Here's how to become an Arizona Wildcat.
There are certain high school classes you have to take before you’re ready for college. You can double-check that you’ve fulfilled our admission requirements by reviewing the Core Competency Requirements.
It’s comprehensive, convenient, and fully online.* When completing your application, it’s helpful to have a copy of your high school transcripts and around 30 minutes. Need to take a break and finish later? You can save your progress and pick up where you left off any time.
|Starting Semester||Application Open||Application Deadline|
|Spring 2022||April 1, 2021||December 1, 2021|
|Summer 2022||July 1, 2021||May 2, 2022|
|Fall 2022||July 1, 2021||May 2, 2022|
The short answer: no. However, the optional 500-word personal statement is the perfect chance to provide information that we may need. Whether you started a club, dealt with a family emergency that made your grades slip, or have big dreams that you want us to know about, the personal statement is your opportunity to tell us more about yourself.
SAT and/or ACT scores are not required to be admitted to the University of Arizona. However, they can be used to verify that you meet our Core Competency Requirements. They are also typically required if you want to automatically be considered for merit-based scholarships, and may be needed for admission to certain colleges, including the University of Arizona Honors College.
Due to COVID-19, SAT and/or ACT scores are not required for students applying for admission for the 2022-23 academic year. Merit scholarships will be awarded based on students’ core, unweighted sixth semester GPA for the 2022-23 academic year.
To join the remarkable students of the Arizona Honors College, indicate your interest while filling out the general admission application to the university. You will then be able to complete a separate honors application by logging into your Future Wildcat account. Learn more about the honors application process.
On your application, you will be asked to self-report your grades. This means you should enter your courses and grades exactly as they appear on your high school transcripts, including any in-progress senior year coursework. Remember earlier when we said it’s helpful to have a copy of your high school transcripts? This is where they’ll come in handy.
Don’t worry about sending us your official transcripts yet – you don’t need to do that until after you’re admitted and finish your senior year of coursework.
If you still have questions about self-reporting your grades, check out our Admission and Application Requirements section on our list of Frequently Asked Questions.
A complete application also includes payment of the application fee, which is $50 for Arizona residents and $80 for non-Arizona residents.
Unsure if you qualify to apply as an Arizona resident? Learn more about residency classification. If you do not live in Arizona but you are a member of one if its 22 federally recognized tribes, you may qualify for resident status by completing the Native American Residency Classification Exception [PDF].
We believe everyone who wants to be an Arizona Wildcat should have the chance to apply. If the application fee is a burden due to your family’s financial situation, you may qualify for a fee waiver that can be requested as you are completing your application.
Since you self-report your grades on your application, don't worry about sending us your official high school transcripts until you are admitted and complete your senior year of coursework. At that point, we'll use your official transcript to make sure you've met our admission requirements.
Did you get a head start on college credits while in high school? If you did, we have a handy tool to see how your coursework will transfer. Visit our transfer credit tool.
Apply for financial aid by completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available each year on October 1. Don’t forget to use Arizona school code 001083 when filling it out. The priority deadline for submitting your FAFSA to Arizona is March 1.
Congratulations! When you’re finished doing your happy dance, you can officially join our incoming class by visiting your Next Steps Center.
Once you are admitted and have completed your senior year of coursework, you can have your official high school transcripts sent to:
Office of Admissions
The University of Arizona
PO Box 210073
Tucson, AZ 85721
Official electronic transcripts can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out our Additional Resources for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students, home-educated students, military and veterans, non-residents with Arizona high school degrees, and U.S. citizens who have attended an international institution.