Arizona State University

Spring is in the air, and many of you are starting to plan college visits. Recently we had a CAA coach visit Arizona State University. We are happy to share what we learned from visiting this school!   Did you know that they have over 62,000 undergraduate students? This means that Arizona State is one of the largest schools in the country. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of planning to maintain a university of that size. Due to this, they are re-shaping their school around a new ideology: the New American University. The plan involves eight design aspirations to help guide the direction of the school. Through this new venture, Arizona State is working to become more interdisciplinary in their academics, more environmentally sustainable, and more socially engaged in their community. It’s an extensive plan with big-time goals. One of the most impressive results has been research using algae to create biofuel. Pretty cool!   For many students, ASU is a very affordable school to attend. Students from the state of Arizona will get the cheapest rate on tuition, but residents of other western states may receive a discount at some campuses. ASU participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), a program that gives students in qualifying states a discounted tuition rate at participating out-of-state schools. They also have an extensive list of scholarships to apply for, one of which is even named after our president, Barack Obama. Be sure to check out their scholarship site if you are considering ASU.   Something many don’t know about Arizona State is that it has five separate campuses, each with its own flavor. You have the option to experience a big or small college, depending on which one you choose. The main campus is located in Tempe, Arizona, while the Lake Havasu campus is the newest and smallest. If you attend the main campus, you will experience some of the school’s long-standing traditions on the campus’s “A” Mountain, but if you attend the Lake Havasu campus you can see the actual London Bridge, purchased from London and painstakingly reconstructed in the middle of Arizona!   At CAA we want to help our students with college and career choices. Students in Arizona, or in the western half of the United States, may wish to consider ASU as an option. Take a look at their resources yourself, and be sure to chat with a CAA coach about this impressive school!