About the University



The University of Arizona (UA) is a place without limits—where teaching, research, service, and innovation merge to improve lives in Arizona and beyond. We aren't afraid to ask bigger questions to get better answers.

Established in 1885, the University of Arizona, the state’s super land-grant university with two medical schools, produces graduates who are real-world ready through its 100% Student Engagement initiative. Recognized as a global leader and ranked 16th for the employability of its graduates, the UA is also a leader in research, bringing more than $580 million in research investment each year, and ranking 19th among all public universities. The UA is advancing the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships, and is a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $8.3 billion annually.

We're innovators and discoverers.

Establishing Arizona's first university in the middle of the Sonoran Desert was a bold move. But our founders were fearless, and we have never lost that spirit. To this day, we're revolutionizing the fields of space sciences, optics, biosciences, medicine, arts and humanities, business, technology transfer and many others. Since it was founded, the UA has grown to cover more than 380 acres in central Tucson, a rich breeding ground for discovery.

Where else in the world can you find an astronomical observatory mirror lab under a football stadium? An entire ecosystem under a glass dome? Who else is bringing back samples from asteroids? Visit our campus, just once, and you'll quickly understand why the UA is a university unlike any other.

Here, "Bear Down" is more than just a motto.

Before UA student body president and revered football quarterback John "Button" Salmon died in 1926, his last words to his teammates were "Tell them ... tell the team to bear down." Whether it's academics, athletics or research, we've adopted the stance that when the going gets tough, the tough #BearDown.

Our curiosity knows no bounds.

As a leading-edge public research university, we're inspired to explore humanity's most fundamental questions—about science, medicine, the arts, and business. Our faculty includes members of esteemed national academies, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners, White House Champions of Change and celebrated thought leaders in numerous disciplines. We are leading projects that will change how we see the world, such as the OSIRIS-REx mission, which will scoop samples from a near-Earth asteroid in 2020.

We're partners with the community.

Whether we're teaming up with local schools to improve K–12 education or working with rural communities to improve the health of residents, we're helping society meet its grand challenges.

The UA's Tech Parks are where dynamic innovators and business leaders work side by side to test and develop new technologies. The Banner — University Medical Center, part of the UA Health Network, is a 479-bed hospital that has been ranked among the nation's best hospitals by US News & World Report for more than a decade. Together, the UA, UA Tech Parks, and the UA Health Network generate billions of dollars of economic activity in Arizona each year$8.3 billion in 2011 alone.

Our graduates are workforce ready.

At the UA, 100 percent of our undergraduates will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge they learn in the classroom in the real-world, through internships, community service, on-campus jobs, and research opportunities. Our mission is to graduate students who are sought after by the best employers and postgraduate programs, and who are ready to embark on engaging, fulfilling careers.

Equipped with skills, knowledge, experience and the entrepreneurial spirit they gain at the UA, our students become highly skilled members of society who lead with determination, innovate without limits and create companies that generate more jobs, benefitting our state, our nation, and the world, in boundless ways. Our alumni include astronauts and actors; Grammy, Tony, Emmy, and Oscar winners; media stars; Olympic athletes; Fortune 500 CEOs; public servants; Nobel scientists; inventors, and best-selling authors.

We're thinkers and doers.

From the heart of the Southwest to the edges of the universe, there are no limits to how far we can reach. We'll never stop pushing to make sense of the world and to find ways to make it better. At the University of Arizona, we have the power to make a difference.

Bigger Questions. Better Answers. Bear Down.


Top 10 Facts About the University of Arizona



Employable graduates.

The UA is ranked 16th for the global employability of its graduates.*

*UA ranks 16th among US public universities in the Emerging & Trendence 2014 Global Employability Survey.

# 2

One hundred percent.

That's how many UA undergraduates can complete their degrees with real-world experience on their transcripts.

# 3

Uncharted territory is our playground.

The UA is leading a first-of-its-kind mission to send a spacecraft to a near-Earth asteroid in 2020. The spacecraft will scoop samples to bring back to Earth, helping us understand the origins of the Solar System.

# 4

We transform ideas into reality.

Researchers at the UA's BIO5 Institute develop and commercialize new technologies, diagnostics, and health care treatments, and have helped form 20 spinoff companies since 2001. 

# 5

The best and the brightest internationally.

The UA is seventh in the nation's top producers of Fulbright scholars.

# 6

Our economic influence is felt statewide.

UA directly and indirectly impacts more than 65,000 jobs and helps infuse billions into the state economy every year.

# 7

Creativity flourishes here.

Iconic photographer Ansel Adams helped found the UA's Center for Creative Photography, the largest institution in the world devoted to documenting the history of modern North American photography.

# 8

Arizona's only MD granting medical school.

Banner — University Medicine helps treat more than 100,000 patients each year, and the Banner — University Medical Center houses the only Level 1 trauma center in Southern Arizona.

# 9

A premier, public research university.

As one of the world's premier public research universities, the University of Arizona conducts more than $580 million of research annually, a key measure of productivity. The National Science Foundation ranks the UA 19th among public universities and 29th overall in research expenditures.

# 10

Our history runs deep.

Before Arizona was a state, there was the University of Arizona.


Fast Facts


  • 2015 Undergraduate tuition*
    • Resident: $11,403
    • Nonresident: $32,630
  • Room and board: $9,714 (average)
  • Undergraduate students: 32,987
  • Graduate and professional students: 9,249
  • Total faculty: 3,049
  • Number of majors offered: More than 300
  • Leadership: President Ann Weaver Hart


*Undergraduate students who enrolled in the UA's optional tuition guarantee program in 2014 will remain at $10,975 for residents and $29,421 for nonresidents through the 2017–18 academic year. Incoming students will be able to enroll in the guarantee program and will then not be subject to tuition increases for four years.


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Tucson, AZ 85721
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