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Arizona State University

Arizona State University is a four-year, public research institution that was founded in 1885 as a territorial normal school, or teacher training school. From its humble beginnings, ASU has grown into a comprehensive university with a massive enrollment of more than 72,200 students across four campuses. Those campuses include the main campus at Tempe, the West Campus in northwest Phoenix, the Polytechnic Campus in Mesa, and the Downtown Phoenix campus. ASU is a nationally ranked university that has recognized graduate programs in business, education, engineering, law, social sciences, and more, according to U.S. News & World Report. ASU also has notable online degree programs, coming in first in the nation in the category of student services and technology for its online bachelor’s programs, and even landing the honor roll for top online MBA programs, according to U.S. News.

Programs Offered

Arizona State University offers more than 250 undergraduate programs and a broad range of graduate and professional programs. These include programs in architecture, construction, and design; business, management, and economics; communication and media; computing and mathematics; and more. ASU’s mathematics programs, in particular, have been recognized by Times Higher Education as some of the best in the world alongside greats like NYU and Columbia University. Along with offering high-quality traditional programs, ASU offers numerous programs online. The courses in these programs are delivered through a platform called LearningStudio, where students can access their course content, submit assignments, check their grades, and communicate with professors and fellow students. Courses commonly include discussion posts, quizzes, videos, podcasts, and other multimedia resources.


Arizona State University has been accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, since 1931. In addition, many of ASU’s individual programs hold specialized accreditation, which prospective students can verify on College Navigator.


First-time freshmen must submit a completed application, pay the appropriate application fee, submit official ACT/SAT scores, and submit high school transcripts that show both GPA and date of graduation. Admission into ASU is somewhat competitive, and first-time freshmen generally must meet one of the following criteria: be in the top 20% of their graduating class, have a minimum 3.0 GPA in competency courses, have a minimum score of 22 on the ACT (or 24 for non-residents), or have a minimum score of 1040 on the SAT Reasoning test (1110 for non-residents). However, students who don’t meet all of these requirements may be evaluated under individual review (for more information on freshmen admissions requirements see here). Graduate applicants must also submit a completed application, pay the appropriate application fee, and meet all other requirements established by the particular department to which they are applying. While requirements differ by department, students generally must submit transcripts from all colleges and universities attended showing that the student has earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, and showing that the student has maintained a minimum of a “B” average, or 3.0 GPA, in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work, or the last 90 quarter hours of undergraduate course work. Additional requirements for graduate school might include a statement of purpose or writing sample, portfolio, resume, and any required test scores, e.g., the GRE or MAT.


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