The University of Trento has 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 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 an excellent position in the World University Ranking 2019 by the Times Higher Education magazine, which ranks the best universities on the planet and examined 1250 universities worldwide. The University ranked in the 251-300 group.

In the QS World University Rankings 2020, the University of Trento continued to improve its position. Between 2017 and now, it climbed 52 places, reaching the 389th. Of the best Italian universities included in the ranking, Trento is ninth. The indicator that provided most points to the University is the one evaluating research outputs. Its visibility and quality of research, in terms of faculty citations, increased by 20% compared to 2019.

The University leads the Censis ranking 2019-2020 in the category of medium sized universities (those with 10,000 to 20,000 students) with a final score of 97/110. Of the six indicators considered, two were crucial for the result achieved by UniTrento: "internationalization" (104 points) and "digital communication and services" (103 points). However, it scored well in the category of study grants (98) and facilities (98) too.

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).