Ranking Summary

The office of University Analytics and Institutional Research provides ranking support to the university community by reviewing select methodologies and tracking ranks and scores. The ranking data listed below are not meant to be a comprehensive list because not all media reports are equally influential or equally sensible.

In general, there is wide variation in the data that inform these rankings, ranging from information collected from IPEDS and other publically available sources, to detailed surveys that institutions must complete with their own data, to reputational surveys of peer organizations and high-school counselors.

With the recent explosion of rankings coming from media and other sources, we will continue to update our website with the latest rankings that are deemed useful.


U.S. News & World Report - U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform, publisher of news and information, which includes rankings of Best Colleges and Best Graduate Schools to name a few. The Best Colleges rankings provide an at a glance comparison of the relative quality of institutions based on widely accepted indicators and strength of faculty. USNWR rankings methodology is explained here (pdf).

At a Glance:
U.S. News Best Colleges/National Universities (2016) Rank-121, Score-39 (2015): Rank-121, Score-41 U.S. News Best Graduate School Rankings (2016):
Best Business Schools (2016): Rank-60, Score-46

Online Programs:

Best Online Graduate - Nursing Programs (2016): Rank-23, Score-83
Best Online Graduate - MBA Programs (2016): Rank-41, Score-67
Best Online Graduate - Engineering Programs (2016): Rank-44, Score-51


The World University - The Times Higher Education World University Rankings are the only global university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions. The rankings are based on performance indicators and used as a comparison with other universities. World University rankings methodology is explained here (pdf).

University of Arizona (2015-2016): Rank-163, Score-51.7

Shanghai - The Shanghai rankings or Academic Ranking of World Universities rank universities by several indicators of academic or research performance. In total, more than 1,200 universities are ranked and the best 500 are published on the web. The Shanghai rankings methodology is explained here (pdf).

University of Arizona (2015): World Rank-90, National Rank-46, Total Score-24.7

QS World University Rankings - The QS World University Rankings considers over 2,000 institutions, and ranks over 800. The top 400 are ranked individually, whereas institutions placed 401 and over are ranked in groups. Rankings are based on the results of global academic and employer surveys and research metrics obtained from Scopus; a bibliographic database containing abstracts and citations for academic journal articles. QS World University rankings methodology is explained here (pdf). The University of Arizona Fact File is here (pdf).

University of Arizona (2015): Rank-216, Score-50.70

Details and Historical Trends:

USNWR 2016 Survey History (pdf)