Student Life at Cronkite

As director of student success, Mary Cook helps Cronkite students assimilate to college, 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 the curriculum.

Outside of the classroom, Cronkite students have plenty of activities to choose from. 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 that was created by several Cronkite freshmen and now has 100-plus student reporters. Students also can join student radio station The Blaze1330 AM and sports outlets such as Sun Devil Sports Night and the Walter Cronkite Sports Network.
  • Cronkite Night at the Movies, 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 that features prominent journalists from around the Valley and the country speaking on everything from ethics to careers. Recent speakers have included Gwen Ifill, managing editor and moderator of “Washington Week” on PBS 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.

All this takes place on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix Campus, which affords numerous recreational opportunities in a unique urban environment. DPC is conveniently located within walking distance of 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 and the Men’s and Women’s National Basketball Association teams;
  • A thriving art scene and local businesses featuring a monthly art walk and twice-weekly farmers market / food truck festival just two blocks from campus;
  • Museums showcasing art, history and culture.

Freshmen live in the conveniently located downtown residence hall Taylor Place, which puts students right in the heart of the city with 1,300 of their closest friends.

The downtown campus boasts 100-plus downtown student organizations ranging from student government to Greek life, and students enjoy campus events such as watching the Super Bowl on a 16-by-9-foot big-screen, participating in local service opportunities and taking the light rail to Sun Devil Stadium to watch ASU athletics.

Contact Us:
Cronkite Student Life is located in the Advising and Student Services Suite, Room 222.
Mary Cook, Director of Student Success, mary.cook@asu.edu: 602.496.8330.
Cronkite Advising: 602.496.5055.