History, Affiliations and Rankings
Established as the Territorial Normal School, Arizona State University was Arizona’s first institution of higher education, which began with only 33 students in a four-classroom building in Tempe in 1886. From becoming a University in 1958 and setting the stage for the “New American University,” to being recognized as USA’s Most Innovative University for 7 years in a row, Arizona State has become a leading knowledge enterprise in America and the world. It has produced Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners and Fulbright scholars. Recognized also for its value, global impact, research power, entrepreneurship and innovation, ASU is affiliated with the Conceive Design Implement and Operate Initiative (CDIO), Universities Research Association (URA) and is also a member of the Space-grant colleges in the United States. According to Times Higher Education World University Rankings, ASU ranks #132, while the US News and World ranks the University at #165 in Best Global Universities category.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
Arizona State University is “one University in many places.” It is spread across 5 campus locations, namely, the Downtown Phoenix campus, Polytechnic campus, the flagship Tempe campus, West Campus and Colleges at Lake Havasu City. All the campuses are dynamic 21st-century infrastructural spaces that provide a multitude of modernized facilities, along with professional opportunities right at the doorstep. Arizona State offers more than 400 Undergraduate degrees and over 450 Graduate degree programs across its 16 Schools of specialization. These Colleges offer courses in distinct subject areas - Business, Design and Arts, Engineering, Global Futures, Health Solutions, Integrative Science and Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, Journalism and Mass Communications, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nursing and Health Innovation, Public Services and Community Solutions, Global Management, Teacher’s College along with an Honors and a Graduate College. Online study options, accelerated Master’s, dual majors, as well as Pathway programs are also offered at ASU.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Arizona State University is a pioneer in innovation, and entrepreneurship and adopts the identity of the “New American University,” which is ahead of names like MIT and Stanford, when it comes to “innovation.” According to Times Higher Education, ASU is #1 in USA and #9 globally for global impact in research, outreach and stewardship. It has also been recognized, for 10 consecutive years, as the “top producing” University of elite scholars, among the Top 10 Best Buys in the US and the #1 Public University in the US chosen by International Students. ASU is a proud recipient of the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification, which means that through its teaching, learning and research activities, the University is revitalizing its civic mission and making a difference in the community. Further, the ASU President, Michael M. Crow is an eminent personality, who is named one of the Best College Presidents by TIME Magazine, and among the 25 Most Innovative and Practical Thinkers of our time by SLATE Magazine. ASU has nearly 500,000 alumni across the world. Some of the notable alumni names from ASU include - Barbara Barrett, U.S. Ambassador to Finland, Matthew Desmond, Winner of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant,” Doug Ducey, Arizona's Governor and Brenda Strong, American Actress.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
More than 77,800 students study at the five campuses of Arizona State University, along with 57,800+ students who are enrolled with ASU Online. On the campus, there are more than 9,000 international students representing 136 nationalities, which also makes ASU the #1 Public University in America chosen by international students. Additionally, over 150 international exchange students from 20+ countries attend ASU annually, which further fosters cross-cultural interactions on the campus. Inclusivity and diversity is at the heart of ASU’s core philosophy and therefore, differences and different perspectives are encouraged on the campus. ASU graduates are employers’ preferred choice and serve as high-value resources for corporations around the world. Some of the leading multinationals where Arizona State graduates are known to work are - Starbucks, Intel Corporation, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Carvana, Meta, Salesforce, Tesla and others.