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 Tucson's representative, returned to Tucson 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]

Its most successful program is softball, which has won eight national titles.


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