The University of Arizona (UA) is a premier, public research university. The National Science Foundation ranks the UA 19th in research and development expenditures among public universities and colleges, and 30th among public and private universities and colleges.
The NSF also ranks the UA No. 3 in physical sciences research. U.S. News ranks the UA among America’s Best Colleges and the Princeton Review lists the UA as one of “The Best Western Colleges.” The UA ranks No. 50 in the world and No. 37 nationally according to the Center for University World Rankings. The UA is one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars.
The University of Arizona is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), one of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada and the only AAU member in Arizona. Membership in AAU is by invitation and is based on the high quality of programs of academic research and scholarship and undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, as well as general recognition that a university is outstanding by reason of the excellence of its research and education programs.
In areas as diverse as astronomy, medicine, optics, entrepreneurship and dance, UA faculty and programs are among the nation's best.