University of Arizona


As a public research university serving the diverse citizens of Arizona and beyond, the mission of the University of Arizona is to provide a comprehensive, high-quality education that engages our students in discovery through research and broad-based scholarship. We aim to empower our graduates to be leaders in solving complex societal problems. Whether in teaching, research, outreach or student engagement, access and quality are the defining attributes of the University of Arizona’s mission.

Bold History that Fuels the Future

It was a bold move in 1885 to start a university in the middle of the desert. UA faculty and students have been on the cutting edge ever since.

Research that Improves the Human Condition

From planetary science to medicine to the arts, UA research is changing the world. Being ranked #16 by the National Science Foundation doesn’t just make us great; it creates great opportunities for students. Our researchers teach. Students work alongside world-class professors to discover new knowledge and launch their own careers.

Prestigious Faculty

Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, members of esteemed national academies and world-renowned experts in dozens of disciplines, our faculty brings international attention to the University, and puts us in the ranks of the top public universities in the nation.

Enviable Academics

The UA is a diverse and talented community. From astronomy to communication to entrepreneurship, our programs and our people are among the best in the country. We offer a rich and rewarding educational experience to all who choose to focus on excellence.

Outreach to the Community and the World

As the state’s land grant university, we honor our three-fold commitment to education, research and community service. UA faculty and students share their knowledge, their time and their resources throughout the state and around the world.

Economic Impact that Benefits All

The UA generates $530 million in research and gives the state an annual $2 billion boost. We partner with industry so that innovative ideas become thriving enterprises.

Founded:  1885
President:  Robert N. Shelton


  • 29,719 Undergraduate     
  • 6,962 Graduate
  • 1,376 Professional & Medical

Facts & Research:

  • More than $600 million in research
  • Ranked #16 among all public universities by the National Science Foundation
  • State Land Grant University
  • Member, Association of American Universities
  • Research I University


  • NCAA Division-1, PAC 10 Conference


  • 387 acres in central Tucson, oldest continually maintained green space in Arizona.