University of Urbino

University of Urbino "Carlo Bo"
Università degli Studi di Urbino "Carlo Bo"
Latin: Studiorum Universitas Publica Urbinatensis
Former name
Collegio dei Dottori di Urbino (1506)
Pubblico Studio di Urbino (1576)
Studio generale di Urbino (1671)
Università di Urbino (1671)
Libera Università Provinciale di Urbino (1862)
Università Libera di Urbino (1923)[1]
Motto Urbino città campus
Motto in English
Urbino: a city campus
Type Public
Established 1506
Rector Professor Vilberto Stocchi
Students 13,876[2][3]
Undergraduates 11,646[3][4]
Postgraduates 2,230[3]
Location Urbino, PU, Italy
Affiliations UNIMED

The University of Urbino "Carlo Bo" (Italian: Università degli Studi di Urbino "Carlo Bo", UNIURB) is an Italian university located in Urbino, a walled hill-town in the region of Marche, located in the north-eastern part of central Italy. The university was founded in 1506 and, in the 1920s, gained recognition as an "Independent University" with a charter which made state aid possible though not mandatory. Once fully recognized as an Independent University, student numbers gradually increased as more facilities were opened.

During the 1960s/70s, the University succeeded in buying up quite a number of derelict palaces in the old center which have since been restored and used as faculty and department buildings. While the student body and faculties gradually increased and developed over time it was under the long and presidency of Senator for Life Carlo Bo that the University enjoyed unprecedented growth in size and prestige, prompting the former president of the European Community Commission, Roy Jenkins, to state that "the University of Urbino is an incisive presence in contemporary thought, contributing in original ways to the cultural and intellectual life of Europe". This was also the period where architect Giancarlo De Carlo designed and built the University Halls of Residence, which can accommodate 1500 students.

Today, the University of Urbino is a state University. It numbers 8 departments and one centre of excellence and currently has about 20,000 students, many of whom are from overseas. The university has no central campus as such, and instead occupies numerous buildings throughout the town and in the surrounding countryside. The main accommodation blocks are situated a short distance from the town.

Traditionally a centre of studies in law since its foundation in 1506, nowadays the University of Urbino is renowned mostly for teaching and research in humanities, in particular literature and language studies, and sociology, and for the good reputation of its Italian language courses.


Faculty of Education, designed by Giancarlo De Carlo. Photo by Paolo Monti, 1982.


Until 2013 the university used to be divided into 11 faculties:

Following the approval of the so-called Gelmini reform in 2009 and starting from the 2013/2014 academic year the faculty-based organization has been discontinued. The University of Urbino has then adopted a department-based structure and is currently composed of 8 departments and 1 centre of excellence:


As of September 2016
University rankings
Times[5] 501-600
Times[6] =252


As for library and study facilities, the University offers to students and staff a number of libraries making up the University Library System, along with the Foundation 'Carlo and Marise Bo' for Modern and Contemporary European Literature library.


The University does not have own residence halls. However, a number of colleges and dormitories for University of Urbino students are owned and managed by the regional office for the right to academic education. They include 4 colleges (Vela, Tridente, Aquilone and Serpentine) and 1 female dormitory (Casa Studentessa) in Urbino, 1 college located in the scientific campus between Urbino and Fermignano, plus a number of rented private accommodation in Pesaro and Fano paid by the regional government.

Notable people


Faculty and staff

XIX century

XX century

XXI century

Points of interest

See also


  1. Ulrico Agnati, 1999. Per la storia romana della provincia di Pesaro e Urbino. Rome : L'erma di Bretschneider
  2. Doctoral students not included.
  3. 1 2 3 See
  4. Of which 9,134 students in Laurea programmes and 2,512 in Laura magistrale a ciclo unico (5-6-year single-cycle degree) programmes.
  5. "World University Rankings 2016-2017". Times Higher Education. 2015. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  6. "Best universities in Europe 2017". The Times Higher Education. 2016. Retrieved October 22, 2016.

Coordinates: 43°43′19″N 12°38′13″E / 43.72194°N 12.63694°E / 43.72194; 12.63694

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