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To inspire and transform life science students by providing an innovative learning experience that prepares them to thrive in a dynamic and demanding world.
We aim to improve life by stimulating scientific discovery and solving critical problems at the intersection of the life sciences and society.
We aspire to become a global leader in life science education and discovery. We will create an atmosphere that inspires diverse groups of visionary students and researchers to lead with us.
Together, we will tackle emerging problems by embracing a rapidly changing world. Our solutions will help shape a more sustainable future for life on Earth.
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In the fall of 2002, the Arizona Board of Regents and Arizona State University enthusiastically approved a proposal to create a new School of Life Sciences. This school would incorporate three academic departments including Biology, Plant Biology and Microbiology.
The new school, nicknamed SOLS, began operating on July 1, 2003 — creating a new opportunity for interdisciplinary collaborations, research and study in the life sciences.
In just less than a decade, this visionary move propelled ASU’s School of Life Sciences to new academic heights worldwide. In 2011, it was ranked 21st in the world in biological sciences.
In the school's first year, we attracted 1,375 undergraduate students and 45 graduate students. Ten years later, we boasted a 105.5 percent growth in undergraduate enrollment, with an 2,825 students in the fall of 2012. Currently, 2,893 undergraduates are enrolled in the school.
Our graduate program grew by nearly 600 percent, with 297 students currently enrolled. In our first decade, faculty numbers increased from 79 to 95, showing a 20.25 percent increase.