The outstretched index finger. The checkered flag. Gold cup. Blue ribbon.
These are the symbols of No.1, and ASU just wrapped an academic year in which Sun Devils accumulated a truckload of numero unos, from scholars to donors, gamers to golfers and, yes, even lawyers.
Digging deeper, ASU racked up its string of primary digits based on quality, not volume. The university, for example, ranked as top producer of Fulbright Scholars in the nation, not because it had more applicants, but because of their caliber. ASU had one of the highest rates of acceptance.
The collection of distinctions capped a year that began with U.S. News & World Report hailing ASU as the most innovative school in the U.S. and concluded with rankings that affirmed the university’s success in providing access to a quality education and delivering excellence, in the classroom and laboratory, on the athletic field and around the world.
No. 1 in innovation – U.S. News & World Report
No. 1 public research university chosen by international students (No. 4 overall among U.S. universities)
No. 1 in e-sports – champions of the ESPN “Heroes of the Dorm” competition
No. 1 non-profit foundation in Arizona – ASU Foundation
No. 1 in Pac-12 women’s individual golf – freshman Linnea Strom
No. 1 Pac-12 coach – Charli Turner Thorne named Pac-12 Coach of the Year
ASU men’s swimming coach Bob Bowman named head coach of the US Olympic team
Former ASU coach Linda Vollstedt named Pac-12 Coach of the Century