Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T22:16:36Z
Summers Are HOT! The weather doesn't really affect the campus experience. The summers in Arizona is just really hot making walking to class a little bit miserable!
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T22:14:59Z
The computers on campus are great. There are average laptops and Apple computers. They all run very fast. Printing I believe is 10 cents a page. I personally have my own computer and printer but the computers on campus are great for emergencies.
College Junior 2012-08-15T22:13:57Z
Easy to Apply – It is fairly easy to apply to any program on campus, however keeping up with it is what matters. Make sure you take your critical classes when you're supposed to and get at least the required minimum grade in them. It is easy to stay on track if you use your DARS, which you can get from your MyASU page under where is lists your major. Just keep on top of the requirements for your program.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T22:11:43Z
The dorms, Taylor Place, have no declared a floor for Greek Life. People in Fraternities and Sororities can now live together on a floor. It brings new life to the social atmosphere of the dorms.
College Junior 2012-08-15T22:11:13Z
SRC Is a Great Place to Workout – The SRC has just about any piece of workout equipment you could ask for, as well as a pool. It's a fun place to workout with friends or by yourself, there are tvs on some of the equipment so you don't have to miss your favorite shows. There are also classes available there that you can take. I definitely suggest checking it out.
College Junior 2012-08-15T22:07:59Z
Studying abroad is something that ASU values highly, not that you HAVE to do it, but if you want to there are many opportunities to do so. There are many different trips available during the school year or the semester and anyone can do it. There are also scholarships available for those in need, so don't be afraid to ask if it is something you are interested in.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T22:07:05Z
I go to the downtown Phoenix campus and there is nothing but meters surrounding campus. It wouldn't be so bad if the meters lasted long enough to get through a class. But they don's and we all end up with $50 tickets because we were in class and didn't get out enough to feed the meter.
College Junior 2012-08-15T22:04:41Z
Lots of Opportunities for Success – ASU has great events, advisers, and online access to information about internships, research positions, and jobs. The Job Portal through ASU's website is really helpful and has job posting for many different areas. The advisers and professors are typically always ready and willing to help people who come to them with questions. Don't be afraid to put yourself out there!
College Junior 2012-08-15T21:58:23Z
The wifi at ASU can get really busy especially around finals and registration. Sometimes you can't even get on, but typically if you use the guest wifi, there are less people on it and you can typically get through.
College Junior 2012-08-15T21:48:19Z
There is much to do at ASU since sightseeing and exploring the campuses take one to take the opportunity to participate at local vendors, malls, and recreation centers.
College Junior 2012-08-15T21:33:09Z
Better Than Most Universities – The space at the general facilities is sufficient and wide enough to have many students enjoy the available utilities there.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T20:26:43Z
Nursing Pro's and Con's – With people loosing their jobs or having to take pay cuts at an alarming rate retired Nurses are returning to the job market. This is making the number of nurses wanting to be teachers less and less. The benefit of that is, the ones who are teaching really want to be there. If you take the time to communicate with them and put the time in you will do well in the program. You may have three separate teachers for one class, but this will prepare you for the multiple people you will have to interact with once working as a nurse. Keeping a positive attitude and being dedicated will take you a long way.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T20:19:01Z
Living Outside the Norm – As someone who entered the University world after completing my Associates at a community college I did not consider on-campus housing as an option. I had already lived on my own for three years. I looked in every direction of campus. Unfortunately the school is near a lot of older houses that have a very high rental rate due to the proximity, so I have always chosen to live a city away. This has given me the ability to pay my rent and not sell my soul, but the parking fees usually resulted in the same in the end.
Super Busy Labs – Labs on campus are always super busy and there is a wait to get to computer
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T18:49:51Z
One of the Top Party Schools – Asu has one of the top party scenes in the nation. Bars and clubs for those above 21 are right by campus and super easy to get to. Dry campus though so keep drinks off of school property!
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T18:47:24Z
Arizona state university's athletic team has a great fan base- and everyone is involved in one way or another!
College Sophomore 2012-08-15T18:46:24Z
The wheather in Tempe is like any other weather type in the phoenix metropolitan weather. Summer is hot, winter is somewhat cold, spring is nice enjoyable weather, and the fall is best weather
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T17:24:17Z
Very Strict – ASU/ Tempe/ Arizona in general has some of the most strict drinking laws in the country. Underage drinking policies are highly enforced. Undercover cops will randomly breathalize or search backpacks in the on-campus apartments. Police will ticket and breathalize for something as simple as jaywalking at night (ive seen it happen) and the student ends up with an MIC (minor in consumption ticket). Something as simple as holding a red cup if the police show up at a party and you get caught, whether you were drinking or not can get you an MIC. The first MIC offense can be wiped off your record by taking $130 class, and remains permanently after any further offenses. Tickets for the second offense are ~$450, and continuously go up from there with continuing offenses, upwards of $1000. So keep the monetary and legal consequences in mind when you go out to get shwasteddd because you might wake up an unhappy camper the next morning with serious problems on your plate. Smoking marijuana is also highly frowned upon, and the police are called immediately if any weed scent emanates from your room. Consequences are severe, with either being kicked out of where you are living, or kicked out of where you are living as well as the university + a lot of legal issues to follow. Another thing I got to deal with this year was harassment and stalking, and ASU police does not take this lightly. If you have a problem, go to them immediately and ASU and the police will be willing to help with any problems you may have, so don't suffer in silence.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T17:00:39Z
I Would Do It Again – My program unfortunately got messed up half way through I started with the program director changing everything and then leaving, staff leaving, etc, but the major itself I would never have chosen differently. I simply was at the school at an inconvenient time, but they are in the process of fixing the issues that came up. When I started, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was on the "pre-med" track and thought about medical school. I was worried I would never figure out what I wanted to do, but as you go along, you figure out what you like and don't like. I now am more interested in working for a big company in industry, rather than research or medical school. I am somewhat concerned about finding a job, because BME majors are often over looked if there is a mechanical engineer also applying. The job market is already generally tough, so if this is the major you want to pursue, make sure you get into research labs, make connections, and try to add something to your skill set to set you apart from others.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T16:56:10Z
Harbor Branch Marine Institute – Apply apply apply! Apply to as many things as you can find, and you are bound to get something. I just recently finished an internship at an ocean institute doing drug discovery research, which actually has nothing to do with my major biomedical engineering. I learned a lot of new skills and it helped to broaden my horizon when it came to possible jobs. This was an REU (research experience for undergraduates) so my internship was all research based. Pay all depends where and what the internship is, for example an internship at an actual company is going to pay significantly more than an internship through a university. The time commitment for me was your typical 8-5 M-F job, plus outside research and time for writing a final report. Starting with an REU is a good way to gain more experience and boost your resume, because getting internships with a company is much more competitive and difficult. I had already had previous research experience at my university, however many of the students there had little or none, so don't let this discourage you! The REU programs often take those with no experience because the entire point is to help students gain experience. I learned a lot about living on my own for the first time, and I was away from my family in a different state for the time, so you learn a lot about yourself, as well as technical skills you can take to a future career. Students who are sophomores or juniors should definitely try to apply for a research-based internship through a university if they have little experience. Another plus, you are with a group of other students and it is good to share experiences and hear what everyone else is doing in their life.
College Senior 2012-08-15T16:45:20Z
It gets incredibly hot at ASU! So it gets very uncomfortable getting from class to class. From about November to about March the weather is good though.
College Senior 2012-08-15T16:36:15Z
It's pretty expensive to get a parking space at one of the garages on campus. But the only other option to park your car would be at a meter, and usually those are all taken up. The best advice I have, is to either get there early enough so you can get a meter or to use the lightrail or bus.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T16:23:25Z
Awesome Major, School Still Growing – Biomedical Engineering is the major for me, it fits me perfectly, and if I went back to change schools or was in the same situation, I would have picked the same thing. However! The BME school is recently going through some hard times with losing faculty, and having the entire curriculum changed around and then the directer leaving the school in broken ruins. This occurred after I had already been here for two years. Most of the instructors are very nice and personable, but do not necessarily know how to teach what they are teaching. This is not the case with all classes, but the school is currently attempting to fix the problems that the old director created and hopefully is back on track within the next year or two. Engineering is not the easiest major, but with hard word and teamwork, classes are more about getting through them rather than understanding every aspect in detail. Working as a class on homework, studying, etc, helps more than anything, because one person might know something that you did not and this helps to learn the material better and understand it. Currently job opportunities in BME are not too great, unless you are pre-med or want to do research for a career. Many industry companies would prefer a mechanical engineer over biomedical these days, so keep this in mind. As for research opportunities on campus, you can do ANYTHING you want! ASU is a highly research based school, and finding a lab to shadow or work in is relatively easy. You can either talk to your professors about their research and see if you can volunteer (possibly later on getting paid), look up the research openings on the ASU engineering website and email the professor of interest, or come across something cool you see from an article, etc, and again, email and ask the lab director about openings. Many professors are very willing to let you observe and hire if they have an available spot in their lab, you just have to ask :). Getting to know professors is also very helpful when you need letters of recommendation, are trying to get a job, or just need help in general.
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T16:11:27Z
Easy Peasy – ASU is one of the easier schools to get into, accepting over 90% of applicants. The engineering school is slightly more difficult, requiring higher test scores and a higher high school GPA, but overall, still pretty easy. Definitely the most important criteria to focus on would be SAT/ACT test scores, as ASU focuses on this more and not GPA for scholarship money (which I found out after I got in :p). So study for these!!
Recent Alumnus 2012-08-15T16:06:17Z
Very Useful – There are several study centers available on campus that have easy and free computer access for students. Between my classes I can go there and work on my homework or check email. Very convenient
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