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

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

Trento earned a good position in the World University Ranking 2022 by the Times Higher Education magazine, which ranks the best universities on the planet and examined 2,122 universities worldwide. The University ranked in the 351-400 group,  and is the tenth among 51 Italian universities.

The University of Trento is now ranked 457th among the 1,400 universities ranked overall in QS World University Rankings 2023. Of the 41 Italian universities included in the ranking, UniTrento is 10th, once again thanks to its scientific output. In the QS Graduate Employability Ranking, the graduates from UniTrento are in the 251-300 group.

The University of Trento ranks third in the Censis ranking 2022-2023 in the category of medium sized universities (those with 10,000 to 20,000 students) with a final score of 94.8/110. The ranking is determined by the score awarded in a number of areas, and UniTrento achieved very good results in the areas of "internationalisation" (108 points), leaving the second-ranked 10 points behind, "communication and digital services", the score awarded for the functionality and content of university websites (101 points), and "facilities", which is based on the seating capacity of classrooms, libraries and computer rooms and the degree of satisfaction expressed by students.

The Research Quality Assessment (VQR) 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 included 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).