About University of Arizona:

Predating the state from which it takes its name, the University of Arizona is a leading research institution located in the city of Tucson. Funding for the university was allocated in 1885 – when Arizona was just a territory of the US, not a full state – in a step that was regarded as a poor deal by Tucson’s residents, who had hoped to receive the more lucrative appropriation to build a mental hospital instead. Amid this reluctance, finding land for the university was a challenge, until two professional gamblers and a saloon keeper were persuaded to donate a patch of desert; allowing construction to begin in 1887, and classes to begin in 1891. Since then, the university has expanded to cover more than 380 acres of central Tucson, with much of the campus having been designated as an arboretum because of the rare trees that it holds. Almost all of the university’s buildings are characterised by the use of red bricks, particularly in facades. The university is divided into a number of colleges, and boasts two medical schools, as well as the Banner-University Medical Center, which is rated as one of the best hospitals in the US. Among the colleges is the University of Arizona Honors College, which aims to provide an experience similar to a liberal arts college, with more than 4,500 students. The university is home to seven libraries and nine museums, including the Arizona State Museum and Biosphere 2, described as a “world under glass”, holding a living rainforest and an “ocean” in glass domes. The university is renowned for its research impact, and a particular research strength is space science, with the institution claiming to have been awarded more Nasa grants than any other university in the US. Overall, the university receives more than $580 million (£402 million) in research funding every year. In turn, through knowledge transfer and technology parks, the university estimates that it supports $8.3 billion of economic activity in Arizona every year. Sports teams and alumni of the university are known as “Wildcats”, and the institution’s motto is “Bear Down, Arizona” – the last words of revered American football quarterback John “Button” Salmon, in 1926. Notable alumni of the university include late US presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, Sesame Street co-creator Joan Ganz Cooney, and Nobel prizewinning astrophysicist Brian Schmidt. Alumni who have made a career in entertainment include actor Greg Kinnear, actress Kristen Wiig and reality television star Kourtney Kardashian.



World University Rankings

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
World University Rankings 38 37 40 49 51 63 65 73 80 88 93 100 106

ByField

Field 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agriculture 20 20 17 19 132 31 33 36 37 35 38 41
Engineering 136 167 181 172 178 177 226 228 244 266 300 301-350
Life Sciences 75 89 92 102 98 95 107 117 132 131 136 141
Medicine 94 129 106 111 112 130 131 140 136 148 147 144
Natural Sciences 20 18 28 30 38 30 36 44 58 48 60 63
Social Sciences 54 51 38 68 55 58 72 65 77 70 73 79

BySubject

Subject 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Agricultural Sciences - 106 132 101 119 141 188 176 140 168
Biology & Biochemistry - - - - - - - - - 119
Chemical Engineering - - - - - - - - 451-500 451-500
Chemistry 199 192 250 251 - - - 351-400 351-400 401-450
Civil Engineering 47 34 58 66 67 75 97 93 117 124
Clinical Medicine - - - - - - - - - 153
Computer Science 102 104 100 107 136 138 161 160 166 195
Economics & Business - - - - - - - - - 78
Electrical Engineering 132 130 114 140 157 173 191 218 236 273
Environment / Ecology - 25 27 21 23 26 27 25 28 33
Geosciences 13 16 17 21 20 25 28 20 24 26
Immunology - - - - - - - - - 156
Materials Science 252 260 254 273 - - - 351-400 351-400 401-450
Mathematics 211 192 225 202 219 232 260 256 255 262
Mechanical Engineering 266 273 199 240 - - - - 301-350 301-350
Microbiology - - - - - - - - - 133
Molecular Biology & Genetics - - - - - - - - - 148
Neuroscience & Behavior - - - - - - - - - 133
Pharmacology & Toxicolog - - 49 56 77 116 134 149 172 178
Physics 18 22 26 21 21 32 47 41 54 205
Plant & Animal Science - 19 27 38 38 44 44 49 44 44
Psychiatry / Psychology - - - - - - - - - 96
Social Sciences, General - - - - - - - - - 84
Space Science - - - - - - - - - 8