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 $606 million 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.
As a leading-edge public research university, UA's inspired to explore humanity's most fundamental questions—about science, medicine, the arts, and business. UA's faculty includes members of esteemed national academies, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winners, White House Champions of Change, and celebrated thought leaders in numerous disciplines. UA's 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.
Equipped with skills, knowledge, experience and the entrepreneurial spirit they gain at the UA, 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. UA's 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.
The University of Arizona is a premier, public research university. The National Science Foundation ranks the UA 20th in research and development expenditures among US public universities and colleges and 33rd among US public and private universities. The NSF also ranks the UA No. 1 in physical sciences research among US public institutions. U.S. News & World Report ranks the UA among America’s Best Colleges and the Princeton Review lists the UA as one of “The Best Western Colleges.” The UA ranks No. 68 in the world and No. 42 nationally according to the Center for University World Rankings. The UA is one of the nation’s 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. UA faculties are also globally recognized for their leadership, scholarship, and service by world-renowned academic societies and programs.
The Department of Parking and Transportation Services provides creative solutions for campus access and promotes alternative transportation for faculty, staff, students, and visitors at the University of Arizona. UA Parking & Transportation helps you know where to jump on the Street Car or CatTran, how to get parking permits, and all of the transportation options available.