ATU Top 5 Percent Nationally in Social Mobility

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New data reveals that Arkansas Tech University ranks among the top 5 percent of U.S. institutions of higher education in providing students with an opportunity to improve their economic standing.

CollegeNET’s Social Mobility Index looks at the economic background of a university’s student body and compares it to the institution’s tuition rate, graduation rate, average student debt and endowment as well as the early career salary for its young alumni.

For 2022 data, ATU ranks 64th among the 1,414 universities and colleges included in the survey, including No. 1 among Arkansas universities and colleges.

It marks the third year since 2014 in which Arkansas Tech has ranked among the top 70 institutions in the nation, and it is the eighth time in the last nine years ATU has been No. 1 in Arkansas on the CollegeNET Social Mobility Index.

“This achievement is a testament to the outstanding support ATU faculty and staff provide to our students,” said Dr. Robin E. Bowen, ATU president. “It is the best of who we are, and it’s evidence of ATU’s success in serving the public good.”

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