Student Life Spirit & Traditions

Bear Down

A motto. A feeling. A way of life.

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Timeless traditions and innovative spirit create a college experience unlike any other.

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Paint it Red

Heart-pumping. Earth-shaking. Mind-blowing. ZonaZoo is one of the nation’s largest, loudest student sections and a signature part of your life as a Wildcat.

“ZonaZoo is something you have to experience. If you haven’t been part of it at least once, then you haven’t truly been a Wildcat.”

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BEAR DOWN FOR LIFE

Why do we say "Bear Down" if we're the Wildcats?

In 1926, John Byrd "Button" Salmon, our student body president and quarterback, was critically injured in a car crash. His last words to his coach were, "Tell them ... tell the team to bear down."

Today, this simple two-word phrase is a rallying cry that embodies the spirit of our university.

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TRADITIONS 101

Your guide to everything Arizona

 

 

Old Main

OLD MAIN:

The heart of campus.

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MASCOTS:

Wilbur and Wilma - the two coolest cats you’ll ever meet.

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A MOUNTAIN:

You can’t miss this local landmark

 

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SPRING FLING:

The nation’s largest student carnival.

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THE PRIDE OF ARIZONA:

Our nationally acclaimed marching band.

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RED BRICK:

Students love our iconic red brick buildings.

FALL IN LOVE WITH THE WILDCAT SPIRIT