Tempe, AZ
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

Campus Housing: I only experienced the housing on campus via my friends who staying in the dorms. From what I witnessed it as clean, safe and close to classes. There wasn't an amazing amount of space but I don't know what dorm has such space. When you stay in the dorms you are privy to social events and in a good position to find help with your academics

3 College Senior

Computers: you pay for the paper. You would think that would be taken out of the astronomical amount of tuition that you pay however the computers work pretty well. The network was only hacked once severely putting online schooling at a temporary halt.

College Senior

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus nor do I currently know anyone that is therefore, i could not provide a fair rating

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: There are a few places close to campus. The school dining offers a variety, with students and money making in mind.

3 College Senior

Academics: There are a few things that could be updated. Seems that some classes are repeats and only learn a few new things since the last class. Online courses are awesome, convenient but definitely require more work and obedience. You definitely have to keep up and watch deadlines because they can change.

4 College Senior

Transportation: FREEE and CHEAP – ASU is very easy to access. The Oribit is a FREE shuttle that can be found almost anywhere in the area and will take u to the campus. If the city bus is what is by your house/apartment, city bus passes are sold extremely cheap to students for the semester or year. Parking passes are extremely expensive and unnecessary unless u live on campus.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: The school is very large and there are crimes, or reports through email ir texts to beware of certain people. I think that during the day the campus is pretty safe, but when the sun goes down, be careful. Although ASU does offer a safe pick up van that is willing to take you to your dorm or car, which is a very ncie and convenient thing for students.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Everyone at the school takes a lot of pride in their university by supporting the athletic program and other school gatherings

5 College Junior

Transportation: The free shuttle that goes between each of the four campuses is always on time and helps to avoid traffic

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: programs are designed as per the flexbilty of students need and interest. overall A+

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: on-campus jobs are great source of part time jobs.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: public transportation is really good around tempe.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Public transportation is okay. There's the light rail near campus, which can offer access to downtown Phoenix and all its venues, as well as a decent bus system, which is sometimes crowded or running late. Sky Harbor airport is located on the light rail--maybe a 30 minute ride from campus. However, if you don't have a car, it's hard to get far from campus without a huge time investment, especially in the summer when the heat gets bad.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: The area immediately around the main Tempe campus is great. Tempe has museums, theaters (including the incredible Gammage Auditorium, which sees touring Broadway shows all season long), galleries, and artistic venues, as well as quality dining and nightlife. There's a manmade lake which offers sailing and fishing, and a number of great parks. ASU's football team plays here, and where there's a football season, there are restaurants, breweries, and ample places to grab food. It's a generally friendly town, with easy access to the rest of the Phoenix Metro Area. The lightrail goes right through Tempe near campus, offering easy access to downtown Phoenix's attractions--more museums and theaters, as well as sports venues like Chase Field, home of the Diamondbacks.

5 College Senior

Majors: Currently, I'm seeking an MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry). The program is well-regarded nationally. The faculty are wonderful--engaged and helpful with coursework and outside projects. The community of combined poetry and fiction students is tight-knit and and really welcoming. As an added bonus, ASU's expansive course catalog means that there are hundreds of classes available in just about any focus. In addition to classes for my degree, I've been able to take dance classes and language classes that supplement my coursework... and my enjoyment. If I had it to do over again, I might have taken a gap year after my BA, but I am happy to be where I am, and I can't recommend the program highly enough.

5 College Senior

Nightlife: ASU has a party reputation, and it does a decent job of earning it. There are parties constantly, and the nightlife on Mill Ave is tough to beat. The whole street is lined with bars, clubs, and restaurants, at a variety of price points and . Most are 21+, with decent drink prices and adequate food. There are always plenty of cabs around, as well as the light rail, which runs late on weekends, but Mill is within easy walking distance of campus. Additionally, there are usually interesting things happening near campus in terms of arts and entertainment. Gammage Auditorium is one of the best theater facilities in the US, and there are a number of smaller theaters, galleries, and artistic venues in Tempe.

3 College Senior

Computers: The classrooms have a lot of updated technology, but many of the computer labs open to students are a little older and run very slowly. The lab in the library is particularly crowded and frustrating. However, there is pretty decent wifi available all over campus. Printing can be a pain if there's a line, and it isn't free. I'd really recommend bringing a computer if at all possible--there's really no way to guarantee that there'll be computer space free in the labs near midterms/finals.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: The main place to go at night/on the weekend is Mill Ave, which is lined up and down with bars and restaurants, offering all kinds of food and ambience. There are tons of places to eat, on a variety of budgets, within walking distance of campus, and even more options within a ten-fifteen minute driving radius. Many places--though not all--have student discounts. There are great places for breakfast/coffee too: Harlow's Cafe up University Dr., Ncounter on Mill, Cupz Coffee, and more.

3 College Senior

Campus Dining: There is a decent mix of buffet-style dining halls and standalone, food-court-like restaurants, both brand name (Starbucks) and generic. However, it can be tough to find healthy food that's affordable, and the availability of food is heavily dependent on when you want to eat--later at night, the only options are pizza and Starbucks. At peak times, there are long lines and wait times pretty much everywhere. There are a few standout places to eat on campus--notably Engrained, which offers rotating menu of real food, much of it local, organic, or both, and Dave's Dog House, which makes some absolutely incredible hotdogs. Overall, the food quality is adequate, with some gems. If you like local/organic/healthy food, every other week, the campus hosts a Farmers' Market, which is small, but has some good stuff.

I'd suggest not getting the primo, all-you-can-eat meal plan unless you know you're going to need it. Many of my friends had meals left over at the end of the semester, and unless things have changed, that money isn't refunded. Stick with a simpler plan, since you can add to it later if you need to.

5 Recent Alumnus

Computers: There was never an issue with the computers at ASU West. They fixed any problem right away.

Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: When I attended ASU West there was no Greek Life there - that may have changed since I graduated.

4 College Junior

Majors: I'm in Arizona State, and I've been satisfied with my education thus far. I'm in Computer Science major, and most of the thing we do might me time consuming, but it's worth every while. The professors are top notch when it come to helping students. Some of them are willing to help when you get to know them better. Although I haven't applied for any internship/job opportunities yet, the school always had seminars you can attend that involves people that might help you take the next step.

3 College Junior

Majors: I first applied for a nursing major because I heard that that's where the moneys are. But I realized that it wasn't my passion, and might not enjoy it that much. So I change to the one I was interested in; Computer Science. As much as I love learning computer related stuff, some of my classes are hard and time consuming that I sometimes, I question myself why I took it. Despite the hardship, I enjoyed most my classes, and I'm willing to retake SOME of them. As of right now, I haven't decided on any jobs/careers yet. Anything that's computer related will do for me.

3 College Junior

Majors: The process of getting into my Computer major was relatively easy. I was only here for 6 months when I first applied. I had a pretty bad ACT score (never took the SAT) but I had a decent GPA(above 3.0). I just went to their site, enrolled, did some petitions and got in.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Being a part of the Pac-12 means great, top-flight level competition in any sport. It's definitely a football school, but baseball and softball do excellent. Sun Devil Stadium is a great place to watch a game and the program is on the upswing.


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Jade Riley
Glendale, AZ
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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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