Arizona State University is one of the premier metropolitan public research universities in the nation. Enrolling more than 57,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students on three campuses in metropolitan Phoenix, ASU maintains a tradition of academic excellence in core disciplines, and has become an important global center for innovative interdisciplinary teaching and research. ASU offers outstanding resources for study and research, including libraries and museums with important collections, studios and performing arts spaces for creative endeavor, and unsurpassed state-of-the-art scientific and technological laboratories and research facilities.
In addition to the historic Tempe campus, a college town in the midst of a dynamic metropolitan region, the university comprises two newer campuses with more specialized missions: ASU's West campus, in northwest Phoenix adjacent to Glendale, and ASU's Polytechnic campus, in Mesa. The conceptualization and design of the Downtown Phoenix campus is presently underway, with plans for a vibrant cultural, creative and education center.
ASU is research-driven but focused on learning?teaching is carried out in a context that encourages the creation of new knowledge. The faculty includes recipients of prestigious academic and professional awards, including membership in the national academies. ASU currently ranks sixth among public universities in its enrollment of freshmen merit scholars. The university champions diversity, and is international in scope, welcoming students from all 50 states and nations across the globe. ASU is an active partner with the private sector in initiatives to enhance the social well-being, economic competitiveness, cultural depth, and quality of life of metropolitan Phoenix and the state.