From its roots as a Territorial Normal School established in 1885 to train teachers for work in the public schools of the Arizona Territory, Arizona State University developed into a comprehensive metropolitan research university for the 21st century, internationally known for its high-quality academic and research programs. More than 72,000 students from all 50 states and some 120 countries enroll at ASU each year.
ASU is home to the first School of Sustainability in the world. Housed under the Global Institute of Sustainability, the School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in sustainability that bring together social sciences, economics, biology, international development, policy, urban dynamics, and energy use.
ASU is leading the first ever
Engineering Research Center (ERC), jointly funded by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy on Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST). This effort pulls together the talent of eight leading U.S. universities and three international universities to advance solar photovoltaic devices through an integrated research, education, and industrial engagement program.
ASU has developed a model for a New American University, creating an institution that is committed to excellence, access, and impact. The university pursues research that contributes to the public good and assumes major responsibility for the economic, social, and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.