Tucson is Tops!

Banner-UMC Tucson Ranked Among Nation's 'Best Hospitals' by U.S. News

Banner-University Medical Center Tucson has been ranked among the best hospitals in the nation in geriatrics, nephrology and pulmonology in U.S. News & World Report's 2015-16 Best Hospitals' ratings and as "high ranking" in seven other medical specialties. The publication also rated Banner-University Medical Center as the best hospital in the Tucson metro area, and the No. 3 hospital in Arizona, after the Mayo Clinic and Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix, its sister hospital. The Tucson academic medical center, which became part of nonprofit Banner Health in March, was ranked 38th in the medical specialty of geriatrics, 41st in nephrology and 49th in pulmonology out of nearly 5,000 hospitals surveyed across the country. For 2015-16, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Less than 3 percent of hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2015-16 were nationally ranked in even one specialty. (July 2015)

University of Arizona wins $3M ranch for veterinary school

The Steele Foundation has awarded a 45-acre ranch in Cornville to University of Arizona, Which will use the property for its proposed Veterinary school, among other programs. The Steele Foundation selected UA out of several local colleges and universities for the DK Ranch, which is valued at $2.6 million. Various departments within UA will use the ranch to complement existing programs and create new ones related to the region. (July 2015)

Tucson Strikes Gold with Two Wheels

Tucson is a great place to be a cyclist. In 2015, The Tucson & East Pima Region was one of only 25 cities in the US that received the Gold or Platinum recognition by the League of American Bicyclists. The League ranked 350 communities from all 50 states, and of those communities, 21 were designated as gold-level and 4 as platinum-level. Tucson ranked second only behind Portland when compared to western urban areas. (July 2015)

Tucson and Oro Valley are 2015 'Playful City USA Communities'

The national non-profit program, KaBoom, awarded the communities of Oro Valley and Tucson the designation of "Playful City USA Community" for the creative and innovative ways they incorporate play into their daily parks and recreation operations. (July 2015)

UA Improves to No. 68 Ranking Worldwide, No. 42 in US

The University of Arizona was ranked 68th among more than 25,000 higher education institutions worldwide by the Center for World University Rankings. The UA improved to 68th from 70th on the CWUR list in 2014 and 73rd in 2013. CWUR annually publishes the only global university rankings that use quantitative measures to assess the quality of education, the prestige of faculty members and the quality of faculty research, without relying on surveys and university data submissions. CWUR uses several indicators to rank the world's top 1,000 universities. (July 2015)

Top 50 Colleges in the U.S. for Aspiring Entrepreneurs includes University of Arizona

UA is ranked 43rd as one of two Arizona schools listed. The list of top schools was published by College Choice, an independent college rankings site. It was compiled using information from Crunchbase, a data set of startup activity; startup platform Angel List; and other public business-data sources. It also took into consideration factors such as proximity to major metropolitan entrepreneurial ecosystems. (June 2015)

Tucson Medical Center Joins the Mayo Clinic Care Network

Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Care Network members share a common philosophy, commitment and mission to improve the delivery of health care. The network recognizes that people prefer to get their health care close to home. The main goal of the network is to help people gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic expertise without having to travel to a Mayo Clinic facility. (May 2015)

UA on List of 10 Veteran-Friendly Nursing Schools

The University of Arizona offers majors in several different subjects in the health field, including public health and nursing. Graduates from the nursing program report average early career earnings of $55,000. Arizona is also strongly committed to supporting veterans, being a member of three federal programs that set standards for veteran education. UA charges the same price to all students regardless of the state they live in. (May 2015)

Arizona No. 19 on List of Most "Bicycle Friendly" U.S. States

The league's rankings are based on a range of criteria that reward areas such as new policies, advocacy, legal protections and infrastructure. The league also issues a report card for each state, including a feedback section. One common suggestion: "Adopt a statewide, all-ages cell phone ban to combat distracted driving and increase safety for everyone." (May 2015)

Arizona Ranks High Among States with Best Economic Outlook for 2015

Arizona is 5th in the nation in a survey that ranked states with the best overall economic outlook for 2015. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conducted the survey, titled "Rich States, Poor States." The data examined ranks the 2015 economic outlook for states using 15 equally weighted policy variables, including various tax rates, regulatory burdens and labor policies. (May 2015)

BASIS Schools Remain Top Highest Ranked School Systems Measured by Worldwide Test

Students at BASIS schools once again tested above the highest-ranked school systems in the world, as well as substantially above U.S. students, on the OECD Test for Schools (Based on PISA). The OECD Test for Schools (based on PISA) is a student assessment tool geared for use by schools and networks of schools to support research, benchmarking and school improvement efforts. The assessment tool provides descriptive information and analyses on the skills and creative application of knowledge of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics, and science, comparable to existing PISA scales. (May 2015)

Two Arizona Hospitals Ranked Best in Nation

Banner University Medical Center-Tucson and Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix were both ranked in a recent list of top 100 greatest hospitals in America, according to Phoenix Business Journal. The medical facilities are part of Phoenix-based Banner's newly formed University Medicine division. Last month, Banner entered a 30-year academic affiliation deal with the University of Arizona to become the primary clinical partner of the university's College of Medicine, which has campuses in Phoenix and Tucson. (April 2015)

The University of Arizona Ranked 10th for Solar Energy

The University of Arizona in Tucson has a number of major sustainability efforts underway on its campus. Starting with the Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy (AzRISE) in 2007, the university has implemented other initiatives and a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to set up Energy Frontier Centers (EFRC) which will bring together experts from the university, private sector, and national labs to develop better solar tech. (April 2015)

Arizona Schools Among America's Most Challenging High Schools

Basis Oro Valley, Basis Chandler and Accelerated Elementary and Secondary schools made the top five. America's Most Challenging High Schools ranks schools through an index formula that’s a simple ratio: the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. (April 2015)

UA Scores Highest for Grads' Financial Prospects

The UA is No. 1 among Arizona universities in preparing students for high-paying careers, according to a Brookings Institute report. The UA's scores in the three categories measured were the highest among Arizona's four-year universities, followed by Arizona State University (Tempe Campus) and Northern University. (April 2015)

Tucson Makes List of Wine Country Destinations

Tucson came in No. 8 in a list of the top 10 most affordable cities near wine country. The list was compiled by national real estate company Refin and Food & Wine magazine. The report tapped Tucson because of its proximity to the growing wine regions of Wilcox and Sonoita. (April 2015)

Arizona has Three of the Top 10 Public High Schools in the Nation

In Tucson, University High School ranked #17 and is again ranked top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, which analyzed data from more than 21,000 public high schools to calculate the "2015 Best High Schools" rankings. BASIS Tucson North received a Bronze Award. (April 2015)

UA Earns 2014 Tree Campus USA Designation

As the oldest continually maintained public green space in Arizona, the University of Arizona has again earned the Tree Campus USA recognition for its work promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota, honors higher education institutions and leaders across the nation for tree care initiatives. (April 2015)

UA Ranked as Best Employer

University of Arizona ranked 83rd in Forbes' Best Employers in the Nation. Company employees were asked to rank their company "...on a scale of 0-10, How likely would you be to recommend your employer to someone else? How about other employers in your industry?." (March 2015)

UA Link with Peace Corps and AmeriCorps Alums

Employers of National Service builds a talent pipeline which connects AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni with leading employers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to create recruitment, hiring, and advancement opportunities. (March 2015)

Arizona is Tops in Low Home Insurance Premium

National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) ranked Arizona #8 for lowest home insurance premiums. The rating takes into account nine natural disasters including flood, tornado, earthquake, wind and hurricane. Residents living in regions with the fewest catastrophic losses enjoy lower premiums. (March 2015)

Arizona Ranks No. 5 for Solar Installation

Arizona ranked No. 5 among states for the amount of solar power installed in 2014, according to a new survey from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association. (March 2015)

Arizona 20th in Well-Being

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index is based on survey responses of residents and captures how they feel about their daily lives. The Index disaggregates across five dimensions: Purpose, Social, Financial, Community, and Physical. (February 2015)

UA is a Leader in Work-Life Integration

The WorldatWork Alliance has awarded the UA its Work-Life Progress 2015 Seal of Distinction. This distinction is awarded to employers in both the private and public sectors that support employees across all major aspects of work-life integration. This is the fourth year the UA has been identified as a leadership model for its work-life practices. The UA has received the distinction every year since the honor's inception in 2012. (February 2015)

Best AZ Towns for Millennials

Tucson, Sierra Vista and Sahuarita ranked top Arizona cities for Millennials. NerdWallet.com said tech jobs, affordability and culture help draw millennials to Arizona, with help from about 63,000 added jobs in 2014 in fields including hospitality, education, health services and business. (February 2015)

Tucson #8 a Best City for an Active Lifestyle

WalletHub ranked the 100 most populated cities in the U.S. based on how well they accommodate or encourage an active lifestyle. They analyzed 25 key metrics, ranging from the average monthly fitness club fee to the number of sports clubs per capita. (December 2014)

Arizona Ranked #9 for fighting Lung Cancer

WalletHub rated Arizona No. 9 overall when looking at various factors ranging from ways to keeping people from smoking to options available for those who contract the disease. (November 2014)

Arizona #5 in Future Job Growth

As part of Forbes' annual Best States for Job Growth, they looked at 35 factors to determine the best and worst states, including projected employment. Arizona is expected to have job growth at 2.5% annually. (November 2014)

University of Arizona Named Among Top Universities in the Country

UA placed 64th in Washington Monthly magazine's 2014 college rankings. Schools are rated based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories: Social Mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), Research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and Service (encouraging students to give something back to their country). (October 2014)

UA Moves Up in Times Higher Education World University Rankings

The University of Arizona is ranked No. 86 in the annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2014-15, representing a jump of nearly 20 places from the previous year. The list includes the best global universities and is the only international university performance tables to judge world class universities across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. (October 2014)

Four Make Top High Schools List

BASIS Oro Valley ranked at #7, while BASIS Tucson North came in at #29 on The Daily Beast's Top High Schools 2014 list. Also recognized were Ironwood Ridge and Canyon del Oro high schools (both in the Amphitheater School District) at #483 and #724, respectively. Their website stated: "We used six indicators culled from school surveys to compare public high schools in the U.S., with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily. Other criteria included: college-level courses and exams, percentage of students with free or reduced lunch, as well as SAT and ACT scores — another mark of how well a school prepares students for college." (October 2014)

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 in the top 40 for all U.S. institutions and at No. 137 internationally. The rankings are based on interviews with more than 5,000 top recruiters in 20 different countries. (October 2014)

The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is ranked #9 in the U.S.

According to Tripadvisor's 2014 Travelers' Choice Awards, the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum "is an unmatched treasure of the southwest U.S. with dynamic animal and plant displays and educational experiential exhibits throughout the grounds." Ranked ninth among 25 national museums, another reviewer added, "Beautiful place to spend half a day." (September 2014)

Tucson Ranked 36th Most Educated City

WalletHub analyzed the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the United States to determine where the most educated Americans are choosing to settle. They examined each city across nine key metrics. Among the set are educational attainment, the percentage of workers with jobs in computer, engineering and science fields as well as the quality and size of each metro area's universities. (September 2014)

UA Recognized Nationally

Recognized by the Best Colleges 2015 edition of U.S. News & World Report, The University of Arizona was nationally ranked No. 121 among all universities and No. 58 among public universities. (September 2014)

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Tops for Hiring in Fourth Quarter 2014

Arizona is projected to be one of the best states for hiring in the fourth quarter of this year, according to ManpowerGroup (an employment and recruiting firm), and described in a feature in Business Insider. (September 2014)

UA One of Top 379 Colleges

The Princeton Review has named the University of Arizona one of the best higher education institutions in the nation for undergraduate education. The Princeton Review does not rank the 379 colleges. But it does assign scores between 60 and 99 in several categories. The UA was included in several categories: 96 for sustainability or "green" initiatives; 87 for fire safety; 84 for quality of life; 79 for selectivity; 75 for academics; and 73 for financial aid. (August 2014)

University of Arizona #86 Research School

The University of Arizona is ranked 86th among the top 100 research schools in the world, according to an academic rating that measures faculty achievements such as publication in highly rated journals. The annual Academic Ranking of World Universities rates research universities on academic "output" factors. This includes the number of articles faculty members publish in journals such as Science and Nature and the number of alumni and staff who have won Nobel Prizes. (August 2014)

More than 100 University of Arizona Health Network Physicians among the Best Doctors in America

More than 100 Tucson physicians with the University of Arizona Health Network (now known as Banner-University Medicine Division) are ranked among the 2014 Best Doctors in America. The prestigious national list, compiled for more than 20 years by Best Doctors Inc., includes about 45,000 U.S. physicians in more than 40 specialties and 400 subspecialties of medicine. They represent the top 5 percent of physicians in the country. The list is based on a biennial survey of tens of thousands of leading physicians who were asked whom they would go to for treatment in their own specialty. (July 2014)

UA School of Dance Ranks #4

The University of Arizona's School of Dance ranks high with Juilliard and NYU's Tisch School — according to Zoom Tens. Said about UA's School of Dance: "A remarkable school that has been consistently ranked by many publications as a top ten dance school, University of Arizona should be on the top of any young dance artist's list of applications." (July 2014)

UA College of Nursing in Top 50 Most Social Media Friendly

NurseJournal.org ranked the University of Arizona College of Nursing at No. 14. The UA College of Nursing is active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube and earned a score of 63.9, the highest possible score is 100. (July 2014)

UA One of Top 25 Schools You Can Actually Get Into

Money magazine ranked University of Arizona as one of the best schools where students who might not be at the top of their class can get accepted. Each of these schools accepts "at least 50 percent of applicants," and the typical admitted student had a high school GPA between 3.0 and 3.4. (July 2014)

University of Arizona Recognized for Support of Students with Learning Disabilities

The Fiske Guide to Colleges has again named the University of Arizona among the best in the nation in support of students with learning disabilities. In the guide's 2015 edition the UA is listed among 15 major universities that provide "strong support" for students with learning disabilities. Including the small colleges listed, only a total of 31 higher education institutions made the list. (July 2014)

Tucson recognized as a Best Bike City

USA Today named Tucson one of the 10 best bike cities in the country. With the advent of all things eco, the cycling community has seen its numbers swell over the past few years. Many cities across the country have responded in tandem, making roads safer for cyclists and showing off new paths and trails. (July 2014)

Arizona Ranks High Among States with Best Economic Outlook for 2014

Arizona is seventh in the nation in a survey that ranked states with the best overall economic outlook for 2014. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conducted the survey, titled "Rich States, Poor States." The data examined ranks the 2014 economic outlook for states using 15 equally weighted policy variables, including various tax rates, regulatory burdens and labor policies. (May 2014)

A Top 10 Cycling City

Tucson has more bicycle infrastructure than any other city in the U.S., boasting more than 700 miles of designated bikeways. You can ride year-round without bundling up, and the mountain bike trails outside of town, as in the Santa Catalina Mountains, are top-notch. (May 2014)

Tucson Recognized as 'Tree City' for 22nd Year

By demonstrating a commitment to caring for and managing their public trees Tucson has received the 'Tree City' designation from the Arbor Day Foundation for 22 years. (April 2014)

UAMC Among 100 Great Hospitals in America

The University of Arizona Medical Center - University Campus (now known as Banner-University Medical Center Tucson) has been named among the 100 Great Hospitals in America by Becker's Hospital Review, a Chicago-based trade publication. UAMC - University Campus was recognized for its strengths in medical education, research and patient care. UAMC - University Campus is one of three Arizona hospitals, and the only one in Tucson, on the annual list. This is the third time it has been included. (March 2014)

Tucson Ranked in Top 25 Best Places to Retire in 2014

Forbes Magazine ranked Tucson as one of the top 25 places to retire in 2014 based on the City's warm climate, above-average air quality, cost of living 4% below national average, typical home price $172,000, abundant doctors per capita, high rank for bicycling and volunteering. (January 2014)

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)

Tucson Ranks High as Bicycle and Pedestrian-Friendly City

Of the 52 largest cities in the U.S., Tucson ranked 12th in "Per Capita Spending for Bicycle/Pedestrian Projects" and 15th in "Commuter and Cycling and Walking Levels" in a study conducted by The Alliance for Biking and Walking. Tucson has more than 620 miles of streets with bicycle lanes. (January 2014)

UAMC-University Campus Receives Highest Nursing Credential

The University of Arizona Medical Center — University Campus (now known as Banner-University Medical Center Tucson) 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. (January 2014)

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

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. (December 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. (August 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. (August 2013)

Oro Valley Ranks #1 as the Best Town in Arizona for Young Families

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 2013)

UA on 30 Most Amazing University Museum List

University of Arizona Arts & Museums is one of only six museums in the United States included in Best College's Online 2013 international list of the "30 Most Amazing University Museums." The prestigious, global list, one of the most complete rankings of college museums currently available, is based on qualities such as architecture, depth of resource and collections, and activity as a learning and teach resource for the surrounding community. (May 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 2013)

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