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University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ


About This Campus

The University of Arizona is a student-oriented, research university. Founded in 1885, the University is dedicated to preparing students for an increasingly diversified and technological world and to improving the quality of life for the people of Arizona. The UA is ranked 16th nationally in terms of research funding, and several of the University's academic programs are ranked in the top 20 nationally.

Location Information

The University of Arizona is located in a unique geographical region, the Sonoran Desert, and situated in a southwestern, urban setting in close proximity to the U.S. border with Mexico. With a Spanish, Mexican, and Native American heritage, Tucson provides a fitting environment for a university dedicated to diversity. The city offers an abundance of cultural activities, while the mountains that surround the city provide phenomenal hiking, biking, and mountain climbing opportunities.

Helpful Information

There is affordable off-campus housing available with an easy commute. The campus is large, but most buildings are centrally located and the campus is easy to navigate by walking or bike. There is also a lot of school spirit, boasting ZonaZoo, the largest student section in the PAC-12.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Tucson
Population | 1,077,800
Enrollment | 44,831
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home (B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/19
Spring | 01/15-05/14

Campus Diversity

White | 49%
Black | 4%
Hispanic/Latino | 24%
Asian | 6%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 4%
Other | 12%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs
Unfortunately, we cannot accept Business majors even if "needs major classes" is "no" on application. Closed Business majors include: Accounting, Business Administration, Business Economics, Business Management, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Operations Management. **Other closed programs: Nursing, Physiology, Animal Sciences, Retailing & Consumer Sciences, Pharmacy.

Some programs may require a portfolio or an audition before advanced coursework can be taken (e.g. Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Media Arts, Music, Dance, and Architecture). Engineering requires a review of pre-requisites (after the NSE Placement Conference) and approval from the College of Engineering. Engineering students should have Calculus 1 & 2 and Physics 1 & 2 already completed. Experience and high scores in Math and Science coursework will be required for Engineering admission.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Anthropology - The School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona has a long and proud tradition of scholarly excellence and leadership in the discipline and was ranked as one of the best Anthropology programs in the United States, according to the National Research Council.
  • Philosophy - Housed in our College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, the Philosophy program is a top ranked program in the U.S.
  • Astronomy - The University of Arizona's Astronomy program ranks #1 in the nation in research expenditures according to the National Science Foundation.
  • Public Health - The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at UA is the first and only accredited public health college in Arizona.
  • Architecture - The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the UA is the nation's leader in sustainable design and planning for arid regions. Our Bachelor of Architecture program is ranked top 25 in the nation.

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Aerospace Sciences: Aerospace Studies

Agriculture: Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Technology Management, Agronomy, Equine Science, Horticulture, Land Resources, Life Sciences, Ornamental Horticulture, Plant and Soil Systems, Plant Science, Soil Science, Veterinary Science, Water Management

Anthropology: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology, Ethnic Studies, Evolutionary Anthropology, Primatology

Architecture: Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Design

Area Studies: African Studies, American Studies, Chicano/Mexican American Studies, Chinese Studies, East Asian Literature/Studies, European Studies, First Nation Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, Hispanic Studies, International Studies, Islamic Studies, Japanese Studies, Judaic Studies, Korean Studies, Latin American Studies, Mexican American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Native American Studies, Russian Studies, Slavic Studies, Southwest Studies, U.S. - Mexico Border Health Issues

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Computer Graphics, Drawing, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Media Arts, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art, Visual Arts

Biological Sciences: Bioinformatics, Biology/Life Science, Cell Biology, Entomology, Evolutionary Biology, Human Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Wildlife Biology

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Communication, Electronic Media and Culture, Film, Journalism, Journalism and Contemporary Media, Photo Journalism, Speech/Rhetoric/Public Address, Television, Television Arts, Writing/Editing

Consumer and Family Studies: Family Studies

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Atmospheric Sciences, Earth Science, Geology, Geosciences, Physical Sciences, Planetary and Space Sciences

Economics: Economics, Environmental Economics, Resource Economics

Education: Bilingual, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, French, Human Development, Mathematics, Music, Science, Secondary Education, Special Education, Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Engineering: Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Management, Environmental Engineering, Geological Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Mineral/Mining Engineering, Systems Engineering

English: Creative Writing, English, Linguistics

Environmental Studies: Conservation Biology, Ecology, Energy/Environmental Policy, Environmental Biology, Environmental Education, Environmental Education, Environmental Geology, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Fisheries Science, Natural Resources, Range Management/Resources, Wildlife Biology/Science, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Management

Food Science: Nutrition

General Studies: Arts and Science, Classical Studies, Gender Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Physical Geography, Regional Analysis/Planning, Spatial Geographic Information Science

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Dietetics, Public Health

History: History

Information Studies: Computer Science, Information Science, Information Systems, Information Technology

International Studies: International Studies

Languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Interpretation/Translation, Italian, Japanese, Language and Culture, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Mathematics: Mathematics

Military Sciences: Air Force ROTC, Army ROTC, Naval ROTC

Performing Arts: Acting, Dance, Music, Music History, Music Performance, Music Theater, Music Theory and Composition, Music/Jazz Studies, Performance, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Production

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Asian Religions and Culture, Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Geophysics, Materials Sciences, Physics

Political Science: American Political Science, International Affairs/Relations, International Studies, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs, Public Policy Studies

Psychology: Human Development, Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Gender Studies, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Womens Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Speech Pathology and Audiology


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Note: The 2.5 GPA or above requirement for admission is required and course prerequisites are strictly enforced.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of N/A paper, N/A computer or 70.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 02/25/20.
  • Estimated cost: $6934.00.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 18
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 02/25/20.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $400 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Housing Deposit $200 Year Plan A & B Optional
Health Insurance $1350 Semester Plan A & B Optional
ID Card $25 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee $700 Year Plan A & B Optional

Important Notes: *To view your UA tuition rates as part of the Guaranteed Tuition Program, please visit: https://tuitioncalculator.fso.arizona.edu/#!/selections *All students should be aware that parking fees range from $100 (off-campus park and ride) to $700 (on-campus garage parking) for the academic year. *International Students should be aware of these additional fees: $100 international student fee per semester, $125 international student orientation fee, health insurance (required) fee is approximately $1,000 per semester.

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,000 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 001083

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 02/25/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 20% living on campus
  • Double: $5650.00 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
  • Maximum housing reserved for women: 20
  • Maximum housing reserved for men: 20
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $500
  • Proximity to campus: .5
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Many off-campus housing options are located close (walking distance) to campus. Resources for assisting students in finding off-campus housing can be viewed at http://offcampus.arizona.edu/

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
  • $2475 per semester for 21 meals per week.
  • $1775 per semester for 14 meals per week.
  • $1075 per semester for 7 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
With a Wildcat Meal Plan, you never pay state sales tax and you receive a 3%, 5%, or 7% discount off every purchase. There is also a Commuter Plan, where you can add to your account at any time and are exempt from the 6.1% state sales tax. For more information: https://union.arizona.edu/mealplans/plans.php#wildcat. https://union.arizona.edu/mealplans/

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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