Being a student Apartment-ite in Phoenix can be a lot of fun. With rich nightlife and a number of surrounding schools, finding the one you want to attend can be your largest challenge. You want to attend a local university with a lot of spirit and get a degree that looks awesome on a resume? Arizona State University is your best option!
Built originally as a teacher's preparatory college, the Arizona State was originally established in Tempe, Arizona in 1885 by an act of the territory of Arizona. Originally a twenty acre cow pasture filled with leading citizens who wanted an institution to train public school teachers and to provide instruction for their sons and daughters in agriculture and mechanical arts, ASU has grown over the years into a huge, top level university who's mission is to provide outstanding programs in instruction, research, and creative activity to promote and support economic development and provide services to the state the nation and the local community. (That's a mouthful!) The University, offers Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctoral degrees and is nationally known as a premier research institution.
ASU admission is pretty standard. You must have a high school diploma, GED, or valid equivalent, and you must meet one of the following aptitude requirements: A 3.0 GPA in competency courses, or be in the top 25% of your graduating class (top 26% to 50% considered however). You must have a ACT score of 22 or an SAT reasoning score of 1040 and you must meet their competency requirements from high school: 2 years of a Foreign language, 4 years of Math and Science, 4 years of English. Supporting the "Green" revolution and limiting the use of paper, ASU prefers that you apply online.
For an Arizona resident, the flat rate tuition cost is $2,705 per semester. With added books, fees and cost of living (including transportation, room and board,) the cost jumps to $8,951 a semester or about $17,000 a year. Financial aid is always available to help offset the cost of living or tuition.
Arizona State University has over 15 residential halls and several campus apartments to choose from. The advantage of living on campus is that you are close to class, you can buy a meal plan and eat on campus, plus you have many scheduled activities for fun right at your fingertips. However, on-campus living does come with many rules and restrictions. The advantage of living off of campus is that you have many apartments that are supported by and run by the campus, but you have the ability to make your own hours and you have your privacy.
If you decide to live off of campus, check out some of the Arizona State area apartments listed below!
ASU has maintained their commitment to excellence in teaching for 123 years. In making education affordable and accesable, they are preparing students for life in the 21st century. :)