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University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ

Research the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Learn about its admission info, degree programs and financial aid to make an informed education decision.

About the University of Arizona

Founded in 1885, the University of Arizona (UA) is an extensive public research institution with an enrollment of more than 39,200 students. The main campus in central Tucson spans 387 acres and is the state's oldest, continuously maintained green space. Ranked the 18th top public university for research and development expenditures in the U.S. by the National Science Foundation as of 2012, the school has produced over $600 million in research and is the only Association of American Universities member in AZ.

UA is not only a highly ranked academic institution, but it also has a rich history in sports and recreation. The university has hundreds of athletes competing in 19 different sports and more than 550 student organizations and clubs from which to choose.


UA houses 11 schools and 20 colleges, which offer approximately 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Popular areas of study at UA include business and management, biological sciences, social sciences, psychology, engineering, and education. The school is diverse and has offerings for a wide range of interests, including religious studies, ethnic studies, classics, mathematics, performing arts, and many more.

Academic highlights include the Eller College of Management, the College of Social and Behavioral Science, and the College of Medicine. The Eller College of Management offers top-ranked degree programs in nine fields of study, some of which include accounting, entrepreneurship, business management, finance, and marketing. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences awards the most degrees of any college at UA and employs a highly distinguished faculty. The department is home to some of the top sociology, philosophy, and anthropology programs in the U.S. UA's College of Medicine is the only college in the state to grant MD degrees. It consists of 20 departments and partners with various health clinics and hospitals across the state.

Students have access to 12 different libraries. In addition to the extensive Main Library, there are several specialty libraries on campus. The Fine Arts Library owns collections of music and photography, and there is also a separate Center for Creative Photography concentrating on visual exhibits and archives. The Arizona Health Sciences library helps support the school's biomedical research and services. There is also the Science-Engineering Library, Law Library, and other specialty centers with focuses on poetry, optical science, planetary science, and more.


Prospective UA students may complete an online application on the university's website for the term they would like to begin attending classes. Paper applications may also be downloaded from the site or sent via mail, if requested from the Office of Admissions. In addition, students must submit an official school transcript through their previous school's counselor or registrar and official SAT or ACT test scores. The nonrefundable application fee is $50 for AZ residents or $65 for nonresidents. In 2012, deadlines for applications were November 1st for the spring semester and May 1st for the fall semester.

Students who plan to attend the College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, College of Fine Arts, or College of Nursing should inquire with the admissions office for additional application and qualification requirements.

The undergraduate student population at UA is split almost evenly, with 52% female and 48% male enrollment. The university has a young demographic; 91% of undergraduates are age 24 and under. Full-time students comprise 89% of the population, and 62% of students are AZ residents. The student body is fairly ethnically diverse as well, with 59% Caucasian, 22% Hispanic/Latino, 6% Asian, and 3% Black/African American students.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of 2012, the estimated cost to attend UA for an undergraduate state resident living on campus was $24,744 per year, including housing, books and class supplies, travel expenses, and miscellaneous personal expenses. Nonresident undergraduates could expect to pay $40,924 per year with the same expenses but a higher base tuition rate. Graduate state residents may incur $30,900 in yearly attendance expenses, while nonresidents can expect total costs of $46,310. The university offers a tuition and fees calculator on its website for students to gain a better idea of annual costs based upon their individual courses of study and personal situations.

UA's Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid assists students with ways to help offset and pay for the cost of their educations. While the application for incoming students enters them for Merit Scholarship consideration, there are several other grants and scholarships for which students must separately apply. Students may also apply for an array of loan options including Federal Direct Loans, Perkins Loans, and private loans. UA participates in Federal Work Study, which provides students with part-time jobs to help pay for school.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Certificate programs, bachelor's, master's, doctoral degrees**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body Nearly 30,700 undergraduates and almost 8,600 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing 24 undergraduate residence halls*
Schools and Programs 20 colleges and 11 schools; roughly 300 undergraduate & graduate degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 20 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: Psychology (480)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (241)
Doctorate: Law (159)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 32% in 4 years
58% in 6 years
61% in 8 years**
Admission Rate 75% in 2010**
Entering Class Size Roughly 7,300 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 77% (full-time students)
48% (part-time students)**
Average SAT Score of Admitted Students 1100 composite in 2011*
Application Due Date November 1st for spring 2013 semester; May 1st for fall 2013 semester*
Decision Notification Date 4-6 weeks following completed application*
Tuition $24,744 for undergraduate AZ residents; $40,924 for undergraduate nonresidents (estimated cost including fees, housing, books, and other expenses for 2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (33%), Pell grants (32%), other federal grants (25%), state and local grants/scholarships (4%), institutional grants/scholarships (71%), federal loans (38%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 83% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *University of Arizona, **Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: The University of Arizona, UA Office of Admissions, PO Box 210073, Tucson, AZ 85721-0073
  • Phone: (520) 621-3237
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