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ASU ranked No. 2 in nation among up-and-coming schools

ASU students walking up stairs near Hayden Library
September 09, 2014

Arizona State University is ranked No. 2 in the nation among up-and-coming schools in the 2015 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges Rankings. The ranking looks at universities most often cited by college administrators asked to nominate schools that have made the most promising and innovative changes in academics, faculty and student life.

ASU is a leader in student entrepreneurship, community partnerships and student support services, and continually offers new degrees in emerging fields.

The W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU was recognized among the nation's top 30 for undergraduate business schools – the ninth time in 10 years the school has made the top 30 list.

In addition to the No. 29 ranking overall, the undergraduate business program is among the top 10 in the West. The school’s acclaimed supply chain management program ranks No. 3 nationwide in the specialty category for its field. The school also has several other programs in the top 30 – entrepreneurship at No. 19, management at No. 20, management information systems at No. 15 and marketing at No. 23.

ASU also is ranked 34th among the best colleges for veterans and No. 63 for the country’s top public schools. Among national universities overall, ASU moved up to 129 from last year’s ranking of 142 in the nation.

Rankings compiled for the Best Colleges report includes data on nearly 1,800 colleges and universities.

The ASU Ira. A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is also advancing among the best undergraduate engineering programs in the nation, at number 41 in the rankings, moving up from 43 last year.

Other notable milestones that ASU programs have earned through previously released U.S. News and World Report rankings include the W. P. Carey School of Business that ranked No. 2 in the nation for the best online graduate business program. U.S. News and World Report cites the school’s graduate business programs that are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the gold standard of business school accreditation.

Online bachelor’s programs at ASU also have scored among the top 10 in the nation, at the No. 9 position. ASU is the only school in the Pac-12 to make the top 10 among best online bachelor’s programs.

In addition, ASU's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law is ranked 31st nationwide among public and private law schools, according to the 2015 "Best Law Schools" list released by U.S. News & World Report. The College of Law's legal writing program also ranked No. 8.

Other recent top rankings recognizing excellence at ASU include:

• The Princeton Review ranked ASU one of the country’s top universities for undergraduate education in its 2015 edition of “The Best 379 Colleges.” The ranking puts ASU in the top 15 percent of all four-year colleges in America.

• ASU is ranked 88th in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities and 48th among all universities in the United States. Compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, the rankings compare more than 1,000 higher education institutions worldwide and are considered one of the most prominent world university rankings.

• Arizona State University was named a “Military Friendly School for 2014” by G.I. Jobs magazine for five consecutive years. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are leaders in providing educational support benefits and paths to success for military veterans. The university also ranked No. 14 on Military Times Edge magazine’s “Best for Vets” list.