University of Arizona Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition Costs, and More

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While the University of Arizona does not require test scores from the SAT or ACT for admission, students who are interested in applying for scholarships, or are interested in the Honors College, need to submit scores. With an acceptance rate of 79 percent, students with good grades have a decent shot of being admitted. Of course, good grades alone are not an indication that a student will be accepted.

The school also looks at extracurricular activities, work and volunteer experience, and a student's writing ability. For a personalized analysis, you can calculate your chances of getting in with Cappex's free tool.

The first classes at the University of Arizona met in Old Main, its only building at the time, in 1891. The historic building is still in use today. Now, however, the campus has about 180 buildings on its 380-acre campus in Tucson. On the academic front, the University of Arizona has numerous well-respected programs ranging from engineering to photography. The university is a member of the Association of American Universities because of its strengths in research and education. In athletics, the Arizona Wildcats compete in the NCAA Division I ​Pac 12 Conference.

Admissions Data (2016)

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 43,161 (33,694 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48 percent male / 52 percent female
  • 87 percent full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,769 (in-state); $34,967 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $800
  • Room and Board: $11,300
  • Other Expenses: $3,300
  • Total Cost: $27,169 (in-state); $50,367 (out-of-state)

University of Arizona Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 83 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 76 percent
    • Loans: 37 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,068
    • Loans: $6,862

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Animal Physiology, Cellular Biology, Communication Studies, Elementary Education, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology
  • What major is right for you? Sign up to take the free "My Careers and Majors Quiz" at Cappex.

Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 80 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 42 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 60 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Swimming, Football, Golf, Baseball, Basketball, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Track and Field, Basketball

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    Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics