more than one year of studio that way students can be more familiar with designing hands on.

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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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