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The University of Arizona is a public university that blends a deep history with innovative, cutting edge research. The school offers its 40,000 undergraduates more than 150 majors spread across 20 colleges (and even more specialized schools within), and students “can choose from a variety of majors and minors and structure your own studies” in any way they see fit. The school highly emphasizes “communicating with its students and keeping up to date with student life,” a service that extends to graduates as well, thanks to a “supportive and large alumni network.” Current enrollees looking for additional support will find tons of resources, whether that’s free tutoring in most introductory level subjects or “Supplemental Instruction sessions, which are like bonus discussion sections if you want more practice.”

Professors here run the gamut in terms of passion and presentation, but for the most part, they “really [care] about the material; [have] funny, interesting, or engaging lectures; and [are] extremely willing to meet outside class.” Some professors use a “flipped classroom” approach, “which really [helps] create an active learning environment,” and the sciences offer lab-based classes with “many hands-on activities that teach what presentations [alone] could not.” Many professors “bring in guest lectors or have guest presentations,” and “classrooms are often set up in a manner in which group discussion is encouraged.”

Student Body

Around 60 percent of students hail from Arizona in this diverse population that is “very passionate about what it means to Wildcat and [the] excessive amounts of school pride” that come with it. The university’s sheer size means there are “people from all over the world studying hundreds of different things” and hence “there is a club, frat, sorority, [or] group to join for everyone to feel a part of something greater and get encouragement.” An Arizona student “knows the importance of both studies and life experiences for a wellrounded college experience” and takes studying as seriously as the relaxing: “We all know that at the end of the day we’re all here to get that degree, despite the fun we all have.”

Campus Life

“Amazing weather and a beautiful campus” make for a happy, sunny time that is “full of life and fun.” This is “a very active community [that uses] the gyms regularly,” though there’s plenty of exercise simply in traversing the sprawling campus via bike or foot. Arizona is “full of spirit” and sporting events (especially football and basketball) are popular; students describe hanging out in the raucous “ZonaZoo” to show support for their teams. Thanks to the centralized Mall, it’s easy to find people to hang out with during the day, and clearly posted events speak to all types of nighttime entertainment, since “Some people love to party, some people love to study.” The campus “has an extremely open, comfortable atmosphere,” and because “some dorms cater to a certain audience with the in-hall communities,” it’s remarkably easy to find your niche. The community feel is a real bonus for students, who love that “it’s a massive university, yet everyone knows everyone.”

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PO Box 210073
Building: Old Main (#21)
Tucson, AZ 85721-0073



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Flandrau Science Center
Museum of Optical Sciences
UA Museum of Art
The Rec
Arizona State Museum
Bio5, Poetry Center, Student Union, McKale Memorial Center, Center for Creative Photography, Campus Arboretum, History of Pharmacy Museum

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Saguaro National Park
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Pima Air & Space Museum
Kartchner Caverns State Park
Biosphere 2
Catalina State Park, Tucson Museum of Art, Mount Lemmon, Sabino Canyon, Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

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Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
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Advance Notice
1 week

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Class Visits

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Tucson International airport is 10 miles from campus. For Stagecoach (van) service to campus, call 520-889-1000 at least 24 hours in advance; taxi service is also available. Amtrak trains and Greyhound/Trailways buses serve Tucson. Sun Tran is the public transportation system which operates a light rail system and buses throughout the area.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Take Speedway to Mountain Avenue. Turn right onto Mountain and get in the left-hand lane. At the stop sign at Second Street, turn left. Visitor parking is in the garage on your right.

Local Accommodations
Tucson University Park Hotel (880 East Second St.; 520-792-4100 or 800-228-9290) is situated at the main gate of the University and is a 4-star, full service, 9-story atrium hotel with outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi, fitness center, business center, and full service restaurant. The Lodge on the Desert (306 N. Alvernon Way; 520-320-2000 or 877-498-6776), 4 miles from campus, is a moderately priced choice, with rates somewhat higher during the winter season (December-May). The lodge will remind you of a Mexican hacienda. The Arizona Inn (2200 E. Elm St.; 520-325-1541), just over 1 mile from the campus, has all the amenities of a grand hotel, including tennis courts, a swimming pool, and acres of lawns and gardens. Some less expensive choices are more convenient to the campus. University Inn (950 N. Stone Ave.; 520-791-7503 or 800-233-8466) has a midtown location close to shopping and to the campus, and you can have a double room in a relaxed atmosphere for an inexpensive rate. One mile from campus (courtesy car to the campus) is the Ramada Downtown (665 N. Freeway; 520-622-6491), with doubles in the moderate range, a peaceful garden, and a heated pool. A couple of nice bed-and-breakfasts are within walking distance of the university. Peppertree's Bed and Breakfast (724 E. University Blvd.; 520-622-7167) is a 1905 Territorial home offering a full gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea. Peppertree's has moderate rates for its 4 rooms.


Applicants: 56,466
Acceptance Rate: 86%
Average HS GPA: 3.50



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