Founded in 1885 as Tempe Normal School, Arizona State University–commonly referred to as ASU or Arizona State–is now the largest public university in the United States by enrollment. Located in the Phoenix Metropolitan area, in 1994 ASU was classified as a Research 1 institute, making it one of the newest major research universities in the nation. It is also a national space grant institution. ASU is organized into 16 colleges and schools spread across four campuses. Those campuses are located in Tempe, which is the original campus, West campus in Northwest Phoenix, the downtown Phoenix campus and the Polytechnic Campus located in eastern Mesa. ASU’s mission is to create a model of the “New American University”, and to recognize “inclusion” as opposed to “exclusion” as a measure of success.
Changemaker Central is a student-run centralized resource hub for student involvement in social entrepreneurship and civic engagement. There are workshops for everyone in the ASU community and is run entirely by students. The students can step outside to find the weather is nice and warm all year long, so it is nice to walk around in flip-flops all the time. The students claim that the night life and extracurricular activities are second to none. Having won 23 National championships, the ASU athletic teams, the Sun Devils, compete in Division I of the NCAA. Their mascot is Sparky the Sun Devil.
Phoenix is also home of some of the country’s largest employers, including Honeywell International, Inc., Raytheon Missile Systems Co., Intel Corp. and General Dynamics. ASU is also in close proximity to the Botanical Gardens, Phoenix International Airport and Chase Field where the Arizona Diamondbacks play.
With a wide range of opportunities both in the city and elsewhere, students often find themselves looking for affordable and convenient self storage. There are plenty of self storage units available close to the university. Students can find gated self storage facilities that offer 24 hour access near zip code 85004 that provide direct drive up to the storage unit.
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