Tucson is Tops!

UA Named Partner in Obama's '100,000 Strong in the America'

The UA is one of four universities chosen for the initiative, which is aimed at increasing both the numbers and diversity of study abroad students. The University of Arizona is among the first higher education institutions selected to participate in U.S. President Barack Obama's "100,000 Strong in the Americas" initiative, which aims to expand higher education access and study abroad exchanges. (UA News Jan 24, 2014)

UAMC-University Campus Receives Highest Nursing Credential with Magnet Recognition for Third Time

The University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus has been re-designated as a Magnet hospital, marking the third time it has won the American Nurses Credentialing Center's highest national honor for nursing excellence. UAMC-University Campus was the first hospital in Arizona to earn prestigious Magnet recognition in 2003, and is the only Arizona hospital to win the so-called "Nobel Prize for nursing" three times. (UA News Jan 16, 2014)

UA College of Nursing Ranked Among 'Top 30 Cutting-Edge Nursing Schools'

TUCSON, Ariz.—The University of Arizona College of Nursing is among the "Top 30 Cutting-Edge Nursing Schools" in the United States, ranked No. 20 on a new list released by Nursing School Hub. Factors used in the ranking include cutting-edge technology/infrastructure, world-class facilities and faculty, opportunities for experience, recognition by major publications such as U.S. News & World Report, and amazing architecture. The full ranking can be viewed online. (UA News Dec 4, 2013)

UA Graduates Among the World's Most Employable

The University of Arizona is one of the top universities in the world when it comes to producing employable graduates, according to the third annual Global Employability Survey. The UA is ranked 13th among American public universities, in the top 40 for all U.S. institutions and at No. 124 internationally. The rankings are based on interviews with more than 5,000 top recruiters in 20 different countries. (UA News Oct. 30, 2013)

UA's McGuire Entrepreneurship Program Ranked Among Nation's Best

Among the nation's public institutions, UA's entrepreneurship program is ranked No. 2 by U.S. News & World Report and in the top 10 by the Princeton Review. (UA News Sept. 18, 2013)

UA Recognized for Undergraduate Research & Business Programs

The University of Arizona was recognized for its outstanding commitment to undergraduate research and student success by U.S. News & World Report rankings of the nation's best colleges. UA's undergraduate business program also received high ranks, climbing two spots from last year. UA ranked the 119th best university in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2014" edition. Among public universities, UA ranked No. 58 nationally. (UA News Sept. 10, 2013)

UA Ranks 7th Among 12 Top Colleges Where Students Get the Best Bang For Their Buck

The University of Arizona is performing better than average in terms of cost, graduation rates, starting salary after graduation and debt at time of graduation. (Aug. 26, 2013)

Tucson is Rated Hot Spot for Business Startups

Entrepreneur Magazine has named Tucson's startup scene among the "New Hot Spots" for Entrepreneurs. The magazine specifically cited: Startup Tucson, a nonprofit that fosters startup businesses with education, networking and collaborative events; the Desert Angels, a Tucson investment group ranked among the most active; and IBM Corp.'s 2011 acquisition of i2 Ltd., a maker of criminal database software that started as a University of Arizona technology spinoff. (Aug. 2013)

Tucson City Ranks #1 as the Best Town in Arizona for Young Families

The Grand Canyon State boasts immense natural beauty and great places to live, from high-end communities like Scottsdale to up-and-coming affordable towns like Buckeye. Arizona cities were measured on their schools' academic performance, average home values, including mortgage payments, utilities and average household income. The following cities were ranked from #1 to #10 as the best towns in Arizona for young families: Oro Valley, Scottsdale, Buckeye, Peoria, Chandler, Sierra Vista, Lake Havasu City, Gilbert, Prescott and Sahuarita. (July 23, 2013)

U of A Ranked Among Elite 100 World Universities

The Center for World University Rankings released its list of the top elite world universities for 2013 and University of Arizona ranks among the top 100 in the world. U of A was ranked 78th overall, and 46th among U.S. Universities. The Center for World Rankings (CWUR) publishes the only global university performance tables that measure the quality of education and training of students, as well as the prestige of the faculty and the quality of their research, without relying on surveys and university data submissions. (July 16, 2013)

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Among Top 10 Museums in the U.S.

TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, announced the winners of its Traveler's Choice Attractions awards based on millions of valuable reviews from travelers. Tucson's Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum was ranked among the top 10 Museums in the U.S. (June 28, 2013)

Arizona Ranks High Among States with Best Economic Outlook for 2013

Arizona is the sixth in the nation in a survey that ranked states with the best overall economic outlook for 2013. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conducted the survey, titled "Rich States, Poor States." The data examined ranks the 2013 economic outlook for states using 15 equally weighed policy variables, including various tax rates, regulatory burdens and labor policies. (May 23, 2013)

Tucson's BASIS High School Ranked #2 Public High School in the Nation

U.S. News and World Report analyzed data from more than 21,000 public high schools to calculate the "2013 Best High Schools" rankings. Students at BASIS can graduate after three years or stay an additional year to complete capstone courses. The charter school offers a variety of Advanced Placement courses that range from calculus to music theory. (April 23, 2013)

Arizona Ranks No. 2 for Solar Installation

Arizona ranked No. 2 among states for the amount of solar power installed in 2012, according to a new surgery from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. (March 15, 2013)

Arizona Credit Unions Top in Nation

Arizona's credit unions took the top spot in the country based on the net income they earned compared to the assets under their management during 2012, according to the National Credit Union Administration's Quarterly Report. (March 5, 2013)

Tucson Ranked in Top 25 Best Places to Retire in 2013

Forbes Magazine ranked Tucson as one of the top 25 places to retire in 2013 based on the City's low cost of living, median home price ($155,000), good state tax, climate, warm weather, above average air quality, high doctors per capita and high grades for bicycling and volunteerism. (2013)

Tucson Recognized as Top Five U.S. Solar Cities

Tucson wins the national honor for solar programs. The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) has recognized Tucson Electric Company (TEP) as the 2012 "Utility of the Year" for the company's "leadership and continued investment in solar energy." TEP currently has more than 45 megawatts of solar generating capacity, enough to meet the annual electric needs of more than 8,000 Tucson homes. By the end of 2014, TEP expects to have more than 240 MW of solar generating capacity, enough to meet the annual electric needs of more than 46,000 homes, the utility said. (June 4, 2012)

Tucson Ranked the "Happiest City for Winter Travel"

Tucson was ranked by Sperling's BestPlace as the number one city for winter travel in the U. S. The City received this top honor based on a number of categories including: nature, culture, climate, uniqueness, accessibility and urban appeal. Tucson's average temperatures, average number of sunny days and number of restaurants, bars, lounges, nightclubs and ice cream shops also factored into the rating. (Feb. 7, 2012)

University of Arizona Takes #1 Spot in Peace Corps Rankings

This recognition comes from having the highest number of participants throughout the U.S. in the Peace Corps Fellows/USA Program. Graduate students in the program combine studies with meaningful volunteer programs on the local, national, and international level. (Jan. 31, 2012)

Tucson Ranks High as Bicycle and Pedestrian-Friendly City

Of the 51 largest cities in the U. S., Tucson ranked 5th for spending per capita for cyclists and pedestrians, and has more on-street bike lanes than any other city in a study conducted by The Alliance for Biking and Walking. Tucson has over 620 miles of streets with bicycle lanes, more than any other city. Tucson was one of only four cities to earn "Gold" bicycle and pedestrian-friendly status from the Alliance. (Jan. 24, 2012)

Tucson Ranked #1 in Air Quality

Breathe easy in Tucson. The American Lung Association in its "State of the Air: 2011" gives Tucson two high rankings for air quality; ranking 1st for cleanest metropolitan area in the country for 24-hour particle pollution and 3rd for cleanest metropolitan area in the country for annual particle pollution. (2011)

Tucson on 2011 List of Best Places to Thrive

The article in Best Boomer Towns cites examples like the city's vibrant arts scene, and Tucson being a city that retains its Old West flavor, as reasons for its selection. Tourists and citizens alike enjoy the area's restaurants, shopping and beautiful mountain vistas. Close by is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, coming in second only to the Grand Canyon as a favorite place to visit. (2011)

Three Tucson Schools Rank Best in the Nation

Included in U.S. News & World Report's 2011 list of America's Best High Schools, Basis Tucson is #9, Sonoran Science Academy is # 27 and University High School ranked #34.

Tucson is Top Alternative Energy Industry Leader

According to Business Facilities Magazine's Jack Rogers, editor-in-chief, "In addition to Tucson's well-earned reputation as The Solar City, we were really impressed with this region's intelligent approach to maximizing its resources. An aggressive and innovative economic development strategy combined with unlimited growth potential made this an easy choice." Also in the state rankings, Arizona takes first as Solar Energy Manufacturing Leader and places in the top ten for Economic Growth Potential. (Aug. 3, 2010)

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