The physics student, from Vicenza, fell seven floors from the stairwell of a building that houses the university’s new mathematics faculty, the Veneto edition of Corriere reported.
The incident happened at about 7.30am on Monday, shortly before the opening of the new faculty.
Police have found a suicide note, the newspaper reported.
Italy’s suicide rate has risen in recent years as the country became mired in its most severe post-war recession, with 119 people taking their own lives between January and October 2013 – a 40 percent increase on the same period in 2012, according to a study in November by LinkLab, the centre of socio-economic research at Link Campus University in Rome.
Though the study found that those who committed suicide were mostly businessmen, because of “spiralling debts” and “sudden loss of employment”, cases of young people killing themselves are becoming more common.
In March, a teenage girl from the Sicilian province of Trapani took her own life after learning how to load a gun on the internet.
Most of the suicide cases in 2013 were among people from northern Italy, in particular the traditionally wealthier region of Veneto, the LinkLab study found.