Arizona State University (ASU): One Of The Largest Public Research Universities In USA

Arizona State University (ASU) is one of the largest public research universities in United States under a single administration, with total student enrollment of 72,254 as of  2011. ASU is spread over four campuses:
  • Tempe – Original and the largest campus
  • West – Northwest Phoenix (Glendale)
  • Polytechnic (East) – Eastern Mesa
  • Downtown – Downtown Phoenix

ASU’s Tempe campus lies in the heart of Tempe, Arizona about eight miles (13 km) east of downtown Phoenix. The campus is approximately 642 acres (2.6 km2) in size.

In the 2011, 15,610 Graduate Students and  58,404 Under-Graduate students graduated from ASU.  Under the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, ASU is classified as a “RU/VH” (Research University with very high research activity).

About Tempe

The City of Tempe, Arizona is the state’s seventh largest city, is located in the center of the Valley of the Sun with a population of 164,268 ( as of 2011) .  Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, and Chandler border the City of Tempe. Access to Tempe is a snap with major highways and expressways serving it, making it the most accessible city in the metropolitan area. And, it is only 10 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport with taxi service and public transportation available seven days a week.

Climate/Clothing

Climate

The City of Tempe, Arizona offers more than 300 days an year of sunshine and annual rainfall of approximately 7.36 inches. Arizona being a desert has a hot climate with hot days and pleasant nights. May to September are the hottest months of the year, with some rainfall in the months of August, September and October. Temperature in the summers ranges from 100°F to 115°F (38°C to 47°C). The heat is dry with very little humidity. The nights and early mornings tend to get pleasant and the temperatures drop down to 90°F (32°C). The winters in Tempe are pleasant. The average high between the months of November and February being 65°F (18°C) and the average low being 42°F (5°C).

Clothing & Accessories
As it is pretty hot throughout the year it is advisable to get summer clothing more than winter ones. For winters it’s a good idea to get some woolen clothes, but don’t burden yourself with a lot of them, a sweater or two and a jacket is advised. All the apartment complexes and ASU have swimming pools so if you are interested you can get your swimming gear. Washing is done normally every 2 weeks so it is recommended to get sufficient clothing based on washing schedules.

As for footwear flip-flops (chappal), sports shoes and sandals are mostly used. For interviews and seminars formal footwear is recommended. To beat the heat and occasional rain it is highly advised to bring an umbrella.

It would be highly convenient to get T-shirts, shorts and jeans which can be worn to school as well. For seminar, presentations and interviews few formal clothing like shirts, trousers / skirts and a suit is recommended. There are many occasions where you may wish to wear traditional attire.

Housing and Banking

On-Campus Housing:

On-campus housing options are available but are generally costly.

Off-Campus Housing:

Most of the Indian students stay in off-campus apartments-condominiums. They are good, affordable and available in the close vicinity of the university.

There are three kinds of apartments that are available:

  • One-bedroom apartments starting from $650/month generally shared by 2-3 people.
  • Two bedroom apartments starting from $950/month generally shared 4-5 people 
  • Studios $550-$650 for  generally shared by 1-2 people

Generally 4 people take 2-bedroom apartment because it turns out to be cheaper. The rents of the apartments vary depending on whether they are furnished or not. The furnished apartments include a couch, beds, a dining table, desks, chairs etc. All the apartments have a refrigerator and a cooking range and are centrally air-conditioned.


Visit the following links to check the various apartment complexes around the university and get their addresses.
This DOCUMENT will give you a overview of the Apartments

Most of the students studying in campuses other than Tempe stay along with the Main Campus students. ASU provides inter-campus bus shuttles at frequent intervals for students travelling to other campuses free of charge.

Banking Information:

Arizona state has a very flexible and reliable banking system, Arizona State Credit Union, and you can find more information and benefits from the following website: http://www.azstcu.org.

On Campus Jobs

Job:

Due to an increase in the number of people coming to ASU, it has become very competitive to get an assistant-ship or an hourly job. You have to be prepared to support yourself for at least two semesters.

On-campus jobs:

ASU being a big university there are many places where students can work on hourly jobs. As per the regulations, students on F-1 visa are allowed to work only on campus for a maximum 20 hours per week during a regular semester and 40 hours per week during the break i.e. during the winter and the summer break. The pay ranges anything from $7.50 / Hour to $15.00 / Hour.

Assistantships:

There is quite a bit of funding available in the form of Teaching Assistants (TA) & Research Assistant (RA) at the University for international students. Assistantship ensure a partial / full tuition waiver along with a monthly stipend which varies from $900 to $1000 depending on your department. Continuation of TA’s & RA’s depends on GPA and their job performance.

It is highly possible that you may not get an assistantship ( TA / RA ) in your first semester but may land up with one in the second semester but keep in mind that your first semester GPA will go a long way in deciding that. It is highly recommended to get in touch with Professor’s in your field of interest even before coming here to increase the chance of getting an (TA / RA). International students also qualify for some scholarships for which they can apply at the following link : Undergrads Students, Graduate students. There is also a possibility of getting funding from a department other than yours in the form of Graduate Assistant / Associate (GA).

Off-Campus jobs:

The students can start working in companies off- campus as soon as they come here through Engineering Internship Program provided by the University. These programs are similar to TA’s / RA’s and provides tuition fee waiver and a monthly stipend of around $1000-1200. Students can approach the companies on their own or apply to companies which are already listed on the career link website. Apart from this there are couple of career fairs organized by college, departments each semester where companies come to hire students. Students can work 40 hrs during breaks (summer / winter) in form of an internship after being in the university for 2 semesters.

Expenses

University:

ASU Registrar Office provides the necessary registration details for the students. ASU Health Insurance is mandatory for all international students. No privately acquired insurance will be accepted in place of the ASU insurance.

Details of the total fees paid to ASU during registration is provided below:

But be sure to check – Tuition Fees.

Domestic:

Boarding $200 – $350
Food $150 – $250
Other expenses $100 – $200
Total (per month) $450 – $800

For the first month you can expect the expenses to be little high, which includes purchase of accessories for house (approximately $75-$125).

Total amount to be carried

  • With Tuition waiver + hourly job :- $4,000 – $4,500 (For first semester)
  • With Tuition waiver + assistantship :- $4,000 – $4500 (For first semester) 
  • Without Tuition waiver + hourly job :- $10,000 – $ 11,000 (For first semester) 
  • Without Tuition waiver and no job :- $12,500 – $ 13,500(For first semester)

NOTE: Kindly carry some cash in all denominations ($1 to $100 Currency Notes [or Bills])

Books

This section specifically targets at helping the students get more information about their departments, faculty and the courses offered. Books here are pretty costly so you are advised to get some books from India itself so that you can save money.

Most of the graduate courses have no textbooks, and the professors provide their material and references to conference papers etc.

For any general education related questions, email any committee member so that they can direct your query to a student from your department.