3.5 out of 5 Stars
Great weather, some amazing professors and great options out of the medical business or engineering school.Downers
Outside of those colleges they don't offer much help to students in the job search.Comments
U of A is amazing, it's definitely got a superficial level to it, but if you find the right people you wont get sucked into it.Would You Recommend
The professors expect a lot out of the students in their classes, and will help those that need help the most only if those people come to them for help. they also have teaching assistants with them for the bigger classes which help a lot through the TA's experience and knowledge.Quality of Life
The dorms are surprisingly safe and comfortable from the RA's and the community director. the make it as comfortable as possible while keeping us safe. The cost of the dorm is far cheaper than living off campus, but is often referred to those who want a little more freedom. all in all the school life on campus is pretty good, by far.Admissions
They go by the GPA status of high school students, and use the entrance exams to determine if the student is eligible and where to put them on their admission to the University. Their financial aid helps those who don't have the funds to continue their studies as well as help from the staff themselves with tutoring and office hours.Level
Classes can get up to 300 students. Big classes like that will break out into discussion groups or labs once a week for more hands on learning. Professors all have office hours, so just because you have a big class doesn't mean you can't get help from your professor one on one. 98% of professors have the highest degree in their field, so you're being taught by the best of the best. Like any university, different majors require different general education classes. Some classes have curved grading scales, others work strictly on a point system. I've loved my teachers, and the interactions I've had with all of them.Quality of Life
Dorms were great here. Very fun and a good way to make lasting friendships. Tucson is a college town so there are a lot of houses and apartments near campus for student housing. The libraries on campus are pretty nice. They have a lot of study rooms to work in. Some have tables made of dry-erase boards so you don't have to get up to write on the board. Tucson is a big biking town, mount Lemon is a great place to hike, and the city is pretty artsy. Besides having tons of shops and places to eat, fourth avenue has a lot of fairs and festivals throughout the year. University Blvd is a fun place for students to hang out, especially for students living on/near campus because of its proximity. The union has an big arcade with a lot of billiard tables, and a lot of places to eat. Highland market, Park student union, and UMart are all cool places to hang out, buy living necessities, and get food near the dorms. Although the weight room is always full of frat bro's, the rec is new and super nice. It has TV's on treadmills, a bouldering wall, basketball courts, racquetball courts, a heated pool, and indoor mini-track. If you take a tour, definitely check it out.Admissions
The application was pretty simple. They took your high school GPA, extracurricular involvements, SAT or ACT test scores and based your admittance and scholarships based on that. They also have a scholarship website that is very helpful with applying for extra money.Level
Several gen ed requirements, some daunting
Class sizes are generally very fair. Classes that need to be taught in smaller sizes are. Large lectures are taught in that fashion because smaller sizes wouldn't help.Admissions
Interview process, resume and cover letterLevel
Application, Essay, Common App, Financial AidLevel
Classes are not taught by TA's which means all your teachers will know the subject well and may answer any question.
Teachers are pretty accessible and respond to emails usually within a few hours to a day.
class sizes depend on the class. Some are small while others with hundreds of students.
Very hard classes.
You NEED a laptopQuality of Life
dining just snacks and hot dogs
lots of bike robberiesAdmissions
Your GPA and interview are the most important things. If your GPA is amazing but you still don't impress in the interview, you get rejected. You must not be a quiet shy person.
No essay to get in.
describe a time when you showed leadership in the workplace or school
How would someone describe youLevel
Classes are basic and easy if you attendQuality of Life
Library is awesome and community is amazing. You truly feel apart of the school and the people are friendly.Admissions
SAT Scores/ACT Scores
High School GPALevel
Course difficulty tends to vary by subject. For example, math and science classes are known to be specifically more challenging than some other subjects taught here. Advisors don't always have the correct answers but are definitely a helpful tool. It is difficult to graduate in 4 years at the U of A.Quality of Life
Costs of living is very low compared to that of other cities in AZ and in other states. There are so many housing options as a student, whether looking for a dorm or other types of housing. The weather is absolutely beautiful and Tucson is the quintessential college town, meaning that almost all local businesses thrive off of the University and its huge student body. This allows for many student discounts in the community as well as easy collaboration with the University and its affiliates.
Having the UAPD is a great way to keep the campus safe, however its increasing strictness over the years has led to a decrease in the overall happiness of students. I hope that the UA and UAPD leaders will someday see how the implementation of ridiculously strict rules and the inability to correctly prioritize 'crimes' is lowering student body morale. I am also confident that this will lead a decrease in interest in attending the U of A, as nobody wants to attend a University that can almost guarantee the receipt of an MIP/MIC or other alcohol related punishment. This is especially true because while officers are focusing on punishing students for intoxication (which usually occurs even if the person is completely coherent and/or, they are NOT pursuing crimes that are actually serious and threaten our safety.Admissions
The application process is similar to most other universities (this may have changed since I was accepted in 2007). Financial Aid office is extremely helpful in finding aid and helping students complete steps that need to be completed to attend the University.Level
Turn in a resume and cover letter then perform an interview with local business professionals.Level
Since this is the only college I have been to, I see nothing out of the ordinary. The only thing that I am concerned with is the class sizes keep increasing because of continuous budget cuts.Quality of Life
The community is vibrant all year. I have only seen one criminal incident since I have been attending the school for two years.Admissions
The school is selective. It has a standard application procedure that most schools have. It accepts a common application that asks you to complete an essay. There is financial aid and scholarship opportunities like other schools. I believe the acceptance rate is 78%.Level