The University of Arizona (UA) is a place without limits—where teaching, research, service, and innovation merge to improve lives in Arizona and beyond. We aren't afraid to ask bigger questions, to get better answers.
Established in 1885, the University of Arizona, the state's super land-grant university with two medical schools, produces graduates who are real-world ready through its 100% Engagement initiative. Recognized as a global leader, the UA is also a leader in research, bringing more than $606million in research investment each year, and ranking 20th among all public universities. The UA is advancing the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships, and is a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $8.3 billion annually.
Establishing Arizona's first university in the middle of the Sonoran Desert was a bold move. But our founders were fearless, and we have never lost that spirit. To this day, we're revolutionizing the fields of space sciences, optics, biosciences, medicine, arts and humanities, business, technology transfer, and many others. Since it was founded, the UA has grown to cover more than 380 acres in central Tucson, a rich breeding ground for discovery.
Where else in the world can you find an astronomical observatory mirror lab under a football stadium? An entire ecosystem under a glass dome? Who else is bringing back samples from asteroids? Visit our campus just once, and you'll quickly understand why the UA is a university unlike any other.
Before UA student body president and revered football quarterback John "Button" Salmon died in 1926, his last words to his teammates were, "Tell them ... tell the team to bear down." Whether it's academics, athletics, or research, we've adopted the stance that when the going gets tough, the tough #BearDown.
As a leading-edge public research university, we're inspired to explore humanity's most fundamental questions—about science, medicine, the arts, and business. Our faculty includes members of esteemed national academies, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners, White House Champions of Change, and celebrated thought leaders in numerous disciplines. We are leading projects that will change how we see the world, such as the OSIRIS-REx mission, which will scoop samples from a near-Earth asteroid in 2020.
Whether we're teaming up with local schools to improve K–12 education, or working with rural communities to improve the health of residents, we're helping society meet its grand challenges.
The UA's Tech Parks are where dynamic innovators and business leaders work side by side to test and develop new technologies. The Banner – University Medical Center is a 479-bed hospital that has been ranked among the nation's best hospitals by US News & World Report for more than a decade. Between the UA’s research, outreach, and the UA’s Tech Parks, we generate $8.3 billion of economic activity in Arizona, annually.
At the UA, 100 percent of our undergraduates will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and act on their dreams through internships, fieldwork, community service, student leadership, the developing of original works, and by collaborating within research opportunities. Our mission is to graduate students who are sought after by the best employers and postgraduate programs, and who are ready to embark on meaningful careers.
Equipped with skills, knowledge, experience and the entrepreneurial spirit they gain at the UA, our students become highly skilled members of society who lead with determination, innovate without limits, and create companies that generate more jobs, exponentially benefitting our state, our nation, and the world. Our alumni include astronauts and actors; Grammy, Tony, Emmy, and Oscar winners; media stars; Olympic athletes; Fortune 500 CEOs; public servants; Nobel scientists; inventors, and best-selling authors.
From the heart of the Southwest to the edges of the universe, there are no limits to how far we can reach. We'll never stop pushing to make sense of the world and to find ways to make it better. At the University of Arizona, we have the power to make a difference.
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