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University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

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University of Arizona overview
Location Tucson, Arizona
Online arizona.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large City
University of Arizona overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Founded in 1885 as the first university in the Arizona Territory, the University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson, Arizona, is a public research institution that combines a diverse and inclusive learning environment with rigorous academics and a rich history. The campus exhibits a distinctive Southwestern architecture amid the Sonoran Desert and a range of offerings in student housing, including residence halls and apartment-style living. Characterized by a selective admissions process, UA provides a comprehensive range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, notably in optics, astronomy, and environmental science, capitalizing on its geographic location for telescopic and environmental research. Furthermore, the University of Arizona is recognized for its dynamic athletic programs, particularly in men's basketball and women's softball, competing as the Wildcats in the NCAA's Division I as a member of the Pac-12 Conference. Located approximately 60 miles from the Mexico-United States border, UA sits in a culturally vibrant city, a short drive from Phoenix, and offers a compelling blend of academic pursuit and extracurricular dynamism.

In the most recent statistical year 52,091 prospective students applied, and 45,194 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 9,027 enrolled in the school.  36,323 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 13,080 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $11,525 plus fees of $1,750. U of A is ranked 294 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












U of A is rated within the top 36% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Arizona overview
SAT 1140/1370
ACT 21/29
GPA 3.48

Applications Accepted

University of Arizona overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend

Arizona Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of Arizona
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$900
Other Fees$1,750
Room and Board $13,650
Budget for Other Expenses$3,800
Total One Year Cost$31,625

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of Arizona
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$900
Other Fees$1,750
Room and Board $13,650
Budget for Other Expenses$3,800
Total One Year Cost$57,927

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$54,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

61% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Arizona students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 16%
Social Sciences 10%
Biology 9%
Psychology 7%
Visual and Performing Arts 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=104179 IPEDS survey data for University of Arizona.

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