Joining the University of Arizona family means being a part of one of the nation’s leading research universities — one that values inclusivity. We welcome diverse perspectives, backgrounds and experiences because we know that it makes us better, stronger and smarter. Read on for a snapshot of the UA experience. You can also visit Why UA? to find even more.
About the UA
The UA is a premier land-grant university. In areas as diverse as astronomy, medicine, optics, entrepreneurship and dance, UA faculty and programs are among the nation's best. That’s why the UA has received various accolades and rankings.
- The National Science Foundation ranks the UA 19th in research and development expenditures among public universities and colleges, and 30th among public and private universities and colleges.
- U.S.News & World Report ranks the UA among “America’s Best Colleges.”
- The Princeton Review lists the UA as one of “The Best Western Colleges.”
- The UA ranks No. 50 in the world and No. 37 nationally according to the Center for University World Rankings.
The UA is also a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) — the only AAU member in Arizona. Membership in AAU is by invitation and is based on the quality of programs of academic research and scholarship.
Faculty & Staff
As a premier research university, the UA is one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars, and has also had three Nobel Prize winners, two Pulitzer Prize winners, dozens of National Academy members and multiple Guggenheim Fellowship Award winners and MacArthur Fellows awardees.
The UA also lays claim to a strong culture of interdisciplinary collaboration in which diverse teams work on our most urgent challenges and discover exciting new knowledge for the public good. Some of our interdisciplinary centers include:
- Arizona Center on Aging
- Institute for LGBT Studies
- Native Nations Institute
- National Institute for Civil Discourse
- Southwest Institute for Research on Women
- Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy
The UA supports faculty at all levels through several innovative programs, including our Campus Connections workshop series, monthly Diverse Faculty Career Discussions, and the Commission on the Status of Women faculty affairs workgroup. Our commitment to supporting faculty success has enabled us to make significant progress diversifying faculty hired in open searches.
The UA has also made progress in diversifying our staff and administrators. Over the last decade, the percentage of appointed professionals from underrepresented groups has increased from 18 percent to 27 percent, and the percentage of women administrators has increased from 47 percent to 54 percent. The majority of President Ann Weaver Hart’s senior leadership team are women.
Exceptional Employment Benefits
Our outstanding benefits are part of the reason Forbes named the UA among the best places to work. We offer:
- Competitively priced health, dental, vision and life insurance
- Tuition assistance for employees, spouses and dependent children
- Zip cars
- Bicycle valets
- Free nutrition counseling
- Paid parental leave
- Elder care resources
- Sick and emergency childcare
- Onsite wellness screenings and mindfulness programs
- Professional development and leadership programs
In addition, the UA has received national recognition for its Academic Leadership Institute.
The UA is a diverse academic community with a reputation for being one of the most accessible public research institutions in the nation. With more than 30,000 undergraduate students and nearly 10,000 graduate and professional students, we continue to set records in attracting an ethnically diverse student body with strong academic backgrounds. More than 40 percent of our freshman class identified as students of color, and their academic preparedness continues to rise with more than 230 national scholars joining the UA community last year. UA South is classified as a Hispanic Serving Institution, and the campus in Tucson is expected to reach this status in the future.
Our graduate programs also demonstrate exceptional diversity. The UA’s graduate student enrollment is the most diverse among all public AAU institutions, and 24 percent of UA graduate students are students of color. The UA is ranked No. 1 in number of PhDs awarded to Native American students and No. 9 in number of PhDs awarded to Hispanic students.
Living in Tucson
Tucson is a unique place to live. Not only is it the sunniest city in the U.S., but it was also ranked “Top 25 Arts Destinations” by American Style Magazine thanks to its diverse arts scene.
Tucson is also a multicultural and politically progressive city rich in Native American and Mexican heritage. It sits within 60 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, and its residents are approximately:
- 47 percent White
- 46 percent Hispanic/Latino
- 5 percent Black/African American
- 3 percent Asian
- 3 percent American Indian/Alaska Native
- 0.2 percent Hawaiian/Pacific Islander