Arizona State University Polytechnic campus

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Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus
Arizona State University at the Polytechnic campus.svg
PresidentMichael Crow
Students8,283 (Spring 2009)[1][2]
Location, ,
33°18′25.34″N 111°40′41.88″W / 33.3070389°N 111.6783000°W / 33.3070389; -111.6783000Coordinates: 33°18′25.34″N 111°40′41.88″W / 33.3070389°N 111.6783000°W / 33.3070389; -111.6783000
612.99 acres (2.4807 km2)[3]
WebsiteThe Polytechnic School

Arizona State University Polytechnic campus is one of four campuses of Arizona State University. Founded as ASU East, the campus opened in fall 1996 on the former Williams Air Force Base in southeast Mesa, Arizona.


Photo of the Student Union building. Part of the ASU Polytechnic Campus in Mesa, Arizona in 2015.

The campus opened with nearly 1,000 students enrolled in one of the eight degrees offered. The campus started with two schools — the School of Technology and the School of Management and Agribusiness. East College was added in 1997 as an incubator for new professional programs.

More than 8,000 students are enrolled in 40 degree programs based on the campus.[when?] ASU shares around 600 acres (2.4 km2) at Power and Williams Field roads with Chandler–Gilbert Community College, Mesa Community College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a United States Air Force research laboratory, a Veteran's Administration Clinic (moved, now Arizona State University Preparatory Academy for PK-8), Polytechnic High School, and the Silvestre Herrera Army Reserve Center. These entities make up what is known as the Williams Campus.

In July 2005, the campus changed its name from ASU East to ASU's Polytechnic campus to better reflect the mission of the programs at the campus. Programs such as the new interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Engineering continue to be developed, offering students even more practical degree choices.

In the Fall 2008 semester a major expansion project at the campus was completed and open to students in the form of the new Polytechnic Academic Complex. It is located in the heart of campus and combines new student housing with classrooms and administrative offices in an open air building environment. The three new buildings cost a combined $103 million and cover 240,000 square feet (22,000 m2).[4] It was built by main contractor DPR and designed by RSP Architects (Architect-of-Record) in collaboration with Sam Luitio-based Lake|Flato (Design Architect) and is a LEED v2.2 Gold certified project.[5]


Looking east at the Picacho Hall (left) and Peralta Hall (right) buildings
College of Technology and Innovation

In 1996, as one of the founding schools on the Polytechnic campus houses internationally respected faculty in the College develops competence in disciplines critical to today's technology-based economy. The faculty is widely published and highly regarded both in academia and the private sector. The College has an array of nearly 40 well-equipped facilities, centers and laboratories for student work and faculty research. Facilities such as the Altitude Chamber, Flight Simulator Labs, Digital Printing Lab, Photovoltaics Testing Lab, Microelectronics Teaching Factory and Haas Technical Center, students are engaged in real-world projects using cutting-edge technology.[6] In 2013, the College of Technology and Innovation was dismantled and programs were divided into the College of Letters and Sciences and The Polytechnic School.

W.P. Carey School of Business (Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness)

The school was named in 1998 in honor of ASU Alums Marvin and June Morrison for their gift of a large acre of farmland to the school and their ongoing support of Arizona State University.[7] Degree programs, from Agribusiness and Business Administration to Real Estate, feature award-winning, internationally recognized faculty.

College of Letters and Sciences

The College of Letters and Sciences (CLS) offers programs on the Polytechnic campus from its headquarters on the Downtown Phoenix campus. CLS offers a liberal arts core curriculum and a university-wide bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies. Instruction ranges from humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, including degrees in Applied Biological Sciences offering a variety of disciplines aimed to entice Pre-Veterinary and Wildlife majors as well as people seeking other degrees in medical fields.

Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College offers programs leading to the B.A., M.Ed., and Ed.D. in many fields, such as early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, special education, and educational administration/supervision. Headquartered on ASU's West campus, the Teachers College administers education programs on all four ASU campuses.

Graduate College

The Graduate College administers graduate programs on all four ASU campuses.

Honors College

The Barrett Honors College provides academically-intensive programs and courses for undergraduate students meeting select criteria.[8] Barrett's programs are offered to students across all four ASU campuses.

University College

The University College offers general-studies programs and exploratory programs for undergraduate students who have not declared a formal major.[9]

The Polytechnic School

The Polytechnic School was founded in 2013 after the dismantling of CTI, and offers 11 undergraduate degrees and 10 graduate degrees, including degrees in ASU's aviation program[10] and renowned algae labs offering degrees in environmental and resource management. The director of the Polytechnic School is Dr. Ann McKenna[11].

Residence halls[edit]

  • Palo Blanco Hall
  • Century Hall (built 2012)
  • Dean and Bell Halls
  • Eagle Hall
  • SamLu Hall
  • Falcon Hall
  • Mustang Hall
  • Phantom Hall
  • Talon Hall

In popular culture[edit]

  • In the summer of 2006, the apartment and western compound scenes for the film The Kingdom starring Jamie Foxx were shot at ASU Polytechnic.[12]


  1. ^ "Quick Facts Spring 2009" (PDF). Arizona State University Office of Institutional Analysis. 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-21.
  2. ^ This figure is summed from students whose academic majors are based on the Polytechnic 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.
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  6. ^ "".
  7. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2008-08-05.
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  10. ^ "Aviation - The Polytechnic School". The Polytechnic School. Retrieved 2017-07-09.
  11. ^ "Ann McKenna | Entrepreneurship + Innovation". Retrieved 2017-07-10.
  12. ^ The Kingdom (2007), retrieved 2017-07-09

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