The University of Arizona (also referred to as UA, U of A, or Arizona) is a land-grant and space-grant public institution of higher education and research located in Tucson, Arizona, United States. The University of Arizona was the first university in the state of Arizona, founded in 1885 (twenty-seven years before the Arizona Territory achieved statehood). The University of Arizona includes the only medical school in Arizona that grants M.D. degrees. As of Fall 2008, total enrollment was 38,057 students. The University of Arizona is governed by the Arizona Board of Regents. The mission of the University of Arizona is, “To discover, educate, serve, and inspire.” Arizona is one of the elected members of the Association of American Universities (an organization of North America’s premier research institutions) and is the only representative from the state of Arizona to this group. It has been recognized as a Public Ivy.
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The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences educates students for a wide range of career opportunities in agriculture, natural resources, and family and consumer sciences.
The College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (CALA) is an international leader in the development of sustainable design and planning solutions for arid regions of the world. CALA’s setting in Tucson offers inspiration and guidance to faculty and students working directly with and in response to the diverse ecology and culture of the Sonoran Desert while developing processes for analysis and design that are portable to other arid and semi-arid locales.
The University of Arizona College of Education — Arizona’s first — was founded in 1922 with an enrollment of 145 students. Working with other colleges, the College of Education is responsible for the vast majority of teacher education on campus. The college prepares special educators, school and rehabilitation counselors, school principals and superintendents, and leaders for K-12 and higher education.
The College of Engineering was founded when the University of Arizona was established in 1885. For more than 120 years, alumni of the College of Engineering have explored, shaped and made habitable the world, indeed the universe, in which we live.
Today, graduates of the college are entrepreneurs who develop high-tech companies, create jobs, and improve our quality of life. An engineering education provides the research to build new industries and the knowledge for those who run them.
The College of Fine Arts consists of five professional schools: Art, Dance, Media Arts, Music and Theatre Arts. The mission of the college is to prepare students to create, to teach, to participate in, to understand and to value the arts. Fine Arts faculty members sustain excellence in teaching, creative expression, and research in the arts and are a source of creation, knowledge, and inspiration about the arts for Arizona and the nation.
What are the humanities? They’re the disciplines that make life meaningful. Intercultural communication. Conviction and questioning. Personal identity. Collective action and community building. The faculty, students and staff of the College of Humanities are passionate about their pursuit of life-changing and world-defining challenges.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine, the only MD degree-granting college in Arizona, offers full four-year medical education programs at its campuses in Tucson and Phoenix. Partnering with hospitals, clinics and other affiliates statewide, the college offers a rich, hands-on experience for medical students on the path to becoming health-care professionals. Research concentrations include cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, neurological disorders and biomedical imaging, among others.
Established in 1957, the University of Arizona College of Nursing is “leading through innovative learning.” A lead school in the country for strengthening the nursing workforce, the College of Nursing prepares entry and advanced clinical and scientific practice nurse leaders – for delivering comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate health care, shaping health policy for individuals, families, communities and care systems, and advancing care through health informatics and technologies.
The College of Optical Sciences, home to the world’s finest teaching and research programs in optics, educates students in all aspects of the science and application of light and performs world-leading research in optical sciences and engineering.
The College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona is the world’s premier optical institute, with outstanding faculty members, an international student body, a challenging curriculum, pioneering research programs and close relationships with the optics industry.
Established in 1947, the College of Pharmacy was the first health professions college at the University of Arizona. Now regarded as one of the premier colleges of pharmacy in the nation, the college admits up to 100 students each year to the four-year doctor of pharmacy degree program, which prepares highly qualified pharmacists for the nation’s healthcare workforce.
The College of Science brings together globally prominent faculty in disciplines at the core of scientific inquiry and education. One of the largest colleges at the University of Arizona, The College of Science is a nexus of award-winning programs and centers that encourage both independent and collaborative-driven research.
The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has 20 units — from anthropology to the Southwest Center — that focus on the understanding of human beings and the societies and cultures they create. Understanding human behavior, by looking at our language, history, governments, environment and social norms, is one of the keys to societal change.
With popular majors like communication, political science and journalism, SBS teaches many UA students. The College has more than 5,400 students and grants more academic degrees than any other college at the UA.
The UA Colleges of Letters, Arts and Science offers a signature University experience: opportunities for students to explore areas of study that cannot be contained within a single department or college. Consisting of the colleges of Fine Arts, Humanities, Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences, this new collaborative college will advance innovative programs that cross the boundaries of humanities, arts and the sciences.
The Eller College of Management, one of the largest colleges at the University of Arizona with the University’s most sought-after degrees, continues to build on a tradition of excellence begun in 1913.
Internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in entrepreneurship, and social responsibility, the College supports 5,500 undergraduate and 600 graduate students.
The Graduate College provides central support and leadership to serve, oversee and advance all aspects of the graduate enterprise at the University of Arizona. Over 130 individual colleges, departments and programs offer world-class graduate degrees and maintain outstanding facilities and opportunities for research and creative scholarly activity. The University of Arizona is one of the nation’s top 20 public research institutions, enabling graduate students to work with leading researchers and providing an ideal environment for graduate study.
The Honors College is a University-wide academic college that serves nearly 4,000 high-ability undergraduates at the University of Arizona. The Honors College enables talented students to reach the highest levels of excellence, engage in research and creative activity, develop a lifelong passion for learning, and improve the quality of life and society through research, leadership and community service.
The James E. Rogers College of Law is a national leader in legal education, research and scholarship, and is Arizona’s flagship law school.
Established in January of 2000 by the Arizona Board of Regents, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is the first nationally accredited college of public health in the Southwest. The UA Zuckerman College of Public Health offers a dynamic academic curriculum that includes the undergraduate degree in public health and graduate degrees in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental health sciences.
The Outreach College offers credit and noncredit educational opportunities to non traditional students seeking university-level instruction and enrichment outside the scope of the usual campus classroom experience. Academic, professional and personal enrichment and advancement courses and programs are delivered to students of all ages and in various locations.
The University of Arizona South, dedicated to individual student success, provides a quality learner-centered environment for professional and liberal arts education. The faculty, staff and administration facilitate student learning through teaching that accommodates diverse learning styles and needs of students, disciplined inquiry into relative issues and problems, and a sense of service to the greater community.