Recent Alumnus 2011-05-06T17:12:19Z
Not Much to Say About Greeks – The Greek system at ASU is weak. They are not allowed to have the traditional housing, thus they live in a dorm together with the symbol of their fraternity on the outside wall. If you want to party, you do not have to join the Greek system to do it at ASU. Parties are plenty, beer comes by the kegs, and the security on campus is easy to win over if not run away from.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-06T17:02:45Z
The computer labs at Arizona State University are plenty if you know where to look. The computing commons lab, and the lab in Coor Hall, get filled quickly during peak times of the semester. Get their early if you want a computer during midterms or finals. All of the computers run adequately and the internet connection is reliable. If you have your own computer, good luck finding an outlet to charge your computer. It's not impossible, but its takes careful searching, pre-planning, and good timing.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T02:45:55Z
Student bus passes used to be free, but they're now $40 per semester. The lightrail is pretty convenient and consistent, but the buses are usually not. Whatever you do, try to avoid having to get a parking permit-waaay to expensive. Also avoid biking near the student union during lunch hours.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T02:34:38Z
I come from a small town in Washington, with little diversity, so ASU in comparison is VERY diverse. There are people from all over the world, speaking many languages. There are also a decent amount of political, religious, and sexual orientation student groups.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-05T02:33:11Z
The housing is of course very overpriced, but most students don't notice. I lived in Hassayampa when it was brand new, my freshman year. I unfortunately lived on the "worst behaved floor on campus." Fire alarms were frequent and we were kicked out for a night because someone threw a shoe at a sprinkler, which set them all off on multiple floors. The elevators also broke down often, but have since been fixed. The rooms themselves were very nice, and good sized for dorms. I lived in the Cholla on campus apartments the next year. Though it's small and looks like a prison, the only real issue is the outter walls are paper thin, so you could hear everything in the elevators if you were next to them (I was), as well as the parties over as Dos Gringos. However, the convenience of our own kitchen and being just far enough off campus to give us some separation from our classes, made it a pretty fair location.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-03T09:25:01Z
Parking at Arizona State is absolutely ridiculous it costs so much to park about a 20 minute walk away from campus. You can barely park anywhere without getting a ticket.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-03T09:22:37Z
Drinking Is Popular – I would say that almost everyone who attends ASU drinks and likes to party. There is some drug use such as Marijuana but I would say that pot is the most popular drug at Arizona State.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-03T09:19:54Z
Health & Safety:
Personal Safety – I would say that Arizona State is safe with it being in the middle of a city I would feel the safest on campus at night. There are always police cars and bikers everywhere. There are also late night safety buttons that you can push in case of emergencies. I consider Arizona State a safe place where I am comfortable walking alone at night.
College Junior 2011-05-03T05:56:11Z
At the downtown campus, everything is small and close together. The staff keep the restrooms, hallways, and outside areas very neat at all times. The student centers to help with writing, math, and sciences are clean and very quiet. It is easy to get help when you need it. The staff is polite and helpful. The library is big and very resourceful, it has multiple study rooms, tons of computers and all the books/videos needed for classes. The campus overall is neat and well kept.
College Junior 2011-05-03T05:53:10Z
Downtown Campus Is Great – Arizona State University at downtown Phoenix is a great school. The class sizes are small and the teachers actually get to know their students. It is really helpful when the teachers don't have over 200 students and can give positive feedback to every assignment and be available for students before or after classes. The curriculum is not too difficult, but still college level. The advisors are helpful and get back to you as soon as they can, which is often right away.
Recent Alumnus 2011-05-02T13:49:20Z
Night Life – I am not aware of the life at ASU because I do not attend the university yet.
College Senior 2011-04-30T02:12:14Z
We are in the Desert here so it is hot. Record highs are not fun and winter hardly exists. Rain is rare and it is very dry. If you're not careful about staying hydrated, you could end up with a heat stroke. Its almost impossible to walk across campus without breaking a sweat.
College Senior 2011-04-30T02:07:46Z
Being in the Sun Devil Marching Band I could see the school spirit was high, but the team wasn't too high up there. I wouldn't know anything else.
College Junior 2011-04-26T06:07:03Z
Tempe Is a College Town – Tempe is a college town and caters to students. Lots to do in the area. Mill Ave is one of the top 2 places to be on New Year's Eve.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-25T21:37:17Z
Lots of Options – Arizona State University has a lot of options for majors which makes it a lot easier when you have to change your major a couple of times to get in the right program. The teachers are generally good, but a lot of the lower level classes are taught in huge lecture halls.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-25T21:33:14Z
Plenty but Not Cheap – There seems to be a lot of housing around campus, but most places close to campus are pretty expensive. If you have transportation you can get housing a little further away where it is cheaper. Cars won't work for transportation unless you're willing to pay a lot for the parking lots on campus.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-25T21:28:10Z
Just Changed Majors – I don't know about education at Arizona State University because I have not started taking classes in this major
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-25T20:09:18Z
Drinking Is Very Prevelant – The drug scene is very small at ASU. However, because ASU is a dry campus, there are tons of off campus parties where drinking and underage drinking occurs. Also, Mill Ave. is within wialking distance of the Tempe campus so drinking happens a lot at those bars.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-25T20:06:47Z
The Greek life at ASU is very poor compared to other universities and colleges around the country. Sure there are parties and events that they hold, but only members of the Greek life are able to attend.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-25T20:04:30Z
Arizona State University has a campus comprised of many different races and religions. We are one of the largest colleges in the country and offer a vast amount of diversity clubs and organizations.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-25T19:00:52Z
Basketball Group – it is great to play basketball at night because it isn't very hot in the summer and can play very long time.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-20T22:01:27Z
Despite Arizona State's bad rap as a cake school the programs they offer is specific degrees are really good. They incorporate internships into your academic life so that almost no one graduates without having served an internship somewhere. It's up to the student to take advantage of everything that is offered, but everyday fun activities are sponsored and if you hang around the dorms on move-in day there's a chance of scoring free pizza and personal grooming supplies. Also, it's in the heart of Tempe which means there's a ton of restaurants and bars/clubs within walking distance of school.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-20T21:52:24Z
Buy a season pass as soon as they are available. Football games are the best part of college. Even though our team is pretty horrible it's a great excuse to get drunk and meet people that will love to go out and party with you for the next four or five years. Baseball games are free to students and although there's a lot less drinking it's still a good excuse to get some girl friends together and admire muscular boys in tight pants.
Recent Alumnus 2011-04-20T21:49:24Z
Lots of Money; Little Choice – The best thing in the MU is Starbucks which always seems to have a 30000000 people line. Obviously, I'm exaggerating a tad but I did overhear on a campus tour the other day that Arizona State's starbucks is the 3rd busiest in the nation. There's Papa John's, Taco Bell, Chick-fil-a, Quizno's, Burger King and apparently they recently opened a healthy restaurant upstairs but it also has the most expensive food (I hear), and considering that I already spend about $8 on the fast-food stuff I haven't dared to make the trip up the stairs. The best option is to just walk across the street and take advantage of the non-campus dining options. If you are a freshman get your parents to buy you the package with sun dollars, MU dollars and the dining hall passes because then you're options get a lot more exciting. I had the dining hall only and that meant only the dining hall at my dorm and the one in the MU which meant I had a lot less friends then people with the all encompassing passes.
College Senior 2011-04-20T16:55:47Z
If you live on campus there is really no need for a car. If you live off campus and don't want to pay the ridiculous parking fees or drive around for hours to find a spot, then the light rail is the best option. I do park and ride, which allows me to get on and off the light rail right in front of school. The busses and light-rail have made the headache of parking much better.
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