Arizona State University
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaNot to be confused with University of Arizona.
Arizona State University (commonly referred to as ASU or Arizona State) is a public flagship
metropolitan research university located on five campuses across the Phoenix, Arizona,
metropolitan area, and four regional learning centers throughout Arizona. The 2016
university ratings by U.S. News & World Report rank ASU No. 1 among the Most Innovative Schools
ASU is the largest public university by enrollment in the U.S. Current ASU President Michael
Crow introduced the concept of One university in many places in 2004 to reflect the universitys
growth. ASU now comprises 16 colleges and schools that offer more personalized experiences for
students, while offering opportunities to collaborate across disciplines and campuses.
ASU's charter, approved by the board of regents in 2014, is based on the "New American University"
model created by Crow. 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.
ASU is classified as a research university with very high research activity (RU/VH) by the Carnegie
Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Since 2005 ASU has been ranked among the top
research universities, public and private, in the U.S. based on research output, innovation,
development, research expenditures, number of awarded patents and awarded research grant
proposals. The Center for Measuring University Performance currently ranks ASU 31st among top
U.S. public research universities. ASU was classified as a Research I institute in 1994, making it
one of the newest major research universities (public or private) in the nation.
Students compete in 25 varsity sports. The Arizona State Sun Devils are members of the
Pac-12 Conference and have won 23 NCAA championships. Along with multiple athletic clubs and
recreational facilities, ASU is home to more than 1,100 registered student organizations, reflecting
the diversity of the student body. To keep pace with the growth of the student population, the
university is continuously renovating and expanding infrastructure. The demand for new academic
halls, athletic facilities, student recreation centers, and residential halls is being addressed with
donor contributions and public-private investments. ASU's residential halls accommodate
one of the largest residential populations in the nation.
Contents1 History1.1 188519291.2 193019891.3 1990present2 Organization and administration3
Campuses and locations3.1 Tempe campus3.2 West campus3.3 Polytechnic campus3.4 Downtown
Phoenix campus3.5 ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City3.6 ASU Online3.7 ASU-Mayo Medical School
Campus4 Academics4.1 Admissions4.2 Academic programs4.3 Rankings4.4 Research and
Institutes4.5 Libraries5 Sustainability6 Traditions6.1 Maroon and gold6.2 Mascot and Spirit
Squad6.3 A Mountain6.4 Lantern Walk and Homecoming6.5 Victory Bell6.6 Sun Devil Marching
Band, Devil Walk and Songs of the University7 Student life7.1 Extracurricular programs7.2 Student
media7.3 Student government8 Athletics9 People9.1 Alumni9.2 Faculty10 Presidential Visits11
Controversies11.1 Sexual assault investigation12 Notes13 Overseas Partner Universities14
References15 External linksHistoryMain article: History of Arizona State University
President Theodore Roosevelt addresses a crowd of students on the
steps of the Old Main at Arizona State University, March 20, 1911.18851929
Old Main on the Arizona State University campus, circa 1890
Arizona State University was established as the Territorial Normal School at Tempe on March 12,
1885, when the 13th Arizona Territorial Legislature passed an act to create a normal school to train
teachers for the Arizona Territory. The campus consisted of a single, four-room schoolhouse on a 20acre plot largely donated by Tempe residents George and Martha Wilson. Classes began with 33
students on February 8, 1886. The curriculum evolved over the years and the name was changed
several times; the institution was also known as Arizona Territorial Normal School (18891896),
Arizona Normal School (18961899), Normal School of Arizona (18991901), and Tempe Normal
School (19011925). The school accepted both high school students and graduates, and awarded high
school diplomas and teaching certificates to those who completed the requirements.
In 1923 the school stopped offering high school courses and added a high school diploma to the
admissions requirements. In 1925 the school became the Tempe State Teachers College and offered
four-year Bachelor of Education degrees as well as two-year teaching certificates. In 1929, the
legislature authorized Bachelor of Arts in Education degrees as well, and the school was renamed
the Arizona State Teachers College. Under the 30-year tenure of president Arthur John
Matthews the school was given all-college student status. The first dormitories built in the state
were constructed under his supervision. Of the 18 buildings constructed while Matthews was
president, six are still currently in use. Matthews envisioned an "evergreen campus," with many
shrubs brought to the campus, and implemented the planting of Palm Walk, now a landmark of the
Tempe campus. His legacy is being continued to this day with the main campus having been
declared a nationally recognized arboretum.
During the Great Depression, Ralph W. Swetman was hired as president for a three-year term.
Although enrollment increased by almost 100 percent during his tenure due to the depression, many
faculty were terminated and faculty salaries were cut.
ASU's Gammage Auditorium, designed by Frank Lloyd
In 1933, Grady Gammage, then president of Arizona State Teachers College at Flagstaff, became
president of ASU, a tenure that would last for nearly 28 years. Like his predecessor, Gammage
oversaw construction of a number of buildings on the Tempe campus. He also oversaw the
development of the university, graduate programs. The school's name was changed to Arizona State
College in 1945, and finally to Arizona State University in 1958.
By the 1960s, with the presidency of G. Homer Durham, the University began to expand its academic
curriculum by establishing several new colleges and beginning to award Doctor of Philosophy and
other doctoral degrees.
The next three presidentsHarry K. Newburn, 196971, John W. Schwada, 197181, and J. Russell
Nelson, 198189and Interim President Richard Peck, 1989, led the university to increased academic
stature, creation of the West campus, and rising enrollment.
Example of a new academic village, taken at Barrett, The Honors
College on the Tempe Campus1990present
Under the leadership of Lattie F. Coor, president from 1990 to 2002, ASU grew through the creation
of the Polytechnic campus and extended education sites. Increased commitment to diversity, quality
in undergraduate education, research, and economic development occurred over his 12-year tenure.
Part of Coor's legacy to the university was a successful fundraising campaign: through private
donations, more than $500 million was invested in areas that would significantly impact the future of
ASU. Among the campaign's achievements were the naming and endowing of Barrett, The Honors
College, and the Katherine K. Herberger College of Fine Arts; the creation of many new endowed
faculty positions; and hundreds of new scholarships and fellowships.
ASU's Biodesign Institute on Tempe campus
In 2002, Michael M. Crow became the university's 16th president. At his inauguration, he outlined
his vision for transforming ASU into a "New American University" one that would be open and
inclusive, and set a goal for the university to meet Association of American Universities criteria and
to become a member. Crow initiated the idea of transforming ASU into "One university in many
places" a single institution comprising several campuses, sharing students, faculty, staff and
accreditation. Subsequent reorganizations combined academic departments, consolidated
colleges and schools, and reduced staff and administration as the university expanded its West and
Polytechnic campuses. ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus was also expanded, with several colleges
and schools relocating there. The university established learning centers throughout the state,
including the ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City (official website) and programs in Thatcher, Yuma
and Tucson. Students at these centers can choose from several ASU degree and certificate
During Crows tenure, and aided by hundreds of millions of dollars in donations, ASU began a yearslong research facility capital building effort, resulting in the establishment of the Biodesign Institute
at Arizona State University (official website), the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
(official website), and several large interdisciplinary research buildings. Along with the research
facilities, the university faculty was expanded, including the addition of three Nobel Laureates.
Since 2002 the university's research expenditures have tripled and more than 1.5 million square feet
of space has been added to the university's research facilities.
The economic downturn that began in 2008 took a particularly hard toll on Arizona, resulting in
large cuts to ASU's budget. In response to these cuts, ASU capped enrollment, closed down about
four dozen academic programs, combined academic departments, consolidated colleges and schools,
and reduced university faculty, staff and administrators; however, with an economic
recovery underway in 2011, the university continued its campaign to expand the West and
Polytechnic Campuses, and establishing a set of low-cost, teaching-focused extension campuses
in Lake Havasu City and Payson, Arizona.
In 2015, the existing Thunderbird School of Global Management became the fifth ASU campus, as
the Thunderbird School of Global Management at ASU. Partnerships for education and research
with Mayo Clinic established collaborative degree programs in health care and law, and shared
administrator positions, laboratories and classes at the Mayo Clinic Arizona campus.
The Arizona Center for Law and Society, the new home of ASUs Sandra Day O'Connor College of
Law (official website), will open in fall 2016 on the Downtown Phoenix campus, relocating faculty
and students from the Tempe campus to the state capital.
Organization and administrationASU college/school foundingCollege/SchoolYear foundedBarrett,
The Honors College1988School for the Future of Innovation in Society2015College of Health
Solutions2012Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts1964Ira A. Fulton Schools of
Engineering1954College of Letters and Sciences2015College of Liberal Arts and Sciences1954Mary
Lou Fulton Teachers College1954New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences1984College of
Nursing and Health Innovation1957College of Public Service and Community Solutions1979Sandra
Day O'Connor College of Law1964School of Sustainability2006Thunderbird School of Global
Management at ASU1946University College2011W. P. Carey School of Business1961Walter Cronkite
School of Journalism and Mass Communication1941Main article: Arizona Board of Regents
The Arizona Board of Regents governs Arizona State University as well as the state's other public
universities; University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University. The Board of Regents is
composed of twelve members including eleven voting, and one non-voting member. Members of the
board include the Governor and the Superintendent of Public Instruction acting as ex-officio
members, eight volunteer Regent members with eight years term that are appointed by the
Governor, and two Student Regents with two years term, serving a one-year term as non-voting
apprentices. ABOR provides policy guidance to the state universities of Arizona. ASU has five
campuses in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona including the Tempe campus in Tempe; the West campus
and the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale; the Downtown Phoenix campus; and
the Polytechnic campus in Mesa. ASU also offers courses and degrees through ASU Online and at
the ASU Colleges at Lake Havasu City in western Arizona, and offers regional learning programs in
Thatcher, Yuma and Tucson.
The Arizona Board of Regents appoints and elects the president of the university, who is considered
the chief executive officer and the chief budget officer of the institution. The president is
responsible for the execution of measures enacted by the Board of Regents, controls the property of
the university, and acts as the official representative of the university to the Board of Regents.
The chief executive officer is assisted through the administration of the institution by the provost,
vice presidents, deans, faculty, directors, department chairs, and other officers. The president
also selects and appoints administrative officers and general counsels. The 16th and current ASU
president is Michael M. Crow, who has served since July 1, 2002.
Campuses and locations
ASU's academic programs are spread across campuses in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area; however,
unlike most multi-campus institutions, ASU describes itself as "one university in many places,"
inferring that there is "not a system with separate campuses, and not one main campus with branch
campuses." The university considers each campus "distinctive" and academically focused on
certain aspects of the overall university mission. The Tempe Campus is the university's research and
graduate school center. Undergraduate studies on the Tempe campus are research-based programs
designed to prepare students for graduate school, professional school, or employment. The
Polytechnic campus is designed with an emphasis on professional and technological programs for
direct workforce preparation. The Polytechnic campus is the location of many of the university's
simulators and laboratories dedicated for project-based learning. The West campus is focused on
interdisciplinary degrees and the liberal arts, while maintaining professional programs with a direct
impact on the community and society. The Downtown Campus focuses on direct urban and
public programs such as nursing, public policy, criminal justice, mass communication, and
journalism. ASU recently relocated some nursing and health related programs to its new ASUMayo Medical School Campus. Inter-campus shuttles and light rail allow students and faculty to
easily travel between the campuses. In addition to the physical campuses, ASU's "virtual campus",
housed at the university's SkySong Innovation Center, provides online and extended education.
On the Quad of the Tempe Campus with Old MainTempe campus
Overlooking the Tempe campus from atop Hayden Butte
Arizona State University BridgeMain article: Arizona State
University at the Tempe campus
ASU's Tempe campus is located in downtown Tempe, Arizona, about eight miles (13km) east of
downtown Phoenix. The campus is considered urban, and is approximately 642 acres (2.6km2) in
size. The campus is arranged around broad pedestrian malls and is completely encompassed by an
arboretum. The Tempe campus is also the largest of ASU's campuses, with 59,794a
students enrolled in at least one class on campus.
The Tempe campus is ASU's original campus, and Old Main, the first building constructed, still
stands today. There are many notable landmarks on campus, including Grady Gammage Memorial
Auditorium, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Palm Walk, which is lined by 111 palm trees,
Charles Trumbull Hayden Library, the University Club Building, Margaret Gisolo Dance Theatre, and
University Bridge. In addition, the campus has an extensive public art collection, considered one of
the ten best among university public art collections in America according to Public Art Review.
Against the northwest edge of campus is the Mill Avenue district (part of downtown Tempe) which
has a college atmosphere that attracts many students to its restaurants and bars. The Tempe
campus is also home to all of the university's athletic facilities.
Fletcher Library, West CampusWest campusMain article: Arizona
State University West campus
The West campus was established in 1984 by the Arizona Legislature and sits on 250 acres (1.0km2)
in a suburban area of northwest Phoenix. The West campus lies about 12 miles (19km) northwest of
downtown Phoenix, and about 18 miles (29km) northwest of the Tempe campus. The West campus is
designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride, and is nearly completely powered by a 4.6MW solar
array. This campus is home to the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, the Mary
Lou Fulton Teachers College, and selected programs of the W.P. Carey School of Business. The
campus, patterned after the University of Oxfords architecture, has recently opened a new residence
hall, dining facility and recreation center.
Picacho Hall (left) and Peralta Hall (right) at the
Polytechnic campusMain article: Arizona State University at the Polytechnic campus
Founded in 1996 as "ASU East," the ASU Polytechnic campus serves 10,521 students and is home to
more than 40 bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in professional and technical programs
through the College of Technology and Innovation, and selected programs of the W.P. Carey School
of Business/Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College,
the School of Letters and Sciences, and focuses on professional and technological programs
including simulators and lab space in various fields of study. The 600-acre (2.4km2) campus is
located in southeast Mesa, Arizona, approximately 25 miles (40km) southeast of the Tempe campus,
and 33 miles (53km) southeast of downtown Phoenix. The Polytechnic campus sits on the former
Williams Air Force Base.
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Downtown Phoenix
CampusDowntown Phoenix campusMain article: Arizona State University at the Downtown Phoenix
The newest of ASU's four campuses, the Downtown Phoenix campus was established in 2006 on the
north side of Downtown Phoenix. The campus has an urban design, with several large modern
academic buildings intermingled with commercial and retail office buildings. In addition to the new
buildings, the campus included the adaptive reuse of several existing structures, including a 1930s
era Post Office that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Serving 17,151 students, the
campus houses the College of Health Solutions, College of Nursing and Health
Innovation,College of Public Service and Community Solutions and Walter Cronkite School
of Journalism and Mass Communication. In the summer of 2013, the campus added the Sun Devil
Fitness Center in conjunction with the original YMCA building.
The Palm Walk is frequented by ASU students.ASU Colleges at Lake
Havasu CityMain article: [email protected]
In response to demands for lower-cost public higher education in Arizona, ASU developed the small,
undergraduate-only college in Lake Havasu City. ASU Colleges will be teaching-focused and will
provide a selection of popular undergraduate majors. The Lake Havasu City campus offers highdemand undergraduate degrees with lower tuition rates than other Arizona research universities.
Music Building on the Tempe CampusASU Online
ASU Online offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through an entirely
online platform. The degree programs delivered online hold the same accreditation as the
university's traditional face-to-face programs. The ASU Online is headquartered at ASU's SkySong
campus in Scottsdale, Arizona. ASU Online was ranked in the Top 10 for Best Online Bachelor's
Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
Online students are taught by the same faculty and receive the same diploma as on-campus
students. ASU online programs are designed to allow students to learn in highly interactive
environments through student collaboration and through technological personalized learning
environments (a type of gamification). As of 2015, three gamification geared classes have been
incorporated into the curriculum: Introduction to Solar System Astronomy (AKA HabWorlds Beyond),
Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval Europe, and Human Origins.
In April 2015, ASU Online announced a partnership with edX to form a one of a kind program called
the Global Freshman Academy. The program is open to all potential freshman. The students do not
need to send in a high school transcript or GPA to apply for the courses. Students only pay for the
courses ($200 per credit) after they have passed the course if they want to earn the credits.
As of fall 2014, 7,437 students were enrolled at ASU Online. In April 2015, ASU Online and
Starbucks announced a partnership called the College Achievement Plan. The College Achievement
Plan plan offers all full-time and part-time employees full-tuition coverage when they enroll in any
one of ASU Online's 49 undergraduate degree programs.
ASU-Mayo Medical School Campus
In 2011 ASU launched a collaboration with the Mayo Clinic to establish a medical school in
Arizona. As part of the collaboration with Mayo Medical, ASU moved some academic
departments onto the Mayo Clinic campus in Scottsdale. Mayo Medical and ASU have created an
undergraduate "Barrett-Mayo Pre-medical Scholars Program" offered through ASU's Barrett, The
Honors College. Partnerships with organizations and hospitals throughout the region has been
created as a vehicle to establish a network for knowledge sharing and peer testing of the innovations
that arise as a result of the partnerships. Real-world training for students researching medical issues
affecting the community will be a priority of the school which ranks in the top 25 for best medical
schools in the research category. ASU-Mayo Medical School began enrolling its first
students in 2014. As a part of the preparation for the medical school opening, ASU began offering
health and nursing degree programs on the Mayo Clinic Campus. The program at the ASU-Mayo
Clinic Campus began in the Fall of 2012 and provides hands-on education in world-class medical
facilities to its students. Unique MD degrees, believed to be the first in the nation, will be
granted under the governance and oversight of Mayo Medical School and Arizona State University
with a specialized master's degree in the Science of Health Care Management.
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Human Evolution and Social Change, Tempe Campus
Admission to any of the public universities in Arizona is ensured to residents in the top 25% of their
high-school class with a GPA of 3.0 in core competencies. For fall 2014, ASU admitted 84.3% of
all freshman applicants and is considered a "selective" university by U.S. News & World Report.
Average GPA of enrolling freshman was 3.50; the middle 50% range of SAT scores was 1020-1270
for critical reading and math combined; and the middle 50% range ACT composite score was 2228. All freshman are required to live on campus.
Barrett, The Honors College is ranked among the top honors programs in the nation. Although
there are no set minimum admissions criteria for Barrett College, the average GPA of Fall 2014
incoming freshmen was 3.80, with average SAT scores of 1300/1600 and ACT scores of 28.9. The
Honors college enrolls 5,416 undergraduate students, with 409 National Merit Scholars.
ASU currently enrolls 8,787 international students, 10.7% of the total student population. The
international student body represents more than 130 nations and more than 60 student clubs and
organizations exist at ASU to serve the growing number of students from abroad. The growth in
the number of international students in 2014 at ASU is a 33.6% increase over the 2012 figure.
Academic programsMain article: List of colleges and schools of Arizona State University
ASU offers over 250 majors to undergraduate students, and more than 100 graduate programs
leading to numerous masters and doctoral degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, design and arts,
engineering, journalism, education, business, law, nursing, public policy, technology, and
sustainability. These programs are divided into 16 colleges and schools which are spread across
ASU's six campuses. ASU uses a plus-minus grading system with highest cumulative GPA awarded of
4.0 (at time of graduation). Arizona State University is accredited by the North Central Association
of Colleges and Schools.
The 2016 U.S. News & World Report ratings of nearly 1,800 U.S. colleges and universities ranked
ASU 62nd among public universities, 129th of national universities, and 143rd in the world's top 500
global universities. ASU was also ranked No. 1 among Americas 28 "Most Innovative
Universities." The innovation ranking, new for 2016, was determined by a poll of top college officials
nationwide asking them to name institutions "that are making the most innovative improvements in
terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities."
ASU is ranked 47th in the U.S. and 93rd in the world among the top 500 universities in the
Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), and 55th U.S./97th world by the Center for
World University Rankings.Money Magazine ranked ASU 214th of nearly 1,500 U.S. schools it
evaluated for its 2014 Best Colleges ranking.The Daily Beast ranked ASU 172nd of nearly 2,000
U.S. schools in its 2014 Best Colleges ranking.The Wall Street Journal ranks ASU 5th in the
nation for producing the best-qualified graduates, determined by a nationwide poll of corporate
recruiters, and Forbes magazine named ASU one of America's best college buys.
In 2012, Public University Honors wrote, "ASU students ranked fifth among all public universities in
National Science Foundation grants for graduate study and 11th among all universities, including
the schools of the Ivy League. Among other things, the high achievement in this area of excellence
points to consistently strong advising and support, a logical outcome of Barrett (Arizona State
University's honor college) investing more in honors staff than any other honors program [we
Several ASU colleges and schools appear near the top of the 2016 U.S. News & World Report
rankings, including the 30th-ranked W. P. Carey School of Business (along with its 3rd-ranked
program in Supply Chain Management), the 22nd-ranked Herberger Institute for Design and the
Arts (along with its 7th-ranked program in Ceramics, 11th-ranked program in Photography and 5thranked program in Printmaking), the 12th-ranked School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the
26th-ranked Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law (along with its 8th-ranked program in Legal
Writing and 11th-ranked program in Dispute Resolution), the 42nd-ranked Ira A. Fulton School of
Engineering, the 16th-ranked School of Public Affairs (along with its 2nd-ranked program in City
Management and Urban Policy, 10th-ranked program in Environmental Policy and Management,
16th-ranked program in Public Finance and Budgeting and 19th-ranked program in Public
Management and Administration), the 17th-ranked Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and the 24thranked College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Individual Ph.D. program rankings included
Audiology (17th), Clinical Psychology (37th), Computer Science (48th), Earth Science (20th),
Economics (36th), Physics (50th), Psychology (38th), Social Work (44th), and Speech-Language
Pathology (21st). In 2011, ASU was included in the Quacquarelli Symonds list as the 21st best
school in the world for biological sciences.
ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication has been named one of
America's top 10 journalism schools by national publications and organizations for more than a
decade. The most recent rankings (2012) include: NewsPro (6th), Quality Education and Jobs (6th),
and International Student (1st).
For its efforts as a national leader in campus sustainability, ASU was named one of the top 20 "Cool
Schools" by the Sierra Club in 2009, was named to the Princeton Review "Green Honor
Roll," and earned an "A-" grade on the 2010 College Sustainability Green Report Card.
Research and Institutes
ASU consistently ranks among the top 20 universitieswithout a traditional medical schoolfor
research expenditures. It shares this designation with schools such as: Caltech, Georgia Tech, MIT,
Purdue, Rockefeller, UC Berkeley, and the University of Texas at Austin. ASU is classified as a
RU/VH: Research University (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Classification of
Institutions of Higher Education. The university has tripled research expenditures since 2002 and
now receives more than $385million annually. Like its research budget, the university's endowment
continues to grow and now exceeds $500million (2013). ASU is a NASA designated national
space-grant institute and a member of the Universities Research Association.
ASU is one of the nation's most successful universities in terms of creating start-up companies
through research. The university attracted over $200million in financing during 2012, aiding in the
creation of more than 55 companies. ASU ranks #2 in the nation for proprietary start-ups
created for every $10million in research expenditures. In 2013, ASU researchers were issued 47
patents, a significant increase over 2012 when 26 patents were granted. ASU ranks 1st for
Arizona Technology Transfers/Start-ups (AzTE) in fiscal year 2013: 14 AzTE Start-ups were created
by all three state universities (which include Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona)
and ASU accounted for 11 of those technology firms. According to the Switzerland-based
University Business Incubator (UBI) Index for 2013, ASU is one of the top universities in the world
for business incubation, ranking 17th out of the top 25. ASU is one of only 14 universities and
institutes to make the list from the United States and the only university representing Arizona.
UBI reviewed 550 universities and associated business incubators from around the world using an
assessment framework that takes more than 50 performance indicators into consideration. As
an example, one of ASU's spin-offs (Heliae Development, LLC) raised more than $28million in
venture capital in 2013 alone.
The university's push to create various institutes has led to greater funding and an increase in the
number of researchers in multiple fields. Among the most notable and famed institutes at ASU are:
The Biodesign Institute, Institute of Human Origins, L. William Seidman Research Institute (W.P.
Carey School of Business), the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Learning Sciences
Institute, Herberger Research Institute, Hispanic Research Center, and the International Institute
for Species Exploration. Much of the research conducted at ASU is considered cutting edge with its
focus on interdisciplinarity. The Biodesign Institute for instance, conducts research on issues
such as biomedical and healthcare outcomes as part of a collaboration with the Mayo Clinic to
diagnose and treat rare diseases, including cancer. Biodesign Institute researchers have also
developed various techniques for reading and detecting biosignatures which expanded in 2006 with
an $18million grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes
of Health. The institute also is heavily involved in sustainability research, primarily through
reuse of CO2 via biological feedback and various biomasses (e.g. algae) to synthesize clean biofuels.
Heliae is a Biodesign Institute spin-off and much of its business centers on Algal-derived, high value
products. Furthermore, the institute is heavily involved in security research including
technology that can detect biological and chemical changes in the air and water. The university has
received more than $30.7million in funding from the Department of Defense for adapting this
technology for use in detecting the presence of biological and chemical weapons.
World-renowned scholars have been integral to the successes of the various institutes associated
with the university. ASU students and researchers have been selected as Marshall, Truman, Rhodes,
and Fulbright Scholars with the university ranking 4th for total recipients of the prestigious
Fulbright Scholarship in the 20122013 academic year. ASU faculty includes Nobel Laureates,
Royal Society members, National Academy members, and members of the National Institutes of
Health, to name a few. ASU Professor Donald Johanson, who discovered the 3.18million year
old fossil hominid Lucy (Australopithecus) in Ethiopia, established the Institute of Human Origins
(IHO) in 1981. The institute was first established in Berkeley, California and later moved to ASU in
1997. As one of the leading research organization in the United States devoted to the science of
human origins, IHO pursues a transdisciplinary strategy for field and analytical paleoanthropological
research. The Herberger Institute Research Center supports the scholarly inquiry, applied
research and creative activity of more than 400 faculty and 4,373 students. The renowned ASU
Art Museum, Herberger Institute Community Programs, urban design, and other outreach and
initiatives in the arts community round out the research and creative activities of the Herberger
Institute. Among well known professors within the Herberger Institute is Johnny Saldaa of the
School of Theatre and Film. Saldaa received the 1996 Distinguished Book Award and the prestigious
Judith Kase Cooper Honorary Research Award, both from the American Alliance for Theatre
Education (AATE). The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability is the center of
ASU's initiatives focusing on practical solutions to environmental, economic, and social challenges.
The institute has partnered with various cities, universities, and organizations from around the
world to address issues affecting the global community.
ASU is also involved with NASA in the field of space exploration. In order to meet the needs of NASA
programs, ASU built the LEED Gold Certified, 298,000-square-foot Interdisciplinary Science and
Technology Building IV (ISTB 4) at a cost of $110million in 2012. The building includes space
for the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) and includes labs and other facilities for the
Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. One of the main projects at ISTB 4 includes the OSIRISREx Thermal Emission Spectrometer (OTES). Although ASU built the spectrometers aboard the
Martian rovers Spirit and Opportunity, OTES will be the first major scientific instrument completely
designed and built at ASU for a NASA space mission.Phil Christensen, the principal
investigator for the Mars Global Surveyor Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES), is a Regents'
Professor at ASU. He also serves as the principal investigator for the Mars Odyssey THEMIS
instruments, as well as co-investigator for the Mars Exploration Rovers. ASU scientists are
responsible for the Mini-TES instruments aboard the Mars Exploration Rovers. The Center for
Meteorite Studies, which is home to rare Martian meteorites and exotic fragments from space, and
the Mars Space Flight Facility are both located on ASU's Tempe campus.
The Army Research Laboratory extended funding for the Arizona State University Flexible Display
Center (FDC) in 2009 with a $50million grant. The university has partnered with the Pentagon
on such endeavors since 2004 with an initial $43.7million grant. The universitys FDC built the
worlds largest flexible screen color organic light emitting display (OLED) prototype using advanced
mixed oxide thin-film transistors (TFTs). The technology delivers high-performance while
remaining cost-effective during the manufacturing process. Vibrant colors, high switching speeds for
video and reduced power consumption are some of the features the center has been able to
successfully integrate into the technology. In 2012, ASU successfully eliminated the need for
specialized equipment and processing, thereby reducing costs compared to competitive
The subterranean entrance to Hayden Library, Tempe
ASU's faculty and students are served by two dedicated general-topic libraries: Hayden
Library, which is the largest of the ASU libraries and is located on the Tempe campus, and
Fletcher Library, located on the West campus. In addition, the Ross-Blakley Law Library and the
Noble Science Library are housed in dedicated facilities on the Tempe campus. Music and
Architecture collections are housed in facilities within the schools of Music and Architecture,
respectively. Smaller library facilities are also located on the Polytechnic and Downtown
As of 2013, ASU's libraries held 4.5million volumes. In total, there are 7 libraries that service
the university community. The Arizona State University library system is ranked the 34th largest
research library in the United States and Canada, according to criteria established by the
Association of Research Libraries that measures various aspects of quality and size of the
collection. The University continues to grow its rare special collections, such as the recent
addition of a privately held collection of manuscripts by poet Rubn Daro.
Hayden Library is located on Cady Mall in the center of the Tempe campus. It opened in 1966
and serves as the library system's reference, periodical, and administrative center and houses the
most extensive special collections in ASUs library system. An expansion in 1989 created the
subterranean entrance underneath Hayden Lawn and is attached to the above ground portion of the
original library. There are two floors underneath Hayden Lawn with a landmark known as the
"Beacon of Knowledge" rising form the center. The beacon is lit at night by the underground librarys
The 2013 Capital Improvement Plan, approved by the Arizona Board of Regents, incorporates a
$35million repurposing and renovation project for Hayden Library. The moat area that is
currently open air and serves as an outdoor study space will be enclosed in order to increase indoor
space for the library. Along with increasing space and renovating the facility, the front entrance of
Hayden Library will be rebuilt.
structure on Apache Blvd. in Tempe, AZ.
Solar panel array on the roof deck of ASU's parking
As of April 2013, ASU is the only institution of higher education in the United States to generate
over 24 megawatts (MW) of electricity from solar arrays containing 81,424 solar panels. This is
an increase over the June 2012 total of 15.3 MW. ASU has 72 solar photovoltaic (PV)
installations across all four campuses. The largest concentration of solar PV installations are on the
Tempe campus, producing over 12.8 MW.
Additionally, there are six wind turbines installed on the roof of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global
Institute of Sustainability building on the Tempe campus that have been in operation since October
2008. Under normal conditions, the six turbines produce enough electricity to power approximately
ASU's School of Sustainability is the first school in the United States dedicated to exploring the
principles of sustainability. ASU's School of Sustainability is part of the Wrigley Global Institute of
Sustainability. The School was established in spring 2007 and began enrolling undergraduates
in fall 2008. ASU is also home to the Sustainability Consortium which was founded by Jay Golden in
The School of Sustainability has been essential in establishing the university as "a leader in the
academics of sustainable business." The university is widely considered to be one of the most
ambitious and principled organizations when it comes to embedding sustainable practices into its
operating model. The university has embraced several challenging sustainability
benchmarks. Among the numerous benchmarks outlined in the university's prospectus, is the
creation of a large recycling and composting operation that by 2015, will eliminate 90% of the solid
waste generated by all on-campus activities. This endeavor will be aided by educating students
about the benefits of avoiding overconsumption that contributes to excessive waste. Sustainability
courses have been expanded to attain this goal and many of the university's individual colleges and
schools have integrated such material into their lectures and courses. Second, ASU is on
track to reduce its rate of water consumption by 50%. The university's most aggressive benchmark
is to be the first, large research university to achieve carbon neutrality as it pertains to its Scope 1, 2
and non-transportation Scope 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
TraditionsMaroon and gold
Sparky the Sun Devil with his trident,
Gold is the oldest color associated with Arizona State University and dates back to 1896 when the
school was named the Tempe Normal School. Maroon and white were later added to the color
scheme in 1898. Gold signifies the golden promise of ASU. The promise includes every student
receiving a valuable educational experience. Gold also signifies the sunshine Arizona is famous for;
including the power of the sun and its influence on the climate and the economy. The first uniforms
worn by athletes associated with the university were black and white when the Normals were the
name of the athletic teams. The student section, known as The Inferno, wears gold on game
Mascot and Spirit SquadMain article: Sparky the Sun Devil
Sparky the Sun Devil is the mascot of Arizona State University and was named by vote of the student
body on November 8, 1946. Sparky often travels with the team across the country and has been
at every football bowl game in which the university has participated in. The university's mascot is
not to be confused with the universitys new emblem and logo, The Trident, colloquially referred to as
the fork or the pitchfork, which is a hand gesture used by those associated with the university. The
new logo and emblem are used on various university property, sport facilities, uniforms and
documents. Arizona State Teachers College had a different mascot and the sports teams were
known as the Owls and later, the Bulldogs. When the school was first established, the Tempe Normal
Schools teams were simply known as the Normals. Sparky is visible on the sidelines of every
home game played in Sun Devil Stadium or other ASU athletic facilities. His routine at football
games includes pushups after every touchdown scored by the Sun Devils. He is aided by Sparky's
Crew, male yell leaders that must meet physical requirements in order to participate as members.
The female members are known as the Spirit Squad and are categorized into a dance line and spirit
line. They are the official squad that represents ASU. The spirit squad competes every year at the
ESPN Universal Dance Association (UDA) College Nationals in the Jazz and Hip-Hop categories.
They were chosen by the UDA to represent the USA at the World Dance Championship 2013 in the
Jazz category. Currently, ASU's varsity intercollegiate cheerleading team is not allowed to
participate at athletic events (e.g. football and basketball games) due to dismissal regarding prior
misconduct. ASU Cheerleading has since become a club sport, through the Student Recreation
Center, competing locally and nationally as a Collegiate Co-Ed Division IA-Level VI team. They have
reestablished their commitment to excellence, winning various championships. The team has a
strict code of conduct and is seeking reinstatement from the university to participate at athletic
Annual tradition of Whitewashing "A" Mountain, Arizona State
Hayden Butte, also known as "A Mountain"
Ringing of the Victory Bell, Arizona State University circa 1956A
MountainMain article: Tempe Butte
A letter has existed on the slope of the mountain since 1918. A "T" followed by an "N" were the first
letters to grace the landmark. Tempe Butte, home to "A" Mountain, has had the "A" installed on the
slope of its south face since 1938 and is visible from campus just to the south. The original "A" was
destroyed by vandals in 1952 with pipe bombs and a new "A", constructed of reinforced concrete,
was built in 1955. The vandals were never identified but many speculate that the conspirators
were students from the rival in-state university (University of Arizona). Many ancient Hohokam
petroglyphs were destroyed by the bomb; nevertheless, many of these archeological sites around the
mountain remain. There are many traditions surrounding "A" Mountain, including a revived
"guarding of the 'A'" in which students camp on the mountainside before games with rival
schools. "Whitewashing" of the "A" is a tradition in which incoming freshmen paint the letter
white during orientation week. After the painting of the "A", new students learn the history of
ASU and its other traditions.
Sun Devil Marching Band Battery, performing the pregame drum
cadence in 2007
Old newspaper clipping describing the Lantern
Walk tradition at ASU, May 30, 1929Lantern Walk and Homecoming
The Lantern Walk is one of the oldest traditions at ASU and dates back to 1917. It is considered
one of ASUs most cherished traditions and is an occasion used to mark the work of those associated
with ASU throughout history. Anyone associated with ASU is free to participate in the event,
including students, alumni, faculty, employees, and friends. This differs slightly from the original
tradition in which the seniors would carry lanterns up "A" Mountain followed by the freshman. The
senior class president would describe ASU's traditions and the freshman would repeat an oath of
allegiance to the university. It was described as a tradition of "good will between the classes" and a
way of ensuring new students would continue the university's traditions with honor. In modern
times, the participants walk through campus and follow a path up to A Mountain in order to light up
Tempe. Keynote speakers, performances, and other events are used to mark the occasion. The night
is culminated with a fireworks display. The Lantern Walk was held after the Spring Semester (June)
but is now held the week before Homecoming, a tradition that dates back to 1924 at ASU. It is held
in the fall and in conjunction with a football game.
Arizona State University reintroduced the tradition of ringing a bell after each win for the football
team in 2012. The ROTC cadets associated with the university are responsible for the
transportation of the bell to various events and for ringing the bell after games are won by the Sun
Devils. The first Victory Bell, in various forms, was used in the 1930s but the tradition faded in the
1970s when the bell in use was removed from Memorial Union for renovations. The bell
cracked and was no longer capable of ringing. That bell is located on the southeast corner of Sun
Devil Stadium near the entrance to the student section. That bell, given to the university in the late
1960s, is painted gold and is a campus landmark today.
Sun Devil Marching Band, Devil Walk and Songs of the UniversityMain article: Arizona State
University Sun Devil Marching Band
The Arizona State University Sun Devil Marching Band, created in 1915 and known as the Pride of
the Southwest, was the first of only two marching bands in the Pac-12 to be awarded the prestigious
Sudler Trophy. The John Philip Sousa Foundation awarded the band the trophy in 1991. The
Sun Devil Marching Band remains one of only 28 bands in the nation to have earned the designation.
The band performs at every football game played in Sun Devil Stadium. Smaller ensembles of band
members perform at other sport venues including basketball games at Wells Fargo Arena and
baseball games. The Devil Walk is held in Wells Fargo Arena by the football team and involves a
more formal introduction of the players to the community; a new approach to the tradition added in
2012 with the arrival of head coach Todd Graham. It begins 2 hours and 15 minutes prior to the
game and allows the players to establish rapport with the fans. The walk ends as the team passes the
band and fans lined along the path to Sun Devil Stadium. The most recognizable songs played by the
band are Alma Mater and ASUs fight songs titled Maroon and Gold and the Al Davis Fight Song.
Alma Mater was composed by former Music Professor and Director of Sun Devil Marching Band
(then known as Bulldog Marching Band), Miles A. Dresskell, in 1937.Maroon and Gold was
authored by former Director of Sun Devil Marching Band, Felix E. McKernan, in 1948. The Al Davis
Fight Song (also known as Go, Go Sun Devils and Arizona State University Fight Song) was
composed by ASU alumnus Albert Oliver Davis in the 1940s without any lyrics. Recently lyrics were
added to the song.
Student lifeExtracurricular programs
Arizona State University has an active extracurricular involvement program (Sun Devil Involvement
Center). Located on the 3rd floor of the Memorial Union, the Sun Devil Involvement
Center (SDIC) provides opportunities for student involvement through clubs, sororities, fraternities,
community service, leadership, student government, and co-curricular programming.
Changemaker Central is student-run centralized resource hub for student involvement in social
entrepreneurship, civic engagement, service learning and community service that catalyzes studentdriven social change. Changemaker Central locations have opened on all campuses in Fall 2011,
providing flexible, creative workspaces for everyone in the ASU community. The project is entirely
student run and advances ASUs institutional commitments to social embeddedness and
entrepreneurship. The space allows students to meet, work and join new networks and collaborative
enterprises while taking advantage of ASUs many resources and opportunities for engagement.
Changemaker Central has signature programs, including Innovation Challenge and 10,000
Solutions, that support students in their journey to become changemakers by creating communities
of support around new solutions/ideas and increasing access to early stage seed funding. The
Innovation Challenge seeks undergraduate and graduate students from across the university who
are dedicated to making a difference in our local and global communities through innovation.
Students can win up to $10,000 to make their innovative project, prototype, venture or community
partnership ideas happen. The 10,000 Solutions Project leverages the power of collaborative
imagination and innovation to create a solutions bank. As an experimental problem solving platform,
the project showcases and collects ideas at scale with local and global impact. The 10,000 Solutions
Project aims to see what can be accomplished when passionate people join a collaborative
community that builds upon each others innovative ideas.
In addition to Changemaker Central, the Freshman Year Residential Experience (FYRE) and the
Greek community (Greek Life) at Arizona State University have been important in binding students
to the university, and providing social outlets. The Freshman Year Residential Experience at Arizona
State University was developed to improve the freshman experience at Arizona State University and
increase student retention figures. FYRE provides advising, computer labs, free walk-in tutoring,
workshops, and classes for students. In 2003, U.S. News & World Report ranked FYRE as the 23rd
best first year program in the nation. ASU is also home to one of the nation's first and fastest
growing gay fraternities, Sigma Phi Beta, founded in 2003; considered a sign of the growing
university's commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion.
The second Eta chapter of Phrateres, a non-exclusive, non-profit social-service club, was installed
here in 1958. Between 1924 and 1967, 23 chapters of Phrateres were installed in universities across
The State Press is the university's independent, student-operated news publication. The State Press
covers news and events on all four ASU campuses. Student editors and managers are solely
responsible for the content of the State Press website. These publications are overseen by an
independent board and guided by a professional adviser employed by the University.
The Downtown Devil is a student-run news publication website for the Downtown Phoenix Campus,
produced by students at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
ASU has two radio stations. KASC The Blaze 1330AM, is a broadcast station that is owned and
funded by the Cronkite School of Journalism, and is completely student-run save for a faculty and
professional adviser. The Blaze broadcasts local, alternative and independent music 24 hours a day,
and also features news and sports updates at the top and bottom of every hour. W7ASU is an
amateur radio station that was first organized in 1935. W7ASU has about 30 members that enjoy
amateur radio, and is primarily a contesting club.
Associated Students of Arizona State University (ASASU) is the student government at Arizona State
University. It is composed of the Undergraduate Student Government and the Graduate &
Professional Student Association (GPSA). Members and officers of ASASU are elected annually by
the student body.
The Residence Hall Association (RHA) of Arizona State University is the student government for
every ASU student living on-campus. Each ASU campus has an RHA that operates independently of
each other. The purpose of RHA is to enhance the quality of residence hall life and provide a
cohesive voice for the residents by addressing the concerns of the on-campus populations to
university administrators and other campus organizations; providing cultural, diversity, educational,
and social programming; establishing and working with individual community councils.
AthleticsMain article: Arizona State Sun Devils
Football Team in September 2011
James Harden, ASU Basketball
Arizona State University's Division I athletic teams are called the Sun Devils, which is also the
nickname used to refer to students and alumni of the university. They compete in the Pac-12
Conference in 20 varsity sports. Historically, the university has highly performed in men's, women's,
and mixed archery; men's, women's, and mixed badminton; women's golf; women's swimming and
diving; baseball; and football. Arizona State University's NCAA Division I-A program competes in 9
varsity sports for men and 11 for women. ASU's athletic director is Ray Anderson, former
executive vice president of football operations for the National Football League. Anderson replaced
Steve Patterson, who was appointed to the position in 2012 after Lisa Love, the former Senior
Associate Athletic Director at the University of Southern California, was relieved of her duties.
Love was responsible for the hiring of coaches Herb Sendek, the men's basketball coach, and Dennis
Erickson, the men's football coach. Erickson was fired in 2011 and replaced by Todd
ASU has won 23 national collegiate team championships in the following sports: baseball (5), men's
golf (2), women's golf (7), men's gymnastics (1), softball (2), men's indoor track (1), women's indoor
track (2), men's outdoor track (1), women's outdoor track (1), and wrestling (1).
In September 2009 criticism over the seven-figure salaries earned by various coaches at Arizona's
public universities (including ASU) prompted the Arizona Board of Regents to re-evaluate the salary
and benefit policy for athletic staff. With the 2011 expansion of the Pac-12 Conference, a new
$3billion contract for revenue sharing among all the schools in the conference was established.
With the infusion of funds, the salary issue and various athletic department budgeting issues at ASU
were addressed. The Pac-12's new media contract with ESPN allowed ASU to hire a new coach in
2012. A new salary and bonus package (maximum bonus of $2.05million) was instituted and is one of
the most lucrative in the conference. ASU also plans to expand its athletic facilities with a
public-private investment strategy to create an amateur sports district that can accommodate the
Pan American Games and operate as an Olympic Training Center. The athletic district will
include a $300million renovation of Sun Devil Stadium that will include new football facilities.
The press box and football offices in Sun Devil Stadium were remodeled in 2012.
Arizona State Sun Devils football was founded in 1897 under coach Fred Irish. Currently, the
team has played in the 2012 Fight Hunger Bowl, the 2011 Las Vegas bowl, and the 2007 Holiday
Bowl. The Sun Devils played in the 1997 Rose Bowl and won the Rose Bowl in 1987. The team has
appeared in the Fiesta Bowl in 1983, 1977, 1975, 1973, 1972, and 1971 winning 5 of 6. In 1970 and
1975 they were champions of the NCAA Division I FBS National Football Championship. The Sun
Devils were Pac-12 Champions in 1986, 1996, and 2007. Altogether, the football team has 17
Conference Championships and has participated in a total of 26 bowl games as of 2012.
The university also participates in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) and is billed
as the top program within that league. Beginning in 2013, ASU will be a founding member of
the new Western Collegiate Hockey League (WCHL). ASU Sun Devils Hockey will compete with
NCAA Division 1 schools for the first time in 2012, largely due to the success of the program.
PeopleAlumniMain article: List of Arizona State University alumni
Arizona State University has produced over 300,000 alumni worldwide. The university has
produced many notable figures over its 125-year history, including influential U.S. Senator Carl
Hayden, and Silver Star recipient Pat Tillman, who left his National Football League career to enlist
in the United States Army in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Other
notable alumni include nine current or former U.S. Representatives, including Barry Goldwater, Jr.,
Ed Pastor, and Matt Salmon. Arizona governors Doug Ducey, Jane Dee Hull, and Evan Mecham also
attended ASU. Peterson Zah, who was the first Navajo President and the last Chairman of the
Navajo Nation, is an ASU graduate. The economy minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sultan bin
Saeed Al Mansoori, is another ASU graduate. Business leaders that attended ASU include: Eric
Crown, CEO and co-founder of Insight Enterprises, Inc.; Ira A. Fulton, philanthropist and founder of
Fulton Homes; Craig Weatherup, former Chairman of PepsiCo; Kate Spade, namesake and coFounder of Kate Spade New York; and Larry Carter, CFO of Cisco Systems.
In addition to Pat Tillman, ASU has had many renowned athletes attend the school. Those athletes
include: World Golf Hall of Fame member Phil Mickelson, Baseball Hall of Fame member Reggie
Jackson, Major League Baseball home run king Barry Bonds, National Basketball Association All-Star
James Harden, and 2011 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs. ASU alumni that are
enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame include: Curley Culp, Mike Haynes, John Henry Johnson,
Randall McDaniel, and Charley Taylor. Other notable athletes that attended ASU are: Major League
Baseball All-Stars Dustin Pedroia, Sal Bando, and Paul Lo Duca; National Basketball Association AllStars Lionel Hollins and Fat Lever, and NBA All-Star coach Byron Scott; National Football League
Pro Bowl selections Jake Plummer and Danny White, as well as current Denver Broncos quarterback
Brock Osweiler; and three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmers Melissa Belote and Jan Henne.
Famous celebrities that have attended ASU include: Jimmy Kimmel Live! host Jimmy Kimmel; Steve
Allen, who was the original host of The Tonight Show; Academy Award nominated actor Nick Nolte;
11-Time Grammy Award winning singer Linda Ronstadt; Saturday Night Live and Tommy Boy actor
David Spade; Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter; and Road To Perdition actor Tyler Hoechlin.
Influential writers and novelists include: Allison Dubois, whose novels and work inspired the TV
miniseries Medium; novelist Amanda Brown; author and spiritual teacher Howard Falco; and bestselling author and Doctor of Animal Science, Temple Grandin. Journalists and commentators include:
Monday Night Football announcer Al Michaels, and writer and cartoonist Jerry Dumas who is best
known for his Sam and Silo comic strip. Radio host Michael Reagan, the son of President Ronald
Reagan and actress Jane Wyman, also briefly attended ASU.
Among American research universities, Arizona State is ranked 4th for total recipients of the
prestigious Fulbright Scholarship in the 20122013 academic year. ASU has made this list for
more than 9 consecutive years. ASU alumni and students are also noted for their service to the
community and have officially been recognized as a top university for contributing to the public
good. The Arizona State University Alumni Association is located on the Tempe campus in Old
Main. The Alumni Association is responsible for continuing many of the traditions of the university.
ASU faculty have included former CNN host Aaron Brown, meta-analysis developer Gene V. Glass,
feminist and author Gloria Feldt, physicist Paul Davies, and Pulitzer Prize winner and The Ants
coauthor Bert Hlldobler. Donald Johanson, who discovered the 3.18million year old fossil hominid
Lucy (Australopithecus) in Ethiopia, is also a professor at ASU, as well as George Poste, Chief
Scientist for the Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative. Current Nobel laureate faculty include
Leland Hartwell, and Edward C. Prescott. On June 12, 2012 Elinor Ostrom, ASU's third
Nobel laureate, died at the age of 78.
ASU faculty's achievements as of 2012 include:
2 Nobel laureates3 members of the Royal Society27 National Academy members6 Pulitzer Prize
winners5 Sloan Research Fellows25 Guggenheim Fellows114 Fulbright American Scholars1
MacArthur Fellow11 Members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences65 American
Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows2 members of the Institute of Medicine8
Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers86 NSF CAREER award winners8
American Council of Learned Societies Fellows21 IEEE Fellows19 Alexander Von Humboldt
Foundation Prize Winners1 Recipient of the Rockefeller FellowshipPresidential Visits
Arizona State University has been visited by nine United States presidents. President Theodore
Roosevelt was the first president to visit campus, speaking at the dedication for the Roosevelt Dam
on the steps of Old Main on March 20, 1911. President Lyndon B. Johnson spoke at ASU's
Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium on January 29, 1972 at a memorial service for ASU alumnus
Senator Carl T. Hayden. Future president Gerald R. Ford debated Senator Albert Gore, Sr. at
Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium on April 28, 1968, and Ford returned to the same building as
a former president to give a lecture on February 24, 1984. President Jimmy Carter visited
Arizona PBS at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication on July 31,
2015 to promote a memoir. Future president Ronald Reagan gave a political speech at the
school's memorial union in 1957, and returned to campus as a former president on March 20, 1989,
delivering his first ever post-presidential speech at ASU's Wells Fargo Arena (Tempe).
President George H.W. Bush gave a lecture at Wells Fargo Arena (Tempe) on May 5, 1998.
President Bill Clinton became the first sitting president to visit ASU on October 31, 1996, speaking
on the Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium lawn. He returned to ASU in 2006, and in 2014
President Clinton, Hillary Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton came to campus to host the Clinton Global
Initiative University. President George W. Bush became the second sitting president to visit the
school's campus when he debated Senator John Kerry at the university's Grady Gammage Memorial
Auditorium on October 13, 2004. President Barack Obama visited ASU as sitting president on
May 13, 2009. President Obama delivered the commencement speech for the Spring 2009
Commencement Ceremony, speaking to a crowd of more than 60,000 people at Sun Devil
Stadium. President Obama had previously visited the school twice as a United States
Senator. President Richard Nixon did not visit ASU as president, but he did visit Phoenix,
Arizona as president on October 31, 1970 at an event that included a performance by the Arizona
State University Band, which President Nixon acknowledged. As part of President Nixon's remarks,
he stated that, "when I am in Arizona, Arizona State is number one."
ControversiesSexual assault investigation
On May 1, 2014, ASU was listed as one of fifty five higher education institutions under investigation
by the Office of Civil Rights "for possible violations of federal law over the handling of sexual
violence and harassment complaints" by Barack Obama's White House Task Force To Protect
Students from Sexual Assault. The publicly announced investigation followed two Title IX
suits. In July 2014, a group of at least nine current and former students who alleged that they
were harassed or assaulted asked that the federal investigation be expanded. In August 2014
ASU President Michael Crow appointed a task force comprising faculty and staff, students, and
members of the university police force to review the universitys efforts to address sexual violence.
Crow accepted the recommendations of the task force in November 2014.
^a:Campus enrollment figures at ASU are defined by the number of students taking at least one
course offered by a department housed on a particular campus. Students who are enrolled in classes
on more than one campus (estimated to be 27,484) are counted within each campus's total.
^b:ASU is the largest research university in the US under a single administration (one President,
Provost, VPs, etc.). In addition ASU's Tempe campus is one of the largest single university campuses
in the US.
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ChinaSichuan University (Built a Confucius Institute with Arizona State University)Peking
UniversityTongji UniversityRenmin University of ChinaHuazhong University of Science and
TechnologyCity University of Hong KongNanjing UniversityChongqing UniversityShandong
JapanTokyo International UniversityWaseda UniversityKyushu UniversityHiroshima
Shudo UniversityKyoto University
United KingdomUniversity of SouthamptonUniversity of
ManchesterUniversity of SussexUniversity of BirminghamRoyal Holloway, University of London
FrancePanthon-Assas UniversityLumire University Lyon 2
GermanyLeuphana University of
LneburgHumboldt University of BerlinFree University of Berlin
AustraliaMacquarie UniversityUniversity of Western AustraliaRMIT University
National University of SingaporeSingapore Management University
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