The University of Arizona

UA Maintains its Top Global University Status

University Communications | August 20, 2013

The UA placed 78 overall and 45th in the U.S. in the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University's 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities rankings.

One of the most highly regarded ranking systems has ranked the University of Arizona among the top 100 public and private institutions in the world.

The UA placed 78 overall and 45th in the U.S. in the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University's 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities rankings.

"The Shanghai Jiao Tong University's rankings are among the most reputable in the world. Those within the higher education and business sectors are very attentive to the rankings, as they very clearly indicate those institutions that serve as world leaders," said UA President Ann Weaver Hart.

"The University of Arizona's strong placement speaks directly and firmly to the scholarly success of the University's faculty and is indicative of the institution's strengths in educating and supporting our students," Hart said.

Evaluating more than 1,200 universities, ShanghaiRanking Consultancy considers the numbers of highly cited researchers, Nature and Science papers and alumni and staff who earn Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, among other indicators.

The UA ranked higher than several of its peer institutions, including Michigan State University, at No. 92 and the Universities of Florida and Iowa, which are tied with others in the low 100s.

The UA also held strong placement in a number of disciplines.

In physics, the UA moved from 23rd to 20th over a one-year period.

In the area of natural sciences and mathematics, the UA has seen a hike in its ranking, moving from 41st to 39th place. The University has seen steady improvement in the category since 2007, when it placed 49th.

Among other academic categories, the UA has maintained top 100 status in the areas of clinical medicine and pharmacy, the social sciences, economics and business.