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ASU Quick Facts (as of July, 2010)
*Arizona State University is at once the youngest and the largest of the roughly 150 public and private research-grade universities in the nation. Since 2002, ASU has set a standard for institutional transformation in higher education,building a solution-focused institution that combines the highest level of academic excellence, inclusiveness to a broad demographic and maximum societal impact.
*ASU is ranked as one of the top 100 research universities in the world by China's premier science and technology university, among the top tier of U.S. research universities by U.S. News & World Report, as one of the nation's top 100 by Forbes, as one of the nation's 50 best values by the Princeton Review, as second in the nation for entrepreneurship, and as one of the leaders in sustainability by the Sierra Club, the Princeton Review and others.
*ASU has significantly increased access to higher education for all students. Since 2002, total enrollment has grown by 23 percent, Hispanic student enrollment by 65 percent, African-American student enrollment by 84 percent, and enrollment by Arizona students from low-income families by 873 percent.
*ASU awarded a record 15,610 degrees in 2008-2009, up 38 percent since the end of FY2002. The university's five-year graduation rate increased by almost nine percent and now exceeds the average for all U.S. public universities by more than 12 percent. ASU's NCAA Academic Progress Rate for student-athletes is second only to Stanford in the Pac-10 Conference.
*ASU ranked No. 2 in the Pac-10 Conference and in the top 10 in Division I athletics programs for the highest numbers of Academic All-Americans since 2000. ASU also was named the No. 1 college athletic program in the U.S. by Sports Illustrated in 2008.
*ASU is one of the top 10 producers of Fulbright Scholars in the U.S. and has more students on USA Today's All-USA Academic First team than any other public university.
*In 2009, research expenditures exceeded $300 million, up 185 percent from 2002. ASU's algae-to-fuel project was No. 11 on Time Magazine's "Top 50 Inventions for 2008." The work of ASU's Flexible Display Center was named one of the "Top Technologies of 2008" by Wired magazine.
*ASU founded the nation's first school of sustainability. Walmart selected the school's research counterpart, the Global Institute of Sustainability, to create a sustainability rating system for all products sold through the company's stores.
*Private investment in ASU has grown by 85 percent since 2002. The university's endowment has grown by 106 percent, and the number of individual donors has grown by 29 percent.
*Since 2002, the university has increased its available square footage by more than 75 percent, adding a new campus and global innovation park, and expanding capacity in existing locations. The new Downtown Phoenix campus is the first in the nation to be built by a voter initiative.
*Sun Devil teams have won 135 national titles, including 22 NCAA championships, with NCAA titles under current coaches Greg Kraft (women's indoor and outdoor track and field in 2007 and men's and women's indoor titles in 2008), Randy Lein (men's golf in 1996), Clint Myers (softball in 2008) and Melissa McNamara (women's golf in 2009).
*ASU has finished in the top 15 of the Directors' Cup 12 of the past 14 years and finished a school-best fourth in 2007-08, a mark that was highlighted by Sports Illustrated naming it the top "Athletic Department in the Nation" for the 2007-08 school year.
*The Sun Devil baseball program is closing in on having its 100th former player reach the major leagues, a list that includes current standouts Dustin Pedroia, Andre Ethier, Ike Davis and Mike Leake. ASU has made 22 appearances at the College World Series (third all-time) and has five NCAA titles (fourth-best). The Sun Devil women's golf program has won seven NCAA titles, the most in NCAA history.
*Nearly 150 Sun Devil athletes and coaches have competed at the Olympic games representing 35 nations and 18 Sun Devils have won 23 gold medals, the most recent being long jumper Dwight Phillips in 2004.