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Colleges / The University of Arizona

About U of A

The University of Arizona Overview

The University of Arizona is a public, state school in an urban setting in Tucson, Arizona. U of A was founded in 1885 and now enrolls around 46,932 students a year, including 36,503 undergrads. U of A provides housing for up to 7,216 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at U of A! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of U of A's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? U of A students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? U of A has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? U of A has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at U of A on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at U of A on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to U of A for Fall 2022 is May 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by September 1.

2021 U of A Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 85%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.4
In-State Tuition $10,990
Out-of-State $33,273
Percent of Need Met 65%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $18,750

Is U of A a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a closer look at each of these factors to get a clearer sense of what U of A offers and if it might be the right college for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for The University of Arizona

It is moderately difficult to get into U of A. Around 85% of applicants get into U of A each year. Last year, 43,540 students applied to U of A and 37,064 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at U of A

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at U of A, around 86% return for their sophomore year. U of A's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 65%. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook U of A Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Recent U of A grads have an average starting salary of $54,746 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

U of A's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $983.8 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, U of A spends about $13,687 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at U of A

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. U of A meets 65% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $18,750 a year.

Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $25,620 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at U of A. Based on this information, how does U of A sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is U of A a good school for you?

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Where is The University of Arizona Located?

U of A is located in the urban setting of Tucson, Arizona.

If you want to see U of A for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 10 to Tucson, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Tucson International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what U of A and Tucson are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1200 E. University Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85721

Campus Setting: Urban

U of A Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to U of A is May 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to U of A is Continuous processing.

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U of A Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at U of A is like? There are approximately 46,932 students enrolled at U of A, including 36,503 undergraduate students and 10,429 graduate students. 79% percent of students attend school full-time, 65% percent are from AZ and 35% percent of students are from other states.


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