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At ASU, one is the loveliest number

ASU is No. 1 in so many categories
May 11, 2016

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 producer of Fulbright Scholars in the U.S.

No. 1 public research university chosen by international students (No. 4 overall among U.S. universities)

No. 1 in Arizona for Goldwater Scholars

No. 1 in e-sports – champions of the ESPN “Heroes of the Dorm” competition

No. 1 in Arizona for state bar passage

No. 1 in Arizona for Flinn Scholars

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

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