The UA received the Arizona Career Preparedness Award from the Arizona ACT Council as part of their 2016-17 ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign. In addition, the UA is among 200 colleges and universities featured in the 2017 edition of Princeton Review’s "Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck."
The annual ACT College and Career Readiness Campaign celebrates achievement and creates awareness around the goal of college and career readiness for all. The Campaign recognizes exemplary efforts by employers, postsecondary institutions, high schools, and students in participating states.
The selection criteria include student success indicators like retention and graduation, strength of relationships with local employers and high schools, and opportunities for students to develop collaborative problem-solving, responsibility, goal-striving, self-knowledge, and career exploration skills.
"We've taken major steps to ease the transition between education and the workplace," said Melissa Vito, senior vice president for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and senior vice provost for Academic Initiatives & Student Success.
"Ninety-two percent of employers rate UA grads as having the skills needed to succeed on the job, compared to just 23 percent of grads nationally, and 89 percent of employers say UA grads exceed the quality of their peers."
The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in their “Colleges that Pay you Back” list, but it does rate them on a scale from 1 to 100 in a variety of categories. The UA earned high marks in return on investment (84. According to PayScale.com, the average UA grad receives a starting salary of $50,100.
Whether it’s by providing engaging experiential learning activities, interdisciplinary competitions and projects, or research opportunities, UA leadership, faculty, and staff are directing the way for students to gain the technical knowledge and skills necessary for success after college.
By working together, coordinating and complementing efforts across campus, the UA helps students apply what they learn in and out of the classroom to solve the tough challenges of today and make their mark on the world.