ASU rankings

Arizona State University is consistently recognized globally as a top-ranked knowledge enterprise dedicated to delivering academic excellence, advancing research-based solutions for humankind’s greatest challenges, producing strong and compassionate leaders, ensuring the health of our planet and providing quality education for all learners.
No. 1 in the U.S. for innovation
No. 1 in U.S. for innovation

ASU has topped U.S. News & World Report’s “Most Innovative Schools” list since the inception of the category in 2016. ASU again placed ahead of MIT and Stanford on 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, 2023
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 2023 “Best Graduate Schools” rankings. Thirteen graduate programs rank among the top 10 in the country, including programs in homeland security, project management, supply chain management, legal writing, environmental sciences and others, with a total of 39 programs placing in the top 20. Read more.

No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 in the world for global impact

ASU is ranked top in the nation for three consecutive years and second in the world in 2022 by Times Higher Education for advancing the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, including global impact on poverty and hunger, developing solutions for clean water and energy and promoting gender equality. Among the 17 goals, ASU ranked No. 1 in the world in three SDG categories: sustainable cities and communities; life below water; and life on land. Read more.

Elite scholars
'Top producing' university of elite scholars for 10 consecutive years
—Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarships Advisement, 2021
Education, Excellence, Undergraduate, Leadership
'Top producing' university of elite scholars for 10 consecutive years

For the past 10 years, ASU has been a top-producing university for elite scholars. This impressive list includes 279 Gilman Scholars, 191 Fulbright Scholars, 18 Goldwater Scholars, 14 Udall Scholars, 9 Gates Cambridge Scholars, 4 Marshall Scholars, 4 Truman Scholars, 2 Rhodes Scholars and 1 Churchill Scholar. Learn more.

Student athlete academic success
First in Pac-12 with All-Time Best APR: Sun Devil Athletics
—NCAA, 2022
First in Pac-12 with All-Time Best APR: Sun Devil Athletics

ASU recorded a multiyear Academic Progress Rate average of 995 out of 1,000 over a four-year period (2017–21), an all-time ASU high and first in the Pac-12, the first time ever leading the conference. Since the 2015–16 academic year, ASU has averaged a 990-plus for each multiyear APR cohort that has been released. ASU's single year overall APR score for 2020–21 is 994, which is the highest score in ASU history. The national multiyear APR score for all NCAA Division 1 programs is 984.

ASU a best college value - Kiplinger
ASU a top 10 'Best Buy in the U.S.'
—The Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buys of 2023
Education
ASU a top 10 'Best Buy in the U.S.'

ASU makes the Fiske Guide to Colleges’ list of top 10 “Best Buy” public universities for quality in relation to cost and student debt. ASU is the only Arizona university selected for the top 10 Best Buy list and shares the accolade with other top public schools, including the University of Florida, Purdue University and the University of Washington. 

#1
public university in the U.S. chosen by international students
—Institute of International Education, 2021
#1 public university in the U.S. chosen by international students

ASU is ranked the top public university in the U.S., and in the top five nationally, chosen by international students, according to the 2021 Institute of International Education Open Doors Report, placing ahead of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of California San Diego, Purdue University and UCLA. During the 2020–21 academic year, ASU was home to more than 13,015 international students from more than 136 countries. Read more.

" Top producer of Fulbright awards for 11 consecutive years"
Top producer of Fulbright awards for 11 consecutive years

In 2021, ASU was one of only 10 universities that were top producers of Fulbright awards for both students and faculty, along with New York University, the University of Michigan, The Ohio State University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Career
Top 10 in the world for employer-student connections
—QS World University Rankings, 2022
Education, Excellence
Top 10 in the world for employer-student connections

The annual QS World University Rankings recognizes ASU as a top 10 university in the world for the quality of meaningful connections between potential employers and students — ahead of Princeton, MIT and Stanford, and others. ASU also earns the No. 17 ranking for the excellence of its partnerships with employers — ahead of Cornell, UCLA, Princeton and Harvard.

Arizona State University ranks top 10 globally for U.S. utility patents awarded to universities in 2021
Top 10 in the world among universities granted U.S. patents

Arizona State University ranks top 10 globally for U.S. utility patents awarded to universities in 2021, along with MIT, Stanford and Harvard. Currently ranked No. 8, ASU places in the top 10 among universities worldwide for the second time. Learn more.

Top 10 US Bachelor
Top 10 nationally for best online bachelor's programs

ASU Online is among the top 10 for online bachelor's programs in the U.S. six years in a row, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. There are nearly 300 online undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs designed by award-winning ASU faculty. The recognition is based on factors including engagement, services and technologies, faculty credentials and training, and expert opinion. Read more.

ASU a leader in undergraduate education
A leader in undergraduate education
—The Princeton Review, 2023
Undergraduate, Excellence
A leader in undergraduate education

The Princeton Review ranks ASU a top U.S. university for undergraduate education in its "The Best 388 Colleges 2023" based on a survey of more than 160,000 students. Students praised the university for "innovation," the ability to “personalize every student’s experience,” "endless ... opportunities for success" and "diversity" of the student body. Read more.

#6 in the U.S. for total research expenditures among universities without a medical school

ASU once again ranks No. 6 nationally for research expenditures among universities without a medical school, according to the National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development Survey. The university reports $673.4 million in research expenditures in 2020, ahead of the California Institute of Technology and Princeton. Read more.

6 subject areas rank top 25 globally including #6 in public administration.
—ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, 2022
6 subject areas rank top 25 globally including #6 in public administration.

ASU is recognized worldwide by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects in six subject areas that rank in the top 25. The rankings include management, public administration, environmental science and engineering, business administration, economics and education. In addition, 10 subject areas rank in the top 25 nationally. 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.

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 2025. Read more.

Study abroad student
Top 10 for students studying abroad
—Institute of International Education, 2019
Top 10 for students studying abroad

Offering more than 250 program options in 65 countries, ASU ranks No. 9 in the U.S., No. 1 in the Pac-12, for students studying overseas. More than 2,560 ASU students traveled abroad in 2017–18 for credit-bearing coursework. Read more.

#4
graduate local government management program in the U.S.
—U.S. News & World Report, 2023
Graduate, Education, Policy, Management, U.S. News & World Report
#4 graduate local government management program in the U.S.

ASU's local government management graduate program ranks No. 4 in the country and No. 1 in the Pac-12, by U.S. News & World Report, ahead of Syracuse University and the University of Southern California. It is one of seven graduate offerings in ASU's Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions ranked in the top 10. Read more.

Online MBA
6 online graduate business programs rank top 10 including online MBA
—U.S. News & World Report, 2022
Business, Management, Education, Graduate, U.S. News & World Report
6 online graduate business programs rank top 10 including online MBA

W. P. Carey School of Business ranks among the top in the nation with 6 of its online graduate programs in the top 10 — including online MBA (top 10 for 10 consecutive years), general management MBA, MBA marketing, MBA business analytics, finance MBA and master's in business programs (excluding MBA). Read more.

Top 5 TFA Ranking
#3 producer of Teach for America corps members
—TFA, 2021
Education, Leadership
#3 producer of Teach for America corps members

ASU is among the five top producers of Teach For America educators for large universities in the U.S., along with University of Michigan and UC Berkeley. Across the country, TFA corps members make an impact in more than 50 regions shaping the political, economic and social future of the nation. Learn more.

#8
Top producer of Peace Corps volunteers
— Peace Corps Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities, 2020
Feature Articles, Alumni, Education, Global
Top producer of Peace Corps volunteers

ASU is No. 8 on the Peace Corps' 2020 list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities, ahead of UC-Berkeley and University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Currently, 59 Sun Devils serve in the Peace Corps. 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
#1 for sustainability in North America
—Sierra Club, 2021
#1 for sustainability in North America

Recognized as one of North America's greenest colleges and universities, ASU ranks No. 1 out of 328 by Sierra magazine's "coolest schools" sustainability ranking, ahead of UC Berkeley, Penn State, UCLA and Yale. Read more.

ASU's School of Public Affairs earns eight top 10 spots in national rankings
—U.S. News & World Report, 2021-23
Education, U.S. News & World Report
ASU's School of Public Affairs earns eight top 10 spots in national rankings

ASU's School of Public Affairs holds eight top 10 spots in U.S. News & World Report graduate programs rankings, including emergency management and homeland security, local government management, urban policy, public management and leadership, environmental policy, information and technology, and criminology which was last ranked in 2021Read 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.

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.

#12
graduate education school in nation
—U.S. News & World Report, 2023
Graduate, Education, Policy
#12 graduate education school in nation

ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College is No. 12 in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of America’s best graduate education programs. Among public universities, the college placed at No. 4, ahead of the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Texas-Austin and the University of Virginia, solidifying ASU as a top-tier college for a master's degree in education since 2012. Read more.

Fashion construction
Top 10 fine arts programs
—U.S. News & World Report, 2020
Art, Education, U.S. News & World Report
Top 10 fine arts programs

U.S. News & World Report ranks two graduate fine arts programs in ASU's Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts in the country's top 10: ceramics (No. 4, No. 1 Pac-12) and photography (No. 6, No. 2 Pac-12). Read more.

#1
journalism school in overall programs for creative achievement
—Broadcast Education Association, 2022
Success, Undergraduate, Art
#1 journalism school in overall programs for creative achievement

The Broadcast Education Association ranked the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication top overall for the creative achievement of its students, ahead of Syracuse, University of Florida and USC. The Cronkite School also ranked first in Sports and News programs, second in Documentary Programs, and fifth in Audio Programs and Interactive Multimedia and Emerging Technology. Read more.

Jordan listening
A top-ranked law school in the nation
—U.S. News & World Report, 2023
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 12 among the nation's public university graduate schools, says U.S. News & World Report. Ranked the top law school in Arizona, the college tops University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of California-Davis and University of California-Irvine among others, according to the annual survey. Read more.

Top five grad schools
29 undergraduate and graduate W. P. Carey School of Business programs rank in the top 25
—U.S. News & World Report, 2023
Business, Management, Education, U.S. News & World Report
29 undergraduate and graduate W. P. Carey School of Business programs rank in the top 25

ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business has 29 degree programs, both undergraduate and graduate and including online that rank among the country's top 25. Top programs include project management, supply chain management, information systems and business analytics. 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.

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
#3 overall in the U.S. for Hearst Journalism Awards. Top 5 in writing, photojournalism and television.
—Hearst Journalism Awards, 2021-22
Success, Undergraduate, Excellence
#3 overall in the U.S. for Hearst Journalism Awards. Top 5 in writing, photojournalism and television.

Students in ASU's Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication placed third overall in the prestigious Hearst Journalism Awards along with UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Florida, and scored in the top five in writing, photojournalism and television categories. Cronkite students have finished in the top five nationally in the past four consecutive years.  Read more.

Student looking at globe
Excellence in undergraduate, graduate programs
—U.S. News & World Report, 2023
U.S. News & World Report
Excellence in undergraduate, graduate programs

A leading service ranking the excellence and innovation of the nation’s top universities, U.S. News & World Report rates 81 undergraduate and graduate programs, including online, at ASU among the top 25 in the country, including 37 programs ranked in the nation's top 10. See the list.

President Crow among Top 50 World's Greatest Leaders
—Fortune magazine, 2019
President
President Crow among Top 50 World's Greatest Leaders

President Crow is selected as one of the Top 50 World's Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine. The list recognizes global leaders in business, government, philanthropy and the arts who are "transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same." Read more.

#6 for best online bachelor's in psychology programs
#6 for best online bachelor's in psychology programs

A first-ever ranking issued by U.S. News & World Report recognizes ASU as No. 6 for best online bachelor's in psychology programs, ahead of Indiana University-Online, The University of Arizona and Colorado State University. ASU offers online Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science options for both psychology and forensic psychology through the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

President Crow honored with 2020 Eisenhower Award
—Business Executives for National Security (BENS), 2020
President
President Crow honored with 2020 Eisenhower Award

President Michael M. Crow was selected for the 2020 Eisenhower Award for his service as chairman of In-Q-Tel, a firm that invests in new technologies supporting the defense and intelligence communities, and for his leadership as president of ASU preparing future leaders in technology, commerce and public service. Read more.

Best Online Bachelor
#1 for best online bachelor's in business programs

For two consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report recognizes ASU as No. 1 for best online bachelor's in business programs, encompassing more than 25 undergraduate business degree programs offered online. Read more.

Best Business School
ASU a 'Best Business School' in the U.S.

ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business has been named one of the nation's most outstanding business schools, according to the Princeton Review. The W. P. Carey School earned the No. 1 spot in the country for Best MBA for operations, the No. 5 spot in resources for minority students, and No. 11 for online MBA programs. Read more.

Top 20 worldwide for MBA entrepreneurship programs

W. P. Carey School of Business ranks No. 17 in Poets & Quants and Inc. Magazine's 2022 rankings of MBA entrepreneurship programs worldwide. The ranking measures each MBA program on 10 categories, including elective entrepreneurship courses, the number of alumni who launch businesses and the number of students in entrepreneurship clubs. Read more.

Exclusive Global Employer's Choice Award, for two consecutive years
—Global University Central Career Union and Lockin, 2021
Exclusive Global Employer's Choice Award, for two consecutive years

For the second year in a row, more than 60,000 employers and partners from Lockin and the Global University Central Career Union selected ASU for the Exclusive Global Employer's Choice Award in recognition of world-class professionalism and recruitment in China. In addition, ASU has received the 2020 Best China Career Services Award from the American Universities' China Association.

Charter
A top U.S. university
—QS World University Rankings: USA, 2021
Global, Education, Graduate, Undergraduate
A top U.S. university

ASU ranks No. 62 for best university in the U.S., according to the QS World University Rankings: USA 2021. Moving up nearly 30 spots from last year's position, ASU also ranks No. 1 in the state, ahead of both Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. Ranking more than 350 universities, QS looked at four key indicators: research, learning experience, employability, and diversity and internationalization. Read more.

#2
top graduate schools in criminology
—U.S. News & World Report, 2022
#2 top graduate schools in criminology

The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions at ASU ranks No. 2 for best graduate criminology and criminal justice programs by U.S. News & World Report, ahead of Penn State and Florida State. One of 14 graduate degree programs ranked in the top 10 nationwide, the program is designed and taught by nationally ranked faculty. Learn more.

Research
ASU recognized for STEM equity and inclusion
—American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2021
ASU recognized for STEM equity and inclusion

ASU earned a bronze award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science's SEA (STEM Equity Achievement) Change initiative. One of only five universities given this distinction, ASU leads the way in advancing STEM equity and inclusion for underrepresented students, faculty and staff. Learn more.

Top 10 in the U.S. for NASA-funded expenditures
Top 10 in the U.S. for NASA-funded expenditures

ASU ranks in the top 10 in the U.S. for higher education R&D expenditures financed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. ASU is ranked ahead of UC Berkeley, UCLA and MIT in NASA-funded expenditures. Read more.

Students at table
A top university worldwide for academic reputation
—— Times Higher Education, World Reputation Rankings 2022
Global, Excellence
A top university worldwide for academic reputation

ASU is named to the top 100 in the world for academic reputation by Times Higher Education. The ranking is based on the world's largest invitation-only academic opinion survey, which uses United Nations data as a guide to ensure that the results are representative of world scholarship, and targets only experienced, published scholars. Read more.

One of two U.S. universities to achieve net zero emissions
One of two U.S. universities to achieve net zero emissions

Times Higher Education recognizes ASU as one of only two universities in the U.S. — and one of 43 globally — to achieve net zero emissions. The ranking appears in THE’s new data-led report on higher education’s climate-neutral commitments, The Race to Net Zero, which shows how universities worldwide are lowering their greenhouse gas emissions to achieve net zero. Read more.

"Top 8 in the nation for ROTC    Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps"
Top 8 in the nation for ROTC

ASU's Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps, also known as ROTC, is recognized as one of the top eight programs of its kind nationwide with the 2021 General Douglas MacArthur Award. Chosen out of 274, the program known as the Sun Devil Battalion was selected for a combination of achievement in commissioning mission, cadets' performance during Cadet Summer Training and retention rates. Read more.

Top 10 in the U.S. for community and national service
Top 10 in the U.S. for community and national service

ASU is ranked in the top 10 in the country by Washington Monthly for its community and national service, ahead of Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and Johns Hopkins. The service aspect of the ranking supports the ASU Charter which emphasizes "assuming responsibilities for the communities it serves."

#2
EPA Green Power Partnership in the U.S.
—— Environmental Protection Agency, 2021
Sustainability
#2 EPA Green Power Partnership in the U.S.

ASU ranks No. 2 on the EPA’s Green Power Partnership Top 30 College & University Partners listing. Seventy-eight percent of ASU’s total electricity use is green power, helping to reduce the effects of air pollution and emissions caused by conventional electricity use while supporting the development of clean energy resources. Read more.

ASU in the nation's top 25 public schools
—ASU in the nation's top 25 public schools
ASU in the nation's top 25 public schools

ASU ranks in the nation's top 25 public schools by Washington Monthly's 2022 National University Rankings, ahead of Ohio State, Purdue and University of Texas-Austin. The ranking recognizes colleges' contribution to the public good in three categories: social mobility, research and promoting public service. The metrics used by the ranking align with the ASU Charter which promotes "assuming responsibilities for the communities it serves" and design aspirations such as social embeddedness.

ASU named a Hispanic-Serving Institution
ASU named a Hispanic-Serving Institution

ASU has been named a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. Read more about ASU's commitment to the Hispanic community, accessibility and inclusivity, including its participation in the newly formed Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Research Universities. Read more.

#12 for Earth science graduate program
#12 for Earth science graduate program

ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration ranks No. 12 by U.S. News & World Report among graduate schools for earth sciences, ahead of Yale, Cornell, Rice, Virginia Tech and Ohio State, among others. For earth sciences specialities, ASU ranked No. 3 for geochemistry and No. 5 for geology, ahead of UC Berkeley, MIT and Stanford in both categories; No. 5 for environmental sciences; and No. 17 for geophysics. Read more.

Maker Space
One of The Best Maker Schools in Higher Education
—Newsweek, 2021
Innovation, Featured article
One of The Best Maker Schools in Higher Education

ASU makes Newsweek's list of The Best Maker Schools in Higher Education, among more than 2,000 communal makerspaces around the world. The list was created through a survey tool in collaboration with an international community of educators, administrators, students and maker leaders. The selected schools demonstrate the ingenuity and community engagement that are hallmarks of the maker movement. Read more.

#4
in the U.S. for undergrad STEM degrees
—Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System, 2019–20
#4 in the U.S. for undergrad STEM degrees

Arizona State University, a leader in educating the next generation in engineering and science, ranks fourth in the U.S. for undergraduate degrees in STEM-related fields. With 4,427 STEM-related undergraduate degrees awarded in 2019–20, ASU is among the national leaders along with University of Michigan, University of Texas and UCLA. Read more.