Princeton Review cites ASU's academics, affordability, grads' career prospects.
January 17, 2018

The university is the only Arizona school on 2018 'Colleges That Pay You Back' list

Arizona State University has been named to the 2018 Princeton Review list of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck.”

The Princeton Review, which rates colleges and universities on a host of factors, cited ASU’s “stellar academics, affordable cost and strong career prospects for graduates.” ASU has been named to this nationwide list every year since its inaugural publishing in 2015. This year, ASU is the only school in Arizona to make the list.

Other universities on the list include Stanford University, Yale University, MIT, University of California Los Angeles and Texas A&M.

“ASU offers the highest-quality education possible at the lowest possible price with a tremendous return on investment for students,” ASU President Michael M. Crow said. “Nine out of 10 undergraduates have a job within three months of graduation. And with more than 8,000 companies recruiting students every day, ASU is the hub of talent for the state of Arizona.”

Students quoted in the Princeton Review ranking noted ASU’s focus on innovation and efforts to “personalize every student’s experience,” along with “endless … opportunities for success.” Students also noted ASU’s highly ranked journalism, business and engineering schools along with the abundance of research opportunities across academic disciplines.

ASU’s undergraduate tuition is the lowest among public universities in Arizona. More than 80 percent of resident undergraduates receive some type of financial aid, which was also a factor in the Princeton Review ranking.

Dozens of companies such as Ford Motor Company, Mayo Clinic, Charles Schwab and State Farm have called ASU a top-tier university for recruiting and hiring. The average starting salary for ASU undergraduates is $43,000 and $63,000 for graduate students.