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4 College Junior

Majors: I enjoyed my political science major. Your first year you are sectioned off into groups and you will become very close with your group - you will have almost all the same classes your first year. I never had a big problem with the workload. It was a lot of reading and discussion based but I enjoyed it. Most of the professors are very well known in their niche topic and were very accessible. The department had a great program for internships and placing students in jobs.

5 College Junior

Campus Food: There is a lot of options in terms of dining on campus. There are several dining halls in which dorm, many small shops and plenty of your typical fast food joints. There are also some great healthy options - ASU has its own sustainable cafe and restaurant available on campus. There are also small cafes around campus that offer food on the go - many are ethnic foods that are catered from local joints nearby.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is plenty of very close off-campus housing options. There is very high quality, expensive and there is much cheaper homes very close as well. There is no shortage of housing off-campus.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I had a great experience at ASU. Getting into the Honors College was one of the greatest - it helped create a smaller community within such a large University. Even within the normal non-honors courses, I never had a huge class after my first year. Most professors are very accessible and very willing to help you out. The quality of the courses depend on your major. Some of the first year courses may be easy and require relatively little work but upper-division courses can be extremely challenging. Despite the reputation that ASU may have as a party school - there are some tough majors and quality education.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Because ASU is such a huge University - there is plenty of connections and alumni in which you can tap into. ASU offers a great career services and your department will also be very helpful. I never had a problem finding an internship or job each semester.

3 College Junior

Administration: The campus police are there to keep us safe - they provide great escort services for students who stay up late studying in libraries and just need company on their walk back to their dorms. I have never had a bad experience with the campus police.

4 College Junior

Local Area: There is plenty to do around the Tempe area. The shopping center is nearby and mill avenue - which has all the nightclubs is within walking distance. There is also a lightrail right off campus that can take you, within 30 minutes, to the downtown area of Phoenix. The Phoenix Suns basketball and Diamondback baseball is downtown right off the lightrail stop. Most of the people who live in the Tempe area or either students or recent grads so there is no negative attitude towards students.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There is plenty of off-campus dining options nearby. There is a wide variety of food from Indian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Vietnamese, and your typical burger joints. There is a nice mix of fast food chains and local places around the campus. Most places also offer great student discounts and some even allow you to use your on-campus dining dollars from your meal plan to pay.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: I was not involved in Greek life but there is a large presence on campus. But it does not rule you out from parties or activities if you are not involved in Greek life.

4 College Junior

Academics: The Political Science department has a great group of professors who are truly invested in their education. The workload is about average but the reading may be more than some of the other majors. The department also has great internship programs. For example there is a great program called Capitol Scholarships. Through this program, students get to spend a summer in DC working at various different federal agencies, non-profits, and private organizations. Another great internship is through the Arizona legislature. The faulty at ASU is well-connected.

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4 College Junior

Academics: One of the best benefits of attending such a large university is the resources available. ASU has one of the best resources for just about anything. While it may be easy to feel lost in the shuffle, it is easy to get to know your fellow students and professors in your majors. I rarely had a problem developing relationships with my professors - most are more than happy to have you come in for office hours to go over any problems that you are facing with the course material or just to talk in general.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: ASU has a great search engine for scholarships

3 College Junior

Scholarships: As with any school, financial aid is a pain in the butt.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I had a boyfriend my only semester so far, so I wasn't exactly paying attention.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Tempe is a big town so there are lots of apartment complexes, houses and condos to rent. Generally, the further from ASU the cheaper but that's not necessarily a rule.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Tempe and the surrounding cities are all heavily populated with restaurants. You can find anything you're looking for at most times of the day!

4 College Junior

Administration: I used to go to a Christian liberal arts school and ASU is much friendlier and much less strict!

4 College Junior

Greek Life: As a member of Greek life, I absolutely love it. It has been a great way to meet new people and make the large campus seem smaller. However, there is limited housing and the administration has not gotten along well with fraternities. Sororities each have a "cluster" in a residential complex called Adelphi. Each cluster is comprised of an outdoor patio area, about 15 rooms, a kitchen and chapter room. A couple floors have been dedicated to sororities and fraternities in the on campus apartments at Vista Villas, but that has not been a popular option. Recently, fraternities have been renting out entire apartment complexes off campus to create their own "frat houses" but that has caused conflict between the houses and local police. Non-greeks often stereotype Greeks, calling them mean and exclusive.

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3 College Junior

Campus Quality: ASU is an older school but the campus is always updating. The buildings are a mixed bag of mid 20th century architecture and modern urban design, but most buildings are generally a reddish brown brick. Landscaping is generally desert xeriscape; there aren't many trees or large grassy lawns. The student recreation center was just recently renovated and is absolutely massive. It has state of the art exercise equipment and sports facilities. Hayden Library is older but has plenty of space and a variety of study spots. There aren't many places touted as "student hangouts" on campus but the Student Union is a great place to grab a bite to eat between classes.

4 College Junior

Diversity: ASU is extremely diverse. Almost every ethnicity, religious background and heritage is represented. It's not uncommon to hear multiple languages being spoken on campus. The school also hosts a vast amount of international students.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The school provides little help to students looking for off campus housing. That's most likely because off campus housing is very easy to find. There is incredible variety as well, from small neighborhood homes to luxury high rise apartments. Students have plenty options that are within walking distance. On the east and south sides of campus are surrounded by neighborhoods with affordable and usually well maintained houses. The southeast corner has very nice apartment buildings including The District and 922 Place (formerly known as The Vue). The west side of campus leads to more apartment buildings, with a mixed bag of average complexes to some that are cheaper anr more run down. The north side of campus features more expensive apartments and lofts located on or around Mill Avenue. Millstone, Farmer, Regatta Pointe, and the new Sky Water apartments cater to older students looking to live close to Mill and still within walking distance on camps. West 6th and Hayden Square are located directly on Mill, with monthly rent ranging from $700 at Hayden Square to $2000 at West 6th. Availability at all of the places gets very tight towards the beginning of the school year.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: A lot of the classes here cater to the masses. Courses that are a common requirement for a variety of majors will often be held in lecture halls with hundreds of students. This impersonal method of teaching is pretty prevalent at ASU. Major specific classes tend to be a little smaller, depending on the course of study. Professors are incredibly diverse here. Some go above and beyond to help their students, while others can be very evasive and difficult to work with.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: ASU has the reputation of a party school that is incredibly easy to get in to, so graduates may have to work a little harder to overcome that. However most students do work hard to get their degrees and hope to move on to the professional field. ASU often has campus job fairs and many big companies come here to recruit. This definitely depends on the major. Business students will find that they have the most resources available to them, as the business program is the largest and most popular.

5 College Junior

Party Scene: The party scene is incredibly prevalent at ASU. Those involved in greek life have almost nightly access to parties. Fraternities throw big parties on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, while smaller parties are held in houses or apartments during the week. Those not involved in greek life sometimes have more difficulty hearing about parties, but there is usually always something for everyone. Big holidays like Labor Day weekend, Halloween, and Cinco de Mayo see massive parties with hundreds of attendees. Spring time also brings pool parties, where entire apartment complexes will see their pool areas packed with students.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus crime is generally very low. Security and campus police can be seen driving around a lot, especially at night. Homeless people sometimes wander through campus at various times of the day, but most residential complexes are protected by card scanners and keys. Students generally feel safe on campus, however it can be somewhat scary walking through dark areas at night. Emergency call booths are placed frequently throughout campus in case of emergency, but are seldom used.

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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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