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Arizona State University at the West campus
Established 1984
Type Public
President Michael M. Crow
Students 10,380 [1][2]
Location Phoenix, Arizona, United States
33°36′28.05″N 112°9′35.63″W / 33.6077917°N 112.1598972°W / 33.6077917; -112.1598972Coordinates: 33°36′28.05″N 112°9′35.63″W / 33.6077917°N 112.1598972°W / 33.6077917; -112.1598972
Campus Suburban
277.92 acres (1.1247 km2)[3]
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.[4] As of fall 2009, 10,380 students were enrolled in at least one course on the West campus.[1]

In 2008, the West campus was designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride,[5] and in 2009, construction began on a large solar array that will power nearly the entire campus with solar power.[6]



Fletcher Library on the ASU 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.[7] 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.[8] As student enrollment in the West campus programs continues to grow, additional academic buildings and private developments are scheduled to expand the physical campus.[9]


University Center, West Campus

The West campus is the smallest of ASU's campuses in terms of facility space (square footage of campus buildings).[10] 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.[11]

Programs on the west campus

The West campus is home to two of ASU's 17 colleges and schools, and hosts programs offered by four additional colleges.[12] The programs offered on the West campus focus on interdisciplinary and collaborative programs in the liberal arts and sciences, education, and business,[7] leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.[9][13]

The following colleges and schools have a presence on the west campus:

  • The New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences is the only college to offer programs solely on the West campus. The college resembles a traditional liberal arts college, but with an interdisciplinary focus, in which faculty are grouped into broad divisions rather than individual discipline-specific departments.[14] As of the 2007-2008 academic year, the New College is home to over 1900 students[15], 118 faculty[16] and houses 21 degree programs leading to Bachelor's and Master's degrees in the liberal arts and sciences.
  • The Barrett Honors College provides academically-intensive programs and courses for undergraduate students meeting select criteria.[17]
  • The University College offers general-studies programs and exploratory programs for undergraduate students who have not declared a formal major.[18]

Residence Halls

  • Las Casas residence hall provides ASU West students with an opportunity to live on campus. Located on the west side of the campus, the residence hall includes a swimming pool, computer lab, and volleyball court.[19]

Points of interest


  1. ^ a b ASU Enrollment. 2009. Retrieved Oct 9, 2009.
  2. ^ It should be noted that this figure is summed from students whose academic majors are based on the West campus—any ASU student may be enrolled in classes on any of the four campuses simultaneously.
  3. ^ ASU University Office of Institutional Analysis. September 24, 2008.
  4. ^ Accreditation status of Arizona State University Higher Learning Commission
  5. ^ 2008 Phoenix Points of Pride
  6. ^ ASU News West Campus Solarization Project
  7. ^ a b One University in Many Places Explanation of the ASU campus organization
  8. ^ History of the ASU West Campus
  9. ^ a b West Campus Gears Up for Growth
  10. ^ Capital Improvement Plan 2010 Arizona State University
  11. ^ [ 2010-2012 Capital Improvement Plan] Arizona State University
  12. ^
  13. ^ List of Graduate Degree Programs
  14. ^ New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
  15. ^ ASU Factbook: Enrollment
  16. ^ ASU Factbook: Employees
  17. ^
  18. ^
  19. ^

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