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University of Arizona

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The University of Arizona offers over 150 undergraduate programs, as well as over 200 graduate degrees. Some of the more prestigious programs include the College of Engineering, School of Public Administration and Policy, Eller College of Management, and the College of Nursing, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

U.S. News and World Report has ranked the university’s management information systems, geosciences, and rehabilitation counseling programs among the nation’s top ten in their respective fields of study. Moreover, the university’s Department of Astronomy is regarded one of the best in the world. Arizona has been awarded more research grants from NASA than any other university in the U.S.

The school is the only one in the state of Arizona to be a member of the Association of American Universities.

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All prospective students must complete a paper or online application. In addition, they must provide official high school transcripts, as well as official SAT and/or ACT transcripts. There is no minimum GPA requirement, although incoming freshmen usually have a GPA of higher than 3.0.

Assured Admission guarantees admission to the University of Arizona if the applicant is a resident of Arizona, attends an accredited high school in the region, ranks among the top 25 percent of their class, and meets the course work requirements of the Arizona Board of Regents.

Admission to the Graduate College requires a bachelor’s degree and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Moreover, it is necessary to complete a Graduate Entrance Exam for admission to some departments.

International students seeking any degree must provide proof of English proficiency, proof of financial resources, and health insurance.

Financial Aid

The university offers a wide variety of financial aid, including federal and state grants and loans. Prospective students can also take advantage of financial prizes such as the Arizona Excellence Award, Arizona National Merit Semifinalist Award, and the Wildcat Excellent Award.

All students receiving first–time loans are required to schedule a loan counseling session.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4053rd for the average student loan amount.
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More than 80 percent of Arizona freshmen live in resident halls on campus. All dorm rooms are equipped with two Ethernet ports for Internet access. Students can also go online at the university libraries, which hold more than 5.5 million volumes.

The university is located in midtown Tucson, a city known for its natural beauty and laid-back charm. Of course, Tucson is also known for its sunshine—January highs average in the 60s, and the mercury on campus almost never dips below freezing. Tucson is a multicultural city with a vibrant nightlife around campus, numerous cafes, and dozens of restaurants, particularly those featuring Southwestern and Mexican cuisine.

The Gallagher Theater in the Student Union Memorial Center shows both student films and big-budget Hollywood productions. Another campus attraction is the Tree Walk, a self-guided tour of nearly 100 rare and exotic trees. The world-famous Kitt Peak Observatory, a must-see for astronomy buffs, is an hour’s drive southwest of Tucson.

Over forty fraternities and sororities are represented on the University of Arizona campus.

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The University of Arizona Wildcats, a member of the Pac-10 Conference, has teams competing in 18 different NCAA sports, including men’s and women’s teams in basketball, cross-country, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, and track and field. In the span of one week in 2008, both the Arizona men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams won their first national championship.

The school’s best-known team is probably the men’s basketball team, which has been one of the nation’s most consistent over the last two decades. In 2009, the Wildcats became just the second school to make the NCAA tournament field for twenty-five consecutive years. All but the 2009 appearance were made under legendary coach Lute Olsen, who guided Arizona to four NCAA Final Fours and one national championship before retiring in October, 2008.

The University of Arizona also offers dozens of intramural sports that are all available to students. These sports include co-ed softball, home run derby, men’s basketball, men’s flag football, men’s sand volleyball, co-ed tennis doubles, and women’s volleyball. Students can also sign up for Free Agent Play Days, allowing them to participate in a game even if they were unable to formally join a team. This has the added bonus of helping to prevent forfeits if a team is hit with a number of absences the day of the game.

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Ranks 4th in Arizona and 461st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Arizona and 492nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
Rape 4 0.01
Robbery 1 0.00
Arson 4 0.01
Burglary 69 0.18
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 9 0.02
Arrest 178 0.45

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2,022 0.38
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 51 0.01
Forcible Rape 204 0.04
Robbery 1,163 0.22
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,979 0.94
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2,746 0.52

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District403

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 539th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $9,388 $9,388 $26,070
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,003 $1,003 $1,003
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $671 $671 $1,086
FT Graduate Tuition $10,508 $10,508 $26,380
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,003 $1,003 $1,003
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $751 $751 $1,466
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $25,179 $25,179 $42,171
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $30,531 $30,531 $47,523
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $16,335 $16,335 $33,327

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $28,686 $47,862
Medical Degree — Required Fees $1,003 $1,003
Pharmacology Degree — Tuition $22,758 $38,630
Pharmacology Degree — Required Fees $1,003 $1,003
Law Degree — Tuition $23,378 $37,838
Law Degree — Required Fees $1,003 $1,003

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $10,035(N/C) $10,035(N/C) $25,494 $26,231
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,540 $9,714
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,540 $3,980
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $11,360 $11,490
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,920 $7,270
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,160 $4,240

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application Fee$75
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 26,329 (12,386 male / 13,943 female)
Admitted 20,251 (9,284 male / 10,967 female)
Admission rate 77%
First-time Enrollment 7,401 (3,384 male / 4,017 female)
FT Enrollment 6,955 (3,195 male / 3,760 female)
PT Enrollment 446 (189 male / 257 female)
Total Enrollment40,621

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Pacific-10 Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Pacific-10 Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pacific-10 Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pacific-10 Conference

ACT Test Admission

340th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 52%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 27

SAT Test Admission

353rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 66%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 483 / 600
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 630
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 983 / 1230

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity7,216
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,784
Board Fee$2,930

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 280th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $95,811 ($102,606 male / $78,183 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,561 (974 male / 587 female)
Number of PT Faculty 2,408
FT Faculty Ratio 0.6 : 1
Total Benefits $80,412,000

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