The University of Arizona was founded in 1885, nearly a quarter century before Arizona became a state. The school’s lush 380 acre campus is the largest green space in Tucson and the oldest maintained green space in Arizona. [b]From landscaping to building design, the university is committed to create a more sustainable environment for its students. For their efforts, the school is ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the most eco-friendly colleges in the U.S.
This large, public research university serves approximately 30,000 undergraduate, 7,000 graduate, and 1,400 professional and medical students. More than $625 million in research is done at the University of Arizona, and it was named the 19th-best public university in the U.S. by the National Science Foundation. The university’s athletic teams, the Wildcats, belong to the Pacific-12 Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
This university owes its strong academic programs to the quality of its professors. Among its distinguished faculty are journalism professor Terry Wimmer, winner of the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting; and optical science professor Nicholas Bloembergen, winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize in physics.
Together, the university’s 20 schools and 11 colleges offer more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The UA’s five branch campuses, collectively known as UA South, are set up on or near community college campuses throughout southern Arizona. This network allows transfer students from community colleges to complete the last 60 credits of one of 16 bachelor’s degrees, or pursue master’s degrees in either secondary education or educational technology. This is a much less expensive option for many than spending four years studying at the UA. Online classes are held in the afternoons and evenings in order to accommodate the schedules of non-traditional or working students.
The UA’s Outreach College also provides students with alternatives to full-time study. Its evening bachelor’s degree programs include communication, history, journalism, political science, psychology, public management & policy.
Outreach offers 17 hybrid programs which require some online classes and some courses taken in person on the UA campus. Those who prefer distance learning will find that the University of Arizona online Outreach College offers individual classes as well as 17 graduate certificates and 14 graduate degrees that are available online. Individual classes, called self-paced study courses, are open to all, and they can be taken according to the student’s schedule as long as they are completed within nine months.
While University of Arizona online degrees include mostly graduate degrees and certificates ranging from a master’s in international security to a Ph.D. in nursing, undergraduates may earn a bachelor’s degree in meteorology or minor in nutritional science without setting foot on a UA campus.