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 2021 by the Times Higher Education magazine, which ranks the best universities on the planet and examined 1527 universities worldwide. The University ranked in the 301-350 group.

In the QS World University Rankings 2021, the University of Trento ranked 403rd. Trento is tenth of the 36 Italian universities included in the ranking, and is in the top 34% at global level. The indicator that still provided most points to the University is the one evaluating research outputs. The employability of UniTrento graduates, measured in the Graduate Employability Ranking QS, is stable in the 201-250 group.

The University leads the Censis ranking 2020-2021 in the category of medium sized universities (those with 10,000 to 20,000 students) with a final score of 98.7/110. Of the six indicators considered, these were crucial for the result achieved by UniTrento: "communication and digital services" (points awarded to university websites based on features and content) (110), "employability" (percentage of master's graduates employed one year from graduation) and "Scholarships and other student aid" (103). The University also scored well in "facilities" (100).

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).