Why ASU Matters

Take a look at a wrap up of the most recent legislative session in regards to ASU’s needs.

Arizona State University is a model for a New American University, measured not by who it excludes, but rather by who it includes. ASU is pursuing research and discovery that benefits the public good while assuming major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality, health, and well-being of the community it serves.


  • With support, ASU will maintain the capacity to grow with Arizona to assure access to a high quality education.
  • ASU is committed to increase bachelor degrees awarded from a total of 10,137 in 2007 to 16,700 by 2020.


  • Access to world-class education was granted to 76,771 students in 2013.
  • In 2012, ASU saw first-year retention reach 84%, a record high.
  • Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering and Colleges of Nursing and Health Innovation are among the schools and colleges with the highest increase in enrollment.

Financial Aid:

  • ASU Pell Grant recipients have increased 154% over the last 10 years.
  • ASU dedicates $95.2 million each year to need-based gift aid.


  • Total research expenditures grew more than 250% from 2000 to 2012, an average annual compounded rate of 11.2%.
  • ASU research expenditures ranks 17th among the top national universities without a medical school – above Washington State University, Colorado State University and Louisiana State University.
  • ASU Research targets are $700 million by 2020.

Economic Impact:

  • 59,318 full- or part-time jobs can be attributed to the direct and multiplier effects of ASU.
  • Because higher education has such a dramatic effect on an individual’s lifetime earnings, total income in the state of Arizona is now $2.0 billion higher because of the undergraduate education services ASU has provided over the past four decades.

Become a Sun Devil Advocate today and talk to your friends, family, co-workers and lawmakers about the importance of higher education.