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A guide to campus options at Arizona State University


With over 60,000 undergraduate students, Arizona State University is one of the largest in the United States. However, while most students are at the Tempe campus, there are actually five campuses in Arizona that comprise ASU, each with distinct benefits. Here is a summary of each campus:

1. ASU Tempe: This is the largest ASU campus, with over 41,000 undergraduates and Sun Devil Football Stadium on about 650 acres, 8 miles east of Phoenix. They offer hundreds of majors in ten colleges. Big State U.

2. Downtown Phoenix: Open since 2006, the Downtown Phoenix campus is now home to over 9,000 undergraduate students. Programs offered downtown include Nursing, health solutions, journalism, public service, and teaching. This will soon be the home of the new ASU Law school, and offers an urban setting for students that prefer it to the suburban mammoth campus. Downtown students can still attend Sun Devil games on Saturdays in the Fall.

3. Polytechnic: This campus is located on 600 acres, about 30 minutes southeast of the Tempe campus. Open since 1996, this campus offers its 4,000 undergraduate students programs in Engineering, Business, and Teaching in a more intimate setting. On the site of a former Air force base, the polytechnic campus has a working regional airport on campus. "Poly" students can still attend Sun Devil games on Saturdays in the Fall.

4. West Campus: This campus is about 280 acres, and is located about 35 minutes northwest of the Tempe campus. Home to about 3,300 undergraduate students, programs are offered in Arts and Sciences, Business, Nursing and Teaching. West campus is like a small, liberal arts college, but with the resources of ASU behind it. West students can still attend Sun Devil games on Saturdays in the Fall.

5. Lake Havasu: This campus is located about 3 hours West of Phoenix, on the Arizona/California border. Using it's proximity to Lake Havasu, all majors including Environmental Science and Biology, require a capstone project, sometimes with the US Fish and Wildlife Service or other local or government agencies. New and tiny, this campus has only a few hundred students, but may grow to 2,000 someday soon. No football for Havasu students...

So there it is. ASU is not just one big campus in Tempe, AZ. Students can experience an urban mid-sized school in Downtown Phoenix, a small Tech school at the Polytechnic campus, a small liberal arts school at the West Campus, or a tiny, hands-on school at Lake Havasu.

Good luck finding your perfect fit and Top Choice!

eric@TopChoiceCollegeConsulting.com 617.240.6899


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