University of Arizona

The University of Arizona (Arizona, U of A, UArizona, or UA) is a land-grant public research university in Tucson, Arizona. Established in 1885 by the 13th Arizona Territorial Legislature, it was the first university in the Arizona Territory. The university is a member of the Association of American Universities and the Research Association of Universities. In the former, it is the only state member of Arizona. The university is classified under “R1: Doctoral University - Very High Research Activity”. The University of Arizona is one of three universities governed by the Arizona Board of Regents. As of 2021, the university has 49,471 students in 19 separate colleges/schools, including the University of Arizona School of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix and the James E. Rogers College of Law, and is affiliated with two medical universities (Banner - University Medical Center Tucson and Banner - University Medical Center Phoenix). In 2021, the University of Arizona acquired Ashford University, a former for-profit university with more than 30,000 students, and renamed it the University of Arizona Global Campus. Known as the Arizona Wildcats (often abbreviated to “Cats”), UA’s intercollegiate athletic teams are members of the NCAA Pac-12 conference. AU athletes have won national titles in several sports, including men’s basketball, baseball and softball. The official colors of the university and its sports teams are cardinal red and navy blue.