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Four Arizona Cities Among Most Fun Cities in the U.S.

According to WalletHub, Tucson is No. 28 among the top 50 U.S. cities named as the Most Fun. Wallethub defined a place as fun as one that packs a little bit of everything for everyone. The study compared the 150 largest U.S. cities based on 58 key metrics. They range from fitness centers per capita to movie costs to average open hours of breweries. Other Arizona cities making the top 50 on the list were Scottsdale, No. 30, Tempe, No. 49 and Phoenix, No. 43. https://wallethub.com/edu/most-fun-cities-in-the-us/23455/ (November 2018)

Arizona’s Three State Universities Best for Vets

Arizona State University ranked No.109, University of Arizona ranked No.52 and Northern Arizona University ranked No.44 among the top universities in the nation for military and veteran students according to Military Times. The publication released its 2019 list of the top 140 four-year universities. https://rebootcamp.militarytimes.com/news/education/2018/10/22/best-for-vets-colleges-the-best-schools-for-military-students-in-2019/ (November 2018)

Arizona Top Digital Cities

The center for Digital Government announced the winners of the 2018 Digital Cities Survey. In its 18th year, the annual survey recognizes cities using technology to improve citizen’s services, enhance transparency and encourage citizen engagement. The survey honors cities in five population categories. In the 500,000 and more population category, the City of Phoenix is 7th In the 250,000 – 499,999 population category, the City of Mesa is 3rd, in the 75,000 – 124,999 the City of Avondale is 8th. http://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-cities/Digital-Cities-Survey-2018–Winners-Announced.html (November 2018)

ASU and UA Named Among Top Universities in the Country

ASU placed 58th and UA placed 114th overall in Washington Monthly magazine’s 2018 college rankings. Schools are rated based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). https://washingtonmonthly.com/2018college-guide?ranking=2018-rankings-national-universities (October 2018)

Top Public High Schools

Niche has named its’ 2019 Best Public High Schools ranking which is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and high school ratings. Some of Arizona’s top ranked schools were: Basis Scottsdale, #7, Basis Oro Valley, #20, University High School Tucson, #48, Basis Tucson North, #50, Basis Chandler, #63, Basis Peoria, #79, Basis Phoenix, #104, and Arcadia High School, #163. https://www.niche.com/k12/search/best-public-high-schools/?page=2 (October 2018)

ASU and UA Ranked Among Elite 100 World Universities

Arizona State University is ranked #114 and the University of Arizona is ranked #52 among the top elite world universities in the world in 2018. The Center for World Rankings (CWUR) publishes the only global university performance tables that measure the quality of education and training of students, as well as the prestige of the faculty and the quality of their research, without relying on surveys and university data submissions. https://cwur.org/2018-19/usa.php (October 2018)

Arizona Blue Ribbon Schools

US Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon School program has recognized 5 Arizona schools with the Blue Ribbon Award The honor recognizes outstanding public and non-public schools that achieve high levels of overall academic excellence or make significant improvements in closing the achievement gap with student subgroups. The Arizona Blue Ribbon Schools named in 2018 are: Franklin Junior High School in Mesa, Gilbert Classical Academy High School in Gilbert, Knox Gifted Academy in Chandler, Mesa Academy For Advanced Studies in Mesa, Vista College Preparatory in Phoenix. https://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/2018/national.pdf (October 2018)

Top Cities to Start Careers

Tempe is the top city in Arizona to start a career in 2018, according to a new study by career service site Zippia.ranked U.S. cities with populations of over 50,000 people in every state using census data in four areas: population, unemployment, cost of living and the percentage of the population that are millennials.  https://www.zippia.com/advice/best-cities-to-start-career-each-state/ (October 2018)

Best Places to Live

Paradise Valley ranked #40 among the top 50 places to live in America according to 24/7 Wall St. which created a weighted index of over two-dozen measures to identify the best American cities to live in. The communities on this list span the country from coast to coast but are disproportionately concentrated in the Midwest Though every city on this list is relatively small — home to fewer than 25,000 people — many are located within a major metropolitan area and are well within commuting distance of a large city. https://247wallst.com/special-report/2018/10/19/americas-50-best-cities-to-live-6/4/ (October 2018)

Best Real Estate Markets

WalletHub has released its list of the Best Real Estate markets in the U.S. The rankings include Gilbert #32, Peoria #65, Chandler #66, Surprise #99, Mesa #109, Phoenix #113, Tempe #117, Scottsdale #209 and Tucson #213. To determine the best local real estate markets, WalletHub’s analysts compared 300 cities of varying sizes across 21 key indicators of housing-market attractiveness and economic strength. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-real-estate-markets/14889/ (September 2018)

ASU and UA Top Green Schools

Participation in Sierra Magazine’s, Cool Schools ranking is open to all four-year, degree-granting undergraduate colleges and universities in the United States. Arizona State University ranked 5 and the University of Arizona ranked 81 out of the 269 schools that submitted completed responses by the deadline. Each year, school administrators participate by going to stars.aashe.org to complete an extensive questionnaire about their campus sustainability practices. The survey, officially called the Campus Sustainability Data Collector, is the result of the collaborative efforts of four organizations: the Sierra Club, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI), and the Princeton Review. https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/cool-schools-2018/cool-schools-2018-full-ranking (September 2018)

Ranks Among Best Children’s Hospital in the U.S.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital has been named one of the top children’s hospitals in U.S. News & World Report recent annual report on “Best Children’s Hospitals for 2018-2019”. One of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, Phoenix Children’s is ranked nationally in six pediatric specialties: Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology. https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/az/phoenix-childrens-hospital-6860210#hospital-performance (September 2018)

ASU and UA Top 25 Online MBA Programs

For the second year in a row, the Princeton Review has named ASU’s W.P. Carey (#9) and UA’s Eller College of Management (#21) as two of the top 25 Online MBA programs in the nation for online programs. The company chose the schools based on a survey of over 90 business schools offering online programs and used surveys from administers and students attending these schools. https://www.princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings?rankings=top-25-online-mba-programs (September 2018)

Arizona State University Receives Procurement Award

ASU has received the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute. Arizona State University is one of 14 agencies in the United States and Canada to receive the award. The cities that received the Award include: City of Chandler, City of Maricopa, City of Mesa, and the City of Scottsdale. Award Criteria are designed to measure innovation, professionalism, e-procurement, productivity and leadership attributes to the procurement function. https://npiconnection.org/awards/aep.asp (September 2018)

ASU Ranked Tops Nationally

Recognized by the Best Colleges 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report, Arizona State University was nationally ranked No. 115 (tie) among all universities and No. 52 (tie) among public universities. Following are additional rankings. https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/arizona-state-university-tempe-1081 (September 2018)

U.S. News Best College Rankings

  • #115(tie) National Universities
  • #10 Undergraduate Management
  • #11 Undergraduate Teaching
  • #76 (tie) Best College for Veterans
  • #106 High School Counselor Rankings
  • #52(tie)Top Public School
  • #27 Business School
  • #38 (tie) Engineering
  • #2 Supply Chain Management/Logistics
  • #11Management Information Systems
  • #1 Most Innovative Schools
  • #10 Quantitative Analysis
  • #119 Best Value Schools

U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings

  • #29 (tie) Best Business Schools
  • #33 (tie) Part-time MBA
  • #3 Supply Chain Management/Logistics
  • #15 Best Education Schools
  • #45 Best Engineering Schools
  • #27 Best Law Schools
  • #7 Dispute Resolution
  • #5 Legal Writing
  • #24 Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #32 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: Master’s
  • #9 Audiology
  • #62 Biological Sciences
  • #52 Chemistry
  • #47 Chemical Engineering
  • #41 Clinical Psychology
  • #43 Computer Science
  • #15 Earth Sciences
  • #42 Economics
  • #60 English
  • #20 Fine Arts
  • #7 Ceramics
  • #9 Photography
  • #5 Print Making
  • #69 History
  • #62 Math
  • #44 Physics
  • #51 Political Science
  • #39 Psychology
  • #9 Public Affairs
  • #4 City Management and Urban Policy
  • #8 Environmental Policy and Management
  • #3 (tie) Homeland/National Security & Emergency Management
  • #4 Information and Technology Management
  • #9 Nonprofit Management
  • #10 Public Finance and Budgeting
  • #7 Public Management Administration
  • #12 Public Policy Analysis
  • #2 Local Government & Management
  • #7 Public Management & Leadership
  • #30 Social Work
  • #67 Sociology
  • #17 Speech-Language Pathology
  • #74 Statistics

U.S. News Best Online Programs Rankings

  • #4 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #5 Best Online MBA Programs
  • #2 (tie) Best Online Graduate Business Programs (Excluding MBA)
  • #5 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs
  • #36 Best Online Graduate Education Programs
  • #11 Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs

U.S. News Best Global University Rankings

  • #134 (tie) Best Global Universities
  • #65 Arts and Humanities
  • #138 Biology and Biochemistry
  • #152 Chemistry
  • #89 Computer Science
  • #24 Economics and Business
  • #108 Engineering
  • #51 Environment/Ecology
  • #84 Geosciences
  • #179 Materials Science
  • #168 Mathematics
  • #329 (tie) Physics
  • #158 (tie) Plant and Animal Science
  • #76 (tie) Psychiatry/Psychology
  • #32 Social Sciences and Public Health
  • #109 Space Science

UA Recognized Nationally

Recognized by the Best Colleges 2019 edition of U.S. News & World Report, The University of Arizona was nationally ranked No.106 (tie) among all universities and No. 46(tie) among public universities. https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/university-of-arizona-1083/overall-rankings (September 2018)

U.S. News Best College Rankings

  • #106(tie) National Universities
  • #21 Business Programs
  • # Entrepreneurship
  • #3 Management Information Systems
  • #46(tie) Top Public Schools
  • #108 (tie) High School Counselor Rankings
  • #68 Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #55 (tie) Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs
  • #97 Best Value Schools

U.S. News Best Grad School Rankings

  • #69 Best Business Schools
  • #5 Information Systems
  • #46 Part-time MBA
  • #57 Best Education Schools
  • #58 Best Engineering Schools
  • #41 Best Law Schools
  • #28 Best Nursing Schools: Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • #39 (tie) Best Nursing Schools: Master’s
  • #9 Audiology
  • #46 Biological Sciences
  • #41 Chemistry
  • #10 Analytical
  • #31 Clinical Psychology
  • #43 Computer Science
  • #8 Earth Sciences
  • #3 Geology
  • #11 Geophysics and Seismology
  • #42 Economics
  • #77 English
  • #55 Fine Arts
  • #9 Photography
  • #63 History
  • #22 Library and Information Studies
  • #47 Math
  • #16 Pharmacy
  • #37 Physics
  • #10 Atomic / Molecular / Optical
  • #51 Political Science
  • #45 (tie) Psychology
  • #34 Public Affairs
  • #24 Public Management Administration
  • #25 Public Health
  • #6 Rehabilitation Counseling
  • #24 (tie) Sociology
  • #5 Social Psychology
  • #7 Speech-Language Pathology

U.S. News Best Online Programs Rankings

  • #8 (tie) Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
  • #33 (tie)Best Online MBA Programs
  • #33 (tie) Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs
  • #49 (tie) Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
  • #56 (tie) Best Online Bachelors Program
  • #180 (tie) Best Online Graduate Education Programs

U.S. News Best Global University Rankings

  • #77 Best Global Universities
  • #127 Agricultural Sciences
  • #37 Arts and Humanities
  • #158 Biology and Biochemistry
  • #384(tie) Chemistry
  • #163 (tie) Clinical Medicine
  • #95 (tie) Economics and Business
  • #208 (tie) Engineering
  • #38 Environment/Ecology
  • #29(tie) Geosciences
  • #110(tie) Microbiology
  • #182(tie) Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • #148(tie) Neuroscience and Behavior
  • #151 Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • #144) Physics
  • #26 Plant and Animal Science
  • #85 Psychiatry/Psychology
  • #70 Social Sciences and Public Health
  • #9(tie) Space Science

Best Hospitals in Arizona

According to U.S. News & World Report, Mayo Clinic ranks #1, Banner University Medical Center Phoenix ranks #2, Banner University Medical Center Tucson ranks #3 and Banner Estrella Medical Center ranks #4 in Arizona. All are nationally ranked in various specialties. U.S. News & World Report surveyed nearly 10,000 specialists and sifted through data for approximately 5,000 hospitals to rank the best in 16 adult specialties, from cancer to urology. Only 158 hospitals performed well enough to be nationally ranked in one or more specialties. https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/az (August 2018)

Top Research Universities

Arizona State University is ranked #126 (tie) and the University of Arizona is ranked #161 among the top 150 research schools in the world, according to an academic rating that measures faculty achievements such as publication in highly rated journals. The annual Academic Ranking of World Universities rates research universities on academic “output” factors. This includes the number of articles faculty members publish in journals such as Science and Nature and the number of alumni and staff who have won Nobel Prize. http://www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU2018.html (August 2018)

Top Pet-Friendly Cities

Scottsdale #1, Phoenix #5, Tucson #23, Glendale #39, Gilbert #53, Chandler #73, and Mesa #95 all ranked among a list 100 of the top pet-friendly cities in America. For analysis WalletHub evaluated each city based on 19 factors then ranked the cities. Those factors range from various pet-care costs to the number of pet-friendly restaurants and businesses that cater to pets. https://wallethub.com/edu/most-pet-friendly-cities/5562/ (August 2018)

UA Among Top 384 Colleges

The Princeton Review again has named University of Arizona as one of the best higher education institutions in the nation for undergraduate education. The Princeton Review does not issue overall rankings for the 384 schools. Instead, it assigns scores ranging from a low of 60 to a high of 99 in a variety of categories. The UA excelled in campus sustainability or “green” initiative (94), fire safety (91), and quality of life (88). UA also received to high marks in admissions (81) and financial aid rating (80). In select categories, UA placed 4th in Best Health Services and 14th in Students Pack in the Stadium. https://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings?rankings=best-384-colleges&page=5 (August 2018)

Arizona Best State for Community Colleges

WalletHub looked at over 700 community colleges and compared 17 metrics in three categories: cost and financing, education outcomes and career outcomes. Among other things, the metrics included tuition and fees, retention rates and student loan default. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-community-colleges/15076/ (August 2018)

  • 57. Cochise County Community College District
  • 157. Mohave Community College
  • 193. Paradise Valley Community College
  • 212. Mesa Community College
  • 225. Scottsdale Community College
  • 237. Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • 248. GateWay Community College
  • 314. Tohono O’Odham Community College
  • 315. Eastern Arizona College
  • 336. Glendale Community College
  • 372. Pima Community College
  • 408. Phoenix College
  • 440. Estrella Mountain Community College
  • 511. Yavapai College
  • 524. South Mountain Community College
  • 540. Central Arizona College
  • 676. Northland Pioneer College
  • 643. Rio Salado College

ASU and UA Best Colleges for Your Money

Money has ranked a list of the best colleges that combine educational quality, affordability, and alumni success. Arizona State University is #115 and University of Arizona came in #309 of the more than 700 best performing colleges that were analyzed. http://time.com/money/best-colleges/ (July 2018)

Arizona is Ranked for Business Success

Wallethub put Arizona at No.9 for successful business start-ups. The study compared 50 states across 25 key indicators of start- up success to determine the most fertile growth in which to launch and grow and enterprise. Arizona ranked 10 for business environment and 23 for business costs. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-states-to-start-a-business/36934/ (July 2018)

Phoenix Children’s Hospital Named Best Hospital

In the most recent study, U.S News has ranked Phoenix Children’s Hospital the No.1 children’s hospital in Arizona. The hospital has been ranked in all 10 specialties while improving in every specialty. https://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals/area/az/children (July 2018)

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Ranked 74th Most Educated City

As the fall semester commences, WalletHub determined where the most educated Americans are choosing to settle. In order to do so, they compared the 150 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas across nine key metrics. Their data set ranges from the percentage of adults aged 25 and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher to the attainment gap between women and men. https://wallethub.com/edu/most-and-least-educated-cities/6656/ (July 2018)

Several Arizona Cities Among Best for Recreation

WalletHub compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 35 key metrics that speak to the relative benefits of public spaces and recreational activities across the country. For each city, they examined basic living costs, the quality of parks, the accessibility of entertainment and recreational facilities as well as the climate. Scottsdale ranked 7th for best recreation. Other Arizona cities that made the list are: Tucson, #8, Phoenix #22, Chandler #33, Glendale #51, Mesa #60, and Gilbert #92. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-worst-cities-for-recreation/5144/ (July 2018)

ASU a “Best Buy” College

Students seeking a quality education at a reasonable price can look to ASU as a “best buy” according to the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018. The annual guide, which ranks schools with the best combination of academic excellence and value for the cost of tuition included ASU on its list of only 38 public universities designated this year. https://www.eab.com/daily-briefing/2017/07/14/the-38-best-buy-colleges (July 2018)

ASU Moves Up in Global Patent Ranking

ASU ranks 17th among worldwide institutions in earning utility patents, The National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association said today. ASU was awarded 100 patents in the fiscal year 2017. The report is based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association compile the rankings each year by calculating the number of utility patents that list a university as the first assignee. It underscores the university’s effort to ease the process for acquiring patents. http://www.academyofinventors.org/pdf/top-100-universities-2017.pdf (July 2018)

Top City for Best Drivers

Several Arizona cities can be found on America’s 2018 best drivers report. They are: Mesa #15, Scottsdale #16, Gilbert #21, Chandler #26, Tempe #67, Peoria #37 Phoenix #83 and Glendale #97. Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report® is an annual ranking that identifies which of the 200 largest U.S. cities have the safest drivers. Sharing this data every year can highlight the importance of educating people about the importance of safe driving. https://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/americas-best-drivers.aspx (June 2018)

AZ Communities Ranked for Solar Energy

SolSmart a new national designation program funded by U.S. Department of Energy SunShot (SPARC) Initiative recognizes communities that have taken steps to advance solar energy growth. Oro Valley has received the SolSmart Silver award and Maricopa County is a SolSmart Bronze designee. http://www.solsmart.org/our-communities/designee-map/ (June 2018)

AZ Cities Best Places to Live

Business Insider along with Realtor.com recently conducted a study to find the top 50 U.S. cities on people’s “must-move-to” list. Realtor.com looked at three data sources: migration ratio (people moving in verses leaving), view’s ratio (metro verses metro elsewhere), and growth ratio (population metro had grown based on census). Phoenix ranked #19. https://www.businessinsider.com/us-news-best-places-to-live-in-america-2016-3 (June 2018)

Arizona Gains in Solar Power

Arizona’s solar market remains steady during the first quarter of 2018, according to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association latest U.S. Solar Market Insight Report. Arizona ranked 7th with solar installations for the last two years. The forecast is strong for Arizona, which is expected to more than double its solar capacity in the next 5 years, according to the report’s data. https://www.seia.org/research-resources/solar-market-insight-report-2018-q2 (June 2018)

ASU and UA Earn Tree Campus USA Designation

As the oldest continually maintained public green space in Arizona, the University of Arizona has again earned the Tree Campus USA recognition for its work promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors higher education institutions and leaders across the nation for tree care initiatives. https://www.arborday.org/programs/treecampususa/campuses.cfm (June 2018)

Top 50 Colleges in the U.S. for Aspiring Entrepreneurs includes Arizona State University

ASU is ranked 29th for aspiring entrepreneurs. The list of top schools was published by College Choice, an independent college rankings site. It was compiled using information from Crunchbase, a data set of startup activity; startup platform Angel List; and other public business-data sources. It also took into consideration factors such as proximity to major metropolitan entrepreneurial ecosystems.UA made the list at #43. http://www.collegechoice.net/best-colleges-for-entrepreneurs/ (June 2018)

ASU Among Top 100 World Reputation

Times Higher Education has recognized the University of Arizona as one of the top 100 higher-education institutions in the world, ranking it as a global leader in research, education and innovation in the 2018 edition of its’ annual World Reputation Rankings. UA which appears in the 91-100 range is among 42 colleges and universities from the U.S. to claim the award. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2018/reputation-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats (June 2018)

Scottsdale Best City for Staycation

WalletHub considered 36 key indicators in ranking the 150 largest U.S. cities. Scottsdale ranks #16 among best cities for staycations. Tempe #44, Peoria #48, Glendale #66, Mesa #79, Phoenix #80, Chandler #97 and Gilbert #123 are also great places to play. Certain cities are obviously more conducive to a staycation than others. From recreation opportunities to the cost of relaxation, there are a number of factors to consider when evaluating whether or not you can bring the benefits of a vacation to your front door. Scottsdale, Tempe, Gilbert, and Peoria also ranks No.1 (tie) for most public golf courses and No.1 (tie) for most zoos and aquariums per capita. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-staycations/4341/(June 2018)

AZ Cities Receive “Tree City USA” Recognition

Thirty Arizona cities made the list. Some of those included are: Avondale, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe all received recognition as “Tree City USA” in honor of Arbor Day. https://www.arborday.org/programs/treecityusa/treecities.cfm?chosenstate=Arizona (June 2018)

Scottsdale Ranked Among Top 10 Healthiest Cities

WalletHub put together a panel of experts to analyze which of the most populated U.S. cities are doing the best job of keeping their residents healthy and happy. Each city was examined for healthcare, fitness and access to green space. Scottsdale made the list at No. 7. https://wallethub.com/edu/healthiest-cities/31072/ (June 2018)

Top Public Golf Courses

Golf Digest named the 100 greatest public golf courses in America for 2018.The Estancia Club 374 is new to list are located in the Phoenix area. https://www.golfdigest.com/gallery/americas-100-greatest-golf-courses-ranking (May 2018)

Best Cities to Live

U.S.News analyzed 125 metro area in the U.S. to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each area, as well as the value of living there and people’s desire to live there. Phoenix came in #19 as the best place to live and #34 for the best place to retire. Arizona’s capital features a desirable combination of a thriving job market, a relatively low cost of living and plenty of way to enjoy the nice weather. https://realestate.usnews.com/places/arizona/phoenix (May 2018)

Arizona Hospital Ranked Best in Nation

Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix was ranked in a recent list of top 100 greatest hospitals in America, according to Becker Hospital Review. The Becker’s Hospital Review editorial team selected hospitals for this list based on rankings and awards from numerous reputable sources, including U.S. News & World Report, Truven Health Analytics, Healthgrades, The American Nurses Credentialing Center and The Leapfrog Group, among other resources. The final result is a list of 100 hospitals considered overall healthcare leaders in their region, state or the nation. https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/lists/100-great-hospitals-in-america-2018.html (April 2018)

ASU and UA Top for Research and Development

In the National Science Foundation’s latest Higher Educational Research and in the institution’s Higher Educational Research and Development (HERD) rankings, Arizona State University placed 9th out of 719 institutions without medical schools, ahead of Caltech, Princeton and Carnegie Mellon University. In addition, the total research expenditures among all institutions regardless of medical school, ASU ranked 44th and UA ranked 38th out of 876 ahead of University of Chicago, Boston University. https://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/herd/2016/index.html (April 2018)

Arizona’s Happiest Cities in America

In a recent study, WalletHub drew upon various findings of positive-psychology research to determine which among 150 largest U.S. cities is home to the happiest people in America. Each city was examined on 30 key indicators of happiness ranging from depression rate to income-growth rate to average leisure time spent per day. The cities in Arizona which made the list were Scottsdale #14, Gilbert #20, Chandler #40, Peoria #42, Tempe #58, Mesa #77, Glendale #115, Phoenix #122 and Tucson #131. https://wallethub.com/edu/happiest-places-to-live/32619/ (April 2018)

ASU and UA Named in Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Arizona State University ranked No. 126 and The University of Arizona is ranked No. 161 in the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings .The list includes the best global universities and is the only international university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The top universities rankings employ 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available, which are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2018/world-ranking#!/page/0/length/25/name/Arizona/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/stats (April 2018)

Mesa Among Most Affordable Large City in U.S.

GOBankingRates reviewed the cost of living in the 50 largest U.S. cities, taking into account average prices for rent, groceries, utilities, transportation, and health care. Local industry has traditionally centered around agriculture and aerospace, but the city also functions more and more as a suburb of sprawling Phoenix. It costs $65,816 to live comfortably for a year in Phoenix, but only $61,638 to do so in Mesa. https://www.gobankingrates.com/making-money/cost-of-living-comfortably-in-america/ (April 2018)

Arizona Ranks High Among States with Best Economic Outlook for 2018

Arizona is 5th in the nation in a survey that ranked states with the best overall economic outlook for 2018. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conducted the survey, titled “Rich States, Poor States.” The data examined ranks the 2018 economic outlook for states using 15 equally weighted policy variables, including various tax rates, regulatory burdens and labor policies. https://www.alec.org/app/uploads/2018/04/2018-RSPS-State-Pages_Final.pdf (April 2018)

Arizona School Among America’s Most Challenging High Schools

Nationally BASIS Phoenix ranked #1 and Arizona College Prep-Erie ranked #164 America’s Most Challenging High Schools which ranks schools through an index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/local/high-school-challenge-2017/ (April 2018)

Arizona Ranked as Best Employers

HonorHealth is 64th, Freeport-McMoRan is 88th, Salt River Project is 189th, Microchip Technology is #420 and Pima County is ranked #413 on Forbes’ Best Employers in the Nation. Company employees were asked to rank their company “…on a scale of 0-10, How likely would you be to recommend your employer to someone else? How about other employers in your industry?” https://www.forbes.com/best-employers/list/#tab:rank (April 2018)

Arizona Hospitals Ranked Best in Nation

Dignity Health-Chandler Medical Center, Chandler, and Mayo Clinic Hospital- Phoenix were ranked as America’s 50 Best Hospitals according to Healthgrades, Inc. The top 50 hospitals are in the top 1% of hospitals in the nation for providing overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of conditions and procedures consistently for a least six consecutive years. (https://www.healthgrades.com/quality/top-hospitals-2018 (March 2018)

ASU and UA Top Universities in America

Arizona State University is ranked #56 and University of Arizona is #74 of the top public universities in America according to Niche. The rankings were chosen by a rigorous analysis of academic admissions, financial and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and alumni. The ranking compares over 500 public colleges and state universities. https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/top-public-universities/ (March 2018)

Top 100 Hospitals

Banner – University Medical Center South and Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix have been named to the nation’s “Top 100 Hospitals” list by IBM Watson Health. This national study spotlights the top-performing hospitals in the United States based on a balanced scorecard of publicly available clinical, operational and patient satisfaction metrics and data. The study has been conducted annually since 1993, and 2018 is the first year either hospital has made the list. Banner University Medical Center South also earned the distinction as one of 13 “Everest Award” winners which are among the highest for overall improvement over 5 years. HonorHealth – Scottsdale Thompson also made “Top 100 Hospitals” list under the Small Community Hospital category. http://truvenhealth.com/Products/100-Top-Hospitals/Program-Info/100-Top-Hospitals/2018-Winners (March 2018)

Arizona Best High Schools in Nation

Nationally ranked Arizona high schools include: BASIS Scottsdale #1, BASIS Chandler #2, BASIS Oro Valley #3, BASIS Tucson North, #5, BASIS Peoria #5 The U.S. News & World Report rankings include data on more than 22,000 public high schools in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college. https://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/national-rankings (March 2018)

ASU’s CSPO Ranked Among Top Science and Technology Think Tanks

The Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University has been ranked 10th worldwide among science and technology think tanks in the recently issued 2017 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. In the ranking, CSPO is the top university-based science and technology think tank in the U.S. https://repository.upenn.edu/think_tanks/13/?mc_cid=6f3d809e47&mc_eid=4e7aa58428 (March 2018)

Arizona in Good Position in Latest Crop of Business-Friendly Rankings

Site Selection put Arizona 8th in its 2017 rankings, while Area Development deemed Arizona 10th in the category of “Most Improved Economic Development Policies” and awarded the state its 2017 Gold Shovel Award as it predicts the continual “strong economic performance in high-tech and innovative industries”. http://www.areadevelopment.com/Top-States-for-Doing-Business/Q3-2017/georgia-ranked-top-state-by-site-selection-consultants.shtml (February 2018)

Arizona 15th in Well-Being

The Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index is based on survey responses of residents and captures how they feel about their daily lives. The Index disaggregates across five dimensions: Purpose, Social, Financial, Community, and Physical. http://www.well-beingindex.com/2017-gswbi-state-rankings (February 2018)

ASU and UA Top U.S. Producers of Fulbright Scholars

Arizona State University was once again one of the top producer of students who win the prestigious Fulbright Award. ASU has 14 students in U.S. Government’s flagship international educational exchange scholars for 2017-18. ASU ranks 7th in the nation among public institutions for sending students abroad. Over the past 10+ years, ASU has produced 185 Fulbright winners ranking 8th among PhD-granting institutions. University of Arizona has produced 106 Fulbright student winners in the past decade. https://www.chronicle.com/article/Top-Producers-of-Fulbright/242557 (February 2018)

ASU and UA Lead in Peace Corp Volunteers

The Peace Corp ranks ASU No. 15 among large schools on the agency’s 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list with 50 volunteering worldwide. ASU has made the list for nine consecutive years and 1,081 have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers. University of Arizona ranks No. 20 on the list with 43 volunteering worldwide. http://files.peacecorps.gov/university-rankings/2018/topschools2018.pdf (February 2018)

Tops for Finding a Job in 2018

Chandler is #1, Scottsdale is #2, Peoria is #4, Gilbert is #5 and Tempe #20 of the top cities in the U.S. for finding a job in 2018 according to WalletHub. To narrow down the Best Cities, WalletHub compared 180 of the most populous U.S. cities based on 26 indicators which ranged from job opportunities to employment growth to monthly average starting salary. Other Arizona cities that made the list where: Mesa #56, Phoenix #61, Glendale #81 and Tucson #102. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-jobs/2173/ (January 2018)

Best Cities for an Active Lifestyle

WalletHub ranked the 100 most populated cities in the U.S. based on how well they accommodate or encourage an active lifestyle. They analyzed 24 key metrics, ranging from the average monthly fitness club fee to the number of sports clubs per capita. The following cities were ranked in the top 100 overall Scottsdale #27, Phoenix #35, Glendale #59, Mesa #71, Chandler #79, Gilbert #86, an Tucson #24. https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-worst-cities-for-an-active-lifestyle/8817/ (January 2018)

ASU Named Best Value College

Arizona State University has made the 2018 Princeton Review list of “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck”. The Princeton Review, which rates colleges and universities on a host of factors, citied ASU’s “stellar academics, affordable cost and strong career prospects for graduates”. ASU has been named to this list every year since its inaugural publishing in 2015. This year, ASU is the only school in Arizona to make the list. https://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/colleges-that-pay-you-back?ceid=hp-ranking (January 2018)

ASU’s Sanford School Ranks Among Top in World University Rankings

Arizona State University’s Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics has surpassed Harvard in the Center for World University Rankings on family study programs, ranking ninth in the world. Top ranks are based on quality of education, student training, the prestige of the faculty, and faculty members reach. The Sanford School also received high national ranking for HDFS 2017 North American Rankings: sixth over for family and human development, fifth in child development and second in adolescent development. http://cwur.org/2017/subjects.php#Family%20Studies (January 2018)

Phoenix Area Restaurants on Top 100 Places to Eat in US List

In Yelp’s fourth annual list honoring eateries across the US, two restaurants in the Phoenix area have made the list. Nearly all of the top 100 restaurants on the list have 5 star ratings. In fact, 96 out of the 100 businesses on this year’s list boast 5-star perfection. Yelp looked at reviews received by businesses while considering both the ratings and the volume of reviews to determine the list. No. 2 is Little Miss BBQ in Phoenix, # 85 is Green Corner Restaurant in Mesa and #100 Ten Handcrafted American Fare & Spirits, Phoenix. https://www.yelpblog.com/2018/02/yelps-top-100-places-to-eat-for-2018 (January 2018)

Scottsdale Ranks in Top 20 for Cities That Care

Some cities are better at taking care of their neighbors than others. Scottsdale is among the best – ranked No. 17, according to a financial services company. Gilbert #22, Chandler #32 and Mesa #47 also do a great job of taking care of their neighbors. WalletHub analysts compared the 100 most populated cities across 26 key metrics to find which have the most caring spirit. The data set ranges from the percentage of sheltered homeless persons to the percentage of income donated to charity, to the number of rehabilitation centers per capita. WalletHub had this to say about our community: “Scottsdale Senior Services provides an integrated system of services, resources and opportunities to help people improve their lives, neighborhoods and community through recreation, social services and health and wellness services.” https://wallethub.com/edu/most-caring-cities/17814/ (December 2017)

Phoenix Most Generous City

The 13th annual national study by independent watchdog group, Charity Navigator ranked 30 of the largest U.S. metro areas according to their philanthropy. Phoenix came in at No.12. The study is a snapshot of the city’s generosity as well as the health and efficiency of its’ nonprofit scene. https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=studies.metro.main (December 2017)

ASU Earns ‘Military Friendly School’ Accolade

Arizona State University has been designated as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine. The designation provided service members and their families with transparent, data driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities http://militaryfriendly.com/schools/ (November 2017)

Arizona State University Third in US for International Students

For the third consecutive year, Arizona State University is hosting more international students than any public university in the country. More than 13,000 international students called ASU home for at least part of the 2016-2017 school year. The Institute of International Education, the world’s largest international training and education nonprofit organization, published the “2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange” in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. https://www.iie.org/Research-and-Insights/Open-Doors/Data/International-Scholars/Institutions-Hosting-the-Most-Scholars (November 2017)

Arizona’s Three State Universities Best for Vets

Arizona State University ranked No.78, University of Arizona ranked No.51 and Northern Arizona University ranked No.47 among the top universities in the nation for military and veteran students according to Military Times. The publication released its 2017 list of the top 130 four-year universities. ASU online placed No.8 on a separate ranking of the top 20 online and nontraditional schools. https://bestforvets.militarytimes.com/2018-11-20/colleges/4-year/ (November 2017)

Arizona #4 in Future Job Growth

As part of Forbes’ annual Best States for Job Growth, they looked at 35 factors to determine the best and worst states, including projected employment. The United States is projected to add 10 million jobs over the next five years, according to Moody’s Analytics. Arizona is expected to have job growth at 2.2% annually. https://www.forbes.com/pictures/mli45fglmm/4-arizona/#56f1cac37efc (November 2017)

ASU and UA Among Nation’s top ‘Bicycle Friendly Universities’

ASU and UA have been named one of the most bike friendly universities in the country. ASU and UA made the list in the Gold category. The League of American Bicyclists, an advocacy organization that protects and provides education on the rights and safety of bicyclists, aims to make the country more aware of the benefits of riding bicycles. Out of 182 universities ASU and UA were recognized by the organization and two of 20 to receive gold status. http://bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/BFU_Award_List_2017_ALL.pdf (November 2017)

Arizona Strikes Gold with Two Wheels

Tempe, Scottsdale and Tucson & East Pima Region are among only 29 cities in the US that received the Gold recognition by the League of American Bicyclists. The League of American Bicyclists ranked 430 communities from all 50 states, and of those communities, 29 were designated as gold-level and 5 as platinum-level. The League of American Bicyclists rankings are based on a range of criteria that reward areas such as new policies, advocacy, legal protections and infrastructure. The League of American Bicyclists also issues a report card for each state, including a feedback section. http://bikeleague.org/sites/default/files/BFC_Fall_2017_Master_List.pdf (November 2017)

Arizona Among Best Places to Grow Old

Caring.com has recognized the 10 best places to grow old in 2017. Arizona is on the list at #6. The states that topped the list scored high for access to quality healthcare, availability of top-rated senior care, the cost of that care and overall quality of life in a given state.https://www.caring.com/articles/best-states-to-grow-old-2017 (November 2017)

Scottsdale Most Romantic City

Readers of Travel and Leisure voted Scottsdale as the #15 most romantic city in the nation. According to the travelandleisure.com, Scottsdale is not just for snowbirds-it is also for lovebirds. http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/americas-most-romantic-cities/6 (February 2017)

ASU Made the Annual “Reuters Top 100 — World’s Most Innovative Universities”

For the first time, Arizona State University has been recognized as one of the world’s most innovative universities. Published by the media company Thomson Reuters, the list identifies and ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technology and power new markets and industries. ASU was ranked 85th. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-amers-reuters-ranking-innovative-univ/reuters-top-100-the-worlds-most-innovative-universities-2017-idUSKCN1C209R (September 2017)

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport Ranks Among Highest

J.D. Power has released the results of its 2017 North America Airport Satisfaction Study. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport was tied for the third highest for overall satisfaction among “mega airports”. The study measured overall traveler satisfaction examined six factors in order of importance: terminal facilities, airport accessibility, security check; baggage claim, check-in/baggage check, food, beverage and retail. On a 1,000 point scale, Sky Harbor scored 756 which was tie with McCarran International in Las Vegas. http://www.jdpower.com/press-releases/jd-power-2017-north-america-airline-satisfaction-study (September 2017)

ASU Graduate Program Ranks Among Best in the Nation

Planetizen, an online network and news outlet for the planning, design, and development community has released its annual ranking for graduate urban planning programs across the U.S. Arizona State University’s Master of Urban and Environmental Planning program made the list at No. 22. In total, 96 programs were considered this year with the top 25 earning a ranking on the list. https://www.planetizen.com/topschools (July 2017)

Phoenix Top 10 U.S. City for Dogs and their Owners

UpNest.com has ranked a list of the top 10 U.S. cities for dogs and their owners. Phoenix came in at No. 10, recognized as a dog friendly city which boasts no fewer than 7 dog parks leaving plenty of room to run, play and socialize for the pets and their owners. https://www.upnest.com/1/post/top-10-cities-for-dogs/ (July 2017)

Arizona’s Most Beautiful Places in America

The BuzzFeed Community was asked to name their favorite beautiful places in America. Of the top 38, two Arizona places made the list. The Sonoran Desert was ranked #16 with Grand Canyon National Park came in at #32. https://www.buzzfeed.com/whitneyjefferson/america-the-beautiful?utm_term=.lfKeJz8kd#.hcG5wn68p (May 2017)

UA is a Leader in Work-Life Integration

The WorldatWork Alliance has awarded the UA its Work-Life Progress 2017 Seal of Distinction. This distinction is awarded to employers in both the private and public sectors that support employees across all major aspects of work-life integration. This is the fifth year the UA has been identified as a leadership model for its work-life practices. The UA has received the distinction every year since the honor’s inception in 2012. https://www.worldatwork.org/docs/worldatworkpressreleases/2017/01-jan/worldatwork-announces-recipients-of-2017-seal-of-distinction.html (February 2017)

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