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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 and serves a growing student body averaging 75,000.
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 23,000 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:
Adopted by the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) in 2018.
The college union advances a sense of community, unifying the institution by embracing the diversity of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We bolster the educational mission of the institution and the development of students as lifelong learners by delivering an array of cultural, educational, social, and recreational programs, services, and facilities.
By any form or name, we serve as the heart of the campus community and create a welcoming environment by:
Traditionally considered the living room, the college union enhances the student experience and cultivates an enduring connection to the institution.