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

Academics: Has the best academics programs.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: It's challenging, but there are endless opportunities and the staff really do care. I have had a wonderful educational experience here.

3 College Junior

Academics: The facilities are usually nice for my particular major.

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: Like any campus there are some professors that are horrible and others that are great. The workload for my major is heavy though so I spend alot of time studying.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: I ended up changing majors so I don't really know what my new major is like. It's going alright.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 3rd
    Best Online Course Options
  • 64th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 77th
    Best Course Variety
  • 99th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 408th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jade Riley
Hometown
Glendale, AZ
Major
Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology
Grad Year
2013
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ASU's academic environment is very competitive among other institutions like the Ivy League and other renowned universities. ASU caters to a high volume of national merit scholars and has one of the most prominent honors colleges in the nation. The ASU faculty come from a diverse background, bringing their strengths and weaknesses to the classroom. While the curriculum is heavily based on the professor's influence, students have the choice to be active or laid-back participants in their studies. Complaints come from language barriers between student and teacher, poor presentation of the material, and the sparingly apathetic or Ph.D.-mentality professor. Therefore, the quality of the student's education will be dictated by their willingness to study and communicate with their teachers and teaching assistants (TAs), as well as their overall attitude in the course. Academic rigor is different in each discipline. Nevertheless, students seem to pick the perfect majors that suit their needs and potential, and many are happy with their class infrastructure, teachers, and most importantly their classmates, completing the college experience.

Maintaining a balanced college life, especially at ASU's level, requires that you make sure to study, keep a positive mind, and be able to have fun, since that is what the ASU experience really entails. ASU is all about having a great time, but your education does not have to be sacrificed as long as you pay attention in the classroom, stay motivated, and realize that you only have four years to help reach your dreams. Then it makes being studious that much more worth it.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
25:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
2,389
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
202
Total FT Faculty
2,542
Faculty with Terminal Degree
87%
Average Faculty Salary
$85,619
Full-Time Retention Rate
80%
Part-Time Retention Rate
42%
Graduation Rate
57%
Programs/Majors Offered
213
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 39%
  • 20 to 49 students: 43%
  • 50 or more students: 18%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Barrett, the Honors College
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
  • Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering
  • Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
  • School of Letters and Sciences
  • School of Sustainability
  • University College
  • W.P. Carey School of Business
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other: 2%
  • Psychology: 2%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Double major
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
As ASU became one of the first universities to partner with Google in order to provide students with applications for their education, many online courses have sprung up in response to this movement. Now, with approximately 40 different online degrees that can be earned, ASU has opened a variety of classes that will help students complete the degrees they are interested in pursuing. Students can earn degrees in business, liberal arts and sciences, engineering, and even some graduate-level programs. Since the base of learning is concentrated online, a lot of the work is done using an interactive program provided by ASU called Blackboard. On this site, students participate in online coursework in the form of homework, essays, and tests monitored by programs that detect cheating. Likewise, online courses allow interaction between students and teachers by communicating through video, e-mail, and lectures that allow the professors and students to talk throughout the entirety of the lecture. While students will get little to no face time with one another, they will be able to at least form somewhat of a relationship with their professors depending on how outgoing a student is. Email is the primary form of communication between the student and teacher. Regardless of some disadvantages that come with pursuing an online degree or courses, the time it frees up for students is really helpful and many choose to go this route so they can take care of other business.
Best Places to Study
  • Architecture/Design Library
  • Barrett (honors college)
  • Computing Commons (esp. 4th floor balcony)
  • Coor Building, first floor
  • Hayden
  • Law Library
  • Lawn in front of Old Main
  • The MU
  • Noble Science & Engineering Library
  • Residence halls
  • W.P. Carey Starbucks
Tips to Succeed
  • Be financially savy.
  • Be proactive and able to adapt to new experiences.
  • Choose your professors wisely.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions.
  • Don't catch an STD.
  • Don't come to class hungover.
  • Don't slack off.
  • Focus on making those grades. It will take you much farther in life than missing out on that one party.
  • Get along with your roommates.
  • Get involved with any kind of activity that interests you.
  • Go to class.
  • Invest in some flip-flops and shades.
  • Join organizations to get yourself networking.
  • Make study buddies ASAP in your lecture classes.
  • Pick a major you will like and want to pursue.
  • Remember, even if you don't go out every day, your friends won't de-friend you.
  • Stay motivated.
  • Stay out of the heat.
  • Study.
  • Talk with your teachers and get to know them. It will be to your advantage.
  • Try not to drink every day.
  • Use condoms.
  • Use good time management skills.
  • Use your MyASU account, and check Blackboard every now and then.
Did You Know?
  • ASU's main campus in the heart of Tempe is well-known for its nationally renowned research institutions and graduate level education. Many PhD and post-doctoral students end their educational pursuits here at ASU and join teams to gain an edge in leading research.
  • ASU's undergraduate interior design program is ranked eighth in the nation, and the undergraduate supply chain management program is ranked sixth.
  • The Downtown campus is known for its College of Extended Education and Nursing Programs. The extended education courses are geared more for a population of students that are interested in completing their degrees or pursuing professional development. They have many courses offered during nights and weekends to give those with a busy schedule the opportunity to complete their degree.
  • There are more than 1000 registered student organizations, creating a vibrant campus life.
  • Arizona State offers a bunch of online courses every semester, even in the summer. Go to class in your underwear!
  • Professional and technical programs are offered in the College of Technology and Applied Sciences, the Morrison School of Agribusiness and Resource Management, and East College. The campus is located in southeast Mesa, and it has a small residential college vibe with access to all the amenities and resources of a large university.
  • The Fine Arts Center houses one of the "single most impressive venues for contemporary art in Arizona," according to Art in America magazine. The ASU Art Museum collection includes one of the most important bodies of prints west of the Mississippi and an outstanding collection of American ceramics.
  • West Campus combines the balance of a liberal arts education with application of dynamic workforce requirements. Through partnerships with local industries, non-profits, governmental agencies, and municipal and community groups, students learn by working on problems that directly relate to societal and community issues.
  • ASU has already developed nationally recognized programs in a number of fields: accounting, creative writing, design science, ecology and evolutionary biology, electron microscopy, exercise science, geochemistry, music, nanotechnology, prevention psychology, psychology, psychology in education, solid state science, and engineering.
  • Ranking 27th in the nation among public programs, the W.P. Carey MBA combines a curriculum of business fundamentals with marketplace issues and trends, offering students knowledge and experience to excel in a global economy.
  • ASU currently ranks third among public universities in its enrollment of freshman merit scholars.
  • Arizona State University was recently dubbed the fourth "up and coming" university due to recent academic improvements.
  • Before recent improvements to its academic repertoire, ASU was mentioned on shows such as "The Simpsons," "The George Lopez Show," and "American Dad."
  • If you really want to get to know the strong academic integrity of ASU, just check out Tosh.O, Season 3: Episode 22: College Campus Invasion where Daniel Tosh filmed on ASU grounds!
  • As one of many highlights of ASU, according to the journal Technovation, the W.P. Carey School of business ranks first among all business schools worldwide in business research!
  • U.S. News and World Report ranks ASU's undergraduate engineering programs among the top 10 percent of all undergraduate engineering programs in the country.
  • ASU's Biodesign Institute is one of the universities greatest prides-leading in bioscience-related research devoted to allowing a diverse group of multidisciplinary scientists to find solutions to some of the world's largest challenges.
  • Barrett Honors College graduates have a 100 percent acceptance rate to medical, law, and other graduate schools. The college is also the youngest honors college in the United States that houses many students with national honor credentials.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 26 responses

  • 18% Barry Bonds - baseball player
  • 14% David Spade - comedian, writer
  • 13% Reggie Jackson - baseball hall of famer
  • 10% Albert Hale - Arizona state senator (D)
  • 7% Al Michaels - sports commentator/broadcaster
  • 6% Steve Allen - entertainer and author
  • 5% Hattie Babbit - U.S. ambassador to Organization of American States
  • 4% Ron Evans - former president, Best Western Hotels
  • 4% Gary Tooker - former CEO of Motorola
  • 2% Thomas R. Evans - former publisher, U.S. News & World Report
  • 2% Michael D. Hawkins - judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • 2% Susan Falk - former president of Express (retail)
  • 1% Phil Mickelson - golfer
  • 1% Terrell Suggs - NFL player
  • 1% Kate Spade - fashion designer
  • 1% Phil Mickelson- Pro Golfer
  • 1% Pat Tillman - U.S. Army
  • 1% James Harden - Houston Rockets, Shooting Guard
  • 1% Pat Tillman
  • 1% Pat tilman

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  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

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  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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