Location
Tempe, AZ
Undergrads
50,484
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Theres something here for everyone. Bros have fraternities, hipsters have underground clubs, everyone fits in. Great looking people, the girls are very attractive.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The graphic design program is incredible. The program is unique in the fact that it offers a bachelor of science in design, as opposed to a Bachelor of Arts, which is what the majority of universities offer nationwide. ASU emphasizes research, design theory, process, as well as collaboration with other disciplines. It's a great program and totally worth the hard work.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I received good money. i filled out fafsa, they assisted, then provided funds.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: During the few first months of summer, the heat is unbearable. luckily theres cool air conditioning in every single building. Winter is great, nothing but a sweater. Spring is amazing.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Amazing graphic design program. Focuses on the basics and skills needed to stand out in the job field.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The school does its best to provide strict policies that reflect the values of the school. Police are strict on under-age drinking, and staff have a no tolerance on it. I feel a lot safer with its strict policies. Even though the abuse of underage drinking and illegal drugs does happen, its not in sight, and is punished of discovered.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The Tempe campus is the only one that's by a slightly sketchy neighborhood, but as long as your on campus its all good.

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Its mostly study drugs, and even those are hard to come by. Drinking is somewhat popular and there is no smoking on campus.

5 College Junior

Diversity: The school is very diverse, there are a lot of different races and people from different countries too! I'd just say this is kind of different for me, I'm mexican-american and come from a place where almost everyone is of mexican decent XD

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Most people on campus are white with a few other races and most come from the same type of background although many are from out of state.

4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: There are very strict rules against drug and alcohol use on campus but it is still possible to get around it if you are very careful

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Arizona State has a wide variety of courses and professors who are very knowledgeable in their field. However the availability of its professors are sometimes limited making it hard to experience one on one meetings in order to improve my work.

3 College Senior

Weather: I would say that in Arizona, the weather does not impact the campus much at all. With that being said, the occasional days that there is rain, it is found that a lot of students do not attend! Its quite comical actually, but a lot of students use the occasional rain as an excuse to get out of class. Other than that, Arizona does not have much unpleasant weather other than the ungodly heat that hits just in time for summer break.

2 College Senior

Drug Safety: The drug screen at Arizona State is basically non-existent, but that is coming from someone who is not really in that scene. Drinking is definitely an activitiy of choice for a multitude of the students, and drugs are dependent on who you surround yourself with.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I have heard a lot of people complain about the dining, but I personally found it to be suitable for what I needed. So the dining halls are accessible and with a meal plan it is easy to eat what you want when you get in there. They have different choices every day but consistently have a salad bar and sandwiches and a hot meal that is changed every day and every meal time. Along with the dining halls, there is the MU which provides a commercial area for students to eat food from a variety of favorite food places such as Subway. While sometimes I wished for more variety, I think it was just because I wanted a more exotic choice because I had been eating other things previous to attending.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I lived on campus for one semester and it was actually an okay experience. The dorms, while not the nicest place to live because like all dorms, they were small and smelled funny, but I found it to be tolerable and even kind of fun because it was easy to walk around campus. However, the cost is just crazy. I knew lots of students who just lived at home with their parents and commuted instead of dealing with the prices.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Meal plans are overpriced for students living on campus especially during the first year because it is a requirement. For students living off campus or commuting it is an excellent idea to get a meal plan that is solely M&G (ASU dollars), because meals using M&G are not taxed and if you put over 400 dollars into your account, you get 20% back for what you paid for. For example, if you add $500 M&G to your account, you get an extra $100 in M&G, so you paid $500 for $600 worth of food. There are also a few dining halls where you can get unlimited food once you pay and enter which costs about $8-12. These places are usually for freshman with their meals only plan.

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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Although there are emergency lights to call the police practically everywhere, people still love to steal bikes around campus. Nevertheless sometimes people wander off to grab their lunches and leave their belongings in crowded or uncrowded areas; I have yet to see someone take someone else's belongings in that type of situation. There's always at least one police officer walking around campus, too.

4 College Junior

Weather: If you want to live in the desert than coming to ASU is right for you. During the winter months the weather is really nice and cool (the lowest it gets is like 40 degrees in the am). But, when it hits summer time expect for the temperatures to be in the 100's and 110's. Which can affect how often you spend outside

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are many nice places around the campus that include many amenities. The only problems are the cost. If you want to live in cheaper housing you typically have to live further away from campus.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Nightlife is more based to those who are 21+. On mill avenue there are mant different bars and clubs that are full of good music and friendly people.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There are TONS of places to live near ASU campuses. If you are willing to take on a roommate you can live near the campus. If not, you are looking at a bit of a drive for affordability.

4 College Junior

Majors: The Journalism program is really helpful and helps you get where you want to go.

5 College Junior

Campus Dining: very good food on campus, I admit some of the options arent very healthy but even then there are alot of healthy choices to choose from!

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: people are nice and very social we're sort of known as a party school but there's lots of other stuff to do too. it's also a very liberal university and you see alot of protestors.

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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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