We invite you to embrace the diversity and traditions of Arizona State University as an online student. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with the ASU Online student community whatever your location on the globe and celebrate Sun Devil pride.
Join our online student community
We know that your university experience is about more than attending class. Whether you want to connect with fellow online students, study with peers or take part in university traditions, there are plenty of ways for you to be a part of ASU’s thriving student community. Online students living in the Phoenix area are able to take advantage of some additional on-campus opportunities including joining the ASU marching band and choir.
Sun Devils from around the globe create clubs focused on majors, topics of interest, geographic locations and more to build meaningful connections.
From Sparky the Sun Devil, ASU’s beloved mascot, to the Duel in the Desert rivalry game, there are plenty of ASU traditions to help spark your own Sun Devil pride.
Sparky the Sun Devil
Sparky the Sun Devil is the official ASU mascot. Former ASU mascots include an owl, a “Normal” (named for the Tempe Normal School), and a bulldog. On Nov. 8, 1946, the student body voted 819 to 196 to change the mascot to a Sun Devil. Two years later, alumnus and Disney illustrator Bert Anthony designed “Sparky,” a devil holding a trident (colloquially referred to as a pitchfork).
Fear the Fork®
The original Sparky the Sun Devil mascot wore a silk jumpsuit with a long tail and carried a pitchfork. This pitchfork, or trident, is still carried by Sparky today to ensure ASU’s rivals “Fear the Fork.” The pitchfork logo can also be seen on the helmets worn by the Arizona State Sun Devils football team.
Palm Walk dates back to 1916. Located on the Tempe campus, Palm Walk is the most popular corridor and is lined with palm trees reaching heights of over 90 feet.
Fork ‘Em Devils®
One of the easiest ways to recognize a Sun Devil is by seeing them sport the Fork ‘Em Devils hand sign, the universal sign of ASU pride. This hand gesture is widely used by those associated with ASU and is an extension of the trident that Sparky carries.
Sun Devil Stadium
ASU has fielded a football team since 1897. After its 2019 renovation, the stadium seats over 53,000 fans and is famous for its student section rightfully named “The Inferno.”
ASU Sun Devil football team
The Arizona State Sun Devils football team competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference. Famous Sun Devil Pat Tillman (#42) began his college career as a linebacker for ASU and later played professionally with the Arizona Cardinals before leaving football to enlist in the U.S. Army shortly after the September 11 attacks.
With graduating classes well into the thousands each year, many Sun Devils choose to stand out and show something unique about themselves by decorating the top of their graduation caps, such as with the flag of their home state. How will you decorate yours to show your ASU pride?
No matter where you are in the world, you can connect with other Sun Devils in your area through an ASU Alumni Association chapter. Get involved and start networking.