Skip to main content

ASU goes to California to engage prospective students

November 01, 2011

Sun Devil SunDay Nov. 6 for students and families interested in exploring the full ASU experience

Competition between Arizona and California is moving from the playing field to the classroom. With tuition and fees at California’s public universities heading steadily upward and enrollment caps locking out many academically qualified students, the Valley of the Sun is looking like a great place to call home. But it isn’t just cost that’s a driving factor. California students cite the strength of ASU’s faculty and academic programs, undergraduate research opportunities and connection to industry.

Arizona State University, which has seen 83 percent enrollment growth in undergraduates from California since 2006, is about to unleash a full-court press on southern California. The university will be traveling west Nov. 1-6 for “ASU in SoCal,” a major recruiting effort with stops in San Fernando, Orange County, North San Diego County and Los Angeles.

The week concludes with the ASU vs. UCLA football game Nov. 5 and the final event, Sun Devil SunDay, on Nov. 6

Sun Devil SunDay is free and open to the public. It takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency, 11999 Harbor Blvd in Orange County, Calif.

Prospective students and their families are invited to come out for a day of fun and excitement with Sparky, the Sun Devil mascot, and the ASU Spirit Squad, and get the information they need to make the right decision about their academic future.

Students can explore college options and see for themselves all that ASU has to offer: excellent academics, and quality student life generated by 800+ student clubs, Pac-12 athletics and more.

“ASU has always been an attractive option for students living in other states because of the quality of education and affordable tuition,” said David Burge, executive director of undergraduate admissions. “With good scholarships specifically for California students, it is no surprise that more and more students are choosing Arizona State University for their undergraduate degree."

According to Burge, this event is the latest in a series of recruitment activities that ASU has undertaken in southern California. The university also has three full-time recruiters positioned in southern California, has an extremely active and visible alumni base, and regularly has ASU faculty and staff operating in the area.

Sun Devil SunDay provides an opportunity for students to engage in interactive exhibits and information-packed panel discussions and presentations to help them explore the student experience at ASU; connect with representatives of all of ASU's colleges, Intercollegiate Athletics, ASU alums and many student services offices including Admissions, Financial Aid, Housing, Study Abroad, Student Organization Resource Center (SORC) and more.

Panels and presentations include:

• Alumni Panel 1:30 and 2 p.m.

• ASU Student Panel 1:30 and 3 p.m.

• Pre-Health Professions 1:30 and 3 p.m.

• The Barrett Honors College Experience 2 and 2:30 p.m.

• Paying for College 2 and 2:30 p.m.

• Exploring ASU Majors 2:30 and 3 p.m.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the ASU Parents Association also will meet with prospective parents and ASU students will supervise a kids zone for children 12 and younger.

For more information, visit the Sun Devil SunDay website at