University of Arizona
#88 Overall Influence#605 Desirability Rank

University of Arizona

Public university in Tucson, Arizona, United States

About This School

How does this school stack up?

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

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

39,941

Acceptance

84%

Graduation Rate

60%

Median SAT Score

1190

Median ACT Score

24

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$10,467

Fees (in-state)

$1,384

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$56,000

Employed

89%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

39K

Under-Grads

33K

Graduates

6K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

1401 E University, Tucson AZ 85721-0066

On Campus Crime Rates

Property Crime

17k per 100k

Violent Crime

1k per 100k

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this school influential?

#34 World Rank #19 USA Rank
Anthropology
#49 World Rank #25 USA Rank
Sociology
#56 World Rank #29 USA Rank
Biology
#59 World Rank #50 USA Rank
Criminal Justice
#62 World Rank #53 USA Rank
Communications
#81 World Rank #57 USA Rank
Political Science
#81 World Rank #28 USA Rank
Physics
#87 World Rank #58 USA Rank
Medical
#88 World Rank #50 USA Rank
Psychology
#97 World Rank #58 USA Rank
Computer Science
#98 World Rank #50 USA Rank
Economics
#98 World Rank #82 USA Rank
Business
#105 World Rank #73 USA Rank
Education
#107 World Rank #37 USA Rank
Earth Sciences
#107 World Rank #59 USA Rank
History
#113 World Rank #42 USA Rank
Chemistry
#128 World Rank #76 USA Rank
Engineering
#129 World Rank #69 USA Rank
Law
#130 World Rank #46 USA Rank
Philosophy
#133 World Rank #99 USA Rank
Nursing
#147 World Rank #62 USA Rank
Literature
#218 World Rank #84 USA Rank
Mathematics
#233 World Rank #147 USA Rank
Social Work
#238 World Rank #112 USA Rank
Religious Studies

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 Omar Lizardo.

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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Omar Lizardo
Omar Lizardo

American sociologist

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Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver

American author, poet and essayist

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Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin

American doctor of animal science, author, and autism activist

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Vera Green

American anthropologist and academic

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Paul Bohannan

American africanist and social anthropologist

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Henry Eyring
Henry Eyring

Mexican-born American theoretical chemist

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Sherman Fairchild

American businessman

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Brian Schmidt
Brian Schmidt

American-Australian astrophysicist and Nobel laureate

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Agha Shahid Ali
Agha Shahid Ali

Poet

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Guillermo Gonzalez

Cuban astrophysicist

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