University of Arizona

University of Arizona Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Tucson, the University of Arizona is a 4-year, public university that offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Should You Attend the University of Arizona?

Founded in 1885, the University of Arizona (UA) is a 4-year, public university located in central Tucson that offers degree programs at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. Get the facts about studying at the University of Arizona, including the pros and cons of attending the school, and decide if UA is right for you.


  • Undergraduate business program ranked among the top 25 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Acceptance rate is 7.2 percentage points higher than the national average
  • High number of academic programs
  • Student debt at graduation is $5,413 less than the national average
  • Accepts AP and dual credits


  • Total cost (including all school and living expenses) is $6,869 more than the national average for in-state students and $10,014 more than the national average for out-of-state students at 4-year, public schools
  • Graduation rate is 4 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is 20 to 1, which is higher than the national average
  • High number of TAs teaching classes

The University of Arizona at a Glance

In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Arizona #24 among undergraduate business programs in the nation. The entrepreneurship program was ranked #6, and the management information systems program was named #3 in that same year. Overall, UA was ranked #120 among national universities and #58 among top public schools.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the total cost of attending the University of Arizona during the 2012-2013 school year was $24,729 for in-state students and $40,925 for out-of-state students. These total costs included tuition, fees, books and on-campus living expenses. Despite these higher-than-average total costs, U.S. News & World Report stated that in 2011, the average student debt at graduation was $21,247, which was less than the national average of $26,660.

There are over 300 graduate and undergraduate programs at UA, including over 100 undergraduate majors. These are housed through 20 colleges and 11 schools that exist within the university. U.S. News & World Report reported that the most popular majors in 2011 were in business fields, with 16% of all students enrolled in a business-related major. The student-faculty ratio at UA is 20 to 1, compared to the national average of 16 to 1. According to the NCES, graduate teaching assistants (TAs) make up about 43% of instructors at UA, meaning that it's likely that not all of your classes will be taught by members of the faculty. About 48% of classes contain between 20 and 49 students, per U.S. News & World Report. Approximately 35% of classes have less than 20 students, and about 17% contain 50 or more students.

The University of Arizona accepts AP and dual credits, so you may be able to bypass some of the introductory classes and jump right into more advanced work. UA offers academic support services that can help students with learning disabilities. The Think Tank is the school's main academic support center and offers a writing center, tutoring and help with developing academic skills. For help with non-academic problems, support is available through Counseling and Psych Services.

Of the students who began their college career at UA in the fall of 2005, the NCES reported that 36% completed their bachelor's degree after 4 years, which was 4 percentage points lower than the national average. After 6 years, 61% had completed their degree.

Admissions & Financial Aid at the University of Arizona

In order to apply to UA, you must submit an application (either paper or online), an application fee, high school transcripts and your standardized test scores. The 2011 entering UA class had an average high school GPA of 3.4, with 58% of students falling in the top 25% of their high school class. For the standardized test requirement, 67% of students chose to submit the SAT, and 49% of students chose to submit the ACT. The average SAT scores were 545, 557 and 538 for critical reading, math and writing, respectively, and the average ACT composite score was 24.

In 2011, 61.5% of all full-time, undergraduate students applied for need-based aid, and 50% were determined to have need. On average, about 63% of students' financial aid need was met. Non-need-based aid is also available. The average non-need-based academic scholarship for undergraduates was $6,203, and the average non-need-based athletic scholarship was $20,015 in 2011, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) May 1*
Financial Aid Application Priority Deadline (2011) March 1***
Application Fee (2011) $50***
Acceptance Rate (2011) 71%**
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $10,035 in-state
$26,231 out-of-state**
Average Financial Aid Package (2011) $11,903***
Percent of Students with Need Fully Met (2011) 11%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011) $21,247***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 6%**

Life at the University of Arizona

The University of Arizona has a large student population of almost 40,000 students. It's a relatively diverse school, with 59% of students classified as white, according to the NCES, and 22% classified as Hispanic or Latino. With respect to age, however, it is a young school, with 91% of students under the age of 25. There are over 575 student clubs and organizations, so you will likely be able to find people who share your interests.

For students who enjoy sports, UA has varsity and club sports for men and women. There is also a rec center that houses a pool and tennis center. Cooking classes are available for a fee.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large city
Student Population (2011) 30,665 undergraduate students
8,571 graduate students**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 48% to 52%**
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 89%**
% of In-State Students (2011) 62%**
% of International Students (2011) 0%**
Retention Rate (2011) 77%**
Campus Housing Available Yes
% of Students Living on Campus 21%****
Number of Libraries Over 10*
Extracurricular Activities Over 575***

Sources: *The University of Arizona, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News & World Report, ****College Board

School Contact Info

  • Address: The University of Arizona, UA Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 210073, Tucson, Arizona 85721-0073
  • Phone: (520) 621-3237