Smart See, Smart Do: Arizona State University

Architectural Masterpiece Welcomes You to ASU

Vast and elegant, Arizona State University’s Grady Gammage Auditorium represents the final masterpiece of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The circular structure stands 80 feet high. Two pedestrian bridges that extend 200 feet from the building are, in Wright’s words, “outstretched arms, saying 'Welcome to ASU!'"

Gammage_500 Photo Credit: ASU Gammage

Inside the ASU Gammage, three tiers holding 3,000 seats allow no one to sit farther than 115 feet from the stage, and well balanced acoustics afford an even flow of sound to every seat. The versatile stage can be adapted for grand opera, musical and dramatic productions, symphony concerts, organ recitals, chamber music recitals, solo performances and lectures. The facility hosts 12 week-long Broadway shows each year. A student ID from any school will get you a 50 percent ticket discount.

For prospective students, ASU offers a Talk & Tour several times a week throughout the year; this includes an information session on admission, housing and financial aid, plus a walking tour of campus. For a more comprehensive view of the university, plan to attend one of the Sun Devil Days held several times each semester.

Your academic interests will determine which of ASU’s four campuses you choose to visit. Each campus has its own calendar of Talk & Tours and Sun Devil Days. Go to to learn more and to register for a visit. You can call ahead to arrange class visits.

Be sure to include a tour of the ASU Gammage, located on the university’s Tempe campus. Visit for details.

Location: Tempe, AZ 85287-0105
Telephone: 480-965-9011


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Kathie Dickenson is an award-winning higher-education writer and editor and a regular contributor to SmartCollegeVisit.