The University of Arizona: Narrative Description

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Tucson, AZ 85721
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Description: State-supported, university, coed. Part of Arizona Board of Regents. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1885. Setting: 362-acre urban campus. Endowment: $297.7 million. Research spending 2002-03: $328.5 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $8281 per student. Total enrollment: 37,083. Faculty: 1,362. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 20:1. 20,924 applied, 85% were admitted. 34% from top 10% of their high school class, 62% from top quarter, 89% from top half. 58 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 24,217 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 4,265 students, 52% women, 48% men. Students come from 56 states and territories, 135 other countries, 28% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 15% Hispanic, 3% black, 6% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 14% 25 or older, 20% live on campus. Retention: 77% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, SAT I or ACT. Required for some: minimum 3.0 high school GPA, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 4/1. Notification: continuous until 8/1. Preference given to state residents.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $0. State resident tuition: $3508 full-time, $197 per unit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $12,278 full-time, $526 per unit part-time. Mandatory fees: $95 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and program. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. College room and board: $6810. College room only: $3570. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 280 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 15% of eligible women are members. Most popular organization: Student Government Association. Major annual events: Spring Fling, Homecoming, Family Weekend. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, emergency telephones. 5,467 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. University of Arizona Main Library plus 5 others with 4.4 million books, 5.3 million microform titles, 23,790 serials, 51,136 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $27 million. 1,950 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Tucson is in a valley of the Sonoran Desert, and is surrounded by mountain ranges. Approximately 700,000 reside in the metropolitan area. Just north of the city are ski slopes and ponderosa pines as well as canyons and grassy meadows, which are popular with hikers and climbers. Yet Tucson has mild winters (average yearly temperature of 85 degrees) and attracts golf, tennis, and other sports enthusiasts year-round. The city has a professional symphony orchestra, opera company, theater company, and ballet, in addition to outstanding medical facilities. Located sixty miles north of Mexico, the community reflects the cultures of its Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and pioneer fore-fathers.

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