I am going to set the record straight. ASU
is overall a good school. The class sizes are
ridiculously large and even in the smaller personal classes interaction
with professors is not the best. Almost all the
faculty are brilliant, however, most have a condescending attitudes and
are very difficult to actually get in contact with.
If you decide to go to ASU, be prepared to
figure out a lot of stuff on your own, especially
in classes like history, where personal interaction is so important.
I think I should qualify this by saying that
this is only true in certain subjects and not all.
Genuinely the student body is very friendly, and
regarless of what you may have heard, very much to
the left politically. My only criticism of the ASU
student body is they are a little too image conscious
and this even makes them seem a little trashy.
The frat scene at ASU is different from other schools
in that the frat guys seem kind of gay.
It seems like frat members are a little too image
conscious—wearing the trendiest clothes, tanning, ect. Sororities—which, by the
way, do not have their own houses as do the
frats—are filled with sterotypical sorority girls, who are dumb as
light bulbs and kind of conceited. There is also
a very visible gay and lesbian scene on campus, if
that's what your looking for. Overall the students are
very freindly when you get to them and some are
intellectually stimulating. For ASU's best students, the honors program
is excellent and offers some smaller classes and more personal
interaction with professors.
Diversity is great at ASU.
There is a very visible latino population who are
pretty cool. The black student population, however, are very
self segregated, and not really open to hanging out with
others or listening to others opinions. I do not
know why; that's just how it is. There is
a large asian population, however, a lot are from other
countries. The Asian-American population do self segregate themselves, but
I think that that is common at most universities.
The location of ASU is one of its best
features. The weather is fantastic. Just do not
take summer school; the summer sun is murderous. The
area immediately around campus is a combination of small shops,
restaurants, bookstores, and other hangouts. Two blocks from campus
is Arizona's New Orleans a.k.a. Mill Avenue. This is
a pretty long street rife with anything that is entertainment.
Aside from fun, there are actually quite a few
large corporate building by campus, such as CHASE bank, America
West, a few that have to do with journalism, and
quite a few new building that are being built along
Tempe Town Lake. If your a big nature fan,
ASU is a like a concrete jungle filled with 60's
architecture, so ASU may not be the school for you
Overall the quality of education is
good, particularly in the honors program and upper-level courses. ASU is currently going through a lot of changes with
the election of its new president, who may actually turn
ASU into a first class university, however we'll see.
In general people need to check out the school before
they decide if it is right for them.
A little piece of advice for those looking to attend
school in Arizona: Whatever decision you make, do not
pick UofA. Both the town and the students there