The University of Trento has long been in top positions in national rankings, and it is well positioned in international ones. This result is due, in particular, to the University’s ability to finance itself, its success in scientific research, its ability to look towards Europe and the world, and to the satisfaction of students.

The University gained recognition at international level, as confirmed by independent sources such as THE - Times Higher Education Rankings and QS-Quacquarelli Sysmonds.

Excellent position for the University of Trento in the World University Ranking 2016-2017 by the Times Higher Education magazine, which ranks the best universities in the world and examined 980 universities in 79 countries worldwide.
The University of Trento ranked in the 201-250 group, with the University of Bologna and Milan Politecnico.

QS World University Rankings 2018: the University of Trento ranks 9th among the 29 Italian Universities included in the world's best 500, in the 441-450 group.
The University of Trento gets the best Italian score for its international faculty.
The ranking confirms the excellent visibility of its scientific publications and the good reputation of its graduates in the business sector.

The Research Quality Assessment (VQR) on research conducted by Italian universities in the 2011-2014 term, released by ANVUR at the end of December 2016, confirmed the University of Trento in top position among State universities, and sixth in the general ranking which also includes institutions of higher learning and research institutes like Sant’Anna or the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.
The VQR data form the basis for the distribution of the part of the 2016 Ordinary Financing Fund that is allocated according to merit to (State and non-State) universities.
A second Research Quality Assessment, released in February 2017, confirmed the quality of research at the University of Trento in four different academic disciplines: physics, biology, psychology, political and social sciences.
The data are presented based on the size of universities and reflect the academic area under investigation, with (again) very positive results for the University of Trento, which in fact ranks first among medium-sized universities in the areas of psychology and political and social sciences, and third in the areas of physics and biology (among small universities).

The CENSIS ranking 2016-2017 is compiled every year for the Grande Guida published by La Repubblica. The University of Trento ranks first again, confirming the same final score as last year with 99.8 points. Our University ranks first in the general ranking and is leading the ranking of medium-sized universities (those with 10,000 to 20,000 students).
The performance indicators concerning "communication and digital services" (108), "facilities" (103) and "scholarships and students aid" (102) played a key role for the final score.

The University of Trento ranks 2nd in the last Il Sole 24 Ore ranking of the best Italian State Universities. The strengths of the University are the high percentage of students coming from other regions (“Attractiveness” indicator), the number of eligible students who receive scholarships (“Grants”), and the indicators measuring “the quality of scientific outputs” and “research competitiveness”. Trento obtained positive results also in terms of final marks at graduation, international mobility, quality of doctoral studies, drop-out rate, number of students who continue their studies.