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ASU among top 10 ‘Best Buy’ public schools in latest Fiske Guide to Colleges

University's strong programs, support services highlighted in annual report


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July 28, 2020

Arizona State University has been ranked in the top 10 “Best Buy” public schools in the 2021 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges, the only Arizona school to make the list.

Now in its 37th edition, the Fiske Guide provides an annual snapshot into more than 320 public and private colleges and universities across the country, ranking the institutions for academic excellence and value for the cost of tuition. ASU shares the distinction with, among others, the University of Florida, the University of Iowa, the University of Washington and Texas A&M. ASU was also recognized last year

The guide, which is widely known as a reputable resource for prospective students and parents, recognizes ASU for innovation and touts the university as a “national model of how to navigate the emerging demographics of U.S. higher education.”

“ASU is proud to be an advocate and leader for higher education,” said Mark Searle, executive vice president and university provost. “We understand that no two learners are alike, and are honored that the Fiske Guide recognizes the commitments ASU has made to provide flexible options to those who are interested in pursuing their educational or career goals through the university’s nationally ranked programs.”

ASU offers a wide variety of academic choices with more than 800 undergraduate and graduate programs from the university’s 16 colleges and schools — along with access to top programs and award-winning faculty through ASU Online. The Fiske Guide highlights ASU’s hands-on programs in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering; spotlights the “ambitious honors projects” at Barrett, The Honors College; and calls the School of Earth and Space Exploration a leading center for research in astronomy and astrophysics. The guide also identifies eight strong programs at ASU:

  • Architecture.
  • Art.
  • Business.
  • Design.
  • Education.
  • Engineering.
  • Journalism.
  • Performing arts.

Positioned in one of the nation’s fastest-growing metro areas, ASU has made “serious efforts to provide students with strong support services,” according to the guide. The Fiske Guide points to ASU’s award-winning First-Year Success Center, where new students can receive a variety of peer coaching services to help them adjust to college life while reaching their goals. Also noted: the success of the Pat Tillman Veterans Center, contributing to the growth of ASU’s veteran population.

Overall, research expenditures are up at ASU, along with student retention and graduation rates. In fiscal year 2018, ASU reported a record total of $617.7 million in research expenditures, rising to No. 7 in total research expenditures for universities without a medical school.

Base tuition for an Arizona resident and full-time student is about $10,710, although ASU offers a number of opportunities for tuition assistance, including financial aid and scholarships — significantly reducing the cost of a college education.

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