Arizona State University (Tempe)

=184 th
World University Rankings 2021
5 th
Impact Rankings 2020
=196 th
US College Rankings 2021
Tempe, Arizona, 85287, United States

Arizona State University, ranked No. 1 “Most Innovative School” in the United States by U.S. News & World Report for six years in succession, has forged the model for a New American University. ASU is a comprehensive public research institution, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.

ASU operates on the principle that learning is a personal and original journey for each student; that they thrive on experience, and the process of discovery cannot be bound by traditional academic disciplines. Through innovation and a commitment to accessibility, ASU has drawn pioneering researchers to its faculty even as it expands opportunities for qualified students, attracting some of the highest caliber students from all 50 states and more than 130 nations.

Building on a legacy of excellence, ASU has rapidly enriched its research enterprise. In just 10 years, the university has more than doubled its research funding. By redefining the 21st-century university as a knowledge enterprise, ASU has inspired its faculty and students to lead discovery, most notably in space exploration, health and well-being, sustainability, energy, water, and more.

Our interdisciplinary, solutions-focused approach to research, entrepreneurship, and economic development is centered on discovery that translates into impact and the fusion of intellectual disciplines in order to solve complex problems.

ASU is ranked first in the U.S. and fifth in the world by Times Higher Education for advancing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, including global impact on poverty and hunger, developing solutions for clean water and energy, and promoting gender equality.

As the New American University, ASU is committed to expanding educational access, achieving excellence across all academic areas, and making a positive social, economic and cultural impact in the communities we serve both locally and internationally. We  engage globally  by providing multiple pathways to global opportunities for our students, and by working with global partners to enhance our own perspectives and expertise through partnerships with diverse communities. Currently, ASU maintains more than 200 collaborative agreements with institutions in 45 countries.

One of the core design aspirations that has guided ASU’s transformation is to engage globally by reaching learners and communities around the world and by taking responsibility for grand global challenges. This commitment is reflected in everything we do. We carry out use-inspired research that addresses issues of international significance, develop impactful international partnerships around the world, and create unique opportunities for our students to engage globally. ASU consistently ranks among the top choices for international students studying in the U.S., with more than 9,200 enrolled in fall 2019.

ASU is touching the lives of learners around the world and working to solve the most pressing challenges of our time. We are mobilizing our resources, intellectual capital, and global reach to set a new standard for how universities engage globally to promote educational access and inclusion, human well-being, and social impact.

 Enrollment and academics

ASU’s total student enrollment of 119,951 for fall 2019 makes it one of the largest public universities in the world. 

ASU offers more than 350 academic undergraduate programs and majors led by expert faculty in highly ranked colleges and schools. 

U.S. News & World Report ranks 64 ASU degree programs in the top 25 in the U.S., including 22 programs ranked in the nation’s top 10. 

Through more than 450 graduate degree programs and certificates, ASU master’s and doctoral students work directly with the top researchers in the U.S. 

Faculty excellence

The ASU faculty is at the forefront nationally in advancing research and discovery. Our more than 4,800 faculty members inspire new ways of thinking, innovating, and solving problems socially, culturally and economically in our region and in the international community.

5 Nobel laureates
5 MacArthur fellows
7 Pulitzer Prize winners
9 National Academy of Engineering members
24 American Academy of Arts and Sciences members
23 National Academy of Sciences members
37 Guggenheim fellows
143 National Endowment for the Humanities fellows
250 Fulbright U.S. Scholars 

Just a few of our outstanding faculty:

  • Sidney Altman shared the Nobel Prize in 1989 for the discovery that RNA actively aids chemical reactions in cells.
  • 2018 MacArthur fellow and sociologist Rebecca Sandefur is bridging legal scholarship and practice, providing the empirical evidence necessary to guide and implement wide-scale reforms to address the civil legal needs of low-income people.
  • Bert Höelldobler and his research team explore the behavioral mechanisms that underlie communication and division of labor systems in ant societies. He received a Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal in 1991 for his nonfiction book “The Ants,” coauthored with E. O. Wilson.

Research and innovation

ASU has topped U.S. News & World Report’s “Most Innovative Schools” list since the inception of the category in 2016. In the 2021 ranking, ASU again placed ahead of MIT and Stanford on the list, based on a survey of peers. 

#1 in U.S. and #5 in the world
Times Higher Education ranked ASU in the top 5 globally and No. 1 in the U.S. in fulfilling the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals to build a better world for people and our planet.  

In just 10 years, ASU has rapidly enriched its discovery enterprise, more than doubling its research funding and rising to No. 7 in the U.S. among universities without a medical school. 

$640 million
ASU is one of the fastest-growing research enterprises in the U.S., with $640 million total research expenditures in FY19. 

$833+ million
Since 2003, ASU research has resulted in more than 3,800 invention disclosures and more than 845 U.S. issued patents. Startups based on ASU intellectual property have generated more than $833 million in investment capital

Top 10
Arizona State University ranks No. 10 in the U.S. and No. 12 in the world among universities granted U.S. patents in 2019, according to the U.S. National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

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Key statistics

  • $12,648
    On-campus Room and Board
  • $28,336
    Out-of-state Tuition and Fees
  • $46,067
    Salary after 10 years
  • 43 : 57
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 45,827
    Number of FTE Students
  • 19.7
    No. of students per staff
  • 20%
    Percentage of International Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2021 US Rankings and (2) 2021 World University Rankings