Students Say

Known as a research behemoth and one of the largest public universities in the United States, Arizona State University pairs world-renowned programs and “unlimited resources” with a high degree of expectation for student accomplishment. The school’s six locations offer “many different campus experiences with the resources of a monster university,” and its 66,700 undergraduates from 110 countries provide huge capital and a diverse environment.

Overview

Applicants
22,581
Acceptance Rate
84%
Average HS GPA
3.46

GPA Breakdown

30%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 640
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 28

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

Known as a research behemoth and one of the largest public universities in the United States, Arizona State University pairs world-renowned programs and “unlimited resources” with a high degree of expectation for student accomplishment. The school’s six locations offer “many different campus experiences with the resources of a monster university,” and its 66,700 undergraduates from 110 countries provide huge capital and a diverse environment. From among more than 300 academic programs to choose from (and students can also create their own interdisciplinary majors), the nursing school is “excellent,” and the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication is “the best of its kind.” Barrett, The Honors College is a highly regarded, “small, close-knit community,” and the size of the school actually leads to easier collaboration between disciplines because, as one student puts it, “we have more access.” The professors are all “titans of their respective industries and have been brought here because of their enthusiasm and qualification.” Most teachers are “available, helpful, and truly cared that I learned.” They “use their work experiences to teach students” and do not strictly follow the book; the entire academic system is built around practical education, although many admit that the “advising services are not good” and could use some work. “Ask a peer for help before you ask [advisers], especially if you want to switch your major from their college to another one,” says a student. Each of the six campuses has a different vibe or concentration: Tempe is “more of a party scene,” Downtown Phoenix is “very focused on public service,” Polytechnic is “techy, nerdy, and quiet,” and West is artsy. In general ASU is “a vast and diverse school” that is “about creating well-rounded individuals.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
21.8:1
Total Faculty
2,277
with Terminal Degree
1,897

1,341
Men
936
Women
535
Minority
94
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
43%
Graduate in 5 years
59%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
  • Environmental Design/Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Asian-American Studies
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biophysics
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Construction Management
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General
  • Communication, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science
  • Informatics

  • Education

  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, Other
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Construction Engineering
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Engineering/Industrial Management

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Family Resource Management Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Music Therapy/Therapist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Studies, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics, Other
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Cartography
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Transportation and Materials Moving

  • Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General
  • Air Traffic Controller

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Al Michaels
NBC Sports Commentator

Kate Spade
Designer, Owner of Kate Spade LLC

Craig Weatherup
Former CEO/President of PepsiCo

Phil Mickelson
Professional Golfer

Pat Tillman
Professional Football Player

Amanda Borden-Cochran
Captain, 1996 U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnastic team

Christine Devine
Anchor, FOX 11, Los Angeles

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

ASU provides live online career advisement, and the school puts on events such as the Fall Career and Internship Fair. Students praise “companies offering internship opportunities” and note that they are “encouraged to get internships and are trained/treated as professionals in school to ensure they have the experience necessary to obtain top jobs and thrive in the work environment.” According to Payscale.com, the average post-graduation salary is $45,700; the most popular and most profitable careers include software engineer, mechanical engineer, marketing manager, and software developer. Fifty-four percent of ASU graduates report on Payscale.com that their work and careers “make the world a better place.”

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
43%
Graduate in 5 years
59%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$45,700

Median Mid-Career Salary
$83,000

Alumni with High Job Meaning
54%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
85

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

In-state tuition for Arizona residents is roughly $9,300 annually, with out of state students paying approximately $23,100 per year. 73 percent of freshmen live on campus, with that percentage dropping to 20 for all undergraduates. On-campus room and board fees average $9,340, with books, supplies, and fees adding an additional $1,500; an average in-state student pays roughly $20,600 per year versus $34,000 annually for out of state students. To help offset the fees, ASU provides general financial aid to 84 percent of undergraduates, with need-based aid averaging $10,000 for freshmen and $8,000 for other undergraduates. Students stress that ASU “provided enough financial aid for me to graduate without debt” and “offered me the most financial aid out of the universities I applied to.”

Bang For Your Buck

Financial aid plays an important role in students’ decisions to attend ASU, with one noting that the school “provided enough financial aid for me to graduate without debt” and while another said ASU “offered me the most financial aid out of the universities I applied to.” While ASU offers a number of scholarship opportunities, many come from the New American University Scholarship Program, which the school’s website emphasizes as targeted at that those students who are “highly accomplished, match the university’s quest for excellence and who would be ideal students to join ASU in meeting challenges that make a difference in the world.” ASU also offers the Barack Obama Scholars Program, which, according to the school’s website, “promote[s] equal access to education for all Arizonans.” For incoming freshmen looking to get an idea of available aid, the ASU website provides the Freshman Merit Scholarship Estimator, which takes into account factors like GPA, class rank, and SAT/ACT scores.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,359

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,007

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,150

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$21,920

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
53%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$11,467

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$9,454
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$23,830
Required Fees
$673
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,060

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,470
Transportation for Commuters
$2,358

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

So many people attend ASU that “it is impossible for the student population to not be incredibly diverse.” Most everyone “has a busy school schedule, a part-time job, and is involved in an organization.” Students are prone to “hang out with students in their same major” or on the same campus, and most people tend to be “studious yet involved in many other extracurricular activities.” “It seems that everyone finds their niche after a couple months or the first year,” says a philosophy major. “Between 67,700 students, you can find whatever community you want.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
39,968
Out of State
24%

International
12%
Foreign Countries Represented
97

Demographics

1.47%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
7.58%
Asian
4.37%
African-American
20.72%
Hispanic
60.26%
Caucasian
11.83%
International

44% female
56% male
24% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Make no mistake, “the school is extremely large, and can be intimidating at first.” However, with so many different opportunities students say “you can very easily make the school seem small by integrating into club sports, academic pursuits, and various student groups.” In addition to opportunities related to “education, sports, clubs, everything and anything you want to be involved in” there are “always huge university-sanctioned events going on all over campus.” Swimming and sun bathing are also very popular (there is a pool at almost every campus housing complex and at the student rec center). However, parking can be a real problem here. The “party school” reputation that seems to follows ASU is mainly rebuked by students, who say that “if you look for the party, you can find it, but that is not the main focus for the majority of students.” The smaller campuses, especially, tend to be quieter and mainly alcohol-free. People enjoy hanging out on campus or on Mill Avenue (where the bars are located); sports are also “a big deal,” including playing intramurals, watching college and national games, and going to games at the stadiums. Students “also go up north to Sedona for hiking or Flagstaff for snowboarding.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
23%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
76%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Resource Center

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Carol Takao

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
See Policy USI 701-03: Eligibility for Accommodations - Required Disability Documentation on the DRC website, www.asu.edu/drs

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Same as above

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
673
Number of Honor Societies
27

Number of Social Sororities
25
Number of Religious Organizations
44

9% join a fraternity
15% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

26% participate in intramural sports
1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Sun Devils)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Swimming
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Sun Devils)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Day Care
Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

At Arizona State University, the term “sun-baked” isn’t just a statement of fact, it’s an opportunity to harness the sun’s rays to power the campus. With more than 300 sunny days a year, ASU capitalizes on Phoenix’s exemplary weather with more than 24 megawatts of photovoltaic power in eighty-one installations on campus rooftops, parking structures, and over walkways. This goes a long way to produce energy for the campus, but that’s not enough for ASU—the university is in pursuit of complete climate neutrality. In 2011, ASU became a member of the Founding Circle of the “Billion Dollar Green Challenge,” demonstrating once again that it is not just participating in the sustainability movement, it is a leader. The school has invested over $4 million in energy conservation projects (a half dozen of which were student-proposed projects) that pay for themselves with utility savings. Thirty-five buildings on ASU's four campuses are LEED Silver, Gold, and even Platinum. As if all that weren’t enough, ASU has implemented Campus Harvest, a program through which oranges, lemons, grapefruit, kumquat, pecan, dates, and herbs are harvested from campus landscapes. ASU also subsidizes the U-Pass, which offers unlimited rides on area buses and light rail. And for those wary of public transport, ASU also sponsors a bicycle co-op. Interested students get maintenance and repair to their bicycles and purchase parts and accessories at a discount. All of the meals that students eat in four of ASU’s dining halls are Zero Waste meals, and the school diverts over 30 tons of food scraps from landfill to compost operations each month.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
11%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
53

Average Number of PC's per Lab
38

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
gomobile.asu.edu

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Admission Services
Jaime Rensel

Address
Undergraduate Admissions Office
PO Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

Phone
480-965-7788

Email
visitasu@asu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
ASU Memorial Union
Grady Gammage Auditorium
Barrett Honors Complex
Hayden Library
Sun Devil Fitness Complex

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Tempe Town Lake
"A" Mountain
Tempe Marketplace
Mill Avenue
Downtown Phoenix
Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix Zoo & Papago Park, Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum, Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Go to visit.asu.edu for visit calendar information
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
https://visit.asu.edu

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix is approximately 15 minutes from the Tempe campus. Taxis, limousines, Valley Metro, and shared rides are available at the airport, or you can call a local taxi company or Super Shuttle (supershuttle.com or 800-331-3565 from outside Arizona or 602-244-9000 in Arizona). Amtrak train and bus service are available to Phoenix. Taxis can take you to the Tempe campus from the stations. Metro Light Rail and Valley Metro (valleymetro.org) buses also travel between Phoenix and the campus; call 602-262-7433 for information.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to the Tempe Campus: take Loop 202 East to Scottsdale/Rural Road (Exit 7). Turn right onto Rural Road. Turn right (west) onto Apache Blvd. to Forest Avenue. Turn right (north) onto Forest Avenue. The Student Services Building is located on the northeast corner of Forest Avenue and Lemon Street (southwest corner of campus). Park in Visitor Parking in Apache Boulevard Parking Structure.

Local Accommodations
Please view the Phoenix Visitors website - www.visitphoenix.com/ and Tempe Visitor’s Center www.tempetourism.com for lodging near the Tempe campus.
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Key Stats

22,581
Applicants
39,968
Size
84%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists