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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Libraries Are the Best – The libraries are great places to go study. Because Arizona State is such a large school, there are many resources in the library's data base that range from thousands of journal articles, to thousands of different books on dispersed between the many libraries on the four campuses. There is even a pretty new engineering library that is extremely modern with awesome study rooms. Its a great place to go when you need to study or get work done.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Tedious, Confusing, and Discouraging – I did not receive any financial aid, other than a grant that had me tied down to a major for years after the program which I was switching out of anyway. It seems as though it is awarded unfairly when hearing about other people's situations. It is not cheap coming from out of state, and I think she process should be simpler.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Couldn't Have Picked a Better School – ASU is a beautiful, and growing campus. It is geared towards educating students to get them out into the career world. There are many opportunities and possibilities here. I have a good balance between school, work, and social life.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverse, Yet White – There are several different races at ASU. Many are white, and that may be the majority, but not by a large margin. There are a decent amount of international students as well. Clubs, organizations, and programs are available to the various nationalities.

4 College Junior

Weather: Hot. Just Hot. The fall semester sterts at the tail end on monsoon season but other then that its just dry and hot. The coats dont really come out until Late November or Early December and the coldest by the time winter break is over, spring is on the way. Bring a bathing suit because if your dorm doesnt have a pool, you'll want to use the one at the SRC. Also, bring rain boots. While it doesnt rain often, the drainage is horrible and you'll find yourself wading in puddles for days. The end of spring semester is Hot! Dont put off moving out until the last minute or you'll be sweating off the Frosh 15.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Easy to Get Fat! There is so much to eat just off campus. Chili's, PF Changs, Five Guys burgers, Hooters, Gordon Biersch, and Jack in the Box not to mention the little family owned eateries on Mill. McDonalds, Thai Basil, and Taco Bell cover the east end. Wendy's and Carl's Jr cover the south along with Ihop, Dominoes and Jimmy Johns. A Papa Johns and a new taco place take University Drive, while Panda Express, Subway, Smash Burger, Cupz, and a few other places cover College Ave to the north. And yet, you'll eventually eat everywhere.

4 College Junior

Campus Food: Good on Most Days – The dining halls offer a good variety of home cooked goods and each dining hall has its strengths. All of them offer cereal all day. Pitchforks serves breakfast in the morning and burgers for the rest of the day. The home meal is different every day. The Pitchforks salad bar and deli area are great and the international option every night is usually pretty good. They also offer vegetarian options. Pitchforks has waffle makers set up all day. Hassayampa's dining hall has a sitr fry and their home cooked meals are sometimes better that Pitchforks. They, along with Pitch and Manzanita, offer pizza all day. There are tvs in Hassy. Manzanita has a lot of the same options as pitchforks but its scaled down a bit.
Its best to get a meal plan if you want to eat at the dining hall, otherwise, its just too expensive. But dont get all M&G dollars either. These can only be used at campus eateries and you will never use them all by the end of the year. They dissappear if you dont use them up.
There are a lot of alternatives to the dining hall on campus. There are a few Starbucks, a Burger King, a Jamba Juice, a Quiznos, a Papa Johns, a Dominoes, an Extreme Pita, and Jump which serves asian quisine, a mexican place, a hot dog place, a cafe in Hayden Library, and many other places on the periferary of the campus. Sun dollars, which stay on your sun card whether you use them or not, can be used on and off campus and are required for the laundry room anyway.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: Try It on Your Own – Going up to the Financial Aid offic is almost always an excercise in futility. The people at the desk are often rude and love to tell you things you already know. They have a set of options for all students and once those options are exhausted they no longer have the patience to help you, or they dont know how. Ask you advisor or your peers about financial aid and use the office as a last resort.

1 College Junior

Parking: Parking passes at ASU are horrendously expensive. $800 and up will get you a year's pass to ONE garage. you cannot park anywhere else and they will ticket you several times in a day if you dont move your vehicle. Some of the parking lots are cheaper but you have to take either the Orbit shuttle or the Flash bus to where you want to be. Motorcycle passes are about $300 and allow you to park anywhere on campus where there is a mororcycle lot. You can also get a converter tag if your bike or scooter breaks down and you have to drive your car to campus. It might be better to just live close to campus or buy a semester bus pass. The Tempe Transit Center is just few blocks from the main part of Tempe campus and accross the street from University Towers dorms.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Our football team is the focus of our sports program, mostly because it brings in the most money. The games are entirely too much fun to go to and a season pass is worth it if you live on campus. Although we havent been winning games in recent years the fans are still devoted and the action is still exciting. Sick? FSNArizona is available in the dorms so you can watch the game at home. Recently, the baseball program was fined but it didnt get a lot of media. The basketball team is great to watch but because the football and basketball season tickets are no longer bundled, not as many people go.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: To be honest, I waited for a long time to start applying for scholarships, and ended up having to get a loan. But hearing from other people, and looking online, there is so much financial aid available, I feel stupid for not applying earlier. I could have paid for everything without having to pay later, but now I just have to wait for next year to get all my financial aid now for free!

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Always Poppin' – Arizona State is notorious for the parties. We have been on every single one of Playboy magazine's Top Party School lists! Every day, there's some party going on. Weekends especially. There's the Vue, Vista Del Sol, and of course some of the dorms for everyone to go to. Clubs? Go to Mill Ave. They are, unfortunately, 21 and up, but no one cares since there's always something else to do. Sure, you have to build your social network to get into some of the best parties around, but even then, you're going to have fun no matter who you are.

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Arizona State is so diverse, it's like New York. It's a melting pot! There are so many different types of people, it can get overwhelming, but no matter what, they are all friendly. Not to mention, everyone is pretty much the hottest thing. Voted Hottest Girls, we aren't too shabby with boys either. And the social scene? Amazing. There's always something to do no matter what. Bored on a Monday? Go out with friends, and you'll find something within minutes to do. Same goes with every other day, especially on the weekends. ASU is pretty much a baller school.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Financial Need Crucial – Like most colleges, at ASU you can get a lot of money for basically anything besides merit. Low income? First gen college kid? Homosexual? I'm not saying any of those things are bad, but they are definitely much preferred to a genuinely smart kid. My dad has a mid-high income, but they have four kids in college and can't support us at all. ASU and the FAFSA didn't seem to recognize that.

I am National Merit Scholar, but that's not nearly enough to begin to cover housing and food.

4 College Sophomore

Technology: Good Internet; Need Laptop – Wireless access is good for the most part, but sometimes it's down for short periods at a time. Generally speaking it is good though.

I would not be able to survive without my laptop. As an engineering student, I have to use a lot of computer programs for hw and such, so it's absolutely necessary.

1 College Freshman

Administration: Very Strict – The police are abundant looking for underage drinking. Segway, bicycle, and undercover cops can ticket you for just walking weird, and are very strict on their enforcement.

5 College Sophomore

Transportation: The lightrail is the most amazing thing in Tempe when it comes to transportation! A single ride is only $.85 and it travels from downtown PHX all the way to Mesa!

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: i went to a high school that had a lot of Caucasians and Hispanics and Asians but at ASU there really is a variety of everyone. I can probably say that almost every time i meet someone ethnic they are from a different place every time.

4 College Sophomore

Local Area: Tempe Town Lake – its nice to have a lake around since i grew up near the beach. it has really nice trails to run on and is also available for swimming and paddle boat rentals. adds a really nice touch the university and looks gorgeous at night with all the lights.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Smoking Is All the Rage – Lots of smokers here, but there are designated areas and the campus's population is sparse so you rarely run into a puff of smoke.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Easy Access and Convenient – Labs and computers in class have all or most of the software needed to complete my assignments. The computers and system allow students to download programs they need for their classes with no extra cost.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Always Something to Do – With over 60,000 students at ASU there's always something to do. There's bars, house parties, frat row, Vista and the Vue to name a few places. Cab rides are easy to get and cheap to split!

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Nice but Lacking in Some Areas – Technically there isn't any off-campus housing. All of ASU is a dry campus so it's controlled by faculty still. The apartment complexes run by ASU that are for upperclassmen though, are very nice and spacious with their own kitchen, washer/dryer, air conditioning, gym, and more. There are still RAs and police that are very strict and patrol the area. There also isn't any wireless internet which is almost a necessity for a college student.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Not Bad but Could Do Better – I actually like the dining halls on campus, but without a meal plan the cost is about $8. Also, all the markets that sell fruits, cereal, and other staple items hike up the prices to ridiculous amounts so that no college student could afford it. I'm so glad that a Subway went in to the Hassayampa market. It makes meals cheaper and healthier than eating in the dining hall. Now that I'm off a meal plan, there are limited areas to eat at. Domino's, McDonalds, Jimmy John's and Subway are ones within walking distance. There are also some fast food chains in the Memorial Union but they close early and usually aren't open on the weekend.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: The majority of the students walk or ride their bikes to school. It saves students approximately $1,000 a year by doing so.


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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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