Arizona State University

Arizona State University (ASU or Arizona State) is a public research university[7] in the Phoenix metropolitan area.[8] Founded in 1885 by the 13th Arizona Territorial Legislature, ASU is one of the largest public universities by enrollment in the U.S.[9]

Arizona State University
TypePublic research university
Established1885; 136 years ago (1885)
Parent institution
Arizona Board of Regents
Academic affiliation
Endowment$958.7 million (2020)[1]
PresidentMichael M. Crow
ProvostNancy Gonzales
Academic staff
Students52,386 Tempe campus[3]
11,360 Downtown Phoenix campus[3]
5,168 Polytechnic campus[3]
5,390 West campus[3]
53,993 Online/SkySong[3]
Location, ,
United States
Tempe: 661.6 acres (2.677 km2)[4]
Polytechnic: 574.55 acres (2.3251 km2)[5]
West: 277.92 acres (1.1247 km2)[5]
Downtown Phoenix: 17.97 acres (0.0727 km2)[5]
Academic termSemester
ColorsASU Maroon and ASU Gold[6]
NicknameSun Devils
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I FBSPac-12, MPSF: Mountain Pacific Sports Federation

One of three universities governed by the Arizona Board of Regents, ASU is a member of the Universities Research Association and classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity." ASU has nearly 150,000[3] students attending classes, with more than 38,000[3] students attending online, and 90,000[3] undergraduates and more nearly 20,000[3] postgraduates across its five campuses and four regional learning centers throughout Arizona.[3][10] ASU offers 350 degree options from its 17 colleges and more than 170 cross-discipline centers and institutes for undergraduates students, as well as more than 400 graduate degree and certificate programs.[11] The Arizona State Sun Devils compete in 26 varsity-level sports in the NCAA Division I Pac-12 Conference and is home to over 1,100 registered student organizations.[12]

ASU's charter, approved by the board of regents in 2014, is based on the New American University model created by ASU President Michael M. Crow upon his appointment as the institution's 16th president in 2002. It defines ASU as "a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but rather by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves." The model is widely credited with boosting ASU's acceptance rate and increasing class size.

The university's faculty of more than 4,700 scholars[3] has included 5 Nobel laureates, 6 Pulitzer Prize winners, 4 MacArthur Fellows, and 19 National Academy of Sciences members. Additionally, among the faculty are 180 Fulbright Program American Scholars, 72 National Endowment for the Humanities fellows, 38 American Council of Learned Societies fellows, 36 holders of Guggenheim Fellowships, 21 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 3 members of the National Academy of Inventors, 9 National Academy of Engineering members, and 3 National Academy of Medicine members.