New digs for Letters and Sciences on Tempe campus


November 16, 2015

If you are looking for your adviser, faculty member or colleague in the College of Letters and Sciences on Tempe campus, beginning Monday, Nov. 23, you’ll find many of them in new digs.

In advance of demolition of the Undergraduate Academic Services Building in December, Letters and Sciences’ base of operations on the Tempe campus is moving to new space in the Urban Systems Engineering (USE) building, at the southwest corner of University and McAllister avenues. From UASB walk east along Orange Mall and then north on McAllister Mall to USE Building The Urban Systems Engineering Building, circled in red on the map above, is at 651 E. University Drive, at the southwest corner of University and McAllister avenues. The main entrance to advising and the College of Letter and Sciences office is at the northwest corner of the building. Students will find the new location to be a quick walk from the University Academic Services Building, heading east along Orange Mall and then north on McAllister Mall. Download Full Image

Faculty and staff serving students majoring in interdisciplinary studies, liberal studies, organizational leadership, the Exploratory Program, Writers’ Studio, and University Academic Success courses are involved in the move, as are some College of Letters and Sciences administrative personnel.

“During the physical move, November 16-20, phone service will be unavailable, so email will be the best way to reach folks,” said Lori Bello, executive director of planning and management for the College of Letters and Sciences and University College.

Advisers will be working out of the ASU Memorial Union (MU) on Tempe campus during moving week — in MU 227 Nov. 16, 17 and 18 and in MU 223 on Nov. 20. To schedule an interdisciplinary studies advising appointment during the move, call 480-965-4464. 

“We’re excited to begin serving students in our new space next week,” said Duane Roen, dean of the College of Letters and Sciences and University College. “The Urban Systems Engineering building is conveniently located, offers us ready access to additional classroom space and has some beautiful workspaces as well. There are even a few metered parking spots on the west side of the building.”

Demolition of the Undergraduate Academic Services Building will make room for construction of the new Student Pavilion at ASU’s Tempe campus — which will include a 1,500-seat multipurpose venue for music, films, speakers and other events and space for student organizations. 

As of Nov. 23, the new mailing address for the College of Letters and Sciences and University College on Tempe campus will be:

College of Letters and Sciences/University College
Arizona State University
PO Box 870604
Tempe, AZ 85287-0604

(The campus mail code 0604 replaces the former mail codes 1901 and 3801.)

Maureen Roen

Manager, Creative Services, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

602-496-1454

 
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ASU ranks No. 4 for international students

ASU ranks among top for international, study abroad students.
November 16, 2015

University also ranked in top 25 for domestic students studying abroad

Arizona State University ranked as the top public research institution and No. 4 overall college or university for international students, according to the 2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange released today. Open Doors also ranked ASU in the top 25 for domestic students studying abroad.

The report, published by the independent non-profit Institute of International Education (IIE), shows that a record number of international students attended U.S. colleges and universities in the 2014-2015 academic year.

Of the top 25 top institutions hosting international students, ASU demonstrated the largest percent increase in its international student population, hosting 11,330 students in 2014-2015 — growth of more than 30 percent.

“ASU’s reputation as the most innovative place of higher education in America is known and recognized overseas. Our record of excellence and impact is helping attract bright, diverse scholars from nearly every region of the globe,” said Interim University Provost Mark Searle. “Importantly, our international students join a diverse ASU community and through their participation contribute to all students’ understanding of an increasingly interconnected world.”

New York University, the University of Southern California and Columbia University in the City of New York were the report’s top three schools for enrolling students from other countries. California and New York rank as the top two states for hosting international students. Arizona ranks 13.

Open Doors reports that ASU’s international students represent more than half of global scholars attending a college or university in Arizona, and they contribute to an estimated $618 million in yearly student expenditures.

International student enrollment at ASU has more than doubled in the past five years. In that time, students from more than 150 countries have enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs in every discipline.

ASU's growth in international enrollment 2010-2014

International student enrollment at ASU has more than doubled in the past five years.

Bowei “William” Zhu is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering management at the ASU Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He grew up in Guangzhou, in southern China, and quickly became involved in the university’s Chinese Student and Scholar Association. Zhu is now president of the organization and is working to build an ASU-Chinese community locally and in his home country. He said he picked ASU for its engineering program and also “because I like the weather.”

In a recent ASU Now story about programs and services to help international students adjust to life in the United States, Rozaliya Everstova — a native of Yakutsk, in Siberia, who is on track to graduate with a degree in computer information systems this spring — spoke about taking advantage of tutoring services when she began her new life in the desert.

Tutoring is one of many ASU programs available to integrate students from afar into life at an American university. These include the Coalition of International Students, which is made up of individual student groups from different nationalities; the International Students and Scholars Center, which advises students on a variety of concerns ranging from visas to job placements; and Global Launch, an academic preparation service, language training and professional development curriculum to help students adjust to the U.S. learning environment.

top percentages of international students enrolling in U.S. colleges and universities by countries of citzenship, 2014-2015

A record number of international students attended U.S. colleges and universities in the 2014-2015 academic year.

According to the IIE, international students are not the only ones who benefit from coming to the United States for their studies. Their research concludes that domestic and foreign national students alike develop the skills necessary to succeed in a global community by learning alongside those from diverse cultures. These competencies include international awareness, an understanding of differing viewpoints and the opportunity to become proficient in foreign languages — all which improve one’s economic competitiveness.

In addition to hosting international students on its five Arizona campuses, ASU is sending an increasing number of students to study abroad in one of its more than 250 programs in 55 countries. In 2015, the university became a partner school of Generation Study Abroad, a national campaign encouraging more U.S. students to study abroad and to expand diversity in race and ethnicity, academic disciplines and destinations for those who do. The university sent about 400 more students overseas to study in 2014-2015 than in the year before.

most popular ASU study abroad locations

ASU is sending an increasing number of students to study abroad in one of its more than 250 programs in 55 countries. Above shows some of the most popular locations.

Growth is expected to continue as the ASU Study Abroad Office increases its campus activities to raise awareness of its programs and financial-aid opportunities, which includes a Study Abroad Fair today in the Tempe campus’ Memorial Union. The office awards more than 100 travel grant scholarships each year and was recently awarded nearly half a million dollars in scholarships for first-generation college students to study overseas. In addition to this funding from private support, ASU students can apply their financial aid and scholarship packages to spending a semester abroad.

Recently, ASU was rated as the third-best school for Fulbright award winners. Its most recent laurel as a top school for international students comes soon after it was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the most innovative school in the United States and as a top 100 world university by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Beth Giudicessi

480-727-7402