Academics

Location
Tucson, AZ
Undergrads
28,210
Tuition (in-state)
$26,231 ($10,035)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Junior

Academics: there are lots of ways to study and get help

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5 College Senior

Academics: The UofA offers so many choices on campus. This school made me feel right at home even though my home is across the country. There are so many possibilities and makes everyone feel that we will all achieve greatness.

5 College Senior

Academics: The Communication and Business Colleges are fabulous. They are always available to meet with me when I need guidance. If there is ever an issue, I know I can make an appointment to speak to someone as soon as possible. The curriculum is challenging at times but I enjoy the workload given. I have learned so much during my attendance at UofA. Comparing other schools programs to UofA, I believe I chose the right school.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are very knowledgeable. The curriculum is great, with the exception of a few programs such as the Spanish Department or Math Department. Registration process is as organized as it can be for such a large university. Workload is average. There are many resources for help, and many study spaces ad tutor areas for students.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Being in pre-nursing is very competitive, therefore classes are a little more stressful and intense.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 88th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 115th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 659th
    Best Course Variety
  • 685th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 1054th
    Most Manageable Workloads

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Joe Dusbabek
Hometown
Scottsdale, Arizona
Major
French/Linguistics
Grad Year
2012
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So let’s get this straight: The UA is a large public university. General education classes tend to be ridiculously large, and the instructors can sometimes be unapproachable. Hope you're not looking forward to starting your major anytime soon, either, because for most students, it takes nearly four semesters to get through all of your general education courses. Yep. Two years. You’ll get both good and bad professors, but the same could be said of teaching assistants, employers, and other University personnel. You just have to deal with it. Unfortunately, over the last several years, the UA has been steadily dropping in academic rankings all over the world due to budget cuts, scattered departmental support for students, awful advisers, and misuse of funds. In short? Not much has been going right for the UA in this way lately.

For the most part, students at the UA like most of their teachers and find classes to be somewhat challenging, but this isn't always for the right reasons. Often teachers will require attendance because the course material itself isn't enough to keep students in class. While the UA used to be a full-blown university, over the past several years it reflects more of an accelerated high-school mindset. It really seems to be worth the effort to do some research about particular instructors and classes by asking around, since students will remember both their good and bad instructors and can tell you which of them to either pursue or avoid. A recent student-created website, www.whichclasses.com, compiles all relevant information for every department, professor, and class at the UA—with data taken directly from required surveys taken by the student body at the end of each semester. In the end, while the UA has been in an academic freefall, it's still a worthwhile university to attend for the time being. Let's just hope it stays that way.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
22:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,530
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
491
Total FT Faculty
2,661
Faculty with Terminal Degree
90%
Average Faculty Salary
$90,782
Full-Time Retention Rate
80%
Part-Time Retention Rate
54%
Graduation Rate
61%
Programs/Majors Offered
190
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 35%
  • 20 to 49 students: 48%
  • 50 or more students: 17%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
  • College of Architecture & Landscape Architecture
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine Arts
  • College of Humanities
  • College of Medicine
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Optical Sciences
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Science
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Colleges of Letters, Arts and Science
  • Eller College of Management
  • Honors College
  • Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Human Resources Management: 1%
  • Physiology: 1%
  • Political Science and Government, General: 2%
  • Psychology: 3%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Weekend college
Online Courses
The UA has Outreach College, which includes individual credit courses, professional certificate programs, degree programs, and professional development courses (non-credit).
Best Places to Study
  • Caffé Luce
  • Epic Café
  • Espresso Art Café
  • Integrated Learning Center (ILC)
  • Main Library, fourth floor
  • Rogers College of Law Library
  • Student Union Memorial's lounges
Tips to Succeed
  • Be open to all kinds of people; this is a huge campus, and finding your own niche can be as easy as you make it.
  • Do all of your homework.
  • Don't party too hard. A disgusting number of first- and second-year students drop out each year because they can't stop drinking.
  • Establish a good social circle in your first two years.
  • Get involved! Clubs, sports, working out-it is what you make of it.
  • Go to class no matter what.
  • Go to office hours for your classes; teachers will love you.
  • If you have a midterm or final, don't drink the night before.
  • Keep track of all documentation-for anything. The UA administration is notorious for "losing" things.
  • Manage your time well. You probably won't wake up for that 8 a.m. class every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  • Take notes because you never know what will pop up on the final or midterm exam.
  • Wear sunscreen; skin cancer kills.
Did You Know?
The student-run website, www.whichclasses.com, compiles all of the freely available data from the TCEs (Teacher-Course Evaluations) administered by the UA and taken by each student at the end of the semester. Its clean interface and easy-to-understand way of finding the information you need makes it a top resource for any UA student curious about any facet of academics.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 168 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 40 responses

  • 25% Kourtney Kardashian
  • 18% Kristin Wiig - actress, comedienne
  • 13% Steve Kerr - NBA player
  • 10% Jason Terry - NBA player
  • 9% Richard Carmona - former U.S. Surgeon General
  • 7% Greg Kinnear - actor
  • 5% Joan Ganz Cooney - "Sesame Street" creator
  • 5% David Foster Wallace - author
  • 5% Don Pettit - astronaut
  • 2% Craig T. Nelson - actor
  • 1% Kitty Kelley - author

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 167 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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