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Our Accolades

From our entrepreneurship programs to our economic impact, from our innovative approach to education to our success in securing patents—ASU is recognized as a higher education leader and innovator by local, national and international organizations. The following are a few of our latest honors and rankings.


For the third year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranked ASU #1 among the Most Innovative Schools in America for 2017, ahead of #2 Stanford and #3 MIT, as well as Duke, Harvard and Cornell. The top rating was conferred by leading college officials across the country based on ASU’s curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology and facilities.

ASU was selected as  The Entrepreneurial University at the Deshpande Symposium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education in 2016.

ASU ranked #38 among worldwide institutions in earning utility patents in FY 2015, according to the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

Innovation and Economic Prosperity University

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities designated ASU an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University in 2016.

The Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship maps the 40 largest metro areas in the U.S. by their high-growth entrepreneurial activity. In 2016 they ranked Arizona #3, based on rate of startup growth, share of scale-ups and high-growth company density.

Washington Monthly named ASU President Michael Crow as one of the 10 most innovative college presidents in the U.S. in 2015, for his success at increasing access while raising graduation rates.

ASU was selected to receive the 2015 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The classification is bestowed upon institutions that have demonstrated deep engagement with regional, national and global communities.

Recognition + Awards

Skysong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, recognized as the Mixed Use Development of the Year
ASU Selected as "The Entrepreneurial University"
Ranked No. 1 as the "Most Innovative School" for 2016
Scottsdale has been named as one of the best cities to launch a startup, outside of Silicon Valley & NYC
Cordes Innovation Award Hall of Fame - University Innovation Fellowship
UEDA Community Connected Campus Award
America's Ten Most Innovative College Presidents - Michael Crow
UEDA Judges Award - Overall Economic Development Activities
ASU earns Carnegie distinction for community engagement
Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award in the category of Partnerships with Educational Institutions for community with populations 200K - 500K
Excellence in Entrepreneurship Education Specialty Program Award - Pave Program
"Best of Arizona Award" for ASU as the New American University and its Economic Impact
Deshpande Symposium Award for Excellence in Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship - Changemaker Central
Innovator of the Year Award for College Students - Cronkite School's Public Insight Network Bureau
Selected as host-site of CGI U in 2014
20 universities that are most likely to land you a job in Silicon Valley
Most Promising Technology Based Economic Development Initiative Award
Three ASU Alums on "30 under 30 list"
Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Award Winner - Outstanding Contribution to Venture Creation
ASU Ranked #18 of top Global University Incubators
Key Recognition Related to Entrepreneurship Efforts at ASU
Cordes Innovation Award for Changemaker Central
ASU ranked 38th among worldwide institutions in earning utility patents
Cordes Innovation Award Winner - University Innovation Fellowship
Innovation and Economic Prosperity University Designation
First scholarly journal in the field of Arts Entrepreneurship - Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts
AZ Ranked #3 in Growth Entrepreneurship
ASU joins Changemaker Campus Consortium