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University Rankings

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the UA’s graduate program in speech-language pathology fifth in the nation in its 2016 ranking of graduate schools. This continues a 31-year tradition of top-10 rankings for the program. The Doctor of Audiology Program, also in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences (SLHS), was ranked 12th in the nation. 

SLHS is part of the School of Mind, Brain and Behavior within the College of Science. The department is home to about 360 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate students.

Faculty members in SLHS examine all aspects of human communication as well as disorders of speech, language, and hearing. This includes neurobiology of language and the treatment of developmental language disorders in children and communication disorders in adults who experience brain damage. 


Five University of Arizona graduate programs rank among the nation’s top 10, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 edition of Best Graduate Schools.    

The University’s graduate program in management information systems, or MIS, housed in the Eller College of Management, moved up two places from the previous year, ranking third among all universities, both public and private. It is ranked No. 1 among public universities.

Also ranking in the top 10 were UA graduate programs in speech-language pathology (No. 5), rehabilitation counseling (No. 6), earth sciences 
(No. 7), and pharmacy (No. 10). An additional 15 programs were ranked in the top 40 for their respective areas of study.

Groundbreaking Partnerships

The merger of the University of Arizona Health Network and Banner Health, considered a new model for providing medical services, research, and education, was finalized in late February.

The Banner – University Medicine division is expected to transform the health care landscape in Arizona. The merger also makes Banner Health the largest private employer in Arizona, with more than 37,000 employees.

Key elements of the merger: 

  • The Banner – University Medicine division, a health system anchored in Tucson and Phoenix, providing Arizona-based, statewide health care.
  • An expansion of medical center capabilities for complex academic and clinical programs, such as transplants, neurosciences, genomics-driven precision health, geriatrics, and pediatrics.
  • A $500 million injection of capital to support construction and renovations at the 44-year-old medical center on North Campbell Avenue in Tucson.
  • A $300 million endowment to provide a $20 million annual revenue stream to advance the UA’s clinical and translational research mission.
  • Three hospitals, which have undergone name changes:
  • The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, now Banner – University Medical Center Tucson.
  • The University of Arizona Medical Center – South Campus, now Banner – University Medical Center South.
  • Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, now Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix.

Get to know the UA

Superior Academics and Career Preparation 
The University of Arizona was recognized for value by Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best institutions for students seeking superior academics and career preparation as well as generous financial aid. 

Best Online Graduate Programs
The University of Arizona’s Eller MBA program ranked 29th and the UA College of Nursing 36th in the U.S. News & World Report survey of 2015 Best Online Graduate Programs.

Most Underrated
UA ranked No. 33 by on its list of the 50 Most Underrated Colleges In America.