In the summer of 2017, I was contacted by my alma mater, Arizona State University about an opportunity to work with them on a special project. Working closely with Arizona State University's internal housing marketing agency, I was brought on to help create a unique virtual experience for prospective and incoming students while instilling peace of mind amongst parents. One of the best experiences of going off to college is getting to live in the dormitories, for many it’s their first time living away from home, a place where students make memories and friends that will last well beyond their years at university. However for many it is also one of the most daunting parts for both student and parents, often filled with uncertainty.
Often times students are moving across the country or even internationally to attend a university, being prepared for the space you will be living can make all the difference when moving away from loved ones. ASU came to me because they were looking for an innovative way of sharing their dorms to prospective students without the need for hours of travel to the university. They needed a solution that would put students and parents in the room, gaining a sense of the space as well as its accommodations.
Arizona State University is one of the largest universities in the United States, and has its student body attending four main campuses located throughout the Valley of the Sun.
The historic ASU Tempe campus offers hundreds of majors that engage undergraduates and graduates in multidisciplinary research and exploration in first-rate laboratories and facilities. The Tempe campus is home to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and the School of Sustainability. Colleges that began on the Tempe campus and have expanded to other campuses are the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, the W. P. Carey School of Business, University College and Barrett, The Honors College.
Research entities headquartered on the Tempe campus and integrated throughout the ASU knowledge enterprise include the Biodesign Institute, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning.
The energetic environment of the campus comprises broad pedestrian malls and eclectic architecture set amid subtropical landscaping. Landmarks include the iconic, century-old Palm Walk; Old Main, the oldest original campus building; Sun Devil Stadium and ASU’s other Pac-12 athletic venues; and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Gammage Auditorium. With an unrivaled commitment to sustainability, the Tempe campus is the most solar-powered of any in the U.S., and offers easy access to all of metropolitan Phoenix through public transit including light rail.
Manzanita Hall is home to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Residential Community and is a freshman co-ed hall that provides double occupancy accommodations with suite-style bathrooms. All first-year freshmen are expected to live on campus. Manzanita Hall residents can enjoy: 24-hour campus security and front desk services, computer lab, laundry facilities, dining hall, fitness center, meeting spaces and two-story lounges with community kitchens.
Palo Verde East is home to the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Residential Community and is a co-ed freshman hall providing double occupancy accommodations with suite-style bathrooms. All first-year freshmen are expected to live on campus. Amenities include: 24-hour campus security and front desk services, tutoring centers, academic advising, laundry facilities and community kitchens. The Palo Verde East Hub is home to Starbucks, The UPS Store, the Sun Spot (quiet tutoring and study space), and the P.O.D. Market. Dining options in nearby Manzanita Hall include Manzy Square, the all-you-care-to-eat dining facility located on north campus.
Opening the fall 2017 semester, Fulton Schools Residential Community at Tooker House will be home for the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Residential Community, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, and School for the Future of Innovation in Society. All first-year freshmen are expected to live on campus. Tooker House will be a co-ed facility that provides single and double occupancy accommodations with suite-style bathrooms.
Barrett, The Honors College Residential Complex is composed of nine buildings designed specifically for honors students in all stages of their academic career. Complete with open courtyards and breezeways, academic, student, and residential engagement team support these LEED certified silver residence halls are state of the art facilities. Barrett fosters an engaging and unique community where students are able to meet and foster quick connections with other highly motivated honors students from multiple disciplines or majors.
Best Hall, located in the Center Neighborhood. The hall, co-ed by room, offers access to a computer lab, laundry and kitchen facilities and a volleyball court. Additional amenities to the community include music practice rooms, art/design spaces and dance/theatre studios.
Hassayampa Academic Village (HAV) is home to the W. P. Carey School of Business Residential Community and the School of Sustainability. HAV is a co-ed community that provides double occupancy accommodations with suite-style bathrooms. All first-year freshmen are expected to live on campus. Amenities include: 24-hour campus security and front desk services, tutoring center, academic advising, laundry facilities, wireless and study lounges. HAV also features the Hassayampa dining hall and P.O.D convenience market.
Sonora Center is home to the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts (CLS) and Upper Division residential colleges, and offers two-bedroom apartment style rooms that includes double occupancy in each bedroom with suite-style baths and a common area for each suite. Suites, however, do not include a kitchen. First-year freshmen are expected to live on campus. Upper division students are encouraged to live on campus.
Sonora residents enjoy 24-hour campus security and front desk services, computer labs, tutoring centers, academic advising, laundry facilities, a swimming pool, basketball court and community kitchens. Sonora’s convenient location includes the Sonora POD Market, an ASU Health Services location, and it is in close proximity to the dining halls in the Hassayampa Academic Village and Barrett, the Honors College.
Located in Arizona’s capital, ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus provides a multitude of academic and professional connections for students preparing for careers across the health care spectrum including preventive care, research, policy and advocacy; in law, government and other public service; with nonprofit and public social service providers; and in arts and sciences, journalism, media and the corporate sector.
Learning takes place in contemporary classrooms and research centers throughout campus buildings integrated into Phoenix’s iconic architecture, incorporating the historic U.S. Post Office building and modern-day landmarks such as the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Arizona Center for Law and Society.
Students participate in an abundance of public service opportunities, and have leisure-time access to first-class fitness facilities, performing arts and cultural venues, and major sports events. This professional, fast-paced downtown is also a transit network hub that includes light rail and connections to other ASU campuses and points of interest throughout metropolitan Phoenix.
Taylor Place features student lounges and meeting space, laundry facilities, on-site dining and vending, a private terrace and a 4,000-square foot neighborhood shade garden. Additionally, there are dining venues such as Starbucks, Devils Greens, Hsin Café, Chick-fil-A and a convenience market within the hall.
The West campus of Arizona State University creates a learning community blending liberal arts education with 21st-century workforce preparation. This combination is exemplified by the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and degree programs offered by the W. P. Carey School of Business, the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and the College of Health Solutions. The West campus is home to the first undergraduate degree to be offered by Thunderbird School of Global Management and a noted BS in forensic science through New College. Coming this fall, the College of Public Service and Community Solutions will offer new programs at the West campus.
The northwest Phoenix campus provides modern amenities in its residence halls, dining facilities, and the Sun Devil Fitness Complex and swimming pool. Subtropical landscaping, fountains and outdoor enclaves are third-space opportunities for students to socialize or collaborate while pursuing any of more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
West campus landmarks include the Albert Paley-designed entry gates, extensive public art, and at the center of campus, Fletcher Lawn. This commons is a contemporary homage to traditional university education, as is the Oxford-inspired architecture around it on the courtyard-fashioned campus.
The ASU Polytechnic campus is a nexus for studies in interdisciplinary sciences, engineering, management, technology and education. Industry partnerships are key to the campus’ distinctive course offerings, which provide opportunities for project-based learning within advanced laboratory spaces. Specialized equipment for hands-on exploration includes simulators for flight and centers for consumer behavior research, semiconductor fabrication, comprehensive commercial printing and design services, and on-demand digital manufacturing.
The expansive Polytechnic campus incorporates a major regional airport yet maintains the ambiance of a small, self-contained community by offering family housing, a freshman residence hall, dining facilities and a student recreation center.
A desert arboretum reserves a peaceful native space devoted to sustainability, preservation and contemplation. Within a 30-minute drive of the campus are hiking and recreational opportunities amid the legendary Superstition Mountains, with small and large lakes nearby.
Century Hall is comprised of two buildings are linked together by a one-story common area with a lobby, an information desk, administration offices, a resident community kitchen, two multipurpose rooms and group study room. Each wing features three student activity lounges – one on each floor for pool, gaming and table tennis. In addition, each floor of each wing has a laundry area and two quiet study rooms.