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University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Located on a 343-acre campus 65 miles north of the Mexican border, the University of Arizona offers undergraduate and graduate programs through ten colleges and several interdisciplinary committees. The university has 26,826 undergraduate and 8,394 graduate students.

Arizona's graduate programs in the following areas are highly regarded: applied mathematics, cancer biology, astronomy and planetary science, and geosciences. The program in remote sensing has an especially strong reputation.

The special facilities located at The University of Arizona include the Optical Sciences Center; the Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory which produces the world's largest telescope mirrors; the Tree Ring Laboratory; the Unique Speech and Hearing Laboratory; the Computer Language Foreign Language Teaching Technologies Laboratory; and the Lunar and Planetary Science Imaging Laboratory. Research opportunities are also available through affiliations with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Arizona Historical Society, the Southwestern Research Station, and a number of U.S. government agencies.

The University of Arizona was ranked 19th of all American universities and 14th among public universities in the National Science Foundation annual ranking of universities in 1989-90.

The university's population is 17% minority and 10% Hispanic. Housing is available in male, female and coed residence halls, as well as on and off-campus family apartments.Overview

Type of school: Public institution
Year founded: 1885
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 28,442
Environment: Urban
Endowment: $466,652,000
Admissions Address

PO Box 210066
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066



Admissions E-mail



Selectivity: Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.4
Send application by: April 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Paul Kohn
Admissions office telephone: (520) 621-3237
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: April 1
Decision sent by:  
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 4 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Not offered  
Early action
Not offered  
Application fee: $50
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? No
Can admission be deferred? No
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
Tuition deposit: N/A
Room deposit: $250 (Partially refundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Recommended
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English 4 4
Mathematics 3 3
Science 3 3
Lab 3 3
Foreign language 2 2
Social studies 1 2
History 1 1
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units 16 16

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.

Campus visit: Neither required nor recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Neither SAT nor ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: April 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: N/A
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
Class rank: Considered
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Considered
Application essay: Considered
Recommendation: Considered
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Considered
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Considered
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Not considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 86%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 86%
Total applicants: 16,609
Total acceptances: 14,293
Total freshman enrollment: 6,009
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.


Male applicants: 7,992
Male acceptances: 6,674
Male freshman enrollment: 2,811
Female applicants: 8,617
Female acceptances: 7,619
Female freshman enrollment: 3,198
Out-of-state freshmen: 37%
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A


2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 34%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 62%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 87%
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 59%
Average high school GPA: 3.4
First-year students submitting GPA: 98%
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 80%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 490 - 600
Math: 500 - 630
Combined: 990 - 1230


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 5.0% 7.0%
600-699 23.0% 29.0%
500-599 43.0% 40.0%
400-499 25.0% 21.0%
300-399 4.0% 3.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%


First-year students submitting ACT scores: 40%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: 20 - 27
Math: 20 - 26
Composite: 20 - 26


Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 7.9% N/A N/A
24-29 40.4% N/A N/A
18-23 44.4% N/A N/A
12-17 7.2% N/A N/A
6-11 0.1% N/A N/A
Below 6 0.0% N/A N/A


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