Welcome to the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Be the solution

By the numbers

Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to fully integrating teaching, research and service to address social problems.

It is without peer in the number and breadth of degree programs, the level of externally-funded research activity, and student enrollment.

By the numbers:

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Our degree programs cover the spectrum of public service, including public policy, social work, criminology and criminal justice, nonprofit leadership, emergency management, community development, parks and recreation, and more. Our student body is diverse, with high percentages of first-generation, minority, veteran and transfer students. Our renowned faculty and 20 research centers conduct groundbreaking work that addresses real-world problems. We partner with hundreds of nonprofit and government agencies to make a difference in the community. The college’s impact can be seen at the local, state, national and international level.

Watts College features some of the best schools in the nation

Our Students

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Our student body is a point of pride. Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is ASU’s most diverse. It features the highest percentages of minority, college transfer, military veterans, and first-generation college students.

From day one of their college experience, students are immersed in hands-on learning. They are paired with community partners to tackle real-world problems and play an active role in determining and implementing solutions. This provides both an educational and service-based experience. All totaled, students in Watts College deliver more than half a million hours of community service each year.

Our commitment to service

The ASU Public Allies program pairs individuals with local nonprofits, providing meaningful help while learning valuable leadership and nonprofit management skills. Spirit of Service Scholars learn about pressing societal issues in an in-depth manner and are mentored by noteable civic leaders. The Public Service Academy is the nation’s first civilian leadership corps designed to give students the skills and experience to lead across the public, private, nonprofit and military sectors.