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College Spotlight: University of Arizona

Amy Jasper Thursday, January 21, 2016

The University of Arizona, in the charming city of Tucson, is a flagship public university that definitely does "big" well. 32,000 undergraduates call this palm tree-lined campus home. It is a distinct one square mile biker friendly campus that does not feel large and impersonal. Arizona boasts a transformative environment for its students that produces employable, innovative, and creative adults ready for the world. The University of Arizona does many things (beyond its numerous NCAA accomplishments) quite well. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Its highly regarded Department of Astronomy has the largest undergraduate and PhD programs in the country.
  • The College of Engineering offers 14 undergraduate majors.
  • The McGuire Entrepreneurship Program is one of the highest ranked entrepreneurial programs of public universities.
  • Most unique major: the Race Track Industry program in the School of Agriculture.
  • Offers the nation's only BA in Law. This undergraduate degree is for careers that do not require a law degree.
  • The School of Dance is one of the top five dance programs in the country.
  • The SALT Center (Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques) is designed to assist students with learning and attention challenges. It is nationally renowned and serves as a model of success for other institutions.
  • Most unique residential offering: Navajo-Pinal Hall which is four floors of dorm rooms under the scoreboard at the football stadium.
  • Wins the Best Weather Award: the campus enjoys 350 days of sunshine a year. 


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