ASU Rankings

Arizona State University is recognized globally as a top-ranked knowledge enterprise focused on solutions to society’s greatest challenges, advancing a better life for all.
#1 in innovation 2019
#1 in U.S. for innovation

For the fourth straight year, U.S. News & World Report ranks ASU No. 1 on its “Most Innovative Schools” list, ahead of Stanford and MIT. ASU again topped the list based on a survey of peers: College presidents, provosts and admissions deans around the country nominated up to 10 colleges or universities that are making the most innovative improvements. Read more

ASU among best graduate schools
Among best graduate schools in the U.S.
—U.S. News & World Report, 2018
Graduate, Education
Among best graduate schools in the U.S.

ASU graduate programs place among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2018 “Best Graduate Schools” rankings. Twenty-one graduate programs are top-10 in the country, ranking among the best schools for law, education, business, public affairs, fine arts and others.

Top 1 percent of world’s most prestigious universities
Top 1 percent of world’s most prestigious universities

ASU is in the top 1 percent of the world's most prestigious universities as ranked by Times Higher Education in the only global performance tables that measure research-intensive universities across core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Read more

Elite scholars
A top producer of the world’s elite scholars
—Frank Office of National Scholarships Advisement
Education, Excellence, Undergraduate, Leadership
A top producer of the world’s elite scholars

ASU, Harvard, Stanford and the University of Chicago are the only four institutions in the nation with elite Rhodes, Marshall and Churchill scholarship winners. ASU’s six faculty and 15 student Fulbright scholars in the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program are yet another testament to the breadth and excellence of the university’s programs. Read more

Top 100 world's best for research, teaching
Top 100 world's best for research, teaching

Times Higher Education ranks ASU among the world's top 100 universities for research and teaching, the only Arizona school on the global accounting. THE’s World Reputation Rankings is based on a survey of leading scholars and recognizes ASU as a "New American University" prototype. Read more.

Student athlete academic success
Highest-ever: Sun Devil Athletics Academic Progress rate
—NCAA, 2018
Highest-ever: Sun Devil Athletics Academic Progress rate

Sun Devil Athletics again earns its highest NCAA Academic Progress Rate, second in the Pac-12 to Stanford. Women's tennis has earned a perfect 1000 annually since the 2003-04 start of the measurement, the only team in the sport among the Division I Power Five conferences to do so. Read more.

ASU a best college value - Kiplinger
'Best Bang for Tuition Buck'
—Princeton Review
Education
'Best Bang for Tuition Buck'

Recognized for “stellar academics, affordable cost and strong career prospects for graduates,” ASU is Arizona's only school in the 2018 Princeton Review “Colleges That Pay You Back.” ASU's focus on innovation and efforts to “personalize every student’s experience,” along with “endless opportunities for success," are among student reviews listed in the annual survey. Read more.

ASU Fulbright Rankings
Top producer of Fulbright students
—Chronicle of Higher Education, 2018
Graduate, Education
Top producer of Fulbright students

ASU has 14 students who are prestigious Fulbright scholars in 2017-18, earning the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research abroad in this nation’s flagship international educational exchange program. Since 2007, ASU has produced more Fulbright students than any other U.S. university, public or private. Read more.

Students at table
Top university for undergraduate education
—U.S. News & World Report, 2019
Top university for undergraduate education

ASU’s undergraduate education is among the best in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 “Best Colleges” ranking. ASU has expanded the use of adaptive learning, a personalized method of teaching that combines online and classroom work, to ensure that students master concepts before moving on. Read more.

#4
online undergraduate degree program in the nation
—U.S. News & World Report, 2018
Education, U.S. News & World Report
#4 online undergraduate degree program in the nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks ASU’s online bachelor’s degree program No. 4 in the nation. The top-5 recognition is based on factors including graduation rates, faculty credentials, available support services and affordability available remotely. Read more.

ASU a leader in undergraduate education
A leader in undergraduate education
—The Princeton Review, 2019
Education, Undergraduate, Leadership, Excellence
A leader in undergraduate education

Princeton Review ranks ASU as a top U.S. university for undergraduate education in its "The Best 384 Colleges 2019.” ASU again earns prestigious standing in the review, based on a survey of 138,000 students who cited "outstanding academics, quality of student life and numerous internship opportunities." Read more.

#5
in the nation for producing the best-qualified graduates
—The Wall Street Journal
Business, Education, Management
#5 in the nation for producing the best-qualified graduates

ASU ranks No. 5 on the most recent list of top universities favored by employers for producing the best-qualified graduates, according to The Wall Street Journal. The WSJ survey identified the academic degrees and colleges that “best prepare students to land satisfying, high-paying jobs with growth potential.” Read more.

#1
choice of international students
—Institute of International Education, 2018
Global, Education, Graduate
#1 choice of international students

ASU is the No. 1 public university of choice in the U.S. for international students for the fourth straight year, according to the Institute of International Education. More than 13,400 students from 136 countries were enrolled at ASU in 2017–18. Read more.

Research
Top-10 university for research
—National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development rankings
Top-10 university for research

In NSF Education Research and Development rankings, ASU is No. 9 in the U.S. for research expenditures among universities without a medical school, and stands No. 1 for research expenditures in anthropology. ASU's overall standing ranks ahead of Caltech, Carnegie Mellon and Princeton. Read more.

Ranking Pop mechanics
Top 10 in the U.S., Canada for preparing students in science, tech
—Popular Mechanics
Top 10 in the U.S., Canada for preparing students in science, tech

Breaking North America into seven regions, Popular Mechanics lists ASU as the No. 1 STEM university in the U.S. Southwest, citing ASU for its innovation and student preparation through STEM classes, academic clubs, undergraduate research and ties to industry: “ASU is a premier research institution and gold mine for curious students.” Read more.

Best college for veterans
A top school for veterans and military students
—Military Times, 2018
Education, Military/Veteran
A top school for veterans and military students

For the fourth consecutive year, ASU is a “Best for Vets” school, as ranked by the Military Times Group, publisher of the top-read news publications by U.S. military members. Read more.

#1
in the world: Thunderbird global management degree
—Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal, 2019
Education, Wall Street Journal
#1 in the world: Thunderbird global management degree

ASU's Thunderbird School of Global Management offers the world's No. 1 specialized Master of Global Management degree program. The 2019 Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal report surveyed 114 ranked business schools from 24 countries; Thunderbird was the only U.S.-based school to rank in the top 5 Master in Management specialty. Read more.

WP Carey Shanghai
Top 10 in the world business management
Ahead of MIT, Stanford, UC Berkeley — Academic Ranking of World Universities
—Shanghai Ranking, Academic Ranking of World Universities
Top 10 in the world business management

The Shanghai Ranking, one of the most prestigious annual rankings of international research universities, lists the ASU W. P. Carey School of Business management degree program among the top 10 in the world, based on a global survey of more than 500 top universities in 52 subject areas. Read more.

ASU a top world university
A top world university
—Center for World University Rankings
Global, Education, Graduate, Undergraduate
A top world university

ASU is among the top 150 universities in the world and top 60 in the United States, according to the Center for World University Rankings. The list ranks the top 1,000 higher education institutions worldwide — out of more than 18,000 — and is considered one of the most prestigious world university distinctions. Read more.

Executive education
A world leader in executive education
—Financial Times, 2018
Business, Leadership, Education
A world leader in executive education

ASU's Thunderbird School of Global Management is a world leader in executive education, says The Financial Times in its 2018 edition of top international programs. Thunderbird's executive ed program placed in the top 4 percent of more than 1,000 world universities surveyed. Read more.

ASU Carnegie Community Foundation
Recipient: Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification
—Carnegie Foundation
Education
Recipient: Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification

Recognizing ASU for “improving teaching and learning, producing research that makes a difference in communities and revitalizing its civic and academic mission," the Carnegie Foundation bestows its "Community Engagement" classification on the university through 2020. Read more.

Study abroad student
Top 10 for students studying abroad
—Institute of International Education, 2018
Top 10 for students studying abroad

Offering more than 250 program options in 65 countries, ASU ranks No. 10 in the U.S., No. 1 in the Pac-12, for students studying overseas. More than 2,400 ASU students traveled abroad in 2016–17 for credit-bearing coursework. Read more.

#2
graduate local government management program in the U.S.
—U.S. News & World Report
Graduate, Education, Policy, Management, U.S. News & World Report
#2 graduate local government management program in the U.S.

ASU's local government management graduate program No. 2 in the country and No. 1 in the Pac-12, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, ahead Penn State, Georgetown and USC. It is one of nine graduate offerings in ASU's School of Public Affairs ranked in the top 10 in the U.S. Read more.

ASU Changemaker Campus Consortium
Member: Changemaker Campus Consortium
—Ashoka
Feature Articles, Education
Member: Changemaker Campus Consortium

ASU is a prestigious "Changemaker Campus," as recognized by Ashoka U, the world's largest network of social entrepreneurs. "Reserved for pioneering higher education institutions with a track record of excellence and innovation in social innovation and changemaking," ASU is one of just 47 in the U.S. Read more.

#5
online MBA program in nation
—U.S. News & World Report, 2018
Business, Management, Education, Graduate, U.S. News & World Report
#5 online MBA program in nation

U.S. News & World Report ranks the W. P. Carey School of Business No. 5 in the nation and No. 1 in the Pac-12 for its online MBA program, on mission selectivity, reputation for excellence among peer institutions, and academic and career support services offered to students. Read more.

#3
producer of TFA teachers
— Teach For America survey, 2018
Education, Leadership
#3 producer of TFA teachers

For the fourth consecutive year, ASU is among the top producers of Teach For America corps members, advancing to No. 3, ahead of UC Berkeley, USC, Cornell, Yale and others. Read more.

Top 25
Top producer: Peace Corps volunteers
—Peace Corps Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities, 2018
Feature Articles, Alumni, Education, Global
Top producer: Peace Corps volunteers

Since 2009, ASU is highly ranked on the Peace Corps’ annual Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. Fifty Sun Devils currently volunteer worldwide and more than 1,000 alumni have traveled abroad as volunteers; ASU is No. 15 in the country. Read more.

Health and fitness
A best-in-U.S.: health and well-being programs for students
—Active MInds, 2018
A best-in-U.S.: health and well-being programs for students

ASU is recognized with Active Minds’ Healthy Campus Award for the promotion and protection of the mental and physical health and overall well-being of its students. The prestigious award reflects ASU’s commitment to campus health, leading to greater student engagement, retention and success. Read more.

Solar panels
Top 5 campus for sustainability
— Sierra Club, 2018
Top 5 campus for sustainability

ASU continues to be a national leader in sustainability ratings. ASU was recognized as No. 5 overall by the Sierra Magazine "Cool Schools" report and a top performer in the 2018 Sustainable Campus Index, achieving a No. 7 overall rating. Read more

#9
graduate public affairs
—U.S. News & World Report, 2018
Education, U.S. News & World Report
#9 graduate public affairs

The ASU School of Public Affairs graduate program in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a top-10 "Best Public Affairs Schools” in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list. The school ranks ahead of Columbia, Duke, Cornell and Johns Hopkins, among others. Read more.

Crow named one of best college presidents
President Crow: one of the best college presidents
—TIME magazine
President, Leadership
President Crow: one of the best college presidents

TIME Magazine has named ASU President Michael M. Crow one of the 10 best college presidents in the U.S. Crow has focused the vision and goals of ASU — as a New American University — on academic excellence, broad access to all qualified students and meaningful community impact. Read more.

#4
ASU Online programs among nation's best
—U.S. News & World Report, 2018
Education
#4 ASU Online programs among nation's best

Based on factors such as graduation rates, indebtedness of new graduates and academic and career support services offered to students, ASU’s online undergraduate degree programs are ranked No. 4 in the country and No. 1 in the Pac-12 by U. S. News & World Report. Read more.

Michael Crow an innovative thinker
President Crow: a ‘most innovative and practical thinker’
—Slate
President, Leadership, Feature Articles
President Crow: a ‘most innovative and practical thinker’

Slate.com has named ASU President Michael M. Crow one of the 25 “Most Innovative and Practical Thinkers of our Time” for his efforts to reshape the American public university, combining inventiveness with practicality. The article explores Crow’s ideas about how universities can better connect with the real world. Read more.

Home to a Top Business Incubator
A national leader in tech transfer
—Milken Institute Report, April 2017
Business, Feature Articles, Leadership
A national leader in tech transfer

ASU is one of fastest-growing universities in the U.S. for technology transfer, climbing 22 spots since the last Milken Institute Report. In "startups launched" scores, ASU ranks ahead of Stanford, MIT, Cornell and UCLA. Read more.

SkySong
Top 20 in the world: Utility patents granted
—National Academy of Investors/Intellectual Property Owners Association, 2018
Top 20 in the world: Utility patents granted

ASU ranks No. 17 in the world for universities granted U.S. utility patents, ahead of Columbia, Duke and Yale, among others recognized in the annual NAI and IPO "Top 100 Worldwide Universities" report. The report highlights the vital role patents play in university research and innovation. Read more.

#15
graduate education school in nation
—U.S. News & World Report, 2019
Graduate, Education, Policy
#15 graduate education school in nation

ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is No. 15 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of America’s graduate schools of education. Among public universities, the college was ranked No. 7, solidifying ASU’s ascent to the top tier of colleges of education since 2012. Read more.

Fashion construction
Top 10 fine arts programs
—U.S. News & World Report, 2018
Art, Education, U.S. News & World Report
Top 10 fine arts programs

U.S. News & World Report ranks three graduate fine arts programs in ASU's Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts in the country's top 10, including two at No. 1 in the Pac-12: printmaking (No. 5, No. 1 Pac-12), ceramics (No. 7, No. 1 Pac-12) and photography (No. 9, No. 2 Pac-12). Read more.

#1
BEA Festival of Media Arts awards, 2018
—Broadcast Education Association
Success, Undergraduate, Art
#1 BEA Festival of Media Arts awards

ASU Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication students won more awards at the Broadcast Education Association’s 2018 Festival of Media Arts competition than any other school in the nation for the eighth time in nine years. Read more.

ASU 30 Under 30
Three alums on esteemed '30 under 30' lists
—Forbes Magazine
Alumni, Success, Graduate, Excellence
Three alums on esteemed '30 under 30' lists

Forbes magazine recognized three ASU graduates on its recent “30 under 30” list, which features people in their 20s who are changing the world. 60secondrecap.com notes that ASU is one of the top-mentioned schools on the Forbes list, with more graduates on the prestigious roll call than Cornell, Duke, Dartmouth and Johns Hopkins.

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Jordan listening
A top-ranked law school in the nation
—U.S. News & World Report, 2018
Graduate, Education, Policy, U.S. News & World Report
A top-ranked law school in the nation

ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law is in the top 10 among the nation's public university graduate schools, says U.S. News & World Report. Ranked the top law school in Arizona, the college tops UC Berkeley, Penn State and Ohio State among others, according to the annual survey.. Read more.

Top five grad schools
Top 5 graduate business schools in the U.S.
—U.S. News & World Report
Business, Management, Education, U.S. News & World Report
Top 5 graduate business schools in the U.S.

Ranked as a national leader by U.S. News & World Report, ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business has three graduate degree programs among the country's top 5, each ranked No. 1 in the Pac-12: non-MBA online business (2), supply chain management and logistics (3) and online MBA (5).. Read more.

ASU Full-Time MBA Program
A 'world's-best' full-time MBA program
—The Economist
Business, Graduate, Education, Excellence
A 'world's-best' full-time MBA program

ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business continues to climb among the world's most highly acclaimed full-time MBA programs, according to The Economist. Among the globe's top-50 programs, the W. P. Carey MBA program is recognized for its small, personalized classes and a high return on investment for tuition. Read more.

Crow Academic Leadership Award
President Crow: an Academic Leadership Award winner
—Carnegie Corporation
President, Leadership, Education, Graduate, Undergraduate
President Crow: an Academic Leadership Award winner

ASU President Michael M. Crow is a recipient of the Carnegie Corporation’s 2013 Academic Leadership Award, which honors university presidents who are committed to excellence and access, curricular innovation, and the promotion of strong links between their institutions and their local communities. Read more.

ASU a military friendly school
Gold Medal 'Military Friendly'
—G.I. Jobs Magazine, 2018
Education, Military/Veteran
Gold Medal 'Military Friendly'

Since 2008, ASU is a top-ranked "Military Friendly School," earning Gold Medal recognition from G.I. Jobs Magazine in 2018. Among the benchmarks for the prestigious ranking are veteran-student retention and graduation rates and graduate job placement success. Read more.

ASU a Ford Motor Company Premier School
A Ford Motor Company Premier School
—Ford Motor Company
Business
A Ford Motor Company Premier School

ASU is considered a premier school by Ford Motor Company for its recruiting and hiring needs — Ford’s highest possible distinction for a university. ASU is one of just 22 schools with this distinction, a prestigious group that includes MIT, Notre Dame and UC-Berkeley. Ford is not alone in its high regard for ASU talent: Nearly 50 of the country’s top corporations have identified ASU as a “top” recruiting target. Read more.

ASU an outstanding public university
One of the nation’s outstanding public universities
—American City Business Journals
Excellence, Leadership, Education
One of the nation’s outstanding public universities

American City Business Journals named ASU as one of the top 100 public universities in the U.S. ASU is listed No. 57, based on retention and graduation rates, affordable tuition and housing costs, diverse faculties and student bodies, prestigious reputations, and selective admission processes. Read more.

Crow Innovative College President
President Crow: an ‘innovative college president’
—Washington Monthly
President, Leadership, Top Articles, Feature Articles
President Crow: an ‘innovative college president’

Washington Monthly has recognized ASU President Michael M. Crow as one of the most innovative college presidents for his tangible impact on thousands of students’ lives. The publication praises President Crow for raising graduation rates and enrolling a significant number of students from below the poverty line. Read more.

ASU a Top 10 Hearst Award Winner
Perennial Hearst Awards winner
—Hearst Journalism Awards, 2002-18
Success, Undergraduate, Excellence
Perennial Hearst Awards winner

Annually since 2002, students in ASU's Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication have placed in the top 10 in the U.S. among prestigious Hearst Journalism Award winners. Cronkite students have won the competition over all national entries twice Read more.

Student looking at globe
A leader in undergraduate, graduate program excellence
—U.S. News & World Report, 2018
U.S. News & World Report
A leader in undergraduate, graduate program excellence

A leading service ranking the excellence and innovation of the nation’s top universities, U.S. News & World Report rates 59 undergraduate and graduate programs at ASU among the top 50 in the country, including the No. 1 ranking for innovation three years in a row. See the list.

Ranking Keith Ryu
Top 10 in the U.S. for Silicon Valley hires
Ahead of Cornell, MIT, UCLA
—Quartz Media, 2017
Alumni, Excellence
Top 10 in the U.S. for Silicon Valley hires

Global business and economy digital news leader Quartz spotlights ASU as one of the top 10 universities in the U.S. for Silicon Valley hires, based on research conducted by HiringSolved. The survey measured undergraduate and graduate hires by the 25 biggest Silicon Valley employers. Read more.