University of Arizona

university of arizonaThe University of Arizona, which is known by some as U of A, and to others UA, or just plain Arizona.  It was the first university founded in the Arizona territory back in 1885.  It is a pubic research university and is located in Tucson, Arizona.  It also includes Banner University Medical Center in Tucson, which is a separate 4-year M.D. college in downtown Phoenix.   Arizona is also known by their Arizona Wildcats, a name that originated in 1914 after a football game where the L.A. times commented “The Arizona men showed the fight of wildcats”.  Not many people know, but up until that time they were referred to as “Varsity”.   They are also part of the Pac-12 Conference in the NCAA.  

Symbols of the University

The official colors of the university are UA Red and Arizona Blue.   The Arizona’s marching band, named the Pride of Arizona was most recently named one of the top five marching bands in the nation.  The University’s mascots are a pair of wildcats whose names are Wilbur and Wilma.  They keep the identities of them both secret through the years as the mascots only appear in costume.  Arizona’s first mascot was actually a real life desert bobcat named Rufus Arizona before the pair of wildcats were created.   At the beginning of each year the freshmen repaint the white colored “A” on the mountain which is both a Tucson and Wildcat landmark.

Campus layout

The University of Arizona offers 334 fields of study leading to Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctoral, and professional degrees.  Their academic departments and programs are organized into colleges and schools.  The main campus is located in Central Tucson and consists of 179 buildings.  The campus is divided into quadrants.  The science and mathematics buildings are towards the southwest side while the intercollegiate athletics facilities are to the southeast.  The arts and humanities buildings are in the northwest, the dance department, optical and spaces sciences are to the east, and engineering buildings in the north central area.   The University of Arizona campus provides a space for over 4,500 students that give them a small community feel.  The University of Arizona’s mission is “To improve the prospects and enrich the lives of the people of Arizona and the world through education, research, creative expression, and community and business partnerships.”

Organizations of the University  

The University’s Student Union building is the largest student union in the U.S. That is not affiliated with a hotel.  U of A is home to more than 500 philanthropic, multicultural, social, athletic, academic, and student clubs and campus organizations.  Arizona is the home of the Arizona Blue Chip Program which is one of the largest collegiate-level leadership programs in the United States.   They also provide 49 fraternity and sorority chapters.

UofA Going Green

This article would not be complete without mentioning that the University has an arboretum throughout the main campus in which you can view plants from all over the world.  Each one is labeled for those who want to do a self-guided plant walk.  Their Krutch Cactus Garden includes the tallest Boojum tree in the entire state of Arizona.   The campus also includes hundreds of olive trees some as hundreds of years old. If you have any questions about U of A, please contact me here. This post was brought to you by the University of Arizona.

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