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ASU named a top 'Up-and-Comer' on U.S. News list

August 17, 2010

Arizona State University has been named one of the top “2011 Up-and-Comers” among national universities in the 2011 Best Colleges guidebook by U.S. News & World Report.

This is the third year ASU has been chosen as a school to watch. The ranking highlights universities that have recently made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.

This year ASU was named second out of only 20 up-and-coming universities, more than half of them private institutions, based on a survey of college administrators throughout the country. This is its highest ranking yet in this prestigious category.

Additionally, ASU was named one of the “Best National Universities,” ranking 143.

“We’re happy to be recognized as one of the leading national universities in the United States,” says ASU President Michael Crow. “It is gratifying that others are taking notice of what we are doing and have chosen ASU as a school that everyone should be watching.

“U.S. News’ overall rankings tend to favor high-cost, private schools, rather than ASU’s accessible, affordable model. This is a clear indication that a university can be both accessible and excellent at the same time.”

In addition, ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business is ranked 28 among the best undergraduate business programs accredited by the Association to Advance College Schools of Business, up from 31 last year. Its supply chain management /logistics specialty ranked fourth.

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering ranked 45 among engineering schools whose highest degree is a doctorate.

The U.S. News rankings come on the heels of ASU being named 81st in the top 100 universities in the world by the Institute of Higher Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, considered one of the most prominent world university rankings.

The 2011 Best Colleges guidebook will be on newsstands Aug. 24. Highlights of the college rankings will be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, available Aug. 31.