Originally named the Tempe Normal School, ASU was founded in 1885 after John Samuel Armstrong persuaded the governor to sign a bill establishing a new school in the Arizona Territory. Two Tempe residents donated land to the university, and instruction began in 1886 under Principal Hiram Bradford Farmer.
Led by Grady Gammage, the school would come under the administration of the Arizona Board of Regents, the body that still oversees the school to this day. After World War II, the university’s enrollment rose due to the number of veterans returning from serving abroad. This increase in enrollment allowed Gammage to expand construction on campus. It was under Gammage that the university took on its current name of Arizona State University.
Today, under the leadership of the current president Michael Crow, the university is undergoing another period of growth. With millions of dollars in donations coming in every year, ASU is planning on greatly enhancing its research infrastructure.
The Tempe campus covers approximately 642 acres and is the largest of ASU’s four campuses. It is encompassed by an arboretum that was dedicated to the university in 1990. Old Main, the first building built for ASU, still stands on campus. The crown jewel of the Tempe campus is undoubtedly the Gammage Auditorium, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The auditorium made the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. The Palm Walk is a very popular corridor lined by 111 palm trees. The Fine Arts Complex houses the Galvin Playhouse, the ASU Art Museum, and the Music Building.
Recently, the campus has expanded to Mill Ave, where ASU built the Brickyard, part of the engineering school. All of the school’s athletic facilities, including the famous Sun Devil Stadium, are part of the Tempe campus.
Tempe, Arizona is a great place for young students to roam during their nights and weekends - both Tempe and nearby Phoenix are teeming with college-age students. Mill Avenue is the most popular destination due to its close proximity to campus and great selection of bars, clubs, and restaurants.
Downtown Phoenix is only 15 minutes away, so sports fans looking for action aside from ASU Sun Devils games can find the Diamondbacks and various NASCAR events taking place nearby. If Tempe and Phoenix start to get old, students can take a short jaunt out to the smaller cities of Scottsdale, Mesa or Chandler.
“A” Mountain: A nearby mountain with the iconic “A” painted on it. Students will paint different colors for a variety of reasons, including Greek pride, team unity, or just to kick off the school year.
The Lantern Walk: During Homecoming week, students and alumni walk past “A” Mountain with candles lighting their way. After they reach the top, the ASU fight song is sung and the “A” is lit up.
The Victory Bell located by Sun Devil Stadium is rung whenever the Sun Devils win.
Bruce Blakeman (1985) is a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York.
Barry Bonds (1986) is professional baseball’s all-time home run king.
Phil Mickleson (1992) is a professional golfer and winner of three major championships.
Ed Pastor (1966) is a Democratic member of the US House of Representatives serving Arizona’s 4th district.
Kate Spade (1985) is a noted fashion designer.
The Sun Devils compete in the NCAA Pac-10 Conference. The athletic program has enjoyed a wildly successful run of late, with a number of teams winning national championships, including the archery, badminton, softball, and baseball squads. Students get most excited about the football and basketball teams during their respective seasons, and tend to pull out all the stops when ASU plays the University of Arizona in football.
ASU has one of the most successful baseball programs in the nation. The Sun Devils have five national championships to their name. The program has churned out such pros as Reggie Jackson, Barry Bonds, and Dustin Pedroia. This season, the women’s softball team beat Texas A&M to win their first-ever Women’s College World Series.
In Mexico, ASU collaborates with Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in the ITAM/W.P. Carey School of Business Executive MBA Program.
75% of ASU’s alumni worldwide are under the age of 45
ASU enrolled 15,441 ethnic minority students in 2007, more than any other Arizona college or university.
More than 162,000 ASU alumni live in Arizona.
ASU's dorms are split into three Residential Neighborhoods and a cluster of apartments for upperclassmen.
-Palo Verde East
-Palo Verde West( 4th floor is for women only).
-Palo Verde Main
-San Pablo: Home of the Engineering Residential College
-Hassayampa Academic Community: Home to Healthy Living, Arts and Sciences, College of Education, Business School, and Living Well Residential Communities
Center Neighborhood: Home of Honors College Residential Communities
-McClintock: Home of Journalism and Design Residential Communities