Fall 2014

UA among Top 100 Research Universities in the World

The University of Arizona made the Academic Ranking of World Universities’ list of top 100 research universities in the world.

The UA is ranked No. 86 based on faculty achievements including being published in highly rated journals and the number of staff and alumni who have won Nobel Prizes.

The ranking evaluates 1,200 universities. Among institutions in the United States, the UA is ranked No. 46.

Rankings: U.S. News & World Report

The UA was 121st in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best colleges and universities in the nation. Among public universities, the UA ranked No. 58 nationally.

The Eller College of Management moved up one place to No. 21 overall and No. 11 among public business programs. 

Eller’s management information systems program ranked No. 3 among public schools and No. 5 overall.

The McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship maintained its No. 2 ranking among public school programs; the program ranked No. 5 overall. 

The College of Engineering placed No. 55 nationally among doctoral degree granting universities.

The UA also ranked No. 31 on the publication’s list of best colleges for veterans.

Princeton Review

The UA is included in The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition, the annual college guide released by The Princeton Review. It named the UA one of the best higher education institutions in the nation for undergraduate education.

The Princeton Review does not rank the 379 colleges. But it does assign scores between 60 and 99 in several categories. The UA received strong scores in several categories: 96 for sustainability or “green” initiatives; 87 for fire safety; 84 for quality of life; 79 for selectivity; 75 for academics; and 73 for financial aid.

UA Ranked First in Astronomy Research Funding, Second for Physical Sciences Overall

The University of Arizona is first in astronomy and second in the physical sciences in a national ranking of 539 public and private universities for research expenditures, according to data from the National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development Survey.

The report, which compares higher education institutions’ research expenditures in astronomy, physics, and chemistry for the 2012 fiscal year, places only the California Institute of Technology higher than the UA in research expenditures overall.

These fiscal statistics represent an indirect measure of the capability of the University to perform high-caliber research, because most grants and contracts are awarded if they pass muster in a highly competitive and selective peer-review process.

“The UA is a leader in physical sciences research, with extraordinary projects such as the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission, mirrors for the world’s largest telescopes, and instruments for the Large Hadron Collider,” says Jennifer Barton, associate vice president for research at the UA. 

“These worldwide impacts are also felt here at home, creating opportunities for student engagement and a boost to the Arizona economy. The economic impact of space sciences alone is over $250 million per year.”

UA is No. 2 on Peace Corps Fellows List

When returning Peace Corps volunteers opt to pursue graduate degrees through the organization’s fellowship program, only one U.S. institution is chosen more often than the University of Arizona.

With 63 students attending the UA as part of the Peace Corps’ Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, the University is No. 2 on the 2014 list of institutions with the greatest number of returned volunteers, the Peace Corps recently announced. The UA follows the University of Denver. 

Fellows receive scholarships for graduate study in some 25 programs at the UA and carry out internships in underserved U.S. communities while pursuing their studies. 

All told, 249 UA students have completed the fellowship program since it was established in 2000. A total of 1,535 UA alumni have served in the Peace Corps since 1961.

Fellows work in urban, tribal, and rural communities. Some support schools with a large percentage of low-income students; others work in community settings, improving public health through programs addressing nutrition, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS prevention, among other topics.

UA Moves Up in World University Rankings to No. 86

The University of Arizona is ranked No. 86 in the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2014-15, representing a jump of nearly 20 places from the previous year. The UA was ranked No. 103 among 400 universities in 2013-14.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are among the most comprehensive global rankings, using 13 performance indicators to examine a university’s strengths against all of its core missions — teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. This year’s rankings, released on Oct. 1, employed the same methodology used since 2011-12.

The performance indicators are grouped into five areas:

  • Teaching: the learning environment (30 percent of overall ranking score)
  • Research: volume, income and reputation (30 percent)
  • Citations: research influence (30 percent)
  • Industry income: innovation (2.5 percent)
  • International outlook: staff, students and research (7.5 percent)