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UAT ranked Top #5 in Social Mobility by US News & World Report

University of Advancing Technology continues to move up the college rankings in multiple categories

#27 Overall and #5 in Social Mobility for Regional Colleges West

U.S. News and World Report has been collecting data on universities to make it easier for students to choose their future schools. For the updated 2023-2024 year, University of Advancing Technology (UAT) was ranked #27 out of 103 universities for Best Regional Colleges West. The University (UAT)  ranking at 27 for Best Regional Colleges West is an accolade that represents prestigious academic preparation and performance. UAT also ranked #5 out of 48 universities for Social Mobility for Regional Colleges West. This means that UAT is dedicated to delivering higher education to a broad spectrum of economic classes.

U.S. News and World Report conducts its ratings by using an analysis of a wide variety of academic data from surveys and reliable third parties. You can learn more about U.S. News and World Report's ranking methodology here.

Social Mobility Defined

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Social Mobility describes a university’s ability to cater to economically disadvantaged students and the amount of those students who make it to graduation. Social Mobility is essential because it provides opportunities for disadvantaged students in order to launch them into the best career and brightest future possible. Being economically disadvantaged just means that your family household income is below the national average (the majority of grants are awarded to households with incomes under $50,000). Colleges use your or your family’s income to measure the amount of financial aid they deliver to students.

Pell Grants are the nation’s largest federal grant program offered to undergraduates from low-income households. U.S. News calculates the amount of Pell Grant graduates combined with Pell Grant graduate performances in order to get their overall ranking. Universities who rank highly on this list were noted for graduating a large portion of disadvantaged students who receive Pell Grants into lucrative careers and ranking them higher in social mobility.

UAT’s ranking at #5 (up two spots from 2022/23) out of 48 colleges for Regional Colleges West means UAT is on the higher end of the spectrum of socially mobile schools. This measurement of UAT's social mobility means that not only are economically disadvantaged students making it to graduation, but they are succeeding and performing in a way that promises a bright future outside of the university.

One of the Top in the West


Ranking at #27 out of 103 universities for Best Regional Colleges West puts UAT in elite company as a crown jewel for technology-based degrees in the western region. UAT has been serving the Valley’s STEM pipeline since 1983 and celebrated its 40th anniversary last Fall.

Moving up the rankings, UAT shifted many spots higher than the previous ranking in 2022/23 ranking of #32. UAT’s Director of Community Initiatives, Robert Walker, agrees. Walker comments “UAT has been a been a staple in the technology in Arizona and fixture in increasing the visibility in STEM-based degrees. This ranking by U.S. News further corroborates not only the advancing nature of technology, but UAT’s eminence as one of the premier destinations to study advancing degrees in this field.

If you want to read more about the U.S. News rankings for The University of Advancing Technology, you can find more information. here: https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/university-of-advancing-technology-25590.

If you want to learn more about whether UAT is right for you to move up in your respective ranks, Connect with an Admissions Advisor today!


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