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#142 Overall Influence #1312 Desirability Rank

Arizona State University

Public university located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona, United States
By James Barham, PhD

Arizona State University (ASU) was founded as the Territorial Normal School in 1885—over a quarter century before Arizona entered the Union in 1912—in Tempe, a town just east of Phoenix.

The school has undergone numerous name changes over the years, notably to Tempe State Teachers College in 1925, to Arizona State College in 1945, and, finally, to Arizona State University in 1958.

Today, ASU comprises 17 colleges and schools spread across four metropolitan Phoenix campuses (in Tempe, in downtown Phoenix, in Glendale, and in Mesa).

Additionally, there is an online campus and a satellite campus in Lake Havasu City in the northwestern part of the state, as well as more-limited regional learning programs in Thatcher, Yuma, and Tucson.

The overall student body number is approximately 111,000 individuals, including online students.

Among prominent ASU-associated individuals, we may mention the following:

  • Computer scientists, Michael I. Jordan & Terry A. Davis
  • Actors, Nick Nolte, Brenda Strong, Tyler Hoechlin & David Spade
  • Comedians, Steve Allen & Andrew Santino
  • Popular singer, Linda Ronstadt
  • Physicist and Nobel laureate, Frank Wilczek
  • Geologist, Paul Spudis
  • Biochemist and Nobel laureate, Sidney Altman
  • Molecular biologist and Nobel laureate, Leland Hartwell
  • Animal behavior expert, Temple Grandin
  • Historian, Larry Schweikart
  • Economist and Nobel laureate, Edward C. Prescott
  • TV personality, Jimmy Kimmel
  • First President of the Navajo Nation, Peterson Zah
  • Current US Senator, Kyrsten Sinema
  • Current Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey

From Wikipedia

Arizona State University is a public research university in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Founded in 1885 by the 13th Arizona Territorial Legislature, ASU is one of the largest public universities by enrollment in the U.S.

Source: Wikipedia

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

53,516

Acceptance

88%

Graduation Rate

66%

Median SAT Score

1240

Median ACT Score

25

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$10,710

Fees (in-state)

$628

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$55,500

Employed

88%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

74K

Under-Grads

64K

Graduates

10K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

University Drive and Mill Avenue, Tempe AZ 85287

City Crime Rates

Property Crime

46 per 100K

Violent Crime

5 per 100K

What is Arizona State University known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

#84 World Rank
Engineering
#74 World Rank
Business
#181 World Rank
Biology
#69 World Rank
Education
#87 World Rank
Psychology
#89 World Rank
Political Science
#204 World Rank
Literature
#133 World Rank
Physics
#125 World Rank
Computer Science
#60 World Rank
Communications
#125 World Rank
Law
#108 World Rank
History
#214 World Rank
Medical
#230 World Rank
Mathematics
#173 World Rank
Chemistry
#127 World Rank
Economics
#309 World Rank
Philosophy
#100 World Rank
Sociology
#85 World Rank
Earth Sciences
#115 World Rank
Anthropology
#66 World Rank
Criminal Justice
#533 World Rank
Religious Studies
#97 World Rank
Social Work
#179 World Rank
Nursing

Influential People

Who are Arizona State University's Most influential alumni?

Arizona State University 's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Communications, Criminal Justice, and Education

Samuel Burke

Samuel Burke

Business and technology correspondent for CNN

Megan Henderson

American journalist

Harold Hurtt

American police chief

Jim G. Shaffer

American archaeologist

Theresa M. Reineke

American chemist

Wendy Barker

American poet

Rigoberto González

Rigoberto González

American writer

Irving J. Rein

American academic

Margaret H. Woodward

Margaret H. Woodward

United States Air Force general

Dustin Pedroia

Baseball player for the Boston Red Sox

Zenna Henderson

Zenna Henderson

American writer

Randall Amster

Randall Amster

American author, activist, and educator