My son is interested in the great scholarships offered to National Merit finalists from these two universities. But we are from out of state, and Arizona is "the big unknown." It's tough to decide whether to apply to a school that isn't known in other parts of the country as an academic powerhouse. He wants a good social life, good music scene, interesting people, and challenging academics. But the Greek life and party scene does not appeal so much. The honors college at ASU appears to offer a nice community of smart, motivated kids, but it would be great to hear from current students/parents about whether that's really true. U of Arizona has invited to fly him down for a 3 day program for National Merit scholars, and his school college counselling office really likes the Barrett Honors College. Did any of you current students consider U of A? What were the deciding factors for you? What do you think of the new building projects and any other ongoing changes/improvements at the Honors College - were there problems with housing or other aspects previously? It would be so helpful to get your impressions about Barrett, and the comparison with honors at U of A. Thanks!