Arizona State University at the Polytechnic campus is one of four campuses of Arizona State University. Founded originally as ASU East, the campus opened in fall 1996 on the former Williams Air Force Base in southeast Mesa, Arizona.
The campus opened with nearly 1,000 students enrolled in one of the eight degrees offered. The campus started with two schools — the School of Technology and the School of Management and Agribusiness. East College was added in 1997 as an incubator for new professional programs.
Today more than 8,000 students are enrolled in 40 degree programs based on the campus. ASU shares around 600 acres (2.4 km2) at Power and Williams Field roads with Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Mesa Community College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a United States Air Force research laboratory, a Veteran's Administration Clinic and the Silvestre Herrera Army Reserve Center. These entities make up what is known as the Williams Campus.
As the needs of the university and community evolve, so too does the campus. In July 2005, the campus changed its name from ASU East to ASU's Polytechnic campus to better reflect the mission of the programs at the campus. Programs such as the new interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Engineering continue to be developed, offering students even more practical degree choices.
In the Fall 2008 semester a major expansion project at the campus was completed and open to students in the form of the new Polytechnic Academic Complex. It is located in the heart of campus and combines new student housing with classrooms and administrative offices in an open air building environment. The three new buildings cost a combined $103 million dollars and cover 240,000 square feet (22,000 m2). It was built by main contractor DPR and designed by RSP Architects (Architect-of-Record) in collaboration with San Antonio-based Lake|Flato (Design Architect) and is a LEED v2.2 Gold certified project.
In 1996, as one of the founding schools on the Polytechnic campus houses internationally respected faculty in the College develops competence in disciplines critical to today's technology-based economy. The faculty is widely published and highly regarded both in academia and the private sector. The College has an array of nearly 40 well-equipped facilities, centers and laboratories for student work and faculty research. Facilities such as the Altitude Chamber, Flight Simulator Labs, Digital Printing Lab, Photovoltaics Testing Lab, Microelectronics Teaching Factory and Haas Technical Center, students are engaged in real-world projects using cutting-edge technology.
The School was officially named in 1998 in honor of ASU Alums Marvin and June Morrison for their gift of a large acre of farmland to the school and their ongoing support of Arizona State University. Degree programs, from Agribusiness and Business Administration to Real Estate, feature award-winning, internationally recognized faculty.
The School of Letters and Sciences (SLS) offers programs on the Polytechnic campus from its headquarters on the Downtown Phoenix campus. SLS offers a liberal arts core curriculum and a university-wide bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies. Instruction ranges from humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.
The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, offers programs leading to the B.A., M.Ed., and Ed.D. in many fields, such as early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, special education, and educational administration/supervision. Headquartered on ASU's West campus, the Teachers College administers education programs on all four ASU campuses.
The Graduate College administers graduate programs on all four ASU campuses.
The Barrett Honors College provides academically-intensive programs and courses for undergraduate students meeting select criteria. Barrett's programs are offered to students across all four ASU campuses.
The University College offers general-studies programs and exploratory programs for undergraduate students who have not declared a formal major.