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Making Friends

According to our current students from out-of-state, friends have been the most helpful resource for overcoming challenges. Friends can help with adjusting to the area and preventing or managing homesickness. With so many students and activities at ASU, there are numerous opportunities to make friends. Even so, developing close friendships requires intention and effort. Follow these strategies to make friends at ASU.

Join a Group

Student organizations

Community service

Fraternity & Sorority Life

Become a Leader

Student government

Programming and Activities Board

Student Alumni Association

MU Advisory Board

Residence Hall Association

Do Things around Campus

You’ll likely meet people at these activities. Find fun things to do on the Adjusting to Arizona page.

Meet People

Introduce yourself to other students in your classes, in your residence hall or at campus events. See someone sitting by themselves in the dining hall? Ask if you may join them, and then strike up a conversation.

Have Lots of Conversations

Here are some great topics and conversation starters.


  • What’s your major?
  • Why did you choose that major?
  • What do you like about it?
  • What do you want to do after college?
  • What classes are you taking this semester?
  • What do you think of them?
  • Who’s your favorite professor?
  • Any electives you’ve taken that you’d recommend?


  • Where are you from?
  • What’s it like there?
  • What kind of high school did you go to?
  • What were you involved in when you were in high school?
  • Do you have any siblings?

Interests and Hobbies

  • What clubs have you joined or are thinking about joining?
  • What kind of music do you like?
  • Seen any good movies or tv shows lately?
  • What do you like to do for fun?
  • Do you play any sports?

ASU Experience

  • What do you think of ASU so far?
  • Why did you pick ASU?
  • Is it what you expected it to be?
  • What’s been the best part of your time at ASU so far?

Current Events and Life Experiences

  • What do you think about this weather we’re having?
  • Can you believe (non-controversial current event) happened?
  • Have you seen the latest (funny video that went viral on social media)?
  • How do you think the ASU football team is going to do this weekend?