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Reviews 8817 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A Good Solid B – There are some real nice people at ASU but you have to dig to find them. Most people here are hard to bet to know. There are many flakes, so it's hard to know if someone is a nice person or just manipulating you. The education is good, I have learned a lot, but many professors are bias and also have big egos to deal with. The school preaches collaboration, and I have grown to think it's because no body here wants to collaborate. I have seen group projects go bad because everyone in the group thought it should all be the way they want it, no compromise. There are winners here, just got to sort though and find them, be with them, and do what they do.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Important but Not the Main Thing! Students at ASU are there to learn and advance their post-graduation earning power. Focusing solely on petty issues such as "datability" is just a distraction from one's degree plans! You'll find most students haven't the time for romantic relationships.

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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: The Greek-Lifers Were Kicked Off Campus. This past year, the greeks took the phrase "party hardy" much too far. In the beginning of the year there was reported underage drinking for most frats and sororities that resulted in several people being taken to the hospital, bu those are the party groups. Other greek life, like the honor and major Greeks are pretty prestigious. I am not favorable to the stereotypical greek life, but I do plan on joining an honor group if I can. ASU cracked down on all the groups living on campus, so greek life is completely centered on campus though it is still a prominent figure at ASU.

3 College Freshman

Technology: Hey Look, Blackboard Is Down Again. The internet is usually pretty slow and isn't very reliable. This past year the ASU website was hacked and both students and teachers could not use blackboard for over a week. When the wifi is bad, the computing commons is very helpful. I love that place because there are almost always computers open and the wifi isn't too slow. There are also both macs and PCs there.

3 College Freshman

Parking: I Wish My Car Could Compact Into a Suitcase – Having a car on campus is expensive, meters are everywhere along with cops, and spots are only free during certain times. The light rail offers a journeying way to get to campus without driving, but can take a long time to get there. You don't really need a car unless you live far away, or attend two campuses.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Staff Has No Idea – The campus living is average. The facilities are nice but the staff has no idea what goes on inside. There is an abuse of alcohol and drugs. I for one had a roommate that was doing drugs in the dorms and I complained to the front desk several times. He had even been arrested in the dorms a couple times, and it took about two months and 3 arrests to get him removed. Way too lenient.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Feeling Safe on Campus – I feel safe on campus during the day but not as much at night. When there are a lot of people at night, such as finals week or after a sports event, but when I am alone I do not feel as safe. Some parts of campus are poorly lit making you vulnerable for something to happen.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Need More Money – There is so much money out there to go to students and people always say its there to take but it is near impossible to find. you have to go on a hunt just to find a scholarship that fits you. The problem is meeting the criteria for the aid, there isn't always something for everyone.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Clean, Accessible and Helpful – The facilities at Arizona State are very nice. The student rec center is always very clean and accessible. The staff working is very friendly and helpful when you need assistance. The Memorial Union is also clean and a nice a place to go to sit and relax. It is a cool getaway on campus to do homework or get something to eat.

2 College Junior

Drug Safety: Freshman Mistakes – Freshman dorms are filled with drinking and smoking. Even when I lived in the honors dorms, fire alarms were going off constantly for kids smoking pot in the stair wells. Although Arizona State claims itself as a dry campus and tries to place high security in the front of dorms, kids are still able to sneak in alcohol and it is not hard to find a dorm party with weed and alcohol.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Good Off-Campus Options – While the restaurants are a bit expensive for me, I like to eat off campus at buffets (lots of vegetarian/pescetarian options there!) and sandwich shops. Sushi and other places are very connected with the university, providing discounts, specials, and more reasonable prices than other similar places.

Very trendy spots with special courses and unique dishes. The service is also great.

Although, these options can quickly become routine and I find myself traveling further for something new.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Engineering Is Very Personal and Focused – At the Polytechnic campus, for those who are in the Engineering program, students get to construct, program, design and test projects in their classrooms. These are self-driven projects and the Professors do an amazing job helping to assist the students, as they are working as well.
The workload is fair, and the facilities provide all the tools needed to succeed- physical tools or educational.

My professors and advisors also constantly send me information about job opportunities and internships with big companies like Intel, IBM, Honeywell and other corporations.


4 College Freshman

Transportation: ASU has lots of optionsbut they can be difficult to figure out if you're not used yo using busses. Free transit is good, it goes around campus there's a bus about every 15 mins.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Great Help Depending on the Campus – I attend a smaller satellite campus of ASU which is lesser recognized but in my opinion, very valuable! The Polytechnic campus of ASU is a small reserved campus which has classes of only 30 students, and lectures of 80. I think the Polytechnic campus has a propelling learning environment. Professors know students by name and recognize them around campus and are always willing to talk. The education is very hands-on, helping to teach all of the students in the most effective manner. A+

The Tempe, or Main campus, of ASU is much larger and has significantly more students than teachers. This means the learning is less personal and there isn't as much of a hands-on experience in the classrooms. A-

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Variety Everywhere – With tens of thousands of people attending the many capuses of ASU, the possibilities for guys and girls are so diverse. There are indie, hipsters, preppy, thug, and anything else imaginable. With all these options, you can't choose one.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Night Life Is a Must. The environmment of Tempe is very diverse with high acadeic standards and also a huge party school ranked with the highest. Mill Avenue is the hangout are dring the day and night that exudes everything that Arizona is known for; fun, exciting, and the place to be. With extremely hot weather in the summer, it is always a more positive environment.

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Clubs, off-campus parties, dances, concerts, outdoor venues... you will never be disappointed. The best clubs are in Scottsdale, AZ and there are always parties over the weekend or throw backs where you can find something to do. I would always go to the sports games and then hit up a party or the bars or the night clubs

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Plenty of Options – You will find a load of restaurants in the area to fit your needs and Tempe/Phoenix/Mesa area gives you plenty of variety. The only reason I gave a B+ is because the cooler restaurants are found a few miles off campus so a car is beneficial. And if you have time to make it to the malls, you will be smiling with all the great food in the area.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: Be Warned – Like every university, ASU is non other that they enforce a strict underage drinking policy and the Tempe and ASU police will break up anything that's out of control. If you do this in the dorms and do it multiple times while getting caught, you could be in jeopardy of being put on probation or even losing housing on-campus. Just be smart and if you want to drink then do not advertise the party in the dorms.

2 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking at ASU is horrendous! Invest money in a UPASS if you are commuting to other of the three campuses (besides your main campus) to save you trouble or take the free intercampus shuttles. If you have a class at 10am in Tempe, you need to be on campus by 9:30 to give you 20 minutes to find a parking spot and pay for an overpriced parking spot and then walk to class. I wish they had a more affordable option. I find myself riding the buses and public transportation a lot.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Best School Ever! I love ASU! its has changed the way I think an learn. I will be very well prepared to enter my career field after graduation!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: The sports at Arizona State Universtity are exciting! there is always a game to watch. My favorites are football and baseball. Sometimes it seems as if the whole school is at the game! ASU has great spirit!

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: Good but Needs Improvement – The facilities at Arizona State University are good. The Student Recreation Complex has different gyms for basketball, volleyball, badmitton, racquetball, weightlifting, martial arts, a swimming pool, and similar to what the YMCA offers in their complexes. The student union--commonly called Memorial Union--has been newly renovated a few years ago after a kitchen fire burned the majority of the second and third floors of the building. It continues to be a popular hangout of many students and faculty along with the constant shortage of finding a decent place to sit. The only issues with Arizona State University is that it is overcrowded so finding a seat in the Memorial Union is very difficult, nearly impossible. The billiards and bowling area in the basement of the Memorial Union needs improvements to look new. The Student Recreation Complex also needs improvements because most of the equipment is old and needs to be replaced. Overall, Arizona State University's facilities are great areas on campus but needs the most improvements.

3 College Senior

Administration: Strict but Not Strict Enough – The police force is strict but does not deliver severe punishments like expulsion or suspension. The only thing they accomplish is having students serve court-times and removal from the dorms.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Convenient Location Near Campus – The apartments in Tempe are in convenient locations near Arizona State University's Tempe campus. Some are expensive but some are also fairly priced. In addition, it is not difficult to find an apartment near ASU.


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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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