Location
Tempe, AZ
Undergrads
50,484
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 6379 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Weather: It is hot during most of the fall semester and cold during most of the spring semester. People complain about the blistering heat, but I prefer it over the cold. It can make walking to class uncomfortable and requires a lot of hydration.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of students at ASU, so it's hard for me to describe the culture as a whole. I mostly see the people there as mere acquaintances, but there are a few people who I could become dear friends with and others I would rather ignore.

College Junior

Greek Life: I have never been involved with any Greek life nor have I felt any indirect influence.

5 College Junior

Facilities: The Downtown Phoenix campus has state of the art athletic facility and an expansive library. There are many student events scheduled both at the downtown campus as well as at the main campus in Tempe such as football campus. There are alot of organizations available to join for any interest.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: The Downtown campus of Arizona State is in the center of Phoenix social and cultural hub. It is also strategically situated to the local hospital. There is busing and trams closely located to the school. The main campus is located in Tempe which is about 12 minutes from downtown Phoenix. There are a couple of amusement parks located in Phoenix.

5 College Junior

Facilities: Arizona State has established field of study focused campuses. They have even established roommate connections that are field of study driven too. The Downtown campus is new and has everything a student would need in close proximity. The school requires new students to participate in a on-campus orientation prior to when school starts so that each student is able to get their student id, credit accounts and class schedules set up with coaches available to assist in every aspect.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: There has been so much crime rate on ASU grounds. Girls are victims of sexual harassment on the daily while walking to and from class. Creeps drive around town late at night and stop to try to pick up girls on their bikes. It's such a shame

College Junior

Campus Housing: Under financial circumstances, I never got to live in the dorms

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There is a lot that goes on at ASU at night and there is something for every body to do.

5 College Junior

Majors: There was no difficulty getting into my program because they accept everybody as long as they continue to pass all classes with a B average.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most of the housing options are exactly the same and the price varies very little. The school does not help find cheaper options so most people are stuck in the more expensive options. Many of the apartment options are not very safe, my bike was stolen within six months of moving in.

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4 College Junior

Majors: my program is very fun to be in. It Is filled with very supportive peers and very supportive faculty. I enjoy my major because all of the classes are interesting and they all pertain to my future career goals.

3 College Junior

Majors: I amvery happy with my program. It is very interesting and it allows for me to explore options that are outside of my major as well. My career goal is to become a dentist and I do not have any concerns about finding a job in my field.

4 College Junior

Majors: I have not had an internship but getting one is definitely in the plans. Having an internship gives you much more experience over another candidate has not had one. At least that's what I have been told.

3 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: I usually hangout with friends at my house on campus. Every now and then you hear a loud party across the street, but it's not very often. There is a club called Afterlife that some of the underage go to, but it is not where the of age crowd wants to hang. I would say Mill Avenue is a big spot for ASU students who are of age or have fake IDs. If my friends and I decide to go to Mill, we will drive to our friend's house then take the light rail. Risking driving under the influence is out of the question, especially after leaving Mill.

2 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: We have the same options every time without driving a few miles. There is only one restaurant (Carl's Jr) that offers a student discount. The others are not too expensive; however, the health factor goes way down. The options are mainly your typical fast-food restaurants: Jack in the Box, McDonald's, Carl's Jr, Subway, etc.

1 Recent Alumnus

Parking: It's horrible. The parking passes are outrageously expensive, and there is hardly anywhere to park when you do buy one. The parking and transit office cuts you no slack, so don't park where you are not supposed to. Even if you are visiting a friend in a dorm or have family in town—they will ticket them without concern, and there is nothing they will do to relieve you of the fine. Unacceptable!

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: There are a few that are just there to party and drop out eventually, but most of the students are hard-working. Dress is about what you would expect for a college student. I tend to dress a little more fancy than others just because I like to make a good impression on professors and students I teach. There are parties I hear about (after all, it is college), and I do attend some of them. I know a lot of people on that campus; you get your mix of blacks, whites, asians, and what not.

1 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Having to move out of your room for the summer and sometimes the winter is extremely annoying. I have so much stuff to move in and out every semester; it is a pain having to haul it around, find a place to store it, and move it back for the semester. This is why I moved off campus for about two years. I feel that they should let you keep your stuff in your house/room for no charge since you are paying to stay there in the first place.

4 College Senior

Computers: There are a few options of places to use the comuters at AZ State. Like most schools there are tons of students on the computers during the mid day and during finals. Only bad part about ASU campus and the computers is if you need to print something! They charge you all the time!

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: Their are many places on campus to eat! I have been to the dining halls and the food isnt that great but thats college food! AZ States Memorial Union is full of many restaurants for quick and easy food between classes. And there are at 3 Starbucks on the Tempe campus!

3 College Junior

Parking: The permit costs are quite high in comparison to other Arizona state schools. ASU is very consistent about giving tickets and fines if parked improperly. If you do not live near campus, a car is absolutely necessary. If one nears on or near campus, a bike can usually suffice. There is very close campus parking though it is expensive. There is also parking that is about half a mile from the campus that utilizing a campus bus system to commute back and forth. In the cheaper parking spaces, there are always a ton of spots - I have never struggled to find one for class. The better parking structures on campus have long waiting lists. The parking structures are usually completely full.

ASU is quickly running out of space for exclusive parking, but does have a great deal of parking on the outer edges of campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: ASU prides itself on academic honesty and ethics. I have seen a handful of students in the few years be caught quickly in their efforts to cheat the system or use other's work, most with follow through on the University's part to disqualify them. Additionally, the anti-plagiarism software used appears intuitive enough to offer the professor details as to what is actually plagiarized versus cited.

On another subject entirely, ASU is implementing regulation on where students can use wheeled vehicles to travel on campus. This is both annoying and admirable. It is inconvenient, especially for students who ride bicycles because they have to walk them around certain walk ways, and helpful in that as a pedestrian, there is less potential in busy areas to be hit by a bike or skateboard.

As I do not live near campus, I cannot speak to the social restrictiveness or its enforcement, but in the Barrett halls there appears to be "quiet" hours set in place and highly encouraged by residents. Regardless of residency, there are a great deal of social events that occur nearly every week that appeal to student focus on academics, to music, to art, to dance, to food, etc.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Dining around ASU is not necessarily cheap dining. However, the food is of relatively good quality, especially for a college town. There are quite a few sit down restaurants versus order and go. Most of the close dining (within walking distance) it tasty and ranges from healthy options such as D'lish to delicious but not so healthy places like Whataburger. There are also restaurants like Chompie's in addition to all of Mill Avenue. There is a huge range of variety within 2 miles of the campus, from Ethiopian cuisine to something as common as Smash Burger. Most of the local restaurants offer an ASU discount, usually enough to make the walk worth it. I highly recommend D'lish and Thai Basil - they are affordable, student friendly, quick, and seriously yummy.

1 College Senior

Parking: Parking on campus is more difficult than necessary. It is extremely expensive and unnecessary on top of the high cost of education. There is not enough parking to accommodate the students attending ASU. Even after finding parking, there is still a long walking distance to even get on campus near any of the classrooms.

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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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