|Arizona State University at the West campus|
|President||Michael M. Crow|
|Location||Phoenix, Arizona, United
277.92 acres (1.1247 km2)
|Website||West campus website|
Arizona State University at the West Campus is one of four university campuses that compose Arizona State University (ASU). The West campus was established by the Arizona Legislature in 1984, and is located in northwest Phoenix, bordering the city of Glendale.
ASU's campuses are unified as a single institution, and so the West campus shares students, faculty, administration, and accreditation with the other campuses. As of fall 2009, 10,380 students were enrolled in at least one course on the West campus.
Construction of what is now known as the West Campus began in 1986, with the first permanent buildings completed by 1989. Two years later, all of the current buildings were completed.
As its inception, the West campus was designed to offer only upper-level undergraduate courses (with lower-level courses to be taken at nearby Glendale Community College); however, in 2001, it expanded its course offerings, allowing students to complete their entire undergraduate education on the campus. Until this point, the West campus operated quasi-independently of the Tempe campus, and had its own administration, faculty, and student admissions process.
With the arrival of current ASU president Michael Crow in 2002, the academic structure of Arizona State University was reorganized to integrate the West campus into the University as a whole. Today, the West campus shares faculty, students, and administrators with the Tempe and other ASU campuses. The academic offerings on the West campus were designed to highlight an interdisciplinary focus in the liberal arts and sciences, education, and business. As student enrollment in the West campus programs continues to grow, additional academic buildings and private developments are scheduled to expand the physical campus.
The West campus is the smallest of ASU's campuses in terms of facility space (square footage of campus buildings). The West campus primarily consists of five cloistered academic buildings arranged around a quad, with several smaller satellite buildings housing auxiliary and administrative offices. The campus is currently scheduled for the addition of a student union and a second building in which to house faculty and administrative offices.
The West campus is home to two of ASU's 17 colleges and schools, and hosts programs offered by four additional colleges. The programs offered on the West campus focus on interdisciplinary and collaborative programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education, and business, leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
The following colleges and schools have a presence on the west campus: