ASU, Oregon set record enrollment numbers for fall semester

October 12, 2012

Editor's Note: Arizona State football will take on the University of Oregon at 6 p.m., Oct. 18, in Tempe. Learn more about ASU's collaborations with Pac-12 schools.

It appears Arizona State University isn’t alone in setting record enrollment numbers for the fall 2012 semester. Fellow Pac-12 school University of Oregon also saw its highest enrollment numbers ever this year, coming in at a total of about 25,000 students. Download Full Image

While ASU’s numbers nearly triple Oregon’s at about 73,000, one thing the universities have in common is the caliber of students they attract. Oregon’s freshman class not only set a record for advanced placement courses taken in high school, but its average GPA is between 3.57 and 3.58.

The academic preparation of ASU’s 2012 freshman class is also at an all-time high, with a mean high school grade point average of 3.47, ACT composite of 24.5 and SAT composite (for math and critical reading) of 1129.

“The academic strength of our freshman class is stronger than ever, exemplifying a talented and motivated group of students ready to take on the rigor of their academic programs, and discover new and exciting things about themselves, their communities and the world,” said ASU President Michael Crow.

Both schools also are setting new highs for international and multi-cultural students.

Oregon’s international enrollment for the freshman class topped 10 percent – the highest in UO history – representing nearly 100 countries. The international enrollment for ASU totals more than 5,160—up from 3,856 just two years ago, a 34 percent increase.

“Students from more than 120 countries are enrolling on ASU’s four campuses,” said Elizabeth D. Phillips, executive vice president and provost. 

Thirty-nine percent of the Sun Devils' freshman class come from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds – up from 24 percent eight years ago – and for the second year in a row, the incoming class at Oregon has been the most diverse in their history, with students of color accounting for more than 25 percent of this year's freshman class – topping the mark of 23 percent set a year ago.

Emma Greguska

Editor, ASU News

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Watercolor critique group to show work

October 12, 2012

A sheet of manufactured watercolor paper measures 22-by-30 inches, or 22 x 30. Thus, 22 x 30 is an appropriate name for a group that paints watercolors – and critiques them.
The work of the 13 current members of 22 x 30 will be on exhibit at ASU Gammage Oct. 31-Dec. 2.
Participating will nationally and internationally known artists: Mary Deloyht-Arendt, Betty Braig, Mickey Daniels, Darlene Goto, Grace Haverty, Tom Herbert, Stanley Kurth, Trish Mayberry, Sebastio Pereira, Cynthia Peterson, Betsy Dillard Stroud, Jo Toye and Miri Weible.
The group was started in 1975 by three of the Valley’s most prominent artists at the time: Robert Oliver, a professor emeritus of art; Jason Williamson, well known painter of western and abstract subject matter; and Dick Phillips, a highly respected teacher and painter of both abstracts and watercolor landscapes.
“All three are deceased but have contributed much to the culture of watermedia nationally and to the art community in Arizona,” said Stroud.
Members of 22 x 30, which is the oldest critique group in the Valley, meet monthly on a rotational basis at a member’s house, each bringing a painting for their colleagues to critique. The host of the meeting decides what the discussion will be, and that discussion takes place after the critique.
Exhibit hours at ASU Gammage are 1 to 4 p.m., Mondays or by appointment by calling (480) 965-6912. Due to rehearsals, event set-up, performances, special events and holidays, it is advisable to call (480) 965-6912 to ensure viewing hours, since they are subject to cancellation without notice.
Parking is available at meters around the perimeter of ASU Gammage. Entrance is through the East Lobby Doors at the Box Office.
For more information contact Brad Myers, (480) 965-6912 or (480) 965-0458.