Tempe, AZ
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Reviews 7038 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Plethora of restaurant options including lots of Asian( Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai) as well as many American options. There are a couple of options for those looking for healthier food including the Chop Shop (on University) and Engrained. There some good discounts you just need to search for them. Cost can go from cheap to expensive though there are many options on both sides of the extreme.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: It depends. I've known people that got caught smoking weed in their dorm by the campus police and all that happened was them being moved to a different dorm. The biggest enforcers are the RA's that were probably never invited to the parties as a freshman. If you are a tad bit noisy on the weekends they will be knocking. Its mostly just a slap on the wrist kind of system. Dont mess with the off campus police though.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: If you're looking into this school you may hear of Mill Avenue. This is the big bar area in this part of Phoenix and is all 21+ though when you do become of age it is a pretty cool spot. Phoenix has all 4 major sports teams, though unless you have a car its really tough to go see a hockey or football game. There are multiple great malls that are just a 30 min bus ride away which is really nice. Phoenix is not real culture rich city, unless you call the Mexican restaurants on every corner culture, so dont expect it. If you are into baseball most of the teams come to the Phoenix area in March for spring training and most of the venues are pretty close. Overall this part of Phoenix is very safe, just stay out of south Phoenix. Most of the locals have attended ASU so there doesn't seem to be a stigma.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Lots of free tutoring resources available though with somewhat fluctuating effectiveness. The gym is pretty much brand new and so is the memorial union. In the year that Ive been here Ive seen three new buildings go up on campus and most of the buildings are fairly new.

3 College Sophomore

Facilities: This is not a big tradition school. Most of the spaces are nice and well kept especially the grounds. Not many people study outside as it is usually too hot. Very nice and new gym that has a plethora of courts and weight rooms for all kinds of activities.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: To me the amount of sexual assaults on campus is average for a college of this size. There are many very active groups that crusade against assault (WOW , MANUP). Campus police are very visible and the nearby Tempe police are very active in the area. I have never felt unsafe on-campus even at night.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Asu is very helpful for students filling out the FASFA. They also give out a plethora of scholarships, especially to out of state students.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Not really sure didn't really associate with people in the fraternities or sororities.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: The police are pretty strict. ASU was apparently the #1 party school, but now it's not thanks to the authorities.

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3 College Student

Diversity: I've found out that there are quite a bit of down low gay students on campus, but there are quite a bit of out students as well. as far as religion and ethnic background goes, it's ASU, so lots of students are international, especially Brazilians.

3 College Student

Scholarships: I need more aid and I don't know where I'm going to get it, but they do cover almost everything. Just not housing or anything major other than my tuition.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: A lot of places available are places I've never heard of or eaten at. Almost all places I've seen have a discount for ASU students and are located within walking distance, or at least bus/shuttle distance

4 College Student

Academics: I find Java for my Computer Systems Engineering major a little difficult, but it's manageable and gets easier.

4 College Student

Academics: There's quite a bit of classes and homework and tests, but if you actually put in effort, you can succeed like me and even get on the dean's list. Office hours are always an option and getting help from other students is too. The only drawback for me is when I get professors with thick accents.

4 College Student

Athletics: There's so much emphasis on big sporting events and supporting our teams. I lived right behind the football stadium, so the fireworks were thunderous. There's even spirit week-like things we do to support our teams like wearing certain clothes or colors.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: I love transportation because the orbit buses are free and take the same general routes as the other buses. There's a lot of shops and sightseeing to do around Tempe Marketplace as well as on Mill Avenue.

5 College Student

Health & Safety: I walk alone late at night all the time and feel mostly secure. I know nothing will happen to me, but that doesn't mean my guard is ever down. Also, the campus works hard from what I know to prevent crime. They've even amped up police activity to stop parties.

3 College Student

Greek Life: I had nothing to do with the greek life so I can't really review it

4 College Student

Campus Dining: I always ate at Manzanita Dining Hall and sometimes Devil's Diner or Devil's Greens. The options were great and the food was exceptional. I especially loved the service I received because the chefs and cashiers were always friendly and sometimes gave me free food.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There are very many good-looking guys and girls at the downtown campus. The downtown campus is mostly for health, nursing, nutrition, journalism, communications, and broadcasting majors so most of them really care what they look like. A lot of them are really into going to the gym. Many girls wear work-out outfits even if they don't go work out. I understand though that those clothes are comfortable and also tight-fitting so it's easy for fit girls to wear them day to day. I am even guilty of wearing yoga pants casually. The guys who are fit seem to be super into themselves. I've seen plenty of guys wearing shirts that have only the neckline still left on it with the sleeves completely cut off so only their arm muscles show. There are, of course, what would be your "normal" looking people who respect themselves enough to put on normal clothes that cover the right body parts. There are also some people-mostly girls- who wouldn't wear shorts that just barely cover their butt. I know it's hot out, but some people just don't have that self respect to cover certain areas of their body when they really should. Overall though, there are good-looking people on my campus. I rarely come across someone who is not good-looking.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe downtown actually. Security is always somewhere to be found. You can stand anywhere on campus, do a standing 360 and be able to find a blue light which is where the emergency phones are found. The campus is broken up and spread across quite a few blocks downtown though. It's not one big campus like in Tempe. So during the winter when it gets dark early, I always have to be alert when walking to my car. I don't think security is anywhere near my parking garage which is a mile away. I do feel safer at the downtown campus than I do at the Tempe campus. Downtown is newer and more modern. I think it kicked out a lot of the bums and the low-life people that were once there. ASU takes pride in its campus so I know they work hard to keep it safe.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: ASU is ranked 7th in the nation for engineering.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Noble is a great place to study.

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Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: It hard to say since, I have a difficult major. I'm not the best judge.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: it is ranked 7th in the nation for engineering.


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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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