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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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3 College Senior

Facilities: There are many ways to interact with peers, or not, on campus. Several green spaces and nooks offer some peace and quiet, but there are times where open spaces are used for all sorts of activities. The library is massive and the front entrance is lovely.

4 College Senior

Facilities: There are many options for attending school here: online, etc. Also, there are many great research facilities and art programs.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: during the day campus is very busy. the campus is beautiful and has lots of places to avoid the rush of a school day.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: its a large school with lots of academic options. there are many activities however not many students are involved in on campus activities that i have seen. anything you need is nearby except grocery stores. however it is near the light-rail which is convenient for traveling downtown.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: There are a lot of good places to hang out besides the dorms. The libraries are good places to study. Campus events are fun to attend.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 27th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 70th
    Best Student Centers
  • 78th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 120th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 238th
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jade Riley
Hometown
Glendale, AZ
Major
Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology
Grad Year
2013
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ASU doesn't exactly compare next to Indiana University's Bloomington campus or University of Washington's Seattle campus as far as attractiveness goes, but it does have a great vibe to it with a West Coast California feel that gets everyone in a great mood! Many students will agree that the environment, long, large walkways filled with people, grassy lawns, a slew of palm trees, and the consistency of the shining sun makes the school all more beautiful.Many students enjoy hanging out at the Memorial Union or Student Recreation Center and taking advantage of Hayden Library, which holds one of the nation's largest collections of microfiche. There is an abundance of tutoring centers around campus that help students with subject-related material from math to writing.

Since the 60s, there has been mass expansion to the school (or else we wouldn't be able to have approximately 50,000 students on campus), and many new buildings have gone up that have an industrial, cool, and modern look to them. There are  many well-known buildings around campus, including the ever-popular Old Main, the original Arizona State University building from its establishment in the late 1800s. There is also Gammage Stadium, a very notable building constructed by the late Frank Lloyd Wright. It holds about 3,000 people and has featured many great events. Other notable facilities include ASU's Biodesign Institute, where incredible research takes place by some of the country's leading scientists. And then, of course, the football stadium is always filled with wild and crazy fun students who help decorate the already awesome Sun Devil Stadium!

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
276
Campus Size
632 acres (Tempe Campus)
Student Centers
  • Memorial Union
  • Student Recreation Center (SRC)
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Architecture & Environmental Design Library
  • Hayden Library
  • Law Library
  • Music Library
  • Noble Science & Engineering Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Center of the business school, outside of the Starbucks
  • Hayden Lawn
  • Memorial Union
  • Mill Avenue
  • Palm Walk
Bar on Campus
ASU is a dry campus, but plenty of places with liquor licenses can be found simply by crossing over any of the main boundaries---University, Apache, Mill, or Rural.
Bowling on Campus
Sparky's Den (located on the lower level of Memorial Union)
Coffeehouse on Campus
Whether it is ordered hot, cold, with an extra shot, or with soy milk, coffee is flowing at ASU. The campus hosts Dutch Brothers (locally owned and awesome), at least four Starbucks, and Café Biblioteca in the library, which is highly underrated. In addition, café kiosks are scattered around campus. The most popular coffee spots would most definitely have to be the Starbucks located in the Memorial Union, the Java City kiosk just northwest of Noble Library, and the Dutch Brothers coffee shop on Rural Road and Lemon Street.
Movie Theater on Campus
Gammage Auditorium
"Green" Initiatives
ASU takes special pride in its pursuit of achieving excellent "green" status. The University constantly takes initiative to raise awareness around campus about ways to become more sustainable, and many green projects are in the making around campus. The latest addition to the school included several solar panels that were used as vehicle shading in Lot 59 student parking. For more information about ASU's sustainable business practices, visit sustainability.asu.edu/campus/energy.php.
School Slang
  • A-Mountain: There's a big painted A on top of the mountain next to campus. Students/frats/sororities/rivals climb up in the middle of the night and paint it different colors depending on the occasion.
  • Dos: Short for Dos Gringos, the greatest creation of a bar that's a stumble away from campus.
  • Frat Row: Where all the fraternity houses are, where alcohol is constantly flowing
  • Hassay: Short for Hassayampa Academic Village, one of the nicest and newer dorms
  • Havasu: Lake Havasu City is on the border of Arizona and California on the Colorado River. It's an awesome spring break and party place.
  • Hayden Lawn: The grassy area above Hayden Library
  • Howie Bread: Cheesy-bread, a late night (intoxication) food from Hungry Howie's that's the absolute best
  • Manzy: Manzanita Hall
  • MU: Memorial Union, the main place students get food
  • The Nipple: The skylight from Hayden lawn into the Hayden library lobby-it looks like a nipple.
  • P.V. Beach: The grounds outside the three P.V. dorms facing University Drive
  • The Quads: The Quadrangles apartment community on University Avenue
  • Scooby-Doo: Known as the Schwada building, its abbreviation is SCOB and reminds you of Scooby-Doo.
  • Secret Garden: A grassy, chill hang-out area perfect for picnics, lounging, or sleeping. It is located just behind West Hall (hopefully you can find it!)
  • The Shocker: ASU's pitchfork hand-sign closely simulates the sexual move known as "the shocker" so a lot of people make references to it and always gets them mixed up.
  • SRC: Student Recreation Complex, aka the Rec
  • Sun Card: Your student ID-you will use this for everything, so always make sure you have it on you. You need it if you have a meal plan and you want to eat, to print on campus, to buy or sell textbooks, to sign up for classes, when you take tests, etc.
  • Vista: Short for Vista Del Sol, one of the newer apartment complexes, where most pre-games are held
  • The Witching Hour: Last call (2 a.m.)
Traditions
  • "A" Mountain: Painting the large "A" on A Mountain is a tradition among ASU students. It is painted for many different reasons and occasions. Every fall, incoming freshmen paint the A and kick off welcome week. Sometimes it's painted white to signify starting the year fresh, and a lot of times it's gold to match our school colors. It was painted like the American flag after September 11. Fraternities and sororities have also been known to paint the A during rush week. Although we try not to let it happen, once in a while a rival will sneak up there and paint the A with their school colors before a football game that we play against them.
  • ASU Fall Welcome Week: This event, held every year the week before school starts, helps freshmen adjust to ASU life. The week includes a bunch of activities that help students build friendships and meet other people around campus, including cookouts, games, and other ice-breakers that build residential camaraderie. There are also free live performances held in the Wells Fargo Arena. The entertainer for the new class entering in Fall 2011 was Lupe Fiasco.
  • ASU Undie Run: One of ASU's biggest events of the year that is held toward the end of the spring semester. Tens of thousands of students come out to celebrate the last few days of classes by stripping down to just their underwear, donating their clothes to charity, and then running around the ASU Tempe campus half-naked. This end-of-the-year tradition has become one of the nation's largest charitable events. There are musical performances by several DJs and plenty of sexiness to go around!
  • Devilpalooza: This annual event is held on the SRC fields and is sponsored by the ASU Undergraduate Student Government. Devilpalooza includes professional musical performances, a Rail Jam where local/pro extreme sports teams put on a show, and several vendors out and about selling some pretty dope products. Bands that have performed include, the All-America Rejects, Motion City Soundtrack, Story of the Year, and several others just to name a few.
  • Football Games : ASU football at Sun Devil Stadium holds much tradition within itself. Students, faculty, and alumni dress in gold (and sometimes maroon), and sometimes even paint their faces with the ASU symbol. It's quite a sight seeing an entire stadium dressed in gold. When our team scores a touchdown, Sparky, our mascot, is hoisted up on a platform by the male cheerleaders and does pushups to match the number of points we have. The crowd counts for him in unison. Students also throw tortillas and see if they can get them onto the field. Tailgate parties before games are common; sometimes they are right in a parking lot near the football stadium.
  • Homecoming : ASU's homecoming festival has been held every fall since 1924. The event brings together alumni, faculty, students, and others in the surrounding community to experience what is going on currently at ASU. The most popular event is the ASU parade, where several floats organized by students, clubs/organizations, and surrounding businesses show-off their work as they travel down University drive. The football game is also a very big event as well, and attendance is at an all-time high!
  • The Lantern Walk: The Lantern Walk is one of ASU's oldest and most prominent traditions. It was started in 1917 as the symbolic passing of the torch from the senior class to the junior class. It has come to represent the coming together of students and alumni, the Sun Devils of today and those of the past. One night each fall, during Homecoming Week, students and alumni march "A" Mountain bearing candles to light the way. Once atop the butte, the school's fight song is performed and participants light the "A" as a showing of school pride and to symbolize the historic tradition that continues at ASU.
  • Protecting the "A": Each year when U of A plays against ASU in football (the state's biggest college rivalry), students from the U of A campus will come and try to paint "A" Mountain with their colors. However, students keep guard of the mountain and will try and keep the "A" in maroon and gold! ASU students guarding the "A" from the enemy Wildcats will even sleep on the mountain to try and protect it from being tainted with U of A colors!
  • Singing the Fight Song: All Sun Devils should know the ASU fight song-it comes in handy during football games! Fight Devils down the field Fight with your might and don't ever yield Long may our colors outshine all others Echo from the buttes, give 'em hell Devils! Cheer, cheer for A-S-U Fight for the old maroon For it's hail, hail the gang's all here And it's onward to victory
  • The Victory Bell : The Victory Bell, located outside the southeast entrance to Sun Devil Stadium, rings after every football game victory.
Urban Legends
  • ASU isn't even that good of a school; they literally party all day long.
  • If you have sex in the secret garden, you will be married to that person in five years.
  • Multiples suicides have occurred off of the Life Sciences E-building, and the elevator leading from the sixth to the seventh floor is haunted.
  • No one ever really graduates from ASU.
  • There is a speculation that the ASU logo was originally from a street gang in Chicago.
Favorite Things To Do
Since this is ASU we're talking about here, student favorites include tanning poolside, hitting up clubs or bars on the weekends, drinking, partying, and socializing. When not attending class or reading a textbook, students can be found working out at the SRC, playing soccer, cooling off in the Olympic-size pool, listening to live music, hanging out in their dorm rooms with friends, catching a movie, shopping, eating at restaurants around campus, and plenty of other random things. You will be sure to find something to do here that you can enjoy day in and day out.
Student Organizations Web Site
students.asu.edu/clubs
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
Arizona State has quite a variety of clubs on campus. With more than 1,000 organizations across all four campuses, there is bound to be at least one for you! It seems that intramurals and sport clubs and the more exclusive clubs like Greek organizations are more appealing than most others. However, those require a lot of time commitment that some students may not be able to give. If a type of club is not available and you would like to start one, the process is really simple as long as you have at least three members, a faculty sponsor, and an outline of the purpose and operating procedure and you submit these forms by the appropriate deadline. If you have time and are interested, be sure to check out the clubs available to you!
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • The ASU Libraries have a collection of more than 3.1 million volumes, ranking as the 37th largest research library in the United States and Canada, according to criteria established by the Association of Research Libraries.
  • Old Main, recently restored, was the tallest building in the Valley in 1898 and the first to be wired for electricity.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 337 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 15 responses

  • 17% Student Recreation Center (SRC)
  • 13% ASU bookstore
  • 12% Teaching assistant (TA) for a class
  • 12% Tutoring
  • 12% Student Services building
  • 10% Community assistant in residential halls
  • 10% Student athletic department
  • 5% Parking/transit service
  • 3% Safety Escort Service
  • 3% Barista at campus coffee shops
  • 2% Undergraduate research via SOLUR program
  • 2% ASU libraries
  • 0% ASU multimedia program
  • 0% Learning Resource Center

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 20 responses

  • 20% Mill Avenue
  • 16% Memorial Union
  • 14% Palm Walk
  • 10% Home
  • 10% Dorm
  • 8% Hayden Lawn
  • 6% Business School
  • 4% Dean's Patio
  • 4% Old Main
  • 2% LL Building
  • 2% Design North
  • 2% Student Services

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 20 responses

  • 21% Football Games
  • 16% ASU Fall Welcome Week
  • 15% "A" Mountain
  • 10% Devilpalooza
  • 9% Homecoming
  • 9% ASU Undie Run
  • 7% Protecting the "A"
  • 4% Singing the Fight Song
  • 4% The Lantern Walk
  • 1% The Victory Bell
  • 1% The theater

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 10 responses

  • 26% Janitorial/custodial work
  • 18% Dining hall cooks
  • 15% Dining hall card swiper
  • 15% Sign handler
  • 12% Night shift at the Hayden library or dorms
  • 9% Information desk
  • 3% Computer lab monitor
  • 3% Ticket booth clerk

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 29% Work out
  • 22% Read under a tree
  • 15% Study with friends
  • 15% Explore new places
  • 10% Party
  • 10% Leave

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 50% The secret garden.
  • 21% The bridge being made by a chiropractor
  • 14% 1/3 of the people here have had an STD
  • 7% There are ghost living in my hall
  • 7% There are no urban legends

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 389 responses

  • 2% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 11% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 42% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 45% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 348 responses

  • 3% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 9% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 51% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 37% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

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