About the Memorial Union

About the Memorial Union

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Outstanding programs, exceptional services, dynamic people and unlimited opportunities.

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.

Our mission

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.

Our core values

In our steady pursuit of this mission, the MU is inspired by the following core values:

  • Creating Community – we are devoted to nurturing an inviting, accessible, and attractive setting where people can gather and engage.
  • Celebrating Diversity – we strive to provide an environment that fosters, appreciates, and values inclusion and diversity.
  • Promoting and Achieving Excellence – we are focused on delivering the highest level of customer satisfaction through our quality services, outstanding programs and welcoming sense of community.
  • Embracing History and Traditions – we respect and hold true to the revered traditions that are ASU.
  • Fostering Human Development – we look to provide opportunities for students, staff, and the greater public to participate and develop their knowledge and capabilities.