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When the MU first opened its doors in 1956, the facility offered 109,000 square feet accommodating the nearly 6,000 enrolled students. A plaque near the north entrance doorway lists the major donors who contributed to the initial construction. ASU chose the name "Memorial Union" to serve as a living memorial for those who have courageously served our country in the military services. In remembrance of the building's first director, Cecelia Scoular, the study lounge located on the main level was named in her honor.
Since its opening, the MU has undergone a number of renovation projects as well as several additions to the original structure. Today the building totals about 254,000 square feet which serves a growing student body averaging 70,000.
Arizona State University Memorial Union sets a high standard of excellence for its outstanding programs, exceptional services, dynamic people and unlimited opportunities. The MU serves as many as 14,000 students, faculty, staff and community partners each day, and is dedicated to meeting the needs of the campus community.
In our steady pursuit of this mission, the MU is inspired by the following core values: