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Innovation powers the New American University in creating the next generation of leaders

A New American University

Two decades ago, Arizona State University set forth a new and ambitious trajectory to become a comprehensive knowledge enterprise dedicated to the simultaneous pursuit of excellence, broad access to quality education and meaningful societal impact. From that point forward, all of its energy, creativity and resources have been brought to bear on the design of a uniquely adaptive and transdisciplinary university committed to producing master learners. Today, ASU exemplifies a new prototype for the American public research university.

At ASU, our culture of innovation and inclusion draws pioneering researchers to our faculty and attracts highly qualified students from all 50 states and more than 130 nations. ASU is expanding academic and entrepreneurial opportunities for every type of learner at all stages of life.


ASU Charter

ASU has developed a new model for the American research university, creating an institution committed to excellence, access and impact – the New American University. ASU’s charter, adopted in 2014, is the blueprint of that transformation.

Highly ranked

Association of American Universities member

Along with Harvard, Stanford and MIT

400+ ‘prestigious faculty’

National Academies-honored faculty

#2 in the U.S. for employability among public universities

Top producer of elite scholars

For 10 consecutive years

81 top-ranked programs

Ranked in the top 25 in the U.S., including 37 in the top 10

270+ athletic championships

National and conference titles

$5.745 billion

FY23 economic impact of $5.745 billion on the state’s gross product

620,000+ alumni

Leading, shaping, changing our world

Top 10 worldwide among universities granted U.S. patents

For two years

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Most innovative Repeatedly Ranked No 1

Year after year, ASU ranks at or near the top of the list in areas that matter. Consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the country’s most innovative school, Arizona State University also takes the top spot in the nation for sustainability (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System) and global impact (Times Higher Education).

This is where students and faculty work with NASA to advance and lead space exploration. Where undergraduates learn from Nobel laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners. Where world-renowned scientists and scholars take on the most pressing challenges facing our planet and its people. Where 81 undergraduate and graduate programs rank among the top 25 degree programs in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report, with 37 programs ranked in the top 10. This is where next-generation innovators thrive while advancing pioneering research, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship and economic development.


April 2018 graduation

More grads, more innovation

ASU graduates more than 33,700 thinkers, innovators and master learners every year.

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ASU ahead of the rest

Take a deeper look at how ASU is building the next generation of leaders by exploring the areas below.