For the second year running, Arizona State University has secured a spot among the nation’s top universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings.
ASU came in 121, hopping up three spots from last year, when it barely made the magazine’s “Best National Universities” list, which cuts off at 125.
The university was excluded from that list for more than two decades, relegated to the “third tier.” ASU’s high acceptance rates and low graduation rates have long hampered its status in the U.S. News rankings, which are arguably the most consumed analysis of the nation’s university.
While ASU's acceptance rate remains well above 90 percent, its graduation rate has been slowly improving the past several years, and is now 56 percent.
The magazine this year also listed ASU among the “Up-and-Coming Schools.”