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Arizona State University West

Arizona State University West
4701 West Thunderbird Road
Glendale, AZ 85306

The Arizona State University West campus in Glendale, Arizona offers more than 30 undergraduate degree programs and close to 20 graduate degrees and professional certificate programs to nearly 9,000 students. Out of Arizona State University's four sites, the West campus has the highest percentage of undergraduate students in the 25 to 50 age range at more than 30 percent.

Founded in 1984 after a 12-year grass roots campaign to bring a wider range of higher-education opportunities to the region, Arizona State University West maintains its strong connection to the West Valley with over 200 community partnerships, collaborating with institutions such as the Sun City Grand, Challenger Center and the Heard Museum. For its efforts, ASUW received the highest marks in public engagement among U.S. colleges and universities in a survey conducted by the Association of State Colleges and Universities.

At Arizona State University West, first-year students can join freshman learning communities. Guided by two professors, a librarian, a technology specialist, a student development professional and an upperclassman, students participating in a learning community receive support while adjusting to the academic and social demands at ASUW.

Academic programs fall under the College of Human Services, the College of Teacher Education and Leadership, the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and the School of Global Management and Leadership. Arizona State University West is in the midst of a 300-Acre Master Planned Development initiative to attract investments from private companies who will host courses and offer internships.

Quick Facts:

  • Around 50 percent of Arizona State University West's undergraduate students are the first generation in their families to attend college.

  • Arizona State University's West campus broke one of its records, granting 296 scholarships ($694,294) for the 2007-08 academic year.

  • ASUW expects to offer 80 degrees by by 2012, including 47 bachelor's, 30 master's and three doctorate.

  • Arizona State University West's College of Teacher Education and Leadership developed three 2+2+2 programs with high schools and community colleges in the region to encourage students to become teachers.

  • Arizona State University students can apply for semester-long internships at the well-known Washington Center in Washington, D.C., where they can gain hands-on experience in fields such as advocacy, business and information technology, international affairs, and law and criminal justice.

  • Two Arizona State University campuses (West and Downtown) are joining up to offer a Master's of Science in Recreation and Tourism Studies and Ph.D. in Community Resources and Development.
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