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6 Most Commonly Asked Application Questions

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You’ve Got Questions, and Our Admissions Team Has the Answers

Whether you’re ready to apply to the University of Arizona or feeling completely overwhelmed about getting started, we’re here to make the process easy by answering some of the questions we hear most.


1. What’s the easiest way to apply to the University of Arizona?

Applying online is fast, easy, and convenient. Just head to our online application portal and create your Future Wildcat account to get started.

Although it only takes about 30 minutes to complete your application, one of the best things about applying online is that you can save your progress along the way. That way, you can take a break and log back in to pick up where you left off at any time.

Prefer not to apply online? Give us a call at 520-621-3237 or email to let us know you’d like a paper application.


2. What do I need to complete my application?

Before you begin, it’s a good idea to review our requirements for admissions.

SAT and/or ACT scores are not required for admission to the University of Arizona. If you do choose to submit them, they may be used to supplement your application or to help clear course deficiencies.

You will be asked to pay the application fee, which is $50 for Arizona residents and $80 for non-residents. However, don’t worry if the application fee is a financial burden to you or your family. You may qualify for a fee waiver and can request one when completing your application.

It’s also helpful to have a copy of your high school transcripts before you start your application (and any college transcripts if you’re applying as a transfer student). Speaking of transcripts… 


3. Do I need to send my official transcripts with my application?

If you are applying as a first-year student, you do not need to send your official high school transcripts when you apply to the University of Arizona. We won’t need them until after you’ve been admitted and finished your senior year of high school.

Instead, you will self-report your courses and grades – including any coursework still in progress. This is why having a copy of your high school transcripts can be helpful!

If you are applying to the university as a transfer student, learn more about sending us your transcripts.


4. Is there an application essay?

The University of Arizona does not require an application essay. However, we strongly recommend that you consider completing the optional 500-word personal statement. 

Your personal statement is a chance to tell us about yourself – your proudest accomplishments, career ambitions, and everything else that doesn’t show up on your application. This can help us with our Comprehensive Review Process, which is our holistic approach to admissions that considers factors beyond just your grades.


5. Will I qualify for financial aid and scholarships?

Nine out of 10 Wildcats do, so chances are: yes!

To qualify, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by early spring each year. Your FAFSA will be used to determine how much aid you are eligible to receive.

For many students, scholarships are an essential part of their financial aid package. You’re automatically considered for merit tuition awards when you submit your enrollment application.

Learn more about other types of financial aid and scholarships, including how and when to apply.


6. Okay, I’ve applied! When will I find out if I’m in?

You can typically expect an admissions decision from us within two to three weeks. You can also monitor your application as it moves through our review process by logging back into your Future WIldcat account.

Once you’re admitted (congrats!), you’ll get information about our Next Steps Center, your one-stop shop for enrolling at the university, signing up for orientation, learning about on-campus housing, and more.

Learn more about what to expect after you’ve applied.







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