ASU ranks among top US institutions for employable graduates
A survey of international employers found that Arizona State University graduates are considered to be very employable.
The Global Employability University Ranking & Survey (GEURS), released recently, ranked ASU 34th among international universities and 13th among U.S. institutions for employable graduates. With those rankings, which were the same in 2023, ASU is ahead of Johns Hopkins, the University of Chicago, Dartmouth, Brown and UCLA.
ASU is the second-ranked public U.S. university, behind the University of California, Berkeley, which is ranked 20th internationally and 9th in the U.S.
Among the biggest employers of ASU graduates are some of the most prestigious companies, including Amazon, Intel, Banner Health, Deloitte, Honeywell, Wells Fargo, American Express, Microsoft and PepsiCo, according to ASU Career Services.
Jake Brown, a senior university engagement representative at PepsiCo, said his company hires both student interns and full-time employees from ASU and hired 50 Sun Devils in the fall semester.
“We hire for a few different functions — corporate roles for our foods and beverages division, field roles, which are in our main plants, and sales, which are field roles, (as well as) working with the stores that we service,” he said.
Brown said that ASU is a great pipeline for employees for the company’s Western U.S. openings.
“We have some very passionate alumni here that love getting back on campus,” he said. “They want to take care of the next classes.
“We see a lot of great people coming through the supply chain degree program, and they’ve really been strong.”
The Global Employability University Ranking and Survey ranks the top 250 universities worldwide for employability and is the only ranking based exclusively on international employers' point of view.
First released in 2010, the GEURS ranking is produced by Emerging, a consulting and polling institute, and is, for employability, currently the most consulted ranking by employers worldwide.
The GEURS is an independent survey produced and commissioned annually by Emerging.
Employers rated the employability performance of more than 1,000 universities worldwide. Employer opinions collected on the survey shape the ranking, along with a 35-point framework developed by employability leaders. The 2024 results are from 100,700 votes by employers worldwide.
In a similar ranking, ASU placed No. 8 worldwide for employer-student connections and No. 17 for partnerships with employers in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022, the last time those two categories were ranked.
For employer-student connections, ASU was the top-ranked U.S. university. The employer-student connection indicator factors in the number of individual employers who have been present on a university’s campus over the previous year, giving students a chance to network and find out about internships and careers.
For partnerships with employers, ASU was the third-ranked U.S. university, behind Stanford and the University of Florida. This indicator establishes which universities are collaborating with global companies to produce important research, plus work placement-related partnerships.