University of Arizona, U of A, UA, Arizona, Arizona Wildcats, Cats... No matter how you refer to it, this school a great public research university with a huge sports influence!
University of Arizona was founded in 1885 and is the first university in the state of Arizona, located in Tucson. UA is now one of the largest institutions in the state at over 42,000 students enrolled. In fact, the university currently has the largest freshman class in its history-- 8,100 students!
Sports make up a large part of student activities at UA. The athletic teams are part of the NCAA in the Pac-12 Conference and have won national titles in several sports, including men's basketball, baseball, and softball. If students aren't playing on the team, there's a good chance they're supporting from the student section, called the "ZonaZoo," donning UA Red and Arizona Blue. And of course, for other athletes who don’t compete on the school's teams, there are three levels of intramural sports: the Desert league, which emphasizes fun; the Sunset league, geared to moderate athletes; and the Cactus league, meant for very skilled and competitive athletes.
While U of A is large in size, it offers top students the opportunity to be apart of the University of Arizona Honors College. The Honors program has just over 4,500 students and provides the feel of a small, liberal arts college within a large research university.
Offering 334 fields of study, students can choose from a wide range of majors. UA offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degrees.
And fun fact: Kourtney Kardashian is a proud alum.
Learn more about University of Arizona here.