University of Arizona

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University of Arizona
City: Tucson, Arizona
Type: Public
Sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming/diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball[1]
Colors: red, blue
Mascot: Wilbur Wildcat (Wildcats)
Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral[2]

The University of Arizona (or UA) is an Arizona public university established in 1885.[3] The school ranked #96 in US News's 2008 "National Universities: Top Schools" list.[4]


Three (primary) Arizona cities (Tucson, Phoenix and Prescott), were vying for two prizes: either an asylum or the capital. Phoenix was given the asylum, and a $100,000 appropriation; Prescott was given the capital; and C.C. Stevens, who was Tuscon's representative, returned to Tuscon with the rights to the new university, and a mere $25,000 for it (some reports have citizens showering Stevens with ripe eggs, rotten vegetables and a dead cat).[5]

The university would open its doors 6 years later in 1891.[6] The first graduating class consisted of only 3 people (down from the 6 who were admitted): Mercedes Anna Shibell, Charles Oma Rouse and Mary Flint Walker.[7]


UA's football program has won 5 bowl games (while losing 7 and tying 1).[8] The basketball program won a national championship in 1997.[9]


  2. College Search - University of Arizona - U of A - At a Glance (English) (HTML). College Board. Retrieved on May 28, 2010.
  3. About the UA (English) (HTML). University of Arizona.
  4. National Universities: Top Schools (English) (HTML). US News.
  5. UA History: A Proud Beginning (English) (HTML). University of Arizona.
  6. The Old Main (English) (HTML). University of Arizona.
  7. The First Graduating Class, 1895 (English) (HTML). University of Arizona.
  9. History - Past Champions (English) (HTML). NCAA.