About the University of Arizona

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IT’S ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT TOMORROW

Universities are defined by their people. University of Arizona Wildcats dream, play and obsess about a better everything. For everyone.

Change is happening faster than ever in human history.  It’s up to us to shape this change through great discoveries and advances in health, urbanization, space exploration, communication, cybersecurity and other areas. We develop collaborative and creative problem solvers — people who think from a societal and scientific perspective. Those who have the ability to design, build, analyze, adapt and succeed.

Rich in history and tradition dating back to 1885, the University is on the cutting edge of education, discovery and impact. We are the state’s land-grant university and honor our threefold commitment to education, research and community service. Arizona has been named one of the top colleges in the country by The Princeton Review. Forbes ranks Arizona as the No. 1 university in the state.

 

OUR STORIES

We only see opportunity.

Our position in the planetary sciences today has much to do with the vision and drive of planetary astronomer Gerard P. Kuiper. Kuiper is known as the father of planetary science, but during his time was a little bit of an outcast in his field.

Kuiper proposed there was a belt of small planets or comets orbiting beyond Neptune, even though none except Pluto had been found. Astronomers now refer to this region as the Kuiper belt. Today, the University has been part of every major planetary mission with NASA.

Beyond curious. 

Each year, cardiac arrest kills about 326,000 people in the United States, yet traditional CPR only offers a 7.8 percent survival rate.

In the early 1990s, UA cardiologist Dr. Gordon Ewy listened to a 911 recording of a woman giving her husband CPR. When he heard the woman ask the dispatcher why her husband opened his eyes when she pressed his chest but went to sleep when she did mouth-to-mouth, he developed chest-compression-only CPR, nearly doubling survival rates.

Driven by our history. 

When President Kennedy said the U.S. will put a man on the moon, NASA called us because we were the only ones who understood the lunar surface. 

Today, our country is looking to shape the future of medicine. Certain medicines work for some people but not for others. Why? And since genes, the environment and lifestyle can predict the diseases we're susceptible to, we must create individualized and preventative medicine.

The University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS) and Banner Health have received a $9 million award from the National Institutes of Health for the All of Us Research Program, which is expected to total $60 million over the next five years, making this the largest NIH award in Arizona history. This landmark effort aims to improve health outcomes and fuel development of new treatments for disease. It will also catalyze a new era of evidence-based, precise preventive care and medical treatment options.

In touch with our values.

When we say people are our strength, we mean it. In 2018 we earned the designation of Hispanic-Serving Institution from the U.S. Department of Education for our enrollment of Hispanic students and dedication to providing access to top educational opportunities.

We serve the entire state. When farmers don’t know what is hurting their crops, or city planners are dealing with the future of water, they rely on our statewide network of knowledgeable staff to help solve their problems.

Wildcats for Life

The Arizona Alumni Association connects, engages and inspires Wildcats for Life. More than 260,000 former UA students live throughout the 50 U.S. states and more than 150 countries.

Arizona Wildcats the world over share a mutual understanding of the motto Bear Down. Before UA student body president and revered football quarterback John “Button” Salmon died in 1926, his last words to his teammates were, “Tell them ... tell the team to bear down.” Whether it’s academics, athletics or research, we’ve adopted the stance that when the going gets tough, the tough #BearDown.

 

QUICK FACTS 

Founded: 1885
President: Dr. Robert C. Robbins

STUDENTS

•  35,123 Undergraduate
•  8,106 Graduate
•  1,602 Professional/Medical

FACTS & RESEARCH

•  More than $600 million in research
•  Ranked No. 23 among all public universities by the National Science Foundation
•  State Land-Grant University
•  Member, Association of American Universities
•  Research I University

SPORTS

•  NCAA Division I, Pac-12 Conference

CAMPUS

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