Student Life at Cronkite

The ASU Downtown Campus offers plenty of opportunities for students to get involved and connect with each other.

In addition to 80-plus downtown student organizations ranging from student government to Greek life, students enjoy campus events such as watching the Super Bowl on a 16-by-9-foot big screen, participating in local service opportunities and social activities and taking the light rail to Tempe to watch ASU athletics.

The Cronkite School’s full-time director of student success, Mary Cook, helps Cronkite students assimilate to college and residence life, get involved, overcome personal or health challenges and succeed in their studies. Her efforts, along with those of four full-time academic advisers, help the Cronkite School achieve the highest retention rate at the university. Ninety-seven percent of Cronkite students who started in the fall of 2012 remained at ASU into the spring of 2013. The school’s year-to-year retention rate is 90 percent.

As they enter the school, students are assigned an adviser who will stay with them throughout their academic career, helping them select classes and stay on track with their studies. And outside of the classroom, Cronkite students have plenty of activities to engage them. These include:

  • Twelve journalism clubs, ranging from student chapters of professional journalism organizations to groups that focus on shared interests such as photojournalism and fashion journalism.
  • Student Media, including The State Press, ASU’s independent student newspaper and online news site that covers all four campuses, and the Downtown Devil, an online news site covering downtown Phoenix that was created by Cronkite freshmen and now has 100-plus student reporters. Students also can join student radio station The Blaze 1330 AM and sports outlets such as the Walter Cronkite Sports Network, which covers 22 ASU club sports.
  • “Cronkite Night at the Movies” on Wednesday nights during the semester, featuring movies about journalism and journalists that range from “All the President’s Men” to “Good Night, and Good Luck.” Movies are introduced by faculty members and followed by a discussion.
  • “Must See Mondays,” a weekly lecture series during the semester featuring prominent journalists from around the nation and the Valley speaking on everything from ethics to careers. Recent speakers have included Gwen Ifill, managing editor and moderator of “Washington Week” on PBS, Karl Ravech, host of ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight” and Laureen Ong, president of the Travel Channel.
  • Game nights in the school’s First Amendment Forum.
  • Late-night tutoring in the residence halls.
  • Residence hall activities, organized with the help of an active group of student peer mentors.

Just steps from ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus are numerous recreational opportunities as well as a wide variety of dining, sports and art experiences, such as:

  • Five concert, theater and entertainment venues highlighting national touring musicians and comedians, best of Broadway, independent bands and local artists.
  • Three professional athletic teams showcasing Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the Women’s National Basketball Association.
  • A thriving art scene that includes a monthly art walk and biweekly farmers market/food truck event next to campus.
  • Museums showcasing art, history and culture.

Learn more about ASU's downtown Phoenix campus.

Videography by Chris Smith

Cronkite Student Life is located in the Advising and Student Services Suite, Room 222 of the Cronkite building.

Contact us:
Mary Cook, director of student success, mary.cook@asu.edu: 602.496.8330.
Cronkite Advising: 602.496.5055.