ASU ranks among top 'best buy' public colleges
Arizona State University has been named a “best buy” among public colleges and universities for 2015, according to Fiske Guide to Colleges.
ASU is among 22 public colleges in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom selected for their demonstrated commitment to quality academics and affordability.
According to Fiske, ASU is a place “where massive innovation is the norm and where an interdisciplinary culture is seen as the best means of developing world-changing ideas.” The research enterprise is growing in size and impact and the university is retaining and graduating more of its students.
In addition to highlighting the university’s top-rated academic programs in engineering, journalism, business, education, sciences, social sciences, sustainability, nursing and health solutions, Fiske also offers an insight into the collaborative culture at ASU that is focused on student success.
According to an ASU kinesiology major quoted in the guide, “Despite the challenging nature of the classes, professors are always willing to go above and beyond to ensure that the student is successful.” Another student quoted in Fiske said, “The courses are difficult, but the group aspect of most project work makes the hard work much less overwhelming.”
Fiske cites as an example of ASU’s world-class facilities the nine-acre Barrett, the Honors College residential community that was designed by students, faculty and staff members working together with renowned architects. Other residence halls on campus are quoted as having larger than average rooms that are well furnished, and a diverse menu of food items.
School spirit receives high marks at ASU, thanks to highly ranked Division 1 athletics. The countless opportunities available to students to get involved in student organizations, research or internships, study abroad in more than 300 programs in nearly 60 countries, or interact with other students socially add to a Sun Devil’s college experience.
Representative of Arizona’s socioeconomic, racial and ethnic make up, 19 percent of ASU’s student population is Hispanic, five percent of all students are African-American, six percent are Asian-American and nearly two percent are Native American. ASU offers merit-based scholarships to qualified students and is also home to the Pat Tillman Veterans Center, which provides a number of academic and student support services to more than 2,300 veterans and their dependents who are enrolled as undergraduate and graduate students.
ASU has been consistently ranked among the top universities in the United States and the world. The Center for World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities, both rank ASU as one of the top 100 universities in the world. The U.S. News and World Report list ASU as second on the roster of schools that are making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty and student life. The Princeton Review has also named the university one of “The Best 378 Colleges” in a 2014 list. See a list of ASU rankings here.