University of Arizona

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University of Arizona
motto Bear down
founding 1885
Sponsorship state
place Tucson , Arizona
country United StatesUnited States United States
president Ann Weaver Hart
Students 39,068 (2010)
Employee 14,834 (2010)
including professors 2,802 (2010)
Annual budget $ 1.83 billion (2011)
Foundation assets $ 519 million
University sports Arizona Wildcats ( Pacific-12 Conference )
Networks AAU , CGU IAU

The University of Arizona (also known as U of A ) is a comprehensive university in Tucson , Arizona . It was founded in 1885 and began teaching in 1891 with 32 students. In 2010 there were 39,068 students enrolled. The university has a particularly good reputation in the fields of anthropology , astronomy , astrophysics , analytical chemistry , entrepreneurship , hydrology , optics , pharmacy , philosophy and planetology .

The Eller College of Management , the business school , is one of the top 15 government business schools in the United States according to the US News & World Report rankings in 2011. The University of Arizona also has Arizona's only medical school and a law school, the James E. Rogers College of Law .

It is the only university in Arizona to be a member of the Association of American Universities , an association of leading research-intensive North American universities that has existed since 1900. The University of Arizona is one of the best state universities, a so-called Public Ivy .


Old Main, the oldest building on campus
The University of Arizona Campus Mall

In 1885, the University of Arizona became the first university in what was then the Arizona Territory after the government donated $ 25,000 to the Territorial Administration. In the first year of 1891, 32 students were enrolled. The lectures took place in the "Old Main" building, which is still in the center of the university today.


The university receives annual research revenues of over US $ 565 million (2010), which is about two-thirds of the university research revenues in Arizona. This gives the university twice as much research funding as Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University put together. According to a 2009 National Science Foundation ranking, the University of Arizona ranks 24th among all other US universities in terms of research spending and 18th among other state universities.

The University of Arizona is leading a US $ 325 million NASA mission to explore Mars . For this purpose, the researchers at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory built some instruments for the Phoenix space probe , which landed on Mars in May 2008. They also developed a photo camera (called HiRISE) that is installed on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter .

Researchers at the University's Steward Observatory Mirror Lab are currently working on the mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope , which when completed in 2023 will be one of the most modern and accurate telescopes in the world. The mirrors are then installed in the telescope in the Chilean Andes. The Steward Observatory includes the Arizona Radio Observatory , which operates a 12-meter telescope at the Kitt Peak National Observatory and the Heinrich Hertz Submillimeter Telescope on Mount Graham . The Vatican Observatory Research Group is also located here, which is part of the Vatican Observatory , the astronomical research and educational institution of the Holy See.

The University also has the “Dark Web Project” of the “Artificial Intelligence Lab” department. It specializes in tracking down terror suspects in forums, chat rooms and other areas of the dynamic web.


Of the 39,086 students (2010), 52.1% were women and 47.9% were men; 30,592 students were undergraduates and 6,991 graduates. With 6,824 students, the Faculty of Science was the University of Arizona's largest faculty in 2010, followed by the Faculty of Business Administration (6,139 students), the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences (5,639), and the Faculty of Humanities (4,144). In 2010, 7,988 academic titles were awarded, including 353 professorships, 471 doctoral degrees, 1,337 master’s degrees and 5,827 bachelor’s degrees.

About 34% of the total of 35,187 US students belong to an ethnic minority: 19% "Hispanics" (6,712), 7.3% Asians (2,571), 4.1% African American (1,438), 3.2% Native Americans ( 1,153) and 1% from the Pacific Islands (214).

Of the US students, 76% were from Arizona, 10.4% from California, followed by students from Illinois (1.6%), Texas (1.4%), and Washington (1.2%). In 2010, 2,585 (6.6%) international students from 99 countries studied at the university . The largest group of foreign students came from the People's Republic of China (451), followed by India (157), South Korea (103) and Mexico (87). In 2010 there were 22 students from Germany and 52 students from Switzerland .

Arizona Wildcats Stadium


The sports team is called Arizona Wildcats . The men's basketball team under coach Sean Miller is one of the best in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) .

Sights on campus

Centennial Hall

The University of Arizona campus is one of the most beautiful campuses in the western United States. A large part of the university campus is designated as an arboretum because of the numerous rare trees and plants from different parts of the world . There are also numerous museums:

  • Arizona Historical Society - a museum about the history of Arizona
  • Arizona State Museum - oldest anthropology museum in the American Southwest
  • Center for Creative Photography - Photography museum including originals by Ansel Adams
  • Flandrau Science Center - planetarium and public telescope
  • Two herbaria that are identified as "ARIZ" in the Herbariorum index
    • University of Arizona Herbarium - with 400,000 different plant species
    • Robert L. Gilbertson Mycological Herbarium - with 40,000 different species of mushrooms
  • University of Arizona Mineral Museum - Mineral museum with over 20,000 minerals from around the world
  • University of Arizona Museum of Art - art museum with works by Franz Kline , Jacques Lipchitz , Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko
  • University of Arizona Poetry Center


University seal

Current and former professors

Nobel Prize Winner

Other professors and research assistants


Art, culture and media




Technology and science

Web links

Commons : University of Arizona  - Collection of Images, Videos, and Audio Files

Individual evidence

  1. Member universities. In: Compostela Group of Universities, 2019, accessed on September 14, 2019 .
  2. ^ List of IAU Members. In: International Association of Universities, accessed August 22, 2019 .
  3. University of Arizona: Phoenix Mars Mission of January 21, 2010 (English). Retrieved March 7, 2010
  4. University of Arizona: Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Dark Web Terrorism Research ( Memento from August 20, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) (English). Retrieved March 7, 2010 from
  5. University of Arizona: [1]  ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) (English, PDF). Retrieved October 8, 2011@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /

Coordinates: 32 ° 13 ′ 53.5 ″  N , 110 ° 57 ′ 7 ″  W.