ASU ranks among top 'best buy' public colleges

July 15, 2014

Arizona State University has been named a “best buy” among public colleges and universities for 2015, according to Fiske Guide to Colleges.

ASU is among 22 public colleges in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom selected for their demonstrated commitment to quality academics and affordability. 2015 Fiske Guide to Colleges Best Buy School logo Download Full Image

According to Fiske, ASU is a place “where massive innovation is the norm and where an interdisciplinary culture is seen as the best means of developing world-changing ideas.” The research enterprise is growing in size and impact and the university is retaining and graduating more of its students.

In addition to highlighting the university’s top-rated academic programs in engineering, journalism, business, education, sciences, social sciences, sustainability, nursing and health solutions, Fiske also offers an insight into the collaborative culture at ASU that is focused on student success.

According to an ASU kinesiology major quoted in the guide, “Despite the challenging nature of the classes, professors are always willing to go above and beyond to ensure that the student is successful.” Another student quoted in Fiske said, “The courses are difficult, but the group aspect of most project work makes the hard work much less overwhelming.”

Fiske cites as an example of ASU’s world-class facilities the nine-acre Barrett, the Honors College residential community that was designed by students, faculty and staff members working together with renowned architects. Other residence halls on campus are quoted as having larger than average rooms that are well furnished, and a diverse menu of food items.

School spirit receives high marks at ASU, thanks to highly ranked Division 1 athletics. The countless opportunities available to students to get involved in student organizations, research or internships, study abroad in more than 300 programs in nearly 60 countries, or interact with other students socially add to a Sun Devil’s college experience.

Representative of Arizona’s socioeconomic, racial and ethnic make up, 19 percent of ASU’s student population is Hispanic, five percent of all students are African-American, six percent are Asian-American and nearly two percent are Native American. ASU offers merit-based scholarships to qualified students and is also home to the Pat Tillman Veterans Center, which provides a number of academic and student support services to more than 2,300 veterans and their dependents who are enrolled as undergraduate and graduate students.

ASU has been consistently ranked among the top universities in the United States and the world. The Center for World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities, both rank ASU as one of the top 100 universities in the world. The U.S. News and World Report list ASU as second on the roster of schools that are making the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty and student life. The Princeton Review has also named the university one of “The Best 378 Colleges” in a 2014 list. See a list of ASU rankings here.

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ASU alum Alexa Rogers to compete for Miss America title

July 15, 2014

Alexa Rogers credits Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University with helping her win the title of Miss Arizona 2014.

“The interview is one of the largest parts of the competition. Being in Barrett really helped with that because to be successful in the interview, you have to study, know about current events and speak articulately; all things I worked on while I was at Barrett,” said Alexa, who won the Miss Arizona title in June. She will represent the Grand Canyon State in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in September. Alexa Rogers Download Full Image

Alexa, a 23-year-old Scottsdale native, was an honors student from 2009-2012. She graduated from ASU in 2013 with a degree in business management and a minor in Spanish.

Her road to the Miss America pageant began when a friend convinced her to compete in the Miss Phoenix pageant – her first pageant ever – in January. She won and immediately began preparing to compete in the Miss Arizona pageant, where again, she walked away with the title.

She plans to use the scholarships she won in the Miss Arizona pageant to pursue a master’s in business marketing at ASU.

Alexa, who took up to 18 units per semester and worked three jobs while an undergraduate, approaches being Miss Arizona the same way she approached her studies: by working hard and keeping her goals in mind.

“It really is like a job. You have to go out and make appearances, advocate for a cause and raise funds,” said Alexa, whose platform focuses on empowering homeless and impoverished children through The Real Gift Foundation, an organization started by her family in 2000.

She also works as the national social media coordinator for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, pushing the organization’s message out through Facebook, electronic newsletters, Twitter, Instagram and other channels.

In addition, she carves out time for working out and practicing her interviewing and speaking skills – which entails studying current events and issues surrounding homelessness and children – in preparation for the swimsuit and interview components of the Miss America pageant.

Whatever the outcome of the national pageant, Alexa says she’s grateful for the experience.

“It’s rewarding to give back to my community and have the chance to let people know that whatever you put your mind to, you can achieve,” she said.

Nicole Greason

Public relations and publicity manager , Barrett, The Honors College