TUCSON, Ariz. - Bragging rights are in order for the University of Arizona.
The UA placed at No. 46 among public institutions in the publication's Best Colleges 2019 rankings. That's up 14 spots from last year's rankings.
The data looked at 1,800 schools across the country. The rankings evaluate colleges and universities on 16 measures of academic quality. The measures considered for national universities include graduation and retention rates, assessment by peers and counselors, faculty resources (such as class size, benefits and salaries), student selectivity, financial resources for students, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance, which is the difference between actual and predicted graduation rates.
"It is our intention to equip our students with the skills necessary to compete and contribute in the increasingly challenging global economy," said UA President Robert C. Robbins in a press release. "We are stressing a student-centric approach that focuses greatly on the necessary humanistic and adaptive skills required to excel in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. We embrace this broad mission and will work tirelessly to advance our influence on behalf the students and the university.
Among all universities, public and private, the UA was No. 106, an 18-spot improvement over the university's 2018 ranking and the UA's highest appearance on the U.S. News & World Report list in almost 10 years.
A full list of the rankings and different categories can be found here.