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ASU's undergraduate business program rises in US News and World Report rankings

September 13, 2020

The U.S. News & World Report rankings for the 2021 Best Undergraduate Business Programs nationally are out, and Arizona State University's W. P. Carey School of Business jumped up seven spots to No. 24, ahead of the University of Arizona, Boston University and Texas A&M University.

The school’s reputable supply chain and logistics program ranked highest among the school’s departments at No. 3, holding on to its consistent top 5 ranking across the nation. ASU also repeated as the most innovative school for the sixth year running. It ranked No. 9 in first-year experiences and No. 16 for undergraduate teaching. 

“Once again, we’re honored to be recognized by U.S. News and our peers as one of the nation’s top business schools,” said Amy Hillman, dean of the W. P. Carey School and the Charles J. Robel Dean's Chair. “These rankings highlight the excellence that we look to achieve every day, no matter the circumstances — from traditional in-person educational environments to flexible remote learning.” 

Other high rankings from the 2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Undergraduate Business Programs list include:

  • No. 10 management.
  • No. 10 quantitative analysis.
  • No. 12 marketing.
  • No. 12 management information systems.
  • No. 13 accounting.
  • No. 14 productions/operations management.
  • No. 18 international business.

More U.S. News & World Report rankings: ASU ranked No. 1 in innovation for 6th year | ASU ranked a top 10 university for 'first-year experiences' | Senior capstones move up 9 spots

In spring and early summer, U.S. News asked deans and senior faculty members at each of the 511 undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business to rate the quality of all programs.

The U.S. News 2021 Best Graduate Schools announced in March ranked 13 W. P. Carey programs and disciplines in the top 25, which puts a total of 30 W. P. Carey undergraduate and graduate programs and disciplines in the top 25 by U.S. News & World Report, the most of any business school in the nation, ahead of such programs as the University of Texas at Austin and the University of California — Berkeley. The U.S. News rankings released in January for Best Online MBA and Online Graduate Business Programs placed six specialty areas in the top 10.

“This is the first year the academic disciplines have been ranked for Online MBA, and we’re certainly very excited to be ranked top 3 across the board,” Hillman said. “That speaks so highly of our departments and the professors who bring their expertise and passion to the online courses.”  

W. P. Carey held its No. 6 spot for the U.S. News Online Graduate Business Programs. 

See the school’s full list of rankings at

Shay Moser

Managing Editor , W. P. Carey School of Business


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ASU ranked No. 1 in innovation for 6th year by US News and World Report

September 13, 2020

As world's challenges grow more complex, new ideas are needed more than ever — and ASU's creative minds are finding solutions from the ocean to the reaches of space

Editor’s note:  This story is being highlighted in ASU Now’s year in review. Read more top stories from 2020.

Long before it was a buzzword, innovation was a concept that Arizona State University embraced in the name of reimagining the role of an institution of higher education.

Over the past several years, that credo has manifested in a host of breakthroughs, advancements and transformations. In recognition of the university’s culture of discovery, U.S. News & World Report has announced that it has named ASU the most innovative university in the nation for the sixth year in a row, as well as one of the top 50 public schools in the U.S.

“Innovation is infused in ASU’s DNA because we are designed to spark, support and manifest new ideas,” President Michael Crow said. “Innovation can be found at all levels of our education, our research and our community engagement. It drives our perpetual evolution and it will continue to guide us as we work toward solutions to the next great challenges of a complex future.”

The ranking is based on a survey of peers that includes college presidents, provosts and admissions deans from around the country who nominate up to 15 schools that are making the most innovative improvements to and for curricula, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities, according to the magazine.

After ASU, U.S. News & World Report ranked the most innovative universities for 2021 as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Purdue. Rounding out the top 10 this year are Stanford, California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon, University of Maryland – Baltimore County and Elon University.

In addition to ranking No. 1 in innovation, ASU earned multiple spots on the badge-eligible list of 2021 Best Colleges. U.S. News badges are widely recognized as symbols of excellence in higher education that are conferred by an unbiased trust agent.

Those rankings include:

  • No. 9 in First-Year Experiences. For the second year in a row, ASU’s Tempe campus ranked ninth in the nation — outperforming Brown University, Princeton University and University of Texas at Austin — for its commitment to helping students transition from high school and community college to life at a four-year university. This fall, the First-Year Success Center – which is home to Game Changers, a program specifically for first-generation freshmen – has expanded its remote options to include Zoom sessions with peer coaches and other digital support services, including YouTube videos on how to successfully work in ASU Sync, coaching communities through Slack and one-on-one coach-student texting through SalesForce. 
  • No. 16 in Undergraduate Teaching. ASU is among the top 20 in the nation for undergraduate teaching, with its more than 4,700 faculty members counting five MacArthur fellows, five Nobel laureates, seven Pulitzer Prize winners and hundreds of other award recipients among them. In recent years, ASU has expanded the use of adaptive learning, a personalized method of teaching that combines online and classroom work, and offers a vast array of undergraduate research opportunities. In this category, ASU was ranked ahead of Carnegie Mellon University, MIT and Emory University, among others.
  • No. 19 in Senior Capstones. ASU moved up nine spots from No. 28 last year with the variety and robustness of its senior capstone experiences. Sometimes referred to as a senior thesis, these are large, multifaceted projects that integrate knowledge and skills from the student's years of undergraduate studies. At ASU, those can range from prototyping a robotic explorer for the Psyche asteroid, to delving into how exposure to different media affects people's attitude toward social change, to helping a real-world vehicle-management firm better project its inventory based on repairs data. ASU tied with — among others — the Georgia Institute of Technology, and it was ranked ahead of Swarthmore College and Butler University.
  • No. 46 in Top Public Schools. In the overall category of top public schools, U.S. News ranked ASU among the top 50 in the nation, up seven spots from last year. ASU tied Temple University and the University of Oregon and was ranked ahead of the University of Illinois–Chicago, among others. Universities are graded on more than a dozen diverse measures of academic quality including student outcomes such as how many first-year students return for their sophomore year and how many students earn a degree in six years or less. ASU’s retention rate for first-year students is 86.7%, an increase of 10 percentage points since 2002. The university’s six-year graduation rate is 70.4%, an increase of nearly 17 percentage points since 2002.

In other accomplishments this past year, ASU achieved carbon neutrality six years earlier than its goal of 2025; researchers at the Biodesign Institute developed the state’s first saliva-based COVID-19 test; and ASU Prep Digital, launched in 2017 as a public charter school for grades nine through 12, expanded its offerings to kindergarteners through eighth graders.

This summer, when Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan began his six-year appointment as the 15th director of the National Science Foundation, Neal Woodbury took over as interim executive vice president of ASU Knowledge Enterprise. In this role, Woodbury will continue to advance ASU’s research, economic development, international development and corporate engagement and strategic partnership agendas, as well as oversee activities related to Knowledge Enterprise operations, institutes and initiatives.

“The No. 1 in innovation ranking is a welcome reminder of the mission and beliefs that fuel discovery and progress at ASU,” Woodbury said. “Particularly at a time when universities worldwide are reimagining what traditional and remote learning looks like, I am very proud of our continued efforts to innovate with speed, at scale.”

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