University of Arizona

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PO Box 210066

Tucson, AZ 85721-0066

Phone: (520) 621-2211
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
May 1
application deadline

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#119 Overall Score: 44 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Arizona is a public institution that was founded in 1885. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,565, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 391 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Arizona's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 119. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,391 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $27,073 (2013-14).

As one of the largest public institutions in its state, the University of Arizona in Tuscon offers a wide range of activities and academic opportunities to its students. Student athletic supporters form the ZonaZoo, the student section that supports the Arizona Wildcats sports teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Pac-12 Conference. For athletes who don’t compete on the school's teams, there are three levels of intramural sports: the Desert league, which emphasizes fun; the Sunset league, geared to moderate athletes; and the Cactus league, meant for very skilled and competitive athletes. For other ways to get involved, University of Arizona students can check out more than 30 fraternities and sororities, among many other student organizations.

Freshmen are not required to live on campus, though first-year students make up about 80 percent of the on-campus residential population. Each year, the university community gathers for events like the Spring Fling, billed as the largest student-run carnival in the country, and Homecoming. As a research institution, the University of Arizona also offers a variety of opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to get involved in research projects. The university has a wide range of graduate student programs, including the Eller College of Management, the James E. Rogers College of Law and a College of Medicine. Notable alumni of the University of Arizona include reality television star Kourtney Kardashian and journalist Geraldo Rivera.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Located in the heart of Tucson, the University of Arizona is one of the top-ranked research universities in the nation. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran desert, the campus boasts a distinctive southwestern look and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year. Approximately 40,000 students are enrolled at the University of Arizona, coming from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The UA offers more than 100 academic and professional degree tracks, taught by some of the nation's preeminent scholars, and a vibrant campus atmosphere at a cost well below most other colleges and universities in the United States.

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School type public, coed college
Year founded 1885
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $563,655,000


When applying to University of Arizona, it's important to note the application deadline is May 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1. The application fee at University of Arizona is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.9%
Application deadline May 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by May 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Arizona is 22:1, and the school has 36.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Arizona include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Psychology; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 22:1
4-year graduation rate 35%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 17%
Social Sciences 10%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 9%
Psychology 8%
Health Professions and Related Programs 6%

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Student Life

University of Arizona has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,565, with a gender distribution of 47.7 percent male students and 52.3 percent female students. At this school, 21 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 79 percent of students live off campus. University of Arizona is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 40,223
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Arizona offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. University of Arizona also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Arizona.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Arizona, 51.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $10,784.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

In-state tuition and fees $10,391 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $27,073 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,714 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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