Location: Tucson, Arizona
Funding: Public University
Percentage of woman: 52.3%
Tuition (one year): About $12,200 (in-state), About $30, 700 (out-of-state)
Most popular majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Social Sciences; Psychology; and Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Greek Life: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 77%
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit University of Arizona's website at http://www.arizona.edu/future-students
Why Choose The University of Arizona?
"The first time I set foot on this campus, I knew that the University of Arizona was the school for me. I could easily picture myself having the best four years of my life at this school, and so far I have had absolutely no regrets about my decision".
“Honestly, I applied to the U of A because I didn’t think I had the grades to get into any California schools, but once I visited the campus I knew this is where I was meant to be, it’s so pretty and big. The appeal of having an ocean near me did not matter anymore”.
“I wanted to attend a school that had a lot of spirit and excitement, U of A truly gave me that”.
“The University of Arizona is the definition of a true college campus and is surrounded by a city that bleeds Cardinal Red and Navy Blue”.
“One of my favorite things about U of A is how the school literally runs the town of Tucson, no matter where you go everyone is so proud to have the school here”.
“The campus is filled with so much stuff going on whether it’s Greek row, campus activities, or food destinations, I never really have to leave campus”.
“There is no winter in Arizona, if you are looking for sunny days almost all year long, U of A is the place for you”.
“The football and basketball games are the most exciting events you’ll ever go to”.
“Our Rec Center is so big and nice, it makes working out a little easier”.
“Going to a university out-of-state can be very expensive, however we do have a strong financial aid program for any help that may be needed”.
"The Think Tank is a great tutoring program offered here at the University of Arizona, but it can be frusterating when they don't offer tutoring for a specific class you are taking".
“Especially in August and September it is extremely hot, which can sometimes be unbearable, but the nice months in between then and summer make it worth it”.
"Coming from out-of-state to Arizona, it was definitely hard getting used to all of these cactus around campus! I've had my fair share of run-ins with these pesky desert plants".
New Collegiate on Campus
“Being a first year student is overwhelming, but so fun!"
“Definitely different than what I’m used to since we are completely on our own, but figuring things out and learning to be independent is what makes the process exciting”.
“Freshman mainly stick together since we are all going through the same situation and living close to each other, but the upperclassmen are all very welcoming and nice”.
“There are a lot of resources on campus to help new students feel comfortable and answer any questions they may have”.
All About Academics
“The College of Communication and Eller College of Management definitely seem to be the most popular”.
"The UA Main Library is filled with wonderful resources and provides a quite place to get work done”.
“When I am struggling in any of my classes, I go to Think Tank, which is our on campus free tutoring service located at Bear Down Gym. They are always very helpful and you get the help you need”.
“Once you get into your major and are done with your general education courses, it reminds you why you went to college because you are studying what you love”.
Learn from the Best
"My favorite professor was my Italian 201 teacher Paolo. He was so funny and understanding. I loved that his main objective was to truly help his students, not just teach a class. He was also very passionate about his work”.
“The general education classes are normally very big, but once you get into your major, the classes become smaller and more personal”.
“Almost every professor offers office hours to provide extra help and assistance on anything you may be struggling with”.
“Every professor I’ve had loves what they do, which makes the classroom environment more interesting and exciting”.
Interests & Involvements
"There are so many great ways to get involved on campus here at the University of Arizona! From Greek life, to clubs, to intramural sports teams, there is something for everyone".
"An organization that I am passionate about is Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity. Not only have I gained outstanding professional skills and expereince, but I have also gained an amazing brotherhood".
"When you walk out on the mall (the main part of campus) there are always booths and tents set up advertising all kinds of different clubs and organizations. It's so fun to go around and see what there is to get involved with".
"There is definitely no shortage of student involvement on this campus. I think that the University of Arizona has so much more to offer beyond just academics, which is what I love about this school".
"One of my favorite parts about fall semester at University of Arizona is football season. I love attending the games and sitting in the student section, Zona Zoo, where all of us students cheer on the Wildcats together".
"I think that Arizona is best known for its outstanding school spirit and amazing sports teams. Football and basketball are huge at this school and some of my best memories are being at the football and basketball games with my friends".
"There's nothing quite like watching the Wildcats dominate the football field in the fall. Our team always has great coaching and strong players".
"Basketball season is my favorite here at the U of A because we always have such a strong team. It's even better when we make it to March Madness and all of the students flock to University to watch the games together".
"A great way that women are represented on this campus is through sororities. Greek life is huge at Arizona, so joining a sorority is an excellent way to get involved and get to know so many amazing women".
"Joining a sorority was the best decision that I've made since coming to college. I absolutely love every single one of my sisters and can't imagine my college experience without them".
"Becoming involved with a sorority is not only a good way to get involved on campus, but it also has opened me up to several opportunites in my community, such as volunteering for local charities in Tucson".
"My sorority has built me into such a strong woman. I have had the opportunity to hold several leadership positions within my chapter, which has taught me valuable lessons about myself and will help me in the future".
Food & Drink
"The Wildcat Food Court is the most central place to eat on campus since we don't have dining halls here. There are great restaurants to choose from like Panda Express, On Deck Deli, Chick-fil-A, Burger King, and IQ Fresh!"
"I hate fast food, so I like that there are also healthy options to eat on campus. My favorite place to grab a quick and healthy bite to eat is Core. They have delicious salads that you can make from scratch and it isn't too expensive either".
"The food court is great to have because as a freshman, I don't have a car to eat off campus. I feel like there are a lot of different options for food included in my meal plan and I always have variety to choose from".
"I love that the bookstore has a Starbucks inside of it! Whenever I am exhausted from all of my classes, it's so nice to stop in the bookstore and get a quick caffeine fix, plus they take CatCash!!"
"The University of Arizona is definitely not a dull place to be. There is always something to do and people to hang out with, it's always a blast!"
"I love to go out with my friends on the weekends, whether we are going to a house party or going to the clubs downtown, the social scene has a lot to offer".
"I just turned 21 and it's been so much fun being able to go out to the bars around Tucson. There are exciting places to check out on University Street, such as Gentle Ben's and Fuku. I also like to go to downtown Tucson and go to bars like Hifi and Playground, those places are always a good time".
"The social scene at U of A is hard to beat, I feel like every weekend there is always something fun and exciting to do and I love getting to meet new people!"
"Living in the dorms my freshman year has been such a fun experience. I've loved getting to know everyone on my hall and bond with them!"
"I lived in Coronado my freshman year and I would definitely recommend living in this dorm to any incoming freshman. It's a very social dorm, which I loved because there was always someone to hang out with".
"It was difficult my freshman year to adjust to being away from home and not having my own room, but my roommate and I instantly bonded and it made the whole experience even better!"
"I lived in Arizona-Sonora dorm when I was a freshman and I really enjoyed all of the fun events that they put on. There was always something cool to do on the weekends and it was a great way to socialize with people in my dorm".
"Tucson is a beautiful city and has a lot to offer. I personally enjoy the downtown area and eating at the delicious restaurants such as Cup Cafe, Hub, and Diablo Burger".
"My favorite part of Tucson is the gorgeous desert landscape. The mountains are amazing and really add a lot to the scenery, along with the cactus plants of course".
"I am a very active person, so I enjoy going on hikes in the foothills and Sabino Canyon. Hiking here is not only great exercise, but once you get to the top of the mountains, the views are breathtaking".
"Being a student at the University of Arizona, I often don't get a chance to leave campus. On the weekends though, I love going up to the foothills to shop and dine at La Encantada. This area offers exquisite dining as well as a great shopping experience".
HC's Complete College Guide: University of Arizona
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