As a public research university serving the diverse citizens of Arizona and beyond, the mission of the University of Arizona is to provide a comprehensive, high-quality education that engages our students in discovery through research and broad-based scholarship. We aim to empower our graduates to be leaders in solving complex societal problems. Whether in teaching, research, outreach or student engagement, access and quality are the defining attributes of the University of Arizona’s mission.
It was a bold move in 1885 to start a university in the middle of the desert. UA faculty and students have been on the cutting edge ever since.
From planetary science to medicine to the arts, UA research is changing the world. Being ranked #19 by the National Science Foundation doesn’t just make us great; it creates great opportunities for students. Our researchers teach. Students work alongside world-class professors to discover new knowledge and launch their own careers.
Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, members of esteemed national academies and world-renowned experts in dozens of disciplines, our faculty brings international attention to the University, and puts us in the ranks of the top public universities in the nation.
The UA is a diverse and talented community. From astronomy to communication to entrepreneurship, our programs and our people are among the best in the country. We offer a rich and rewarding educational experience to all who choose to focus on excellence.
As the state’s land grant university, we honor our three-fold commitment to education, research and community service. UA faculty and students share their knowledge, their time and their resources throughout the state and around the world.
The UA generates more than $625 million in research. Together, the University of Arizona, the UA Tech Park and UA Health Network infuse billions of dollars into the state economy each year. We reach every Arizona county and five tribal reservations, supporting one out of every 93 jobs in the state.
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The University of Arizona is a premier, public research university. The National Science Foundation ranks the UA 19th in research and development expenditures among public universities and colleges, and 30th among public and private universities and colleges.
The NSF also ranks the UA No. 3 in physical sciences research. U.S. News & World Report ranks the UA among Americas Best Colleges and the Princeton Review lists the UA as one of The Best Western Colleges. The UA ranks No. 50 in the world and No. 37 nationally according to the Center for University World Rankings. The UA is one of the nations top producers of Fulbright Scholars.
The University of Arizona is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), one of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada and the only AAU member in Arizona. Membership in AAU is by invitation and is based on the high quality of programs of academic research and scholarship and undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, as well as general recognition that a university is outstanding by reason of the excellence of its research and education programs.
In areas as diverse as astronomy, medicine, optics, entrepreneurship and dance, UA faculty and programs are among the nation's best.
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