Tucson is Tops!

Tucson has Two of the Top 10 Public High Schools in the Nation

BASIS High School #5 and University High School #7 are 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 "2014 Best High Schools" rankings. BASIS Tucson North was identified as the third-best science, technology, engineering and math school in the U.S. — the only Arizona campus to land in the top 10 list of STEM schools. (April 2014)

UAMC Among 100 Great Hospitals in America

The University of Arizona Medical Center — University Campus 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)

UA Graduate Programs Reach New Heights

The University of Arizona saw increases in graduate program rankings this year in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools. The UA's part-time MBA program jumped from number 46 to 25, computer science rose from 47 to 40, the graduate program in education increased from 51 to 48 and the graduate program in mathematics increased from 43 to 41. The rankings are based on two forms of data — expert opinions about program excellence and statistical indicators that measure the quality of a school's faculty, research and students in five areas — engineering, medicine, law, business and education. (March 2014)

UA Earns 2013 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. (March 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 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)

Tucson Ranked #1 in Air Quality

Breathe easy in Tucson. The American Lung Association in its "State of the Air: 2013" gives Tucson two high rankings for air quality: Ranking 1st for cleanest metropolitan area in the country for 24-hour particle pollution and 8th for cleanest metropolitan area in the country for annual particle pollution. (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. The full ranking can be viewed online. (December 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. (October 2013)

Arizona #1 in Future Job Growth

As part of Forbes' annual Best States for Business, they looked at 35 factors to determine the best and worst states, including projected employment. Arizona is expected to have the fastest job growth at 3% annually over the next five years, according to Moody's Analytics. (September 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. (September 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. (September 2013)

Tucson and Oro Valley are 2013 '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. (August 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)

Three Phoenix Hospitals Nationally Ranked for Adult Specialties

According to U.S. News & World Report, University of Arizona Medical Center received National Rankings as #30 in Ear, Nose and Throat and #34 in Geriatrics. U.S. News surveyed nearly 10,000 specialists and sifted through data for approximately 5,000 hospitals to rank the best in 16 adult specialties, from cancer to urology. Only 147 hospitals were nationally ranked in one or more specialties. (July 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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)

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. (February 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 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. (Februay 2012)

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