University of Arizona

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Group.png University of Arizona  
University of Arizona seal.png
Motto"Bear Down, Arizona" The seal of the university is emblazoned with the word "Sursum", Latin for "Upwards".
Type• Public
• flagship
• research university
Other nameWildcats
University in Phoenix, Arizona with extensive space research

The University of Arizona is a public land-grant research university in Tucson, Arizona. Founded in 1885 by the Arizona Territorial Legislature, it was the first university in the Arizona Territory.

As of 2019, the university enrolled 45,918 students[1] in 19 separate colleges/schools, including the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix and the James E. Rogers College of Law, and is affiliated with two academic medical centers (Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix).

UA students have been selected as Truman, Rhodes, Goldwater, and Fulbright Scholars.[2]


The university's research expenditure in fiscal year 2018 was $687.1 million.[3][4] Arizona is the fourth most awarded public university by NASA for research.[5]

In June 2011, the university announced it would assume full ownership of the Biosphere 2 scientific research facility in Oracle, Arizona.[6] Biosphere 2 was constructed by private developers (funded mainly by Texas businessman and philanthropist Ed Bass) with its first closed system experiment commencing in 1991. The university had been the official management partner of the facility for research purposes since 2007.


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