Arizona State University

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Public university located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona, United States

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About Arizona State University

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

According to 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.

Arizona State University Admissions, Retention, and Graduation Information

Annual Applications Acceptance Graduation Rate Median SAT Score Median ACT Score
53,516 88% 66% 1240 25

How Much Does Arizona State University Cost To Attend?

Tuition (in-state) Fees (in-state)
$10,710 $628

How Much Do Arizona State University Graduates Make?

If you graduate from Arizona State University, then you can expect to earn an average of $55,500 per year. You also have a 88% chance of being employed after 10 years.

Arizona State University's Demographics

Demographic data is for full-time, on-campus students.

Student Body Under-Grads Graduates
73,859 64,011 9,848

Where is Arizona State University?

Arizona State University is located at University Drive and Mill Avenue, Tempe AZ 85287

How Safe is Arizona State University?

Tempe has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%.

What Is Arizona State University Known For?

Arizona State University is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

Arizona State University's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

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 Criminal Justice, Economics, and Communications. Here are some of Arizona State University's most famous alumni:

Don Imus
Don Imus
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Jimmy Kimmel
Jimmy Kimmel
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Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin
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Barry Goldwater
Barry Goldwater
An American politician.
David Spade
David Spade
An American stand-up comedian.
Zhong Lin Wang
Zhong Lin Wang
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Kate Spade
Kate Spade
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Kim Komando
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Barry Bonds
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Larry Schweikart
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William P. Carey
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Mabel Walker Willebrandt
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