Arizona State University (ASU) is a large public metropolitan research institution on five campuses across the Phoenix, Arizona, metropolitan area and four regional learning centers throughout Arizona. ASU is the largest public university by enrollment in the United States.
ASU's academic programs are spread across campuses in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area; however, unlike most multi-campus institutions, ASU describes itself as "one university in many places," inferring that there is "not a system with separate campuses and not one main campus with branch campuses".
The historically major ASU Tempe campus offers hundreds of majors that engage undergraduates and graduates in multidisciplinary research and exploration in first-rate laboratories and facilities.
ASU is considered a "selective" university by U.S. News & World Report as in 2015 it admitted about 85% of all freshman applicants.
Arizona State University was established as the Territorial Normal School at Tempe in 1885, when the 13th Arizona Territorial Legislature passed an act to create a normal school to train teachers for the Arizona Territory.
The ASU campus consisted of a single, four-room schoolhouse on a 20-acre plot.
The 2017 U.S. News & World Report rated ASU No. 1 among America’s 28 "Most Innovative Universities". The innovation ranking, new for 2016, was determined by a poll of top college officials nationwide asking them to name institutions "that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities".
Besides, ASU is ranked the 47th in the U.S. and the 93rd in the world among the top 500 universities in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and the 55th U.S./the 97th world by the Center for World University Rankings.
Money Magazine ranked ASU the 214th of nearly 1,500 U.S. schools it evaluated for its 2014 Best Colleges ranking.
ASU offers over 250 majors to undergraduate students, and more than 100 graduate programs leading to numerous masters and doctoral degrees in the liberal arts and sciences, design and arts, engineering, journalism, education, business, law, nursing, public policy, technology, and sustainability.
Several ASU colleges and schools appear near the top of the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings:
Individual Ph.D. program rankings included audiology (the 9th), clinical psychology (the 41st), computer science (the 48th), Earth science (the 20th), economics (the 36th), nursing practice (the 14th), physics (the 50th), psychology (the 38th), social work (the 32nd), and speech-language pathology (the 17th).
In 2011, ASU was included in the Quacquarelli Symonds list as the 21st best school in the world for biological sciences.
Arizona, a part of the Western United States and of the Mountain West states, is the sixth largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. It is located near and has borders with New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, California and Mexico, and one point in common with the southwestern corner of Colorado.