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ASU among top public universities in 2024 Wall Street Journal rankings

Graduation rates, salary impact considered in rating US colleges


Students wearing maroon caps and gowns at an ASU graduation ceremony.

Moeur Award winners cheer prior to undergraduate commencement at Sun Devil Stadium in May 2023. Photo by Deanna Dent/Arizona State University

September 07, 2023

Editor’s note: This story is featured in the 2023 year in review.

Arizona State University has been named among the top 20 public universities in the Wall Street Journal’s Best Colleges in the U.S. for 2024, ahead of UCLA, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia.

The ranking comes on the heels of Washington Monthly’s 2023 National University Rankings, released in late August, which also placed ASU among the top 20 public universities at No. 14.

Among the factors considered in the Wall Street Journal ranking are student outcomes, comparing graduation rates and salary impact against similar colleges. ASU performed highest in these areas, demonstrating the university’s strong graduation rates and post-graduation success.

ASU ranked among the top 15 best public colleges for its graduation rate score. It ranked higher than Notre Dame, New York University and Georgia Tech on this metric.

ASU also ranked among the top 15 best public colleges for its salary impact score. On this metric it ranked ahead of the University of California, Berkeley; Johns Hopkins University; and University of California, Los Angeles.

The Wall Street Journal Best Colleges in the U.S. ranking rates the top 400 universities in the country in collaboration with College Pulse and Statista.

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