Students from all over the country flock to the University of Arizona for the weather and the quintessential sporty, spirited college experience. With 34,000 undergraduates in 12 colleges, U of A really has something for everyone, including some stellar academic programs.
Arizona’s College of Engineering is rigorous and selective. While the other colleges do not require standardized test scores for admission, Engineering does, and they are looking for students who have completed at least pre-calculus in high school. With an entering class of 500-600 engineering freshmen, all first year students take Engineering 102, which explores all 15 engineering disciplines, before selecting a specific major within the college. Interesting majors include architectural engineering, optical sciences, and mining engineering. The student-to-faculty ratio within the College of Engineering is about 15:1, and many engineering students are also members of the Honors College. About one third of engineering students are women.
Arizona’s Honors College has students representing all majors on campus, and about 1000 of them live together in the honors housing community. Honors students take 30 credits of honors classes over their four years; these classes are smaller and are always taught by professors, not graduate student TAs. Honors students receive a variety of privileges:
Incoming freshmen can apply to the Honors College; the separate applications requires a teacher letter of recommendation and a resume. The average admitted student has a 1395 on the SAT or 30 on the ACT, and a 3.85 unweighted GPA. About 20% of selected Honors College freshmen are first generation college students.
The SALT (Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques) Center is well-known for helping students with learning challenges integrate into college life, and succeed in their academic work. Students must provide testing to show their learning issue, and are assigned to a learning specialist who meets with them weekly for private appointments to help them organize their time and manage their work. SALT has 35 full time professionals and 15 learning specialists who serve 650 students each semester. SALT is first-come, first-served, so if you think you would benefit from this (additional cost) service, you should apply soon after submitting your Arizona application. A 2-semester commitment is required.
Arizona is known for involved students; there are 43 fraternities and sororities, half of them social organizations (the other half are professional). Students have top-notch wellness and fitness facilities, and involve themselves in over 600 clubs and organizations.
Arizona’s campus is one square mile; all buildings are within a 10 minute walk from Old Main, the campus’ original building that is now home to administrative offices. Magellan’s west coast counselors visited the University of Arizona in January, 2018. You can scroll through all of our photos below.