Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Arizona State University or ASU opened in 1885 as Tempe Normal School in Tempe, Arizona. It was the first institution to offer higher education in the region. It was named Arizona State University after a statewide ballot in 1958. This is probably the only institution that was granted University status through popular mandate.

ASU expanded across four campuses over the years. However, the Tempe campus remains the largest, spread out over 642 acres. Downtown Phoenix is at a distance of 8 miles from the campus. It includes the following schools:

  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Herberger College of the Arts
  • W.P. Carey School of Business
  • College of Design
  • Mary Lou Fulton College of Education
  • Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering
  • Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
  • School of Sustainability

The sports teams, as well as students and alumni of ASU, are referred to as the 'Sun Devils'.

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Contacting Arizona State

Arizona State University
Tempe , AZ 85287
General Phone: (480) 965-9011

Arizona State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts2,731American studies, African-American studies, Native American studies, Hispanic-American studies, women's studies, minority and gender studies, East Asian languages, Russian language, German language, ...
Business and Management2,603business management, purchasing and contract management, non-profit management, accounting, finance, international business, MIS, management science, marketing, ...
Education and Teaching1,894curriculum and instruction, educational administration, higher education administration, instructional media design, social foundations of education, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, ...
Engineering912engineering, aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering science, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, ...
Media805communication studies, journalism courses, radio and television, communication and journalism, graphic communications
Therapy and Counseling747psychology, educational psychology, psychology courses, communication disorders, communication disorders services, marriage and family therapy, music therapy
Family and Social Work689family resource management, food and nutrition, public administration, public policy analysis, social work
Science662biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, botany, call and molecular biology, microbiology, conservation biology, natural sciences, astrophysics, ...
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy411parks and recreation studies, exercise science, health and fitness
Nursing and Emergency Medicine409registered nursing
Security and Law Enforcement389criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety, criminology
Art Studies304visual and performing arts, art studies
Law243law, advanced legal research, legal research
Architecture and Planning238architecture, urban planning, interior architecture, landscape architecture
Computer Science and Engineering231systems analyst, computer science, computer engineering
Design188industrial design, graphic design, design and applied arts
Real Estate and Construction Management141real estate, construction management
Engineering Technician119electronics tech, industrial tech, manufacturing tech, mechanical engineering tech, computer engineering tech, engineering technician
Music119music, music performance, music theory and composition
Mathematics107mathematics, computational mathematics, statistics
Religion and Philosophy96philosophy, religion, philosophy and religious studies
Drama and Performing Arts88dance, drama
Agricultural Science and Management78agricultural management
Science and Laboratory Technician62science tech
Transportation43aviation tech, air traffic controller
Conservation and Resource Management37land use planning
Hospitality31tourism and travel
Photography and Commercial Art25film and photography
Medical Support and Technology22audiology and speech pathology, clinical lab tech
Medicine15health professions
Medical Administration5health care administration

Number of programs and degrees for Arizona State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree10,706113
Master's degree3,08289
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship41848
Doctor's degree - professional practice2381

Arizona State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Arizona State had a total enrollment of 51,481 students (55,486 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 93%
Part-Time 7%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 78%
Graduate 22%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 63%
Black 4%
Hispanic 13%
Asian 5%
American Indian 2%
Unknown 8%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 27%
20-21 25%
22-24 20%
25-29 14%
30-34 6%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%
New Jersey2%
New York2%
New Mexico1%

Arizona State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 78 %
Part-Time 66 %

Arizona State Room and Board (2007)

Arizona State offers campus housing for 8,845 of its 55,486 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Tempe, Arizona for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Arizona Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Arizona State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470590
SAT Math480610
ACT Verbal1926
ACT Math2026
ACT Composite2026

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT74%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT40%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Arizona State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,661
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 17,949
Room and board $ 8,790
Room charge $ 5,240
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,550
Books and supplies $ 1,130
Other expenses $ 3,190

Financial Aid:
Arizona State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 108100)

Arizona State Faculty

Arizona State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track270228
Non-tenured and not on tenure track383447

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year54$181,32024$145,961
Associate professorcalendar year16$130,91318$81,951
Assistant professorcalendar year6$85,97911$66,250
Instructorcalendar year1*4$57,000
Lecturercalendar year9$59,2635$48,037
No academic rankcalendar year2*5$45,790
All faculty totalcalendar year88$149,77867$95,583

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year534$118,605155$106,377
Associate professoracademic year308$82,957233$75,861
Assistant professoracademic year266$74,567258$66,916
Instructoracademic year49$36,93174$36,367
Lectureracademic year151$55,300177$49,041
No academic rankacademic year13$44,69219$26,735
All faculty totalacademic year1,321$90,432916$69,113

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Arizona State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Pacific-10 Conference
Basketball Pacific-10 Conference
Baseball Pacific-10 Conference
Track Pacific-10 Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports45103148

Arizona State Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
Interior Architecture
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General
Visual and Performing Arts, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst

Conservation And Resource Management
Land Use Planning and Management/Development

Design and Applied Arts, Other
Graphic Design
Industrial Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, Other
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Elementary Education and Teaching
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Science
Engineering, General
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering

Engineering Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Family Resource Management Studies, General
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis
Social Work

Tourism and Travel Services Management

Advanced Legal Research/Studies, Gen (LLM, MCL, MLI, MSL, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American Indian/Native American Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Creative Writing
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Hispanic-American,Puerto Rican & Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
History, General
History, Other
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International/Global Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Urban Studies/Affairs
Women's Studies

Computational Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Graphic Communications, General
Journalism, Other
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Botany/Plant Biology
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Conservation Biology
Geology/Earth Science, General
Microbiology, General
Molecular Biology
Natural Sciences
Physics, General

Science And Laboratory Technician
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other
Communication Disorders, General
Educational Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Music Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other

Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General
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checked Remedial classes for students
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