Arizona State University

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With an established reputation created and cultivated since its founding in 1885, Arizona State University (ASU) boasts an expansive student body of undergraduate (the largest in the nation) and graduate students spread across four campuses in the Phoenix area. While the Tempe campus is the largest, the West campus, Polytechnic campus, and Downtown Phoenix campus also provides impressive opportunities and facilities for the over 58,000 undergraduate and close to 14,000 graduate students who attend. Recently opened ASU College at Lake Havasu City promises to offer even more opportunities in what is intended to be a more casual and close-knit community of learning.

Admissions Information

A current acceptance rate of 87.9% communicates the somewhat selective nature of the admissions department. However, with the stated mission to create a “model” for the New American University in ASU, inclusion appears to be a significant aspect of the ASU goal.

College Majors

ASU offers many majors for students seeking a Bachelor’s degree in the following fields:

  • Agriculture & Related Sciences
  • Architecture & Related Programs
  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
  • Arts, Visual & Performing
  • Biological & Biomedical Sciences
  • Business, Management, & Marketing
  • Communications & Journalism
  • Communications Technologies
  • Computer & Information Sciences
  • Education
  • Engineering Technologies
  • Family & Consumer Sciences
  • Foreign Language & Literature
  • Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
  • History
  • Law & Legal Studies
  • Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Parks, Recreation & Fitness
  • Philosophy & Religion
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration & Services
  • Security & Protective Services
  • Social Sciences
  • Transportation & Materials Moving

Undergraduate Programs

Over 300 programs and majors for undergraduate students allow ASU to provide a wide variety of opportunities for students interested in many fields of study and careers.

Graduate Programs

Opportunities to study at the graduate level at ASU include hands-on research and training. Students can pursue degrees in the following areas: Architecture & Construction, Arts, Business, Communication & Media, Education & Teaching, Engineering & Technology, Health & Wellness, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Law & Justice, Mathematics, Psychology, STEM, Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Sustainability.

From the traditional to the innovative, the highly ranked academic programs at the W. P. Carey School of Business offer students solutions for the 21st-century global economy. The W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University is one of the largest business schools in the United States with more than 1,500 graduate students and 8,300 undergraduates. For over 50 years, the W. P. Carey School has maintained accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the most prestigious and recognized accreditation available for business schools. From the world-renowned faculty representing six continents to thousands of outstanding students who enroll every year from around the world, the W. P. Carey School welcomes diversity and encourages global thinking. With over 25 undergraduate degrees and several masters and doctoral programs, W.P. Carey delivers excellent quality and great value. It is one of the top business schools in the country, highly ranked for academics, groundbreaking research, and student outcomes.

Online Degrees and Programs

ASU’s online programs have been recognized among the nation’s best and includes over 65 programs that include professional certificates and degrees in undergraduate and graduate studies. With access to all ASU libraries and scholarship opportunities, online students can enjoy many benefits of the vast resources of ASU from anywhere in the world.


Recently ranked as the top school in Arizona and as the fifth in the nation for sending out prepared and qualified graduates by the Wall Street Journal, ASU consistently enjoys attention and prestige by ongoing rankings from esteemed reviewers such as the U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, The Center for World University Rankings, Washington Monthly, and Forbes. As the nation’s top provider of Fulbright scholars, ASU maintains intellectual integrity for undergraduate and graduate programs.


Since 1931, ASU has maintained full accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. All academic programs at ASU are currently fully accredited by HLC’s North Central Association. Professional and national specialized accrediting for several programs has also been obtained and maintained within the W.P. Carey School of Business, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts, College of Technology and Innovation, School of Social Work, School of Public Affairs, College of Public Programs, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, School of Letters and Sciences, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Departments, Colleges, and Schools

Covering the broad needs, desires, talents, and futures of students from the United States and 150 other countries, ASU consists of several specialized departments, colleges and schools.

The Tempe Campus houses the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Sustainability, and Graduate College. The Downtown Phoenix Campus includes degree programs within the College of Health Solutions, the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, and the College of Public Programs. The College of Technology and Innovation are located on the Polytechnic Campus, while the West Campus is the home of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Students can attend the W.P. Carey School of Business at the Tempe, West, and Polytechnic Campuses, the School of Letters at the Downtown Phoenix or Tempe Campuses, and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at all four ASU locations.

Library System

Boasting eight different libraries, including a Music, Law, Architecture, and Science Library, ASU libraries offer students, faculty, and visitors resources for research and study in media, print, and digital form. Specialized collections that include the Benedict Visual Literacy Collections, Child Drama Collections, Chicano Research Collection, Government Document, and Map Collection add even more worth to the valuable educational possessions at ASU. Athletics

With NCAA basketball and football teams, the ASU Sun Devils keep athletic opportunities and events exciting for students all throughout the school year. ASU Sun Devil Athletics also include competitive men’s and women’s sports in cross country, golf, swimming/diving, and track and field. Men’s baseball and wrestling and women’s gymnastics, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, tennis, and water polo provide additional intercollegiate athletic competitions for students.

Student Housing

Residential Halls on the four main campuses of ASU provide housing options for many students, while Residential Colleges allow students to interact on a day-to-day basis with others in their academic disciplines. Upper-class housing available on all four campuses also enables comfortable living space and amenities such as fitness centers, pools, in-room kitchens, and even social activities and community game rooms. Family housing close to the campuses also meets the variety of needs within the ASU student body.

General Information

1151 S Forest Ave
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 965-7788
Fax: (480) 965-3610
[email protected]
Contact: Martha Byrd
Dean, Undergraduate Admissions
University Drive and Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85287
(480) 965-9011
W.P. Carey Business School Website
Total undergrads: 53,298
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 9,707
Degree-seeking undergrads: 52,883
Graduate enrollment: 13,254

Urban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Commuter campus
First Professional

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $4,971 $5,661 $6,844 $8,132 +18.82%
Books and Supplies $950 $1,130 $1,270 $1,290 +1.57%
Living Arrangement – On Campus

Room and Board $7,320 $8,790 $9,210 $9,706 +5.39%
Other $3,830 $3,190 $2,966 $2,796 -5.73%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus

Room and Board $7,410 $7,590 $8,156 $8,616 +5.64%
Other $3,880 $3,520 $3,676 $4,046 +10.07%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $17,071 $18,771 $20,290 $21,924 +8.05%
In-state Off Campus $17,211 $17,901 $19,946 $22,084 +10.72%
In-state with Family $5,921 $6,791 $8,114 $9,422 +16.12%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $8,509
In-state Student Fees $339
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $22,058
Out-of-state Fees $339

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 6,702 79%

Grant or scholarship aid 5,865 69% $48,227,892 $8,223
– Federal grants 1,819 22% $7,328,223 $4,029
– Pell grants 1,803 21% $6,378,898 $3,538
– Other federal grants 951 11% $949,325 $998
State/local government grant or scholarships 199 2% $306,492 $1,540
Institutional grants or scholarships 5,779 68% $40,593,177 $7,024
Student loan aid 2,595 31% $13,081,912 $5,041
– Federal student loans 2,522 30% $10,326,938 $4,095
– Other student loans 214 3% $2,754,974 $12,874

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 11856 3903 654
Agriculture 78 18
Agricultural Business and Management 78 18
Architecture and Related Services 178 73 8
Architecture 50 42 8
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 80 31
Interior Architecture 27
Landscape Architecture 21
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 70
African-American/Black Studies 5
American Indian/Native American Studies 14
American/United States Studies/Civilization 2
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 5
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies 12
Women's Studies 32
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 651 36 28
Biochemistry 131 6 7
Bioinformatics 9
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 397 14 9
Botany/Plant Biology 7 6
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 3 3
Conservation Biology 22
Microbiology 41 4 3
Molecular Biology 53
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 2166 1021 9
Accounting 295 79
Accounting and Business/Management 26
Business Administration and Management 376 744 9
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 11
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 90
Construction Management 70 21
Finance 298
Financial Planning and Services 7
International Business/Trade/Commerce 419
Management Science 70
Marketing/Marketing Management 280
Non-profit/Public/Organizational Management 30 33
Operations Management and Supervision 8
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management 189
Real Estate 27
Taxation 30
Tourism and Travel Services Management 84
Communication and Journalism Programs 866 46 12
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 17
Journalism, Other 268 28
Radio and Television 2
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 579 18 12
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 13
Graphic Communications 13
Computing and Information Sciences 210 98 18
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services, Other 7
Computer and Information Sciences 117
Computer Science 83 90 18
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst 3 8
Education 995 1110 77
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 32 4
Curriculum and Instruction 187 24
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 102
Education 14
Education, Other 22
Educational Leadership and Administration 107 31
Educational/Instructional Technology 9 3
Elementary Education and Teaching 501 326
Geography Teacher Education 7
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 67 1
Music Teacher Education 15 17
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 24
Secondary Education and Teaching 221 191
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education 4
Special Education and Teaching 134 124
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 15
Engineering 594 410 97
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 48 10 2
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 58 16 19
Chemical Engineering 43 5 6
Civil Engineering 91 23 10
Computer Engineering 57
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 90 212 35
Engineering Science 21 1
Engineering 21 35
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 9
Industrial Engineering 36 48 4
Materials Engineering 20 16 12
Mechanical Engineering 121 24 8
Engineering Technology 71 54
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician 5
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 27 13
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields, Other 36
Industrial Technology/Technician 2
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 11 2
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician 26 3
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 310 37 11
Creative Writing 17
English Language and Literature 309 20 11
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 140 16 3
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 20 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 1
French Language and Literature 13 5
German Language and Literature 8 2
Italian Language and Literature 6
Russian Language and Literature 12
Spanish Language and Literature 80 7 3
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 453 152 34
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 3
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 25
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other 39
Communication Sciences and Disorders 75 4
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 1
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 15
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 2
Music Therapy/Therapist 4 2
Nursing Administration 28
Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing 3
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 22
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 348 68
History 219 13 8
History 203 13 8
History, Other 16
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 358 29 12
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 226 21
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 132 8 12
Human Services 126 346 8
Public Administration 61 4
Public Policy Analysis 7
Social Work 126 278 4
Legal and Law Studies 25 166
Advanced Legal Research/Studies 15
Law 166
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other 10
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 127 43
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 21
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 126 22
Mathematics and Statistics 75 16 23
Applied Mathematics 1 1
Applied Mathematics, Other 4
Computational Mathematics 11
Mathematics 63 5 12
Statistics 11 6
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 968 27
International/Global Studies 63
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 905 15
Natural Sciences 12
Natural Resources and Conservation 44 49 1
Land Use Planning and Management/Development 38
Natural Resources Conservation and Research, Other 44 11 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 357 12 5
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other 75 8
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 208 5
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies 74 4
Physical Sciences 67 14 30
Astrophysics 1
Chemistry 34 2 15
Geology and Earth Science 12 5 6
Physics 21 6 8
Physics, Other 1
Psychology 636 40 29
Educational Psychology 11 10
Psychology 620 26 19
Psychology, Other 16 3
Science Technologies/Technicians 75
Science Technologies/Technicians, Other 75
Social Sciences 909 60 32
Anthropology 74 7 14
Criminology 3
Economics 162 2 5
Geography 66 38 3
Political Science and Government 399 9 5
Social Sciences 13
Social Sciences, Other 1
Sociology 186 5
Urban Studies/Affairs 9
Transportation and Materials Moving 47
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology 41
Air Traffic Controller 6
Visual and Performing Arts 759 115 43
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 1
Art/Art Studies 239 26
Dance 18 5
Design and Applied Arts, Other 215 18
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts 58 4 2
Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other 91
Graphic Design 42
Industrial and Product Design 27
Music Performance 34 54
Music Theory and Composition 3 4
Music 8 4 40
Visual and Performing Arts 24
Work and Family Studies 294 43
Adult Development and Aging 1 1
Child Development 16
Family and Community Services 16
Family Resource Management Studies 175
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies 118 10

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $25
Online application fee: $25
Percent applicants admitted: 90%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 80%

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture& Related Sciences
AgriculturalBusiness B

Architecture & Related Programs
City/Community/RegionalPlanning B
Interior Architecture B
LandscapeArchitecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
African-AmericanStudies B
American Studies B
Hispanic-AmericanStudies B
Native American Studies B
Women's Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Arts – General B
Dance B
Drama/TheaterArts B
Graphic Design B
IndustrialDesign B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Theory/Composition B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B
Botany B
ConservationBiology B
MolecularBiology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Business Administration/Management B
ConstructionManagement B
InternationalBusiness B
ManagementInformation Systems B
MarketingManagement B
NonprofitManagement B
OperationsManagement B
Real Estate B
Travel/TourismManagement B

Communications & Journalism

Communications Technologies
Graphic Communications B

Computer & Information Sciences
ComputerScience B
Computer Systems Analysis B

Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
ChemistryTeacher Education B
Drama/DanceTeacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
ElementaryEducation B
English Teacher Education B
Family/ConsumerSciences – Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
GeographyTeacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
MathematicsEducation B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
SecondaryEducation B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Special Education B

Aeronautical/AerospaceEngineering B
BiomedicalEngineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/CommunicationsEngineering B
Engineering– General B
EnvironmentalEngineering B
IndustrialEngineering B
MaterialsEngineering B
MechanicalEngineering B

Engineering Technologies
Computer Engineering B
ElectricalEngineering Technologies B
IndustrialTechnology B
ManufacturingTechnologies B
MechanicalEngineering Technology B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Adult Development/Aging B
Family Resource Management Studies B
Foods/NutritionStudies B

Foreign Language & Literature
East Asian B
French B
German B
Italian B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Clinical Laboratory Science B
CommunicationDisorders B
Music Therapy B
Nursing (RN) B

History – General B

Law & Legal Studies
Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal Arts & Sciences B

Applied Mathematics B
ComputationalMathematics B
Mathematics– General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Global Studies B
Science, Technology & Society B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion
Religion/ReligiousStudies B

Physical Sciences
Geology B
Physics B

Psychology– General B

Public Administration & Services
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies B
Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences
PoliticalScience/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Urban Studies B

Transportation & Materials Moving
Air Traffic Control B
Air Transportation B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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