University of Arizona
#84 Overall Influence#605 Desirability Rank

University of Arizona

Public university in Tucson, Arizona, United States

By James Barham, PhD

The University of Arizona (UA) was founded in 1885, when Arizona was still a territory (it entered the Union in 1912).

Because there were no high schools in the Arizona Territory, UA also offered college-preparatory classes for the first 23 years of its existence.

Today, UA operates 19 separate schools and colleges—including the James E. Rogers College of Law and the University of Arizona College of Medicine (with campuses in both Tucson and Phoenix)—in addition to numerous institutes and centers.

Among the latter, one of the most noteworthy is the cutting-edge Center for Consciousness Studies.

UA’s student body consists of approximately 46,000 souls.

Four UA-connected individuals have won the Nobel Prize, to wit:

  • Physicists, Willis Lamb, Nicolaas Bloembergen, and Brian Schmidt
  • Economist, Vernon Smith

Other prominent UA-associated persons include the following:

  • Mathematicians, Charles Newman & Vladimir Zakharov
  • Philosophers, Keith Lehrer, David Chalmers, Shaun Nichols & Jenann Ismael
  • Astronomer, Gerard P. Kuiper
  • Physicists, Daniel L. Stein & Fang Lizhi
  • Theoretical biologist, Arthur Winfree
  • X-ray crystallographer, Ralph Walter Graystone Wyckoff
  • Neuroscientist, Stuart Hameroff
  • Linguist, Noam Chomsky
  • Psychologist, Harry Harlow
  • Archaeologist, Gordon Willey
  • Novelists, Barbara Kingsolver, Richard Russo & David Foster Wallace
  • Popular singer, Linda Ronstadt
  • Actors, Don Knotts, Greg Kinnear & Gary Shandling
  • Film director, Ron Shelton
  • Film and TV producer, Jerry Bruckheimer
  • TV personalities, Geraldo Rivera & Savannah Guthrie
  • Former US Representatives, Morris K. Udall & Stewart Udall
  • Former US Senator and 1964 US Presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater
  • Former US Senators Jon Kyl, Dennis DeConcini, and Bob Dole


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How much does it cost to attend?

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What's it like to attend this school?

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Where will you be attending?


1401 E University, Tucson AZ 85721-0066

On Campus Crime Rates

Property Crime

17 per 100k

Violent Crime

1 per 100k

What is University of Arizona known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

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Earth Sciences
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Political Science
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Criminal Justice
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Computer Science
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Religious Studies
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Social Work

Influential People

Who are University of Arizona's Most influential alumni?

University of Arizona's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Anthropology, Sociology, and Biology. University of Arizona’s most academically influential people include David Foster Wallace, Geraldo Rivera, and Barbara Kingsolver.

David Foster Wallace
David Foster Wallace

American fiction writer and essayist

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Geraldo Rivera
Geraldo Rivera

American attorney, journalist and talk show host

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Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver

American author, poet and essayist

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Omar Lizardo
Omar Lizardo

American sociologist

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Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin

American doctor of animal science, author, and autism activist

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Garry Shandling
Garry Shandling

American stand-up comedian

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Jonathan M. Marks

American anthropologist

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Vera Green

American anthropologist and academic

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Brian Schmidt
Brian Schmidt

American-Australian astrophysicist and Nobel laureate

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Paul Bohannan

American africanist and social anthropologist

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Hani Hanjour
Hani Hanjour

Saudi Arabian hijacker-pilot of American Airlines Flight 77

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Henry Eyring
Henry Eyring

Mexican-born American theoretical chemist

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