University of Arizona

University of Arizona Admissions and General School Information

The University of Arizona is a major public research university in Tucson, surrounded by the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona; it has a satellite campus, UA South, 75 miles southeast of Tucson in Sierra Vista. Degrees awarded include bachelor's, master's, doctoral, specialist and first professional for a total of 347 degree programs.

About the University of Arizona

The University of Arizona was founded as a land-grant university in 1885, before Arizona was recognized as a state. UA is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, an organization of leading research universities; the university has correspondingly high scholarly output across multiple departments. Top-ranked programs include management information sciences, social psychology, rehabilitation counseling, geology and analytical chemistry.

In addition to the several colleges listed below, the university has an administrative Graduate College, Honors College and an Outreach College. The Outreach College coordinates community, distance and continuing education, as well as the evening and weekend campus.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

The standard admissions process for incoming freshman at University of Arizona beings with submitting an electronic or mailed application that includes a personal statement, official SAT reasoning or ACT test scores and transcripts with an application fee. Incoming Arizona residents qualify for assured admission by graduating in the top 25% of their class. The architecture and landscape architecture, engineering and fine art colleges require additional admissions requirements.

University of Arizona Colleges

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

This college includes the family and consumer studies, natural resources and environment and plant science schools.

Interdisciplinary study is encouraged through six areas of focus. Graduate degree programs include agricultural and resource economics, plant pathology and nutritional sciences.

College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

The School of Architecture offers both udergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a fully accredited 5-year professional Bachelor of Architecture program. The School of Landscape Architecture has a master's degree program that takes an interdisciplinary approach to design informed by relationships to schools throughout Latin America.

College of Education

The International Collection of Children and Adolescent's Literature housed in this college is the largest such collection in the United States. The college also features the first international teacher education program and a unique American Indian Language Development Institute, which focuses on the study and research of indigenous languages. The Department of Teaching and Teacher Education provides graduate credential programs and an undergraduate program for P.E. teachers.

College of Engineering

The engineering college was founded in 1885 to exploit the area's mining potential; mining engineering remains a focus of the college. Undergraduate through doctoral students can specialize in a wide range of engineering disciplines, including industrial, aerospace, environmental and civil engineering programs.

College of Fine Arts

This college comprises the schools of music, dance, art, theatre arts and media arts. Programs in the visual, performing and media arts focus on production, performance, teaching, technology, administration, history or exhibition. Fine Arts students have many opportunities to perform and exhibit for the Tucson public.

College of Humanities

College of Humanities students may pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees in languages, literature and culture. The English department has a top-ranked MFA program in creative writing. The new Poetry Center houses a poetry library of international interest and hosts numerous events.

College of Medicine

This is the only university in Arizona with an M.D. program. Promoting the practice of medicine and medical research, the college has numerous research centers and targeted programs that benefit communities on both sides of the border.

College of Nursing

Nationally and regionally accredited, University of Arizona's College of Nursing has degree programs to prepare graduates for entry-level careers in nursing as well as advanced nurse practitioner or scholar nurse positions. Nurses gain clinical experience and engage in research at the UA Medical Center. Nursing students also learn about culture and healthcare in rural clinics and American Indian reservation health centers.

College of Optical Sciences

The college's optical sciences programs provide education and technical training in all aspects of optics and have educated more optical students than any other U.S. school. Graduates work as engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs in industry, government and academia. Optical sciences undergraduate and graduate students engage in cutting-edge research in areas such as applied optical engineering and optical physics.

College of Pharmacy

Accredited by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education, the college offers a 4-year doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D.) professional program, as well as undergraduate pre-pharmacy and a range of graduate programs. Pharmacists undertake specialized residencies in cardiovascular pharmacotherapy and critical care medicine. M.S. and Ph.D. candidates study the formulation and delivery of drugs, participate in the discovery of new drugs and engage in clinical research.

College of Science

The College of Science houses the schools of technology and arts; earth and environmental sciences, information science and mind, brain and behavior. The college's 15 academic departments provide opportunities for professional specialization and interdisciplinary connection-making. The college's notable resources include the Steward Astronomical Observatory, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and Biosphere 2, dedicated to researching environmental issues.

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

About 7,500 students are enrolled in this college, making it the largest at the University of Arizona. Many of the programs in the college's 23 departments are highly ranked, including Latin America history, linguistic anthropology and social psychology. The college's distinctive international journalism program coordinates journalism courses with courses in Middle East, Near East or Latin American studies.

Eller College of Management

Established in 1913, University of Arizona's internationally recognized business school serves over 5,500 undergraduate and 600 graduate students. Eller offers highly ranked doctoral programs in management and economics. Its research and teaching centers include the renowned McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship and Center for Management of Information.

Rogers College of Law

The majority of the 500 students pursuing J.D. degrees at Rogers participate in clinical legal education. Supervised by faculty and practicing attorneys, students can work in child advocacy, domestic violence and immigration law clinics. Rogers also houses the Indigenous People Law and Policy Clinic. Dual-degree options combine the J.D. with graduate studies in agricultural and resource economics, Latin American studies and finance, among other fields.

Zuckerman College of Public Health

The 350 public health students at the college graduate as health professionals who promote wellness, prevent disease and educate communities. The college, which was established in 2000, is the only public health program in the 12-state region that has achieved national accreditation. College centers that serve the public include the Arizona Center for Public Health Preparedness, the Center for Health Equality and Rural Health Focus.

Contact Information

  • Address: 1401 E. University, Tucson, AZ 85721
  • Phone Number: (520) 621-2211