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University of Arizona

At Arizona's flagship university, you'll learn how we Bear Down in Tucson.

A Hub of Activity

Sun-soaked University of Arizona is a pillar of the Tucson community.

Covering 380 acres in midtown Tucson, the university dates back to 1885—before Arizona was a state and long before mascots Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat cheered a "Bear Down, Arizona!" chorus. But there's nothing old-fashioned about this leading public university. It's a hub of community activity, like a walkable mini-city where you can experience the arts and humanities, learn about scientific discoveries, rally at athletic events, marvel at modern architecture, and stroll nature paths.

Academically, the University of Arizona is a global leader in both science and the arts. Nicknamed Science City, the UA is a longtime partner of NASA and a center of world-renowned observatories that has been at the forefront of modern astronomy and space science for decades . The two UA medical schools rank among the nation's best and are transforming academic medicine with innovative research, while the UA BIO5 Institute is the national epicenter of collaborative research on biology-based challenges. And, the university's top-rated theater, film, photography, and dance programs are a source of outstanding yet affordable student performances, exhibitions, and screenings.

The UA has nine family-friendly museums—ranging from anthropology to photography—where the curious of all ages can soak up science and culture. For sports fans, Arizona Wildcat sports events are just the ticket, with nearly everything offered, from top-ranked Pac-12 teams in football (game-day tailgates are revered), basketball, baseball, and softball to swimming-diving, soccer and rugby.

For help planning your Arizona Wildcat experience, contact the UA Visitor Center, whether you have a full day or a couple of hours. Just a few steps from the visitor center, at the west entrance of campus, the pedestrian-friendly shopping and dining destination Main Gate Square regularly hosts spirit rallies and live entertainment.


 

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Arizona History Museum

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Arizona Repertory Theatre

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Biosphere 2–The University of Arizona

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Center for Creative Photography

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Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium

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Fred Fox School of Music

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Helen S. Schaefer Poetry Center

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Ignite Sign Art Museum

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NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl

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Pedego Electric Bikes Tucson

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Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab

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Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab

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The University of Arizona Museum of Art

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Tucson Audubon Society

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UA Gem & Mineral Museum

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UA Marketing, Communications and Brand Development

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University of Arizona Campus Arboretum

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University of Arizona Campus Recreation

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University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film and Television

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University of Arizona Softball

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Food & Drink

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Gentle Ben's Brewing Co.

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Illegal Pete's

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Martin's Comida Chingona

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Scented Leaf Tea House & Lounge

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The Dutch Eatery & Refuge

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Gentle Ben's Brewing Co.

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The Dutch Eatery & Refuge

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Aloft Tucson University

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Marriott Tucson University Park Hotel

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Main Gate Square

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