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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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Reviews 6427 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Senior

Parking: If you live near campus (within a mile), do not use a car! Parking in ridiculously over priced and you WILL get a ticket if your meter is expired by even one minute. Also, parking permits are going to cost you over $700!

3 College Senior

Academics: I've had some hits and some misses with my classes at ASU. In the English program, all the teachers I have had so far are excited and extremely knowledgeable about the subjects that they teach. Discussion in these classes is always welcome, and I always have a blast, though I have had many teachers who demand that they are right on certain points and will hear no other opinions. The quality of academics does tend to droop a bit when you get into some of those bigger lecture halls. I do not know how thrilling teaching the same Psych 101 and similar classes over and over is, but it does not seem like the teachers care about much but getting you through the class with moderate success at times. I will say, though, that one of the best teachers I have ever had taught a lecture hall of 400 students, and he knew every single one of our names by the end, and he was passionate until the last day of class.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: If there is one thing I know about campus, it's all the different options you have for food. The MU offers some good, standard food court style food, as well as some nice little sit down places, though it's all a little expensive. Tucked away on campus, you can find places like Subway, and even a small hot dog place on the eastern part of campus that is tasty, but expensive. The best dining hall, by far, is the Barrett dining hall. I don't know if I set myself up for failure with the other dining halls after eating at a place that has gelato every day and night, but the other dining halls pale in comparison. The food is not bad, but it is just very standard dining hall food. As standard as it comes.

4 College Senior

Transportation: The transportation offered at and around ASU is extremely convenient and has been useful to me in the past few years. I regularly take the light rail, which is semi-dependable, though it is not run by ASU itself, and I love the bus and shuttle transportation systems that are offered. Both are free, and they are convenient for any student who needs to get anywhere, be it around the main campus or in between any of the many different campuses.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: With Mill Ave down the street from Tempe Campus is all I have to say, its amazing!

5 College Senior

Campus Dining: From Chikfila to Starbucks there are so many dining options!

4 College Senior

Majors: There are a lot of options at ASU, I am a Business Major and I absolutely love it. They have a great program and its been an amazing experience. I wouldn't do it again, I truly have enjoyed it.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Tempe is a very eclectic city to live in. Farmer's markets, art shows, clubs, karaoke bars billiard rooms are everywhere, and you don't have to be 21 to be able to have fun either. This city has a wide range of activities including rock climbing, hiking, archery, and other shooting ranges.

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug scene is there for sure. It's a campus of 50,000 students. But I am not around it that much, so I would not be a very good person to ask.

4 College Senior

Diversity: ASU has a ton of diversity from ethnic groups to religion. It is awesome to pass through the cafeteria and hear at least 3 different languages being spoken. There are a wide variety of people who have come from so many different place. Some times I feel that being from a small town in Mississippi is just plain boring compared to those I encounter on campus.

5 College Junior

Majors: Arizona State has a ton of majors to choose from, and moving from major to major isn't that difficult either, if you so chose to change your course of study. For the most part many classes outside of very specific disciplines such as engineering or nursing apply to a broad variety of majors.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Parking is strictly enforced, public transit in Phoenix is a joke. Everyone has a vehicle so it's understandable that parking is very closely monitored. As far as non-students on campus go it's an everyday thing. Lot's of people cut through Tempe campus or even downtown Phoenix campus. Homeless people loiter on Taylor Mall after sundown.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Because Havasu is a new campus they are still working out some of the scholarship availability systems. Many scholarships are campus-specific. But they do offer a yearly grant to all students to help make up the difference, and the tuition is less than at the more established campuses. So for me, it's been great.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a lot of places in a wide variety of price ranges in Lake Havasu City. Just about any kind of food you might want is available in town.

College Junior

Majors: I have not had any internships yet, although as a Psych major I am sure I will need them as I get closer to completing my program.

College Junior

Guys & Girls: The Havasu Campus is new and there aren't a lot of students enrolled yet, because there are only 4 programs at the moment. It seems like a pretty laid back environment.

5 College Freshman

Nightlife: The only nightlife I know about is the after dark helpers that escort you back to your dorm hall if you do not want to walk back by yourself, free of charge.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Arizona State University takes a huge part on keeping the campus clean and alcohol/drug free. Even if you are 21 years of age, and living on campus, alcohol is strictly prohibited.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of dining options on campus, but there are many more options within walking distance off campus as well. There are good fast food joints, along side the sit down restaurants down the streets.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There are many choices for off-campus dining such as restaurants, pubs, cafes, bars, and grills. There are cheap and slightly expensive places.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Public Transportation is really convenient and it runs late. There are buses but there is also a light rail that runs late as well.

2 College Senior

Weather: I give the weather a C because the first couple months of Fall semesters as well as the last couple months of Spring semesters can be miserable at times due to the extreme heat...especially on such a big campus where you have to trek 1+ miles in the heat to get to class. However, the months in between are so amazing, it's almost a shame to be stuck indoors during lectures.

College Junior

Campus Strictness: I do not live on campus so this is not applicable for me. However from what I understand if you are caught violating any rules on campus the penalties are pretty stiff

5 College Junior

Majors: I had an internship recently and it was a great experience! It was in the field of community nutrition. I really got a feel for the field and got some much needed experience

3 College Junior

Facilities: The facilities at the Downtown Campus are very modern but at the Main campus in some areas they are a bit rundown

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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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