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2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

classes in my major are a joke, and have no real life application

Quality of Life

tucson is a horrible place to live. crime is high.

Admissions

easy i did it online

Level

3

Graduation Year

2012

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Optical sciences college is world renown with small classes and amazing professors

Quality of Life

Tucson is hot, and I lived off campus so you have to be careful about where you live to be in a safe area of town

Admissions

As a transfer student, there are few reqirements aside from filling out the application

Graduation Year

2010

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

many classes very large, very few are small. general requirements are a joke. core classes for science seem fun, but the chemistry and biology departments are severely lacking good professors - my high school chemistry teacher taught better than the professors i had in college. academic advising very helpful and very easy to access, research opportunities plentiful but you have to be very persistent, something they don't tell you to begin with. not too competitive.

Quality of Life

housing very nice but expensive. rec center newly renovated is very nice. many libraries. neighborhood feels safe on campus, but not off. limited dining options makes it hard to get variety.

Admissions

An essay, no interview, rolling admission?, application online and not all through common app.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

Essay question on application

Level

Other

Graduation Year

2014

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The creative writing program is a joke. There are no qualifications to get in which means you will be workshopping with people that don't understand punctuation and just write something the night before and they will graduate for reasons you are unable to fathom. The creative writing major is really the English major in disguise because you are only allowed to take 4 workshop courses and everything else is literature courses, only one of which is mildly contemporary. You will be required to take English 380 which claims to be Literary Analysis. The professor can do whatever they like with this required course. Most professors use this to wax eloquent on things they wish to talk about and do not actually discuss how to analyze. You will read very few American authors. If you're into Chaucer or Milton this might work for you.

Graduation Year

2011

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Each major has some core classes with a host of electives, as well as general education classes. My class sizes have generally been around 300-400 people with very inaccessible faculty. The only classes I've had where professors kept regular office hours have been elective classes with class sizes of about 30-50. I find the faculty here to be very lacking; I've had some who really stood out, but the majority have been bland, taken lesson plans and powerpoints directly from other universities, and don't listen to students when they ask for help.

Quality of Life

On-campus housing is very expensive, and I've been mixed about my feelings. The facilities are usually crowded, but they're there. Nearby neighborhoods have much better housing. If I didn't search for things off campus, I wouldn't find them. I've had to carve out my own space on campus to keep happy.

Admissions

The application is very generic with an optional essay for admission into the Honors College. Common application was available, and financial aid was included in the original application. Rolling admissions. No interviews.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Stupid

Admissions

Common application and an essay

Level

4

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

Pretty much everybody gets in.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2013

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Too many general education courses.

Admissions

General application

Level

2

Graduation Year

2014

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

General education pretty much rules the school. Many of the gen ed classes are harder than actual major requirements. All students have to about 60 gen ed credits. Include a minor and half of your education is in topics that have nothing to do with your actual major :)

The university of arizona has some amazing professors, without these amazing professors i believe the school would be worthless. The professors are the drive of the school, many of them are incredibly passionate about their students and the classes that they teach. Grad students also run the school. Grad students learn through teaching, and as students are very enthusiastic about their subjects. They also relate well to students since they are students themselves.

Class sizes and workload vary from class to class. Classes range from 10-800 students, though most gen eds tend to be around 200 students per lecture. Good teachers equal good classes. Bad teachers equal miserable students. It doesnt matter the subject.

Quality of Life

Dorms are relatively inexpensive if you are willing to live the dorm life (crowded, noisy, etc). The U of A has amazing facilities that are kept very clean, and there are hundreds of computers in various labs across campus that are open for use at any time of day. The food court has a wide variety of food, and the entire area is surrounded by college friendly businesses. The campus is very pretty and very safe.

Admissions

Applicants must submit an application, which can be done online, with information on themselves about past education and activities, etc. a short essay was required about why you want to attend the school. Applicants must also send in transcripts and sat and or act scores. though you may have to do it two or three times because the admissions office has the habit of losing such paperwork.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2012

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