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4-peat: Arizona State University named No. 1 school in innovation

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PHOENIX — For the fourth consecutive year, Arizona State University has been named the most innovative school in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

The school again ranked above schools including Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology rounded out the top five innovative schools in the country.

The ranking comes as a source of great pride for ASU — and also great relief, as the university can keep the advertisements on the intercampus shuttles that distinguish this fact for at least another year.

U.S. News noted that over ASU’s four campuses, the university offers more than 300 undergraduate programs and 500 clubs, along with 250 study abroad options.

ASU’s website listed several reasons why the university is considered the most innovative in the country.

Its Starbucks College Achievement Plan helps students earn tuition for a bachelor’s degree. The ProMod program helps students earn class credit through projects. There are also programs that helps teenagers and freshman, such as me3 and the Global Freshman Academy.

The university is also among the best for international students. ASU was named the top public university in the U.S. for students from different countries, and fifth overall for global leaders.

U.S. News also noted that students can choose to do 7.5- or 15-week semesters online or in-person and choose to begin a master’s degree while earning an undergrad.

“With an unrivaled commitment to sustainability, the Tempe campus is the most solar-powered of any in the U.S., exemplified by massive solar structures providing shaded walkways and parking across the campus,” the site said.

But it was not all good news for the university: ASU ranked at 115th in the country for national universities and No. 76 in best colleges for veterans.

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