Cranking the Rankings

The UA continually strives to improve the factors that are taken into account when rankings are determined.
January 10, 2013

Students who attend the University of Arizona know that the hundreds of sunny school days aren’t the only things that contribute to the university’s bright future.

The University of Arizona’s rankings consistently climb each year, reflecting its status as a Research I university. U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Arizona #58 in their Top Public Schools listing and #120 in their 2013 national University listing. The UA also ranks #50 in the world and #37 nationally according to the Center for University World Rankings.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the UA climbed four spots from the 2012 ranking of #124 and one spot from the #59 position among top public schools.

“Personally, I take rankings into account. I considered them when deciding where to attend college,” said Lauren Erdelyi, a Psychology and Conservation Biology Senior. “As a student, it is nice to know that your degree is recognized on many different levels, by many institutions.”

The UA also scored well within its different research programs and colleges.

The Eller College of Management held onto its #24 ranking among undergraduate business programs at both public and private universities. Even more impressive is that Eller’s management information systems program retained its #3 position.

“Rankings are very important to me because going to such a prestigious, renowned business school was a deciding factor to attend the University of Arizona,” said Domenic Alvaro, a junior studying finance.

For many students like Alvaro, opportunity and feasibility played a roll in deciding which college to attend. The UA’s competitive rankings made the decision to attend college in-state an easy choice for Arizona native, Alvaro.
“I am very proud that our university is so respected. It truly shows that this university makes an impact in Arizona as well as on a larger scale.”

In fact, according to the 2013 U.S. News & World Report National Rankings, students who were admitted to the UA and other colleges chose the UA over comparable peer institutions.

The UA continually strives to improve the factors that are taken into account when rankings are determined. These factors include the UA’s growing graduation and retentions rates, the institution’s student selectivity and the UA’s financial resources.

When students move on to the next chapter in life, whether it is to pursue career opportunities or continue onto a higher level of learning, they will always have the respected UA name with them.

“I am very pleased with the rankings of my college,” said Erdelyi. “It means a lot to me not only as a current student, but also as a soon-to-be alumni.”