Arizona State University--Tempe

PO Box 870112, Tempe, AZ 85287 | (855) 278-5080

#115 (tie) in National Universities | Overall Score 47/100.0


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2018 Quick Stats

  • In-state Tuition & Fees $10,792 (2017-18)
  • Out-of-state Tuition & Fees $27,372 (2017-18)
  • Room and Board $12,209 (2017-18)
  • Total Enrollment 51,869
  • Application Deadline N/A

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Arizona State University—Tempe is a public institution that was founded in 1885. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 42,477, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 661 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Arizona State University—Tempe's ranking in the 2018 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 115. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,792 (2017-18); out-of-state tuition and fees are $27,372 (2017-18).

Arizona State University—Tempe, which has one of the largest undergraduate populations in the nation, offers students a wide range of academic and extracurricular options. Collectively, the campuses in Tempe and three other locations in the Phoenix area offer students more than 300 undergraduate academic programs to pick from and more than 500 clubs and organizations to check out. For time away from Arizona, students can choose from more than 250 study abroad options. Freshmen are required to live on campus, unless they commute from a parent's home, are married or fall under other exceptions. The Arizona State Sun Devils sports teams compete in the NCAA Division I Pac-12 Conference and are particularly known for their baseball prowess.

Arizona State also offers a wide range of highly ranked graduate programs through schools including the W. P. Carey School of Business, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Among the scores of notable people who have attended ASU are actor David Spade, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and baseball star Barry Bonds.

General Information

  • Public, Coed school type
  • 1885 year founded
  • N/A religious affiliation
  • Semester academic calendar
  • Urban setting
  • $483.9 million + 2016 endowment

School Mission and Unique Qualities

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Arizona State University is a comprehensive public research university that measures itself by whom it includes and how they succeed; advances research and discovery of public value; and assumes fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity. Its research is use-inspired, breaking the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU has been named the #1 school in the country for innovation by U.S. News & World Report for the last two years, ahead of #2 Stanford and #3 MIT, and the top U.S. public university for international students by the Institute of International Education. ASU's Tempe campus offers hundreds of majors that engage undergraduates and graduates in multidisciplinary research and exploration in first-rate laboratories and facilities. Students pursue a wide range of majors including business, liberal arts, design, engineering and the sciences. At ASU, students customize their college experiences by augmenting their classroom study with opportunities for research, study abroad, leading student clubs, volunteering and more. Students can also customize the way they learn, choosing 7.5- or 15-week semesters, online or in-person classes, obtaining concurrent degrees or pursuing a master's degree while earning an undergraduate degree. ASU emphasizes innovation and entrepreneurship -- here students can invent products or start ventures with the full guidance and support of the university. With an unrivaled commitment to sustainability, the Tempe campus is the most solar-powered of any in the U.S., exemplified by massive solar structures providing shaded walkways and parking across the campus. It also offers easy access to all of metropolitan Phoenix through public transit including light rail. The expanded fitness complex welcomes students to take a break from their studies and focus on their health, while the Sun Devil Athletics facilities, performing arts venues, including the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gammage Auditorium, museums and vibrant downtown Tempe location complement this diverse university environment.

2018 Rankings

Arizona State University--Tempe is ranked #115 in National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

#115 (tie) in National Universities

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Undergraduate Information

Alumni Starting Salaries

Below are the median starting salaries by major for alumni of Arizona State University--Tempe.

Median starting salary of alumni: $50,200* *

Median starting salary of alumni: * $50,200*

By major:

Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
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Biological and Biomedical Sciences
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Interested in applying to Arizona State University--Tempe? The application fee at Arizona State University--Tempe is $50. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due N/A. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 83 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity: More selective 

Selectivity:  More selective

Fall 2016 acceptance rate: 83% 

Fall 2016 acceptance rate:  83%

Application deadline: N/A 

Application deadline:  N/A

SAT/ACT scores must be received by: N/A 

SAT/ACT scores must be received by:  N/A

Priority application deadline:

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Arizona State University--Tempe is 23:1, and the school has 40.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Arizona State University--Tempe include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Social Sciences; and Visual and Performing Arts. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86 percent.

Class sizes :
Classes with fewer than 20 students
50 or more

Student-faculty ratio: 23:1 

Student-faculty ratio:  23:1

4-year graduation rate: 49% 

4-year graduation rate:  49%

Student Life

Arizona State University--Tempe has a total undergraduate enrollment of 42,477, with a gender distribution of 57 percent male students and 43 percent female students. At this school, 21 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 79 percent of students live off campus. In sports, Arizona State University--Tempe is part of the NCAA I.

Student gender distribution:
57% Male

Total enrollment: 51,869 

Total enrollment:  51,869

Collegiate athletic association: NCAA I 

Collegiate athletic association:  NCAA I

Full-time degree-seeking students:

Cost & Financial Aid

At Arizona State University--Tempe, 54 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,823.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs, or use the U.S. News 529 Finder to choose the best tax-advantaged college investment account for you.

Financial aid statistics:

In-state tuition and fees: $10,792 (2017-18) 

In-state tuition and fees:  $10,792 (2017-18)

Out-of-state tuition and fees: $27,372 (2017-18) 

Out-of-state tuition and fees:  $27,372 (2017-18)

Room and board: $12,209 (2017-18) 

Room and board:  $12,209 (2017-18)

Minimum credits per term a student can take for full-time tuition price:

Campus Safety

Campus safety data were reported by the institution to the U.S. Department of Education and have not been independently verified. The numbers for criminal offenses reflect reports of alleged offenses to campus security and/or law enforcement authorities, not necessarily prosecutions or convictions. Experts advise prospective students and their families to do their own research to evaluate the safety of a campus as well as the surrounding area.

Campus Services

Arizona State University--Tempe offers a number of student services, including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance. Arizona State University--Tempe also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.). Of the students at Arizona State University--Tempe, 55 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Arizona State University--Tempe.

Students who have cars on campus: 55% 

Students who have cars on campus:  55%

Health insurance offered: Yes 

Health insurance offered:  Yes

Nearest airports (miles):

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