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University of Arizona

The University of Arizona is a four-year, public research institution located in Tucson, Ariz. The university’s history dates back to 1885, when it was established as the first university in the state and a land grant university. The University of Arizona has nationally-ranked graduate programs in law, medicine, business, engineering, library and information studies, and more, according to U.S. News & World Report. As a further testimony to its quality, the university is highly-ranked in multiple categories by the National Science Foundation and its faculty include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, according to the school’s website. In addition to providing high-quality traditional programs, the University of Arizona offers distance education options to better serve its students.

Programs Offered

As a comprehensive institution, the University of Arizona offers a broad range of academic programs. More than 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available through 20 colleges and 11 schools across the university’s three campuses. From applied mathematics and aerospace engineering to creative writing and early childhood education, there’s a program for nearly every interest. The university even offers dual degree programs; for instance, the College of Medicine offers an MD-MPH, an MD-MBA, and an MD-Ph.D. for students who want to pair their medical degree with a graduate degree in public health, business administration, or a research doctorate. While the emphasis at the University of Arizona is on traditional degree programs, the university does offer some programs through distance learning. For example, the Master of Engineering program can be completed entirely through distance learning with no residency requirement.


The University of Arizona has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, since 1917. Individual programs at the university also hold specialized accreditation, which prospective students can verify on College Navigator.


First-time freshmen apply to the university by submitting a completed application, paying the required fee, submitting their official high school transcript, submitting official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended (students are considered incoming freshmen if they have completed less than 24 transferable credits), and submit official SAT/ACT scores, according to the university website. Beyond this, certain colleges — such as the colleges of engineering, architecture and landscape architecture, fine arts, and nursing — have additional admissions requirements. Graduate admissions requirements will vary depending on the program, but in general, students must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution recognized by the University of Arizona, and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. While the university doesn’t require the GRE for admission, certain graduate departments will require the GRE, GMAT, or MAT. Graduate applicants must also submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (see here for more information on graduate admissions).


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