College Junior 2011-08-07T18:34:17Z
Community Atmosphere – I will be attending the downtown Phoenix campus surrounded by all the cultural centers, civic center, sports stadiums, many different types of restaurants which all will be in walking distance of my campus.
College Junior 2011-08-07T18:32:16Z
Health Sciences Major – I'm an incoming freshman for Fall 2011; haven't started classes yet.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-07T11:16:47Z
Light Rail and Buses – Since they finished construction on the light rail, getting around has gotten a lot easier. It runs straight through the main and downtown campuses. There's also a pretty thorough bus system.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-07T11:12:41Z
Alcohol and drugs aren't allowed on campus. That's not to say that people don't break the rules. But if you get caught you can get into trouble. Plus, there are a lot of bars around campus if you really want to drink.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-07T11:05:30Z
It's a Pretty Fun Experience – Fan support at Arizona State can get pretty intense. Football games are especially fun to attend. With so many students attending, there's usually a sea of kids in gold t-shirts. Since the new uniforms were unveiled this summer, everyone is getting psyched about the new black jerseys. I think Black-Out Friday will be pretty epic.
College Senior 2011-08-07T03:16:22Z
Greek life is exsitence at ASU but it is slowing dying, and no where near as popular as Greek life at East coast schools.
College Senior 2011-08-07T03:12:36Z
Great Gym – Huge gym with nearly all gym equitment nesscary for any work out!
College Senior 2011-08-07T03:11:11Z
Health & Safety:
Fairly Safe – Since its a huge campus crime does go on, but nothing too concerning or out of the odinary. The school is always clean and provides many safety options. For example the school provides a safety escort (car service) for student to travel in at night. I have never felt uncomfortable personally.
College Junior 2011-08-04T14:18:57Z
Mill Ave. is where to go if you are 21+, if not then it sucks to be you. But there are also plenty of house parties which are generally much more awesome than the clubs and bars. But with the assortment of girls in the area there is no going wrong.
College Junior 2011-08-04T14:13:31Z
All Kind of Lame – The majority of the dorms have issues and are pretty lame. The good thing is that they are close to most of the buildings you will need. There is no alcohol allowed on campus, so it makes living in the dorms harder. Keyless entry to the main buildings makes it a bit nicer, but I suggest renting a place in the area.
College Junior 2011-08-04T14:10:53Z
One Place Many Opportunities – The opportunities available are amazing. There are many different majors, and specialities to choose from. The faculty is usually very knowledgeable and helpful. Registration is very easy, very nice and easy to follow online instructions. Depending on your major the courses might have a bit more work than you would like, but I am sure it is less than other institutions around. It seems that there is an engineering library for science majors, and a 24 hour library that is good for studying.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-04T09:55:42Z
How to Go About Receiving Financial Assistance – The financial aid office is a great resource for anyone trying to figure how to receive "this scholarship" or "that loan" and have not been able to get any help. There are multiple ways to earn a scholarship at ASU. Starting in one's Freshman year, there is the Maroon & Gold scholarship, which anyone can apply for. If that student receives it the first year, they are eligible to apply for it in the following years until their last. However, if they do not receive it on the first attempt, they cannot apply for that scholarship for the remainder of their stay at ASU. Do not fret though, because there are many other scholarships/grants/loans available through the website, through nationwide search engines, and through federal. While loans are not fun, that is usually one of the most common results that appear once the FAFSA is filled out - usually in the form of a Stafford Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized loan. If that is not enough, a parent can also take out a PLUS loan to aid in the payment of tuition, books/supplies, meal plans, housing, or anything else for their child. It relatively easy to receive aid from ASU. All that is needed is to fill out a Master Promissory Note and the Addendum which says you have read and will adhere to all instructions and options available with your FA, regardless of what kind it is. Once those are complete, you will see in the Finances section of the MyASU website No to-dos, and an amount listed for what will be offered. All that is needed after that is to click the link to the aid, and go through each one on the list and accept/decline the amount and how much of each per semester. Then, a disbursement date is available, and once the semester begins, or the tuition deadline approaches the amount is disbursed to the students account set up and all is taken care of. If for some reason, the amount is less than sufficient for paying all tuition costs, the student will have an extended tuition payment deadline and the option to enroll in the Tuition Installment Plan for the remaining balance.
There is one catch to it. In order for said student to be eligible for financial aid each semester/year, they must keep a SAP (Student Academic Progress) rate of 67% in their program. Otherwise, that student will be placed on probation until whatever is keeping them from that rate is successfully fixed. If progress continues to lack and the student is off track, they will be placed on financial aid suspension for that semester and possibly the year, until they have exhibited the ability to earn a passing success rate in their program. Reasons for ineligibility can be anything from repeating a class for 3+ semesters to failing a class for consecutive semesters among others.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-04T09:35:39Z
Would I Give It Another Go? Knowing what I do now, if I had to start all over again ASU would still be my first (and only) choice to pursue my degree. However, I may begin my studies at a community college and then transfer, due to the costs. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a student at ASU, getting to know more people than ever before, and learning some of the history and traditions of the campus(es). I am an avid Sun Devils fan for life, and will continue cheering on ASU teams long after graduation. ASU is more unique than any other school because of its location (not quite in a big part of any city, but not secluded/isolated either), its extraordinary diversity (currently leads in hispanic-latino population among others), its plethora of programs, the overall student/faculty body, its number of courses and offerings on each campus as well as the potential for more increases in all areas. Several of its programs are currently ranked in the top 50 by all major publications (i.e. U.S. News and World Report), it has developed and redeveloped and improved upon many of its facilities which hold some of the best programs - not to mention the sustainability efforts which have been undertaken in recent years, including, but not limited to: solar panels over parking lots/garages, wind powered fans (Global Institute of Sustainability facility), research in laboratories using algae, dog feces, and many other unknown and uncommon resources. ASU is great because it is the perfect place to meet people, it has the most friendly professors, and its resources are endless both inside and out. They have some amazingly planned Family Weekends and Homecoming activities among others, and there is never a dull moment. The only thing I have an issue with is the outlook on academic progress and trying to get things done too quickly at times. Otherwise, I would give it an A+ without hesitation.
Recent Alumnus 2011-08-04T09:22:56Z
Enforcement of Campus Policies/Procedures – As far as physical/social enforcement (i.e. Campus Security), almost every time something is going on that violates any sort of rule there is someone present to enforce that law and make sure that nothing gets out of hand. If someone has been drinking at a sporting event or otherwise, they most likely will be taken aside by a security guard patrolling the area or reprimanded on the spot for doing so outside of the venue. When there is an incident which occurs outside of class time, such as fights, fires, drunkenness/someone who is high on drugs, or sexual assaults the security is well on hand to take care of the situation. If that incident gets out of control, it is immediately reported and seized by the Tempe P.D. They handle the situation however needed, and everyone carries on. Campus Security and Tempe Police are especially astute during holidays/vacations in which there has been excessive drinking taking place. They are typically able to effectively isolate and take into custody several people who are behaving inappropriately.
As far as academic policies, things could be better. For example, it is my belief that a student must always have an opportunity to complete a required course, but on their own time and not the one the university has in place. Success rates are fine, but when they impede on someone's ability to effectively learn material the way they know best it become a problem. Receiving help from a tutor in order to get through a class isn't always the appropriate option because sometimes that student only understand the solution for that semester/year and then forgets how to do it when needed in their career - all because they had to learn it a different way that was not suitable for them. Then the university has the audacity to revoke financial aid privileges because of persevering every semester in a way that will ensure success and earn the degree, just perhaps not in the amount of time the university administration would like. Students should be commended for not giving up, and continue to receive all privileges - not have them stripped because the SAP rate isn't satisfactory to the university personnel. That's really the only complaint that I have academic-wise.
College Senior 2011-08-03T23:52:11Z
Off Campus Food – There are plenty of off campus restaurants and fast food place with in walking distance and they work in lots of deals for college students. My favorite is Chuck Box.
College Senior 2011-08-03T23:49:16Z
Barret College – Only one dining hall has a good variety of food, which is Barret college in ASU. The rest have the same meals every week which is not worth the price of the meal plan, I'd be better off buying and cooking my own meals.
College Senior 2011-08-03T00:22:46Z
For the time that school is in session the weather in the Phoenix area is amazing. The first part of the fall semester when it is still summer can be a little hot, but if you are willing to endure that for the 70 degree temperatures around the late fall semester into the very end of spring semester, it is worth it.
College Senior 2011-08-03T00:12:54Z
Great Computer Access – ASU classes rely heavily on your ability to use computers, and they supply you with that ability. There are computer labs, an apple store to buy your own mac, free, very high-speed, internet access, and print stations if you need them that cost a few cents per page. You can even get your computer repaired on-campus. Computer issues aren't a problem.
College Senior 2011-08-01T00:06:00Z
Freshman Campus Life – Welcome week is excitingas there are rallys and free stuff. The first year ASU is all about getting students familiarized with the campus and getting involved in campus life by joing clubs, going to fun events on campus,etc.
College Senior 2011-07-31T23:57:19Z
Most minorities can be seen walking through campus but the most dominant ethnicity is Caucasion, very few, Mexicans or African-Americans. Although it is refreshing to see so many exchange students on campus.
College Senior 2011-07-31T23:51:38Z
The main capmus is surrounded by off-campus housing, some have fair pricing thanks to rent control. ASU will also help you in any off-campus related matter.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-31T05:34:58Z
Guys & Girls:
Nice People – Lots of pretty ladies at ASU! There's a little bit of everyone out here, and you can easily find groups of friends that share your common interests - whatever they might be.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-31T05:31:23Z
Film Students Will Prosper – The film program offered at ASU is ran by several excellent faculty members that really help guide their students through the program and into specific internships.
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-31T05:27:35Z
Excellent Social Scene – Tempe is an excellent college town right in the heart of Arizona. The downtown area where the college is located is always offering something to do (concerts are a big plus!)
Recent Alumnus 2011-07-30T18:18:20Z
ASU is a huge university and therefor has a huge and diverse community. Its easy to meet people in classes and most people are very nice. Most of the teachers that i have had have been very good, informative, and energetic about teaching, learning and interacting with us (students). An education is what you make of it, you can't expect it all to come your way if you don't make any effort. That being said, there are people who are at ASU who you can tell are there only for the social aspect of ASU which is a shame because its pretty darn expensive to go to school. But no one forces you to be with anyone and there are such a wide long variety of classes, its hard not to find things that interest you.
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