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University of Arizona

Despite the dry Southwest heat in Tucson, there is no shortage of energy and enthusiasm at the University of Arizona. From cheering on their successful football and basketball teams to boasting about their status as a premier research institution, Wildcats are proud to be at the U of A. The university is the oldest in the state, and was established in 1885 when Arizona was still only a territory of the U.S. The large undergraduate population of more than 35,000 students is a diverse medley of fervent sports fans and dedicated scholars. When it comes to causing a ruckus, the Wildcats have celebration and fun in their blood. For evidence look no further than the Zona Zoo, the student cheering section that won the NCSSA Student Section of the Year award -- twice. Before and after the game, you will find Arizona students enjoying the warm climate outdoors at various tailgate parties or hitting up one of the 26 fraternities on campus. It's not all fun and games, though; the school offers more than 100 undergraduate majors with business and marketing among the most popular choices, which are probably partially to thank for a decent average early career salary of $54,700, according to PayScale data. The university's wide array of cultures and ethnicities means there are myriad of resources for everyone on campus, including around a dozen cultural identity centers that provide resources for and celebrate diverse identities.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: The University of Arizona is starting the fall semester remote and shifting to in-person courses in stages over a two-week period. The goal is to have campus fully opened by Sept. 8, with an estimated 25,000 students attending in-person courses.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$30,000
% of students who get any grants
72%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$16,300
Average price for low-income students
$10,700
admissions
Acceptance rate
84%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1190/25
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
33,510
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
90%
% of need met
58%
% of students who get merit* grants
22%
Average merit grant
$7,970
student success
Graduation rate
64%
Average time to a degree
4.3 years
Average student debt
$20,000
Average salary within 5 years
$54,700
% earning more than $28,000
78%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
May 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: The University of Arizona is starting the fall semester remote and shifting to in-person courses in stages over a two-week period. The goal is to have campus fully opened by Sept. 8, with an estimated 25,000 students attending in-person courses.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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