Location: Tempe, Arizona
Funding: Public University
Percent Woman: 50%
Tuition (one year): $10,157 (in-state), $24,503 (out-of-state)
Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, Social Sciences, Education, Communication, Journalism, Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 87.9%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit ASU's website at https://students.asu.edu/admissions.
Why Choose ASU?
"I chose ASU because it was close to home. I didn't want to stray away from my family, felt that I wasn't ready to leave them, so I chose ASU. Best decision ever, to be honest!"
"I'm from New York, so I wanted to get away from the freezing temperature! It's completely different from what I expected, plus the heat is a nice change too."
"I went to U of A for my first year, but felt it wasn't a great fit for me. So when I transferred to ASU, I felt right at home! I think it was more because of the friendly and lively atmosphere, plus their engineering program is really great."
"I came to ASU because I wanted to be challenged as a filmmaker and expanded my creativity. I am now forever grateful for my professors because they helped my land an internship with Sony Pictures. I'm still in shock."
"Their school spirit is astounding. Every year ASU continues to blow me away with their sense of community, especially during football season, which is rare because it's such a massive school having four campuses!"
There’s never a dull moment at ASU! Aside from your regular sporting events, ASU clubs and organizations host events almost every single day!
"I LOVE whitewashing the “A” during Welcome Week! Even though it’s over 100 degrees outside, there’s no better tradition than to hike up “A” Mountain at the beginning of the year and get the “A” looking fresh and clean again!”
“I like that whenever I’m on campus, there’s so much going on. One day there could be a book vendor, other days someone could be DJ-ing on the MU courtyard, or a club could be handing out pizza. Never a dull moment!”
“My favorite Devilpalooza concert was definitely The All-American Rejects in 2012. It was my middle-school dream to go see them, but I never got the chance until my freshman year! And it was free! You can’t beat that!”
“If you can’t be certain about anything else in life, you can be certain that you will never go hungry on the Tempe campus. There’s always someone giving out free food!”
“I like the Undie Run! Even though it’s kind of risqué having college students run around in their underwear, the clothes go to a good cause!”
“I have so much fun participating in the Homecoming parade at the beginning of the year! I love designing a new float every year with my sorority. It’s not hard labor, it’s so much fun! And I get to bond with my sisters even more!”
“I don’t like how ASU will find any excuse to put a fee on something -- which is even more increasingly frustrating when you see how much construction and technological improvements are. Sometimes it seems like ASU cares more about keeping its title in innovation than they do their students.”
“ASU needs improvement in financial advising. I’ve had many unfriendly experiences when I first started and money and financial aid can be very confusing for first-year students. It would be great if ASU could center a focus on being a little more personalized when it comes to educational financial planning.”
"Despite it being a lively university, one thing that can get to a lot of students here is the heat! It can get ridiculously hot here. I think one year it was 127 degrees!"
New Collegiette on Campus
“I remember getting a tote bag full of “essentials” at ASU. I got an ASU t-shirt, a water bottle, a planner- anything you need your freshman year!”
“I wasn’t sure how I was going to sign up for college classes! I had never done it before in high school; my counselor had always walked me through it. I was nervous about doing this myself because the credits work differently in college. Thankfully, we filled out our class schedules during orientation and we were also shown how to add additional classes that weren’t just pre-required classes.”
“I loved going on the campus tour. I’m on the Downtown Phoenix campus, which is a lot smaller than Tempe, but I had no idea where anything was downtown. Our guide showed us some great study places and good places to eat around the school!”
“I liked looking at all of the residence halls in Tempe. There are so many! It gives you a broad perspective at how big the Tempe campus is and how many students are attending college for the first time, like you are!”
“I met some pretty cool upperclassmen my freshman year. I had always thought that upperclassmen were going to be snooty about how much older they were, but when I had questions on a certain class or on a certain professor, they were always ready and willing to help me!”
All About Academics
"The most popular majors are Business, Management, Marketing, Social Sciences, Education, Engineering, Communication, Journalism, Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies."
"Many majors offer a combined bachelors/masters program, in which students are able to get both their bachelors and masters degrees within four or five years at ASU. Some schools may require that you be a part of Barrett, the Honors College (more affectionately recognized as the “Harvard of the Southwest”) in order to participate, so make sure to check with your advisor if this is something you’re considering! Usually, these combined programs will require you to come up with a thesis to defend before you graduate."
"I'm an English Literature major, and my freshman year was literally a stack of Norton Editions. Good thing the load lightened up later in the years!"
“I’m in the combined bachelors/masters program at the Cronkite School and with Barrett, and it is hard sometimes! But it’s worth it because this is something I love to do and I’m not paying more or going to school for more than four years in order to get my masters!”
“I thought registering for classes was going to be super hard! Fortunately, my advisor helped me through it and it was really easy to find the classes I needed! I thought the classes were going to be really hard my freshman year, but they were actually really easy and helped introduce me to what I wanted to do with my major.”
“You don’t have to stop going to see your advisor after your freshman year, I’m a junior and I still need help figuring out what classes I need to take to graduate!”
“My favorite part about being a freshman was that I got first dibs on all of the classes when registration rolled around.”
“Even though being an honors student is kind of hard, I like being able to get priority on all of the classes that I want to register for. Also, the honors classes are pretty competitive because they’re small, so I’ll usually wake up at 6 when the registration opens to make sure I have the classes that I need in my schedule.”
"If you’re looking for a good place to study, look no further than Hayden Library on the Tempe campus. Known for their vast amount of tables, chairs and study rooms, students spend hours and sometimes pull all-nighters at “Club Hayden,” especially during finals and midterms. Hayden has its own café inside, and the outside kind of looks like the Forbidden Library from Avatar: The Last Airbender…"
“I always go to Hayden to study. I can’t focus when I study at home! Everyone at Hayden is in the same study-mode, so there are no distractions!”
Learn From The Best
“I’m currently taking a class with Aaron Brown (former CNN news anchor), and it’s awesome! Where else can you take a class from someone who got to work his dream job and tell you how to get to that level? It’s incredible how much firsthand knowledge he has.”
"Taking a film class with Joseph Fortunato is pretty good! He's worked for NBC's Today Show, MSNBC, ABC Family and children's shows, and is pretty well-known in the Hollywood side of things. He also stresses a lot that he's in the Writers Guild, so I thought I'd share that, too!"
“It’s really important to get to know your professors; especially if they’ve worked in an area that you want to work in after graduation. It’s all about the connections you make!”
“I really like my professors George Justice and Devoney Looser! They’re teaching my class on Women in Literature (AKA Jane Austen) and they are awesome! They’re a married couple who have done extensive research on Jane Austen and her writing and they really know their stuff! And they’re a lot of fun, which keeps the class interesting.”
“Ed Garnero was my favorite geology professor. He made class fun and he was a funny guy!”
"Chris LaMont is such a goofball! He's my professor for my Film Festival class, and he acts like a student, too! He's relatable for a guy who co-founded the Phoenix Film Festival, which I'm interning at this year. Yay! So if anyone is going to take a film class, take LaMont!"
“I had a great time with Richard Fey. He’s an upper division sociology professor. He was all about making theories and concepts as real as possible and he was also very relaxed and comfortable in class.”
Interests & Involvement
“I’m in so many clubs at ASU, it’s hard to keep track! I love them though! I’ve met so many cool people and made new friends because of them!”
“I’m in AISEC at ASU and I love it! I got to go to the Czech Republic last summer to teach English and it was one of the best experiences of my life!”
“I’m in SPARKS right now. Even though it’s actually something I have to do for a scholarship requirement, it doesn’t feel like it and I love it! We get to talk to elementary and middle school kids and answer any of their questions that they may have coming to college. On top of helping kids, I’ve made so many new friends!”
“It’s not hard to find a club to join at ASU! There’s always a club tabling out by the MU and there’s also an extensive list on the ASU website where you can search and find something you like!”
“It’s really easy to start a club at ASU! All you have to do is find a couple of staff that are willing to be your club advisors, and you’re essentially all set. There is some paperwork that you have to fill out online, but it’s easy stuff especially if you have your club members figured out.”
“I think our most popular sport at our school is definitely football. The stadium is always packed with students and alumni! It’s great to see that our school has such great school spirit when it comes to football games!”
“I like that there are so many opportunities to join a sports team at ASU. There’s a lot of club sports, if you aren’t able to make it onto the official school team and there’s a lot of intramural sports to join if you’re just looking for some no-pressure, fun kind of sports playing.”
“I love going to the football games at ASU! Especially the football games or any rivalry games between ASU and U of A!”
“Women’s sports teams don’t get as much recognition as the men’s sports! Why not? The games are just as good!”
"Now that our tuition covers the athletic fees, I've been attending all of the football games this season! Why waste something I paid good money for?"
“I don’t think there’s too much of a separation between student athletes and regular students. I always see football players casually hanging out with their friends!”
“There are so many clubs that are geared specifically towards women. There’s Devils Wear Prada, the Women’s Business Association, Las Hermanas… I could go on, but there are just too many!”
“I always see a lot of sorority girls at the beginning of the year, which makes it seem like there are a lot more women on campus, but I think the ration is about equal on both men and women.”
“I think the style depends on what campus you’re on and what your major is. I’m only on the Tempe campus and the Downtown campus, but there is a big difference in the clothes that girls wear. Since the Cronkite School is downtown, you see a lot of girls dressed in nice blouses and pencil skirts and heels for their newscasts while in Tempe, it’s a lot more chill and you see a lot of girls in cute, but comfy clothes!”
“I LOVE that there are so many women’s studies classes at ASU! And even though there are mostly women in the seats, there are a few guys! Talk about girl power!”
“I think it’s awesome how great the women’s athletic teams are. They don’t get as much recognition as the guys, but they definitely deserve it.”
Food & Drink
“There are about four or five dining halls on the Tempe campus alone and the MU has so many great options when you don’t want to eat at a dining hall. My favorite places in the MU are Chik-Fil-A and Q’doba.”
“During my freshman year, I loved the food in the dining hall at first, but after a while I got bored of it. Definitely try to mix it up and try new things in the dining hall because eating cereal for three square meals a day gets old after a while.”
“My favorite place to eat on campus is the Barrett dining hall. I’m not an honors student, so my friend has to give me a meal swipe, but there’s something about honors dining hall food that just tastes so much better than regular dining hall food.”
“There’s only one dining hall downtown and the restaurants under the Cronkite building don’t take M&G, so my options on eating on campus are kind of limited. However, I’ve fallen in love with all of the restaurants that surround the campus! My favorite place to eat is at the Food Truck Friday down the street from school. Eating from food trucks sounds gross, but believe me, their food is the best.”
“I love going to Cartel, either in Tempe or Downtown Phoenix. Sometimes, Starbucks just doesn’t cut it and Cartel has the toddy that I want to satisfy my coffee craving and give me a quick pick-me-up.”
“Mill Avenue is right down the street from ASU and there are so many places to eat there! I love going to Mellow Mushroom. They’re pizzas are divine and their happy hour specials are within my budget.”
“On the weekends, people are hanging out on Mill Ave., which is on the Tempe campus and at the Downtown campus, you can go to the movies, explore the plaza, and go to First Friday. It’s like an urban art scene where tons of people go to hang out and check out the local art. Oh, and the Art Museum is free that day!”
"I'm always saving up to go to concerts! The great thing about it is that the theater is a 5 minute walk from the Downtown campus, so why wouldn't one go to the concerts there?"
“There are lots of places you can go and drink but if you don’t like drinking, there’s tons of other things you can do like shopping, grabbing a bite to eat, hang out at Tempe Town Lake, or hiking on A mountain!"
“Everyone meets new people almost everyday. ASU is a huge school so you’re bound to make friends where ever you go!”
“With the more well-known sororities and fraternities, their parties are somewhat exclusive. I have a few friends who are in sororities and the vibe is pretty VIP. But, not every one of them are, there are other chill ones too.”
“There are parties EVERY weekend. Especially on the Tempe campus, you’ll never get bored I promise.”
“The thing I like about ASU is that you can easily commute to the places you need to go. There’s the light rail, shuttle, public bus… and it’s not scary at all because students are always on it. It’s really safe and comfortable. Hey, you might even make a friend there too.”
"I really liked living in the dorms as a freshman! I wanted that out-of-state experience without having to go out of state and living in the dorms was the solution!"
"I liked the dorms! I became really good friends with everyone on my floor and since we all had similar majors, we helped each other out on homework and on studying!""Sometimes the dorms got a little bit loud, but there are CA's around to bring the noise level down when it needs to happen.""I decided to live off-campus after my freshman year, just because I couldn't afford it. I'm glad I decided to live there freshman year though, because I'm still friends with the people I met on my floor!"
"There are a lot of bonding activities at the dorms! Your mentor will organize them or you can organize them with everyone else! We used to get together and do karaoke every week on my floor!"
“Tempe is busy. There is always something going on. Whether it’s a town party, art show, concert, there is always something going on. I love it!”
“Tempe is mostly known for the festivities taking place on Mill Ave. And the great thing about it is that it’s a 5-10 minute walk, depending on what side of campus your on, but it’s really close! I’d say ASU and Tempe have a good relationship. It’s pretty familiar.”
"My favorite thing about Tempe are the different activities going on every month, year and sometimes every week. One thing I look forward to every year is the huge New Year’s Eve block party on Mill Ave. Having an Oregano’s nearby is a close second.”
“Students definitely go to tons of off-campus activities! Since ASU main is in the heart of Tempe, there is always something to do.”
"Internships are huge here! I don’t get why people sometimes say they can’t get an internship because there are a lot of businesses that are willing to give us internships. All you have to do is ask.”
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