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ASU ranked by U.S. News in top tier of national universities

September 13, 2011

For the fifth consecutive year, Arizona State University is ranked by U.S. News and World Report in the top tier of national universities.

ASU jumped to 132, up 11 spots from last year.

The U.S. News rankings come on the heels of ASU being named 78th 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 university also is named one of the top “2012 Up-and-Comers” among national universities in the 2012 Best Colleges guidebook by U.S. News & World Report.

This is the fourth year ASU has been chosen as a school to watch. The ranking, based on peer nominations, recognizes institutions that have made the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.

This year ASU is ranked eighth, tied with Northeastern University, Ohio State University, Purdue University, the University of Maryland-College Park, the University of Southern California, and the University of Florida.

“ASU is happy to be recognized as one of the leading national universities in the United States, and pleased that our peers have taken notice of the innovative directions in which we are moving,” ASU President Michael Crow said.

“U.S. News’ overall ranking tends to favor elite, private schools that accept only a small percentage of those who apply, and ASU’s accessible, affordable model tends to be a disadvantage in these rankings as we strive to educate and graduate a greater number of academically qualified students who have chosen to be Sun Devils. That we can be among the best in the nation and continue to grow to meet Arizona’s need for more college graduates is something our university community is truly proud of.”

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, the same as last year.

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering is ranked 42 among engineering schools whose highest degree is a doctorate, up three spots from last year

The 2011 Best Colleges guidebook will be on newsstands Sept 13 and available online at