Arizona State University
Arizona State University is a public institution that was founded in 1885. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 54,277, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,964 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Arizona State University's ranking in the 2011 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 143. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,661 (2010-11); out-of-state tuition and fees are $20,596 (2010-11).
As the school with the largest undergraduate population—both in the state and the nation—Arizona State University offers students a wide range of academic and extracurricular options. The university has four campuses throughout Phoenix, where, collectively, students have more than 275 major options and more than 500 clubs and organizations to check out. For time away from Arizona, students can choose from more than 300 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 Pacific 10 Conference and are particularly known for their baseball prowess.
Arizona State University 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 School of Engineering, and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Among the scores of notable ASU graduates are actor David Spade, talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, and baseball star Barry Bonds.