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Arizona State University at Tempe is considered the flagship campus of the Arizona State System. With a single-campus enrollment that usually tops 50,000, it is one of the largest public universities in the United States. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and governed by the ASU Board of Regents.

Schools, programs, and colleges on ASU’s Tempe campus include: the Katherine K. Herberger College of the Arts, the College of Design, the W.P. Carey School of Business, the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, the Mary Lou Fulton College of Education, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the College of Liberal Arts and Science, and the newly established School of Sustainability.

Degrees offered at ASU-Tempe include undergraduate, graduate, post-baccalaureate certificates, doctorates, and professional degrees. The university offers over 250 undergraduate programs, as well as more than 100 graduate, professional, certificate, and interdisciplinary programs.

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The admissions process to Arizona State University at Tempe is considered to be moderately competitive, with several of the university’s ranked and nationally prominent programs being the most selective in terms of admissions.

For incoming freshmen, the priority date for applications is typically March 1. Admissions decisions are made on the basis of three main criteria: graduation, competency, and aptitude. Students must be high school graduates, or display acceptable equivalency exam scores. Candidates must also demonstrate competency, which is shown through acceptable high school grades in most core subjects. Lastly, admission decisions are made based on aptitude, which is demonstrated through a combination of high school grades, class rank, or ACT/SAT scores. Specific programs at ASU-Tempe have more rigorous admission requirements.

Financial Aid

Arizona State University-Tempe is committed to admitting students from a broad cross-section of socioeconomic backgrounds. In the 2006-2007 school year, more than 60% of all students received some form of financial aid, amounting to more than half a billion dollars in total awards.

Applying for admissions is the first step in the financial aid process, while completing the standard FAFSA is a key second step. Deadlines for specific programs, scholarships, and grants vary between December and March of each year. Student employment and federal loans offer additional options, and additional scholarship and aid programs exist for Arizona students and other specific student populations

For Arizona residents, the University offers six primary scholarship sources, including special scholarship programs for Academic Decathlon participants, as well as Presidential, Provost, and University scholarships. For nonresidents, ASU offers a Dean’s scholarship and the Sun Devil Scholarship. For both residents and nonresidents, there are five primary scholarships available, including national merit programs and the National Hispanic Finalist Scholarship. Students can find more information on the Arizona State website.

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Ranks 3946th for the average student loan amount.
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Arizona State University’s Tempe campus is located in an urban area, and includes a mix of on-campus residents and commuter students, the vast majority of whom attend school full-time.

The university is known for offering its students an active campus life and a vast array of clubs and activities, with nearly 700 student groups registered on the Tempe campus alone. In the past, ASU-Tempe has received recognition as one the top-ranked “party schools,” but administrators point out that it has the academic recognition and credentials to belie this overgeneralization.

Wi-fi Internet access is estimated to be available on approximately 85% of the campus, which sprawls over 640 acres and abuts a pedestrian-friendly entertainment district.

The main campus at Tempe is home to nearly 50,000 students, and is located in the heart of the city. The ASU campus has a sizable student union that is home to dining facilities, an art cafe, various businesses and banking services, and “Sparky’s Den.” The union also offers involvement services, a learning resource center, wireless access, and student employment opportunities.

Arizona State offers a Community Service Program for students that engages them in meaningful community and volunteer activities. Such activities include the Cesar Chavez Day of Service and the “Devils in Disguise” student day of service.

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Arizona State University, an NCAA Division I school, is well-known for its athletic programs. The Arizona State Sun Devils are nationally known in several sports, including baseball, basketball (both men’s and women’s), and football. Other sports include cross-country, men’s and women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, women’s soccer, softball, swimming/diving, men’s and women’s tennis, track & field, women’s volleyball, women’s water polo, and wrestling.

The University has separate stadiums for soccer, baseball, softball, and football, an arena for basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, and wrestling, a tennis center, a swim center, and a golf course.

Arizona State is a major player in Division I football and basketball, led by their famous mascot, the Sun Devil. Other sports include soccer, volleyball, gymnastics, swimming, and water polo. The Sun Devils take great pride in their student athletes’ academic accomplishments, with 61% of all student athletes earning a 3.0 GPA during fall or spring semester and 58 student athletes earning a 4.0. Arizona State University is identified as #7 nationwide and #1 in the Pac-10 conference for the most Academic All-Americans since 2000.

Although ASU-Tempe has competed nationally for several football titles, it has consistently achieved national prominence in a number of lesser-known sports, such as badminton and archery. Altogether, the school has amassed nearly 140 national athletics titles.

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Ranks 2nd in Arizona and 283rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Arizona and 459th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 17 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 14 0.02
Robbery 11 0.02
Arson 10 0.01
Burglary 70 0.10
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 16 0.02
Arrest 184 0.25

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 500 0.30
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 5 0.00
Forcible Rape 45 0.03
Robbery 237 0.14
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,579 0.96
Larceny 6,804 4.15
Vehicle theft 550 0.34

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral (no medical/veterinary)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District409

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 772nd for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $9,343 $9,343 $23,136
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $518 $518 $518
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $677 $677 $964
FT Graduate Tuition $10,300 $10,300 $21,080
FT Graduate Required Fees $518 $518 $518
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $736 $736 $1,054
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,837 $23,837 $37,630
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,075 $24,075 $37,868
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $15,287 $15,287 $29,080

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Law Degree — Tuition $25,750 $40,300
Law Degree — Required Fees $518 $518

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $9,720(N/C) $9,720(N/C) $22,319 $22,977
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000 $1,020
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,094(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,102 $3,163
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,616 $8,788
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,302 $4,387
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,266 $4,350

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$70
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 21,770 (11,822 male / 9,948 female)
Admitted 17,465 (9,292 male / 8,173 female)
Admission rate 80%
First-time Enrollment 7,171 (4,019 male / 3,152 female)
FT Enrollment 7,114 (3,982 male / 3,132 female)
PT Enrollment 57 (37 male / 20 female)
Total Enrollment48,702

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Pacific-10 Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Pacific-10 Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pacific-10 Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pacific-10 Conference

ACT Test Admission

230th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 51%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 28
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 28

SAT Test Admission

251st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 64%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 620
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 650
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1020 / 1270

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity9,106
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,624
Board Fee$3,158

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 289th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $95,398 ($107,114 male / $71,573 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,798 (1,064 male / 734 female)
Number of PT Faculty 2,026
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $109,846,000

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