University of Arizona

University of Arizona


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% Engagement initiative. Recognized as a global leader and ranked 16th for the employability of its graduates, UA is also a leader in research, bringing more than $580 million in research investment each year, and ranking 19th among all public universities. UA is advancing the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships, and is a member of the Association of American of Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Pre-College Prep & Outreach New Start

New Start is a comprehensive, six-week summer bridge program designed to help incoming freshmen succeed in the transition from high school to college. Learn more about New Start

Pre-College Prep & Outreach Early Academic Outreach

The mission of the Office of Early Academic Outreach at The University of Arizona is to increase the number of ethnic minority, low-income, and first-generation college-bound students who are eligible to enter a degree program at a university. This mission is accomplished by providing services to K-12 students throughout southern Arizona. Some of the programs and services offered by Early Academic Outreach include: Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), Native American Science & Engineering Program (NASEP) and College Academy for Parents. Learn more about Early Academic Outreach

Scholarship & Financial Aid Arizona Assurance

The Arizona Assurance Scholars Program at The University of Arizona is a financial aid program for low-income students in the state of Arizona. The program is designed to assist students by providing both financial aid and support services. The Arizona Assurance Program partners with college and departments on campus to provide scholars with comprehensive programming from their freshmen year through their senior year, so that they are able to have a smooth transition into and out of the University. The mission of Arizona Assurance is achieved through first-year transition programming, mentoring, leadership, and career development, graduate/professional school preparation, and cultural enrichment. Learn more about Arizona Assurance

Academic Advising & Support Think Tank

The Think Tank is a student support center for Math and Science tutoring, Writing assistance, Weekly Course Reviews, Supplemental Instruction, Academic Skills tutoring and so much more! The Think Tank provides both free and fee based services to meet the diverse needs of all UA students. Learn more about Think Tank

Academic Advising & Support Writing Skills Improvement Program

The Writing Skills Improvement Program (WSIP) was established over 30 years ago in order to help students at the University of Arizona improve their writing skills and achieve academic success. These writing coaches work one-on-one with students, staff, and faculty across all majors and degree programs. WSIP also offers regular writing workshops, custom workshops, and summer writing institutes. Learn more about Writing Skills Improvement Program

Student Diversity

  • 34,072
  • 48/52
  • 26%
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 6%
  • 4%
    Black or African American
  • 25%
  • <1%
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 53%
  • 4%
    Two or more races
  • 1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 6%

Student Success

  • 62%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 81%
    Six-year graduation
  • n/a
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 80%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 21%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 1,559
    Full-time faculty
  • 294
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 22:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Business Physiology Engineering Psychology Biology Computer Science

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    African Americans in Life Science (AALS), American Indian Science & Engineering Society, Loans Across Borders (LAB), Many Voices (MV), Professional Women in Business Association (PWBA) Professional Women in Business (PWBA), Society of Advancing Hispanic/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), The Tohono O'odham Student Association at The University of Arizona (TOSA), The University of Arizona Enactus


Cost of Attendance

  • $35,000
  • $11,800
    In-state Tuition
  • $512
    Required Fees
  • $11,300
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $182,520,970
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $12,278
    Average aid package
  • $23,635
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 29%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 52%
    Students with financial need
  • 96%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 88%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 9%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 37,662
    # of applicants
  • 76%
  • 3.40
    Average HS GPA
  • 24
    ACT Composite
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Critical Reading
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Math
  • n/a—n/a
    SAT Writing
  • yes
    SAT/ACT optional


  • n/a
    Regular application closing date
  • $75
    Application Fee
  • n/a
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 10/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date