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Rankings and accolades

Notes of distinction

The information presented on this page is specific to Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. To review rankings for ASU, visit

Widely considered the gold standard.

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Public University Honors

Rated in the top category of honors colleges or programs

Public University Honors, an online review of honors colleges throughout the nation by John Willingham, rates Barrett Honors College in the top category of honors colleges or programs in every publication edition since its inception. Specifically, Willingham rates Barrett as a best honors college in the US for its strong honors program, support for students, well-appointed residence halls, and a dean, faculty and staff committed to student success.

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Top in national and international scholarships

For 18 out of the past 20 years, Arizona State University has been identified as a “Top Producing Institution” for the Fulbright US Student Program, and is the second-highest producing public institution in the US. Students at Barrett have easy access to the Lorraine W. Frank Office of National Scholarships Advisement, which provides application guidance and advising for the Fulbright US Student Program, a US Department of State fellowship that provides full support for yearlong study, research or teaching experiences in over 140 countries.

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NASPA Gold Excellence Award

Barrett has been recognized with a 2024 NASPA Gold Excellence Award, “Innovation in Rethinking Honors Education,” for creating Barrett Online. NASPA is the professional organization for higher education student affairs, and their Excellence Awards celebrate exceptional programs, innovative services, and effective administration. Barrett Online received the top Gold award for its unique learning opportunities, connections, and community for students.

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