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  • 06/19/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    70 out of 72 people found this review useful. 1 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Definitely be willing to work. You could just do what you did in high school, and it's probable that you'll do well--but if you really work your butt off, UA has some of the most cutting-edge research facilities, laboratories, and programs in the country, and hard work is the only way you get in those.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely at least a dorm for the first year, especially if you're not from Tucson. You'll meet more people, get to know the campus better, and get more advantages than people who move there from out of state and have to worry about the commute, rent and utilities right off the bat. Do try to stay away from the larger dorms, unless you like to meet hundreds of people at once. Try everything once. You only go through college once, and a little experimentation--both academically and socially--is the only way to fully take advantage of it all.

    Bang for the buck

    UA tuition is going up, but I still think it's worth it. I wouldn't be going there if I didn't!

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely looooove this school. I've taken classes at some other colleges during the summer when I was in high school, so I know what other colleges offer and how they work. UA just absolutely blows them all out of the water. The people are nice and friendly, the city's great, the campus is beautiful, and the programs are all so unbelievable. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

    Am learning a lot

    Not all of the learning you do is academic. Much of my first year was personal growth learning. Just be expected for both.

  • 01/17/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 out of 35 people found this review useful. 2 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Of course self-motivated, responsible adults like any college. Also social people, it's a big school so if you are afraid to get out there and make friends you may end up hiding in your room. Athletic people, sports events are huge (if you don't attend the games people think you're weird) and the new addition to the recreation center is amazing!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to apply from out of state, the out of state scholarship can take care of most or all of the difference between the two prices. Also live on campus the first semester and get a meal plan. There really are great food options on campus and it's a long way to the grocery store. Bikes help if you want to go off campus, but often get stolen especially if you're on campus it's cheaper to buy the bus ticket every once and a while. Don't bring a car traffic is crazy and parking is expensive, besides it's unnecessary everything's on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm out of state, but their out of state scholarship makes it almost in state price and it's a lot cheaper than private schools! The private school I was looking at gave me a larger scholarship and was still about 20 thousand more a year. Also they sent their undergraduates here for research! Including my major they have many programs that are ranked very high in the country, I won't list them because I know they advertise them.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's a long ways from home and I'm more homesick than I thought I would be, but the people are very nice and I've made lots of friends especially in class everyone wants a study group so introduce yourself before the professor starts. I found my first week that a simple introduction in a science lecture can led to quick friendships especially if in your major you'll see them a lot!

    Am learning a lot

    There are so many classes to take and lots of majors offered. That's what I like about it being a big school. I got to start with the introductory courses in my major right away and even took the honors strand (open to everyone) so I had a great professor and we went a little faster and more in depth.

  • 08/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 out of 22 people found this review useful. 3 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Like warm weather, frat and sororities, friendly environment. Interested in health, astronomy, or business ( some of the top programs for those majors).

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus first year. This is where you will meet some of your best friends and it is a awesome experience. Get involved in something that interest you! Go to athletic events! Come visit the campus in the Fall! This is some of the nicest weather and with football and school going to campus is in full swing! Summer campus tours are really hot and the campus may seem dead due to lack of people around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Budget cuts are going into effect but the administration is doing everything they can to keep from tuition raising. It is the highest priced university in Arizona but educationally it exceeds. If you are looking for the best education in Arizona than it is well worth the tuition.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus. Although U of A is in Tucson, campus is filled with grass and trees. A misconception is that Tucson is a bad place to live. Although there are some parts that might not seem appealing to all; there are extremely nice parts to the area. The students are all extremely friendly and out going.

    Am learning a lot

    I almost never missed class last year. Class is educational, entertaining and difficult. Although some classes are of large proportions, the professors are always willing to give individual attention through office hours. If you study hard and make time for each of your classes than you should be fine!

  • 06/05/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 20 people found this review useful. 4 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Willing to work hard. If you are a nonresident, be ready to take classes and maintain a job. Tution went up from last year, and it's likely to happen again.

    Tips for prospective students

    The dorms are generally good, but watch out for the larger ones. Those tends to have more of the partying/drinking/drugs. Dont schedule your classes to have one or two hours between them. You wont get anything done, no matter your good intentions. Classes do exist at 8 am, which means your finals will be at 8am.

    Bang for the buck

    Tution rates are raising, and its raising a lot for nonresidents. Unless you have some nice scholarships, you are going to pay a lot. The bookstore is pricy. Try to get books off amazon or through other students.

  • 12/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 15 people found this review useful. 5 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any student can attend the U of A. College won't be as easy as high school so be ready to keep yourself motivated and focused!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take two sciences or a science and a math at the same time. It is a lot to take on especially if you plan on working. Don't procrastinate! College takes away from your sleeping time so do work before hand and eat a health meal to get you through your day!

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive to go to college, finding used text books and living with family is cheap and you will have extra cash to spend!

    Am enjoying being here

    I am enjoying it here regardless if the classes are hard or not. Make sure you don't just drown yourself in the books, talk to people make new friends!

    Am learning a lot

    There is so much to learn, too much it seems sometimes. I am a freshman and I took Bio and Chem at the same time it was very difficult.

  • 12/10/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 out of 14 people found this review useful. 6 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student fits in here. Every class is different. Course material is the same but just like any school no two teachers are the same. A student can find any one of the multitude of learning styles found at the U of A.

    Tips for prospective students

    DO NOT SKIP CLASSES OR PROCRASTINATE ON YOUR HOMEWORK. Unless you are some genius that knows literally everything, don't be a bad student or you will fail your classes. Teachers aren't nearly like the teachers in high school that will accept late work and give extra credit, their are no exceptions for college. But, college is a time for people to grow up and become responsible with everything they do so consider it a growing experience and enjoy it. I know I am.

    Bang for the buck

    Of course college is expensive, and the U of A is no exceptions. The tuition is going up every year, but I think any good student can find themselves a scholarship or too that levels the playing field and it is so worth it. What you get for what a lot of people pay, especially out of state people is not that good, but when you can find a way to pay for at least most of that by being a good student, it is very much worth what you pay.

    Am enjoying being here

    The U of A college campus is beautiful, its Arizona and miraculously they always keep their grass green. There is so much going on all the time, hundreds of clubs, a theater showing free movies weekly, comedy clubs, dancing classes, camping in the middle of the lawn, music, and lots of food. And I can't forget to mention the girls, beautiful sight, and for the girls out there come check out the studs playing frisbee on the lawn shirtless everyday. It is everything I could have imagined in a college experience.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned more this semester than I think I learned my senior year of high school. It is a different way to learn, just as can be expected from any college, but you get used to it after a while. It is less in-class teacher-to-student learning and more hands-on, actually doing projects and building things and doing experiments. The amount of time i spend in class is about 20% of the time I did in high school, but it is the out-of-class learning and projects that really have taught me so much just my first semester.

  • 07/09/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 11 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 7 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that like the sun and a large campus atmosphere would really enjoy the U of A. Poeple that live an active lifestyle and want to learn are also very welcome.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best attribute that a college student can have is the ability to be able to balance work and play. Be active on and off campus to get the full college experience. There is so much the U of A has to offer. You want to leave college with both a strong degree and strong friendships, and of course, memories to chuckle about!

    Bang for the buck

    The financial aid advisers really do help, even when you don't meet the mark with your grades. It is very affordable (like any AZ college) so there is quite a lot of people from out of state. Tutoring, computer help, and other services are free as a student. I am very impressed that whole college is open to me to use while attending school!

    Am enjoying being here

    At the U of A, there is things going on and right off campus everyday and every weekend. It clearly is the most social campus out of the Arizona schools because it is large and centered. The student council floods the campus with concerts, games, and parties that are mostly free or cheap. It is extremely easy to make friends because everyone is energetic about having fun. I know that some of the people I have met this past year are going to be friends for life.

    Am learning a lot

    The U of A has a unique general education outline that all students must journey through. Though there is an outline, there is such a variety of classes to choose from! Therefore, you have a say of what you want to learn more about during your college education. After finishing my freshman year I feel that I have attained a broad base of knowledge that I am able to apply to my life and others. You do not have to be a nerd to like going to class!

  • 12/23/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 9 people found this review useful. 8 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    ~Optical science majors- BEST school for it in the nation! ~Research-type majors - UA has great researching facilities ~Any other major really, except journalism...I hear that program isn't very strong

    Tips for prospective students

    Realize, you're no longer in high school. There's a lot more work and a lot less play. No longer are you forced to go to class, do homework, or do projects. You have so much more freedom which makes you HAVE TO start realizing what your priorities are. Beware it's really easy to get caught up in all this new found freedom.

    Bang for the buck

    Considering the well-rounded education the U of A provides, it's worth the tuition costs. It's a bit disappointing that tuition costs keep rising, but knowing that you're attending the most educationally exceeding college in Arizona makes it better.

    Am enjoying being here

    Fantastic campus! It's always sunny, filled with palm trees, and crisp green grass. There's plenty of things to do right on campus, and if you're feeling like having a night out, then it's less than a 10min walk from the famous Tucson 4th avenue where you can always find something to do!

    Am learning a lot

    The U of A definitely has fantastic professors, but lecture classes are rough. If you're not used to being surrounded by 500+ people with laptops going on Facebook while you're trying to pay attention, then for certain classes you're going to have a lot of getting used to . Professors do have a lot of office hours though which I would highly recommend going to if you if you have trouble comprehending anything, they're extremely helpful.

  • 11/03/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 9 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Social, outdoors loving, academic driven students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really remember the saying: Social, School, Sleep. You only get two of the three, so which is it going to be? If you manage your time well, and do homework ahead of time, the weekends are relaxing, but if you procrastinate, it really gets you in the end. You're not in highschool anymore, so you really have to take control of your own learning now.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is raising, but coming from California where budget cuts are terrible, and students can't get classes, Arizona is a dream come true. You are guaranteed English and Math classes, so you don't have to worry when registering for those. Also, living here is extremely cheap, so after freshman year, you can find apartments for almost any price and within a few miles of campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    I LOVE being here. It's hard being away from home, but I've met so many people who make me forget my homesickness. I joined a sorority which is my home away from home, and everyone has helped me a lot with classes, dorm living, friendship problems, the whole 10 yards.

    Am learning a lot

    All the classes you can chose from are quite interesting. Most of the professors really take the time to make sure you understand everything if you go to their office hours. Also, you learn a ton about yourself as a freshman living in the dorms, and you learn to grow up fast if you were always helped out by your parents.

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 10 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Focused students, who know when it is time for fun and when it is time for work. Students who enjoy hot weather. Students who enjoy being heavily involved in school activities and a big school spirit. Great for people who like the hometown feeling. Great for people who do not want to leave campus very often, seeing as there are always issues going on off campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus because there will be a large amount of distractions. You must take your time for your assignments as teachers are lenient in class but not on grading major assignments. Enjoy the moments of freedom you have, you will get rewarded with freedom if you efficiently deal with your school work. Pay close attention to class specific meeting times as a lot of the time they are subject to change with minimal notice. You must become an E-mailer, and a heavy amount of class content will be on the internet so check your account daily.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student the tuition is incredibly high. In order to get the most bang for your buck, you must be completely invested in your school work. The books are overpriced just like every other university, the dorms are expensive as well. Life on campus is expensive. The expensive meal plan is not backed up by delicious nor healthy food. You will obtain a large amount of knowledge through your major specific courses. General education courses are simply in the way of the true learning. Teachers are dedicated and encouraging, this is where your money is doing the most work. I also wanted to leave home as many students do, but you should check your options before going away. It may not always end up not being the best option, but it is almost always the most expensive one. Very expensive to go here,but the cost of living in Tucson makes the cost of the school a little more forgiving.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is no place I personally enjoy more than this school. This is the most fun place I have ever been or lived. It is a great place to meet new people and create yourself as many new students do. As a minority, there may be some changes for those attending a primarily Caucasian school but the people ON CAMPUS are very accepting and inviting. Notice the emphasis on the word ON CAMPUS. I have had some run-ins with ignorant people off campus, but that will happen at any university to anyone.

    Am learning a lot

    Coming from a college preparatory high school, I am versed in college level courses. Honestly, the learning here isn't sub par by any means. At the same time you can attend a public University in your own state and most likely obtain the same amount of knowledge. On another note, all of the teachers I had were accessible and helpful. There were many instances where teacher would go the extra mile to help a student. Give you an extra day for an assignment or let you revise one of your edits before you turn in the final paper. Personally when I was vested in the class I got a lot out of my major specific courses. The general requirements classes are less rigorous and thus easy to breeze through.

  • 07/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 7 people found this review useful. 11 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who like to bike or skateboard. Students looking into programs for business, astronomy, architecture, and dance. Students who like heat: 100+ degree heat.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and don't forget to send in ALL your transcripts. Also, when you get accepted, don't give up while registering for classes. It can be a hassle to get the right classes, but check everyday and eventually you will get the class you're after.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other universities it's a decent price for tuition. The only problem is the tuition increase recently caused by state budget cuts. Not a big deal though.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is great. Some of the classrooms are kind of stuck in the past, but the atmosphere is still great. I love going to the student union for lunch or a break. Also, exploring the campus is great fun. There are some strange places to find in the nooks-and-cranny's of this campus.

    Am learning a lot

    Even though this school is going through some tough times, I haven't noticed any cutback in the amount I'm learning. Every professor I've had so far is amazing! I might even say I've learned more in one year here than all four years of high school.

  • 07/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 12 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who want to major in: - Engineering (especially optics and aerospace) - Business - Pharmacy - Dance You can find everything you need on campus, and these programs are the ones that UA is most recognized and awarded for.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you apply for financial aid before March 1st! That's their priority deadline and the school can be really generous. I also recommend living on campus for at least your first year if you can afford it. It's a great way to meet friends and even study buddies. If you decide to enroll in the honors program, consider living in an Honors-only residence hall. They have great study rooms so you don't have to walk all the way to do the library to catch up with some quiet homework time. I also recommend getting a Zona Zoo pass, which is your ticket to all sporting events at home. Going to games is another great way to blow off steam during the school year. Join clubs too! Put your name on their mailing lists so you're always updated. If you can't find a club you like, make your own! It's really easy if you talk to the student association. They'll give you start-up money too.

    Bang for the buck

    Arizona's economic condition is not helping the school keep its tuition low, but the school is definitely doing its best in keeping its tuition rates constant for its returning students. If you're from out-of-state, consider yourself lucky because although your tuition starts at a higher rate, tuition increases are less likely to affect you. As an out-of-state resident, I also got a great deal on the Arizona Excellence Scholarship. It helped decrease my tuition to a manageable amount, and I even got a MacBook Pro with it!

    Am enjoying being here

    I stayed on campus my freshmen year in Yuma Hall. I loved it! It was such a great community. We had hall programs every week, and I got to know all my fellow residents. People are always so friendly. The entire school also teems with school spirit. I was never a big game-goer when I was in high school, but once I was in UA, I never missed a football and basketball game. There's always someone to go with too. Plus, if you're the busy type who has so much homework, know that people won't judge you if you go to the stadium or in the court with a backpack full of homework, You can jot down stuff during timeouts, and you'll see a couple people probably doing the same thing too. But game time IS game time. The students also have so many traditions that you pick up on your freshman year. You feel such a great sense of community with almost everyone in school.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently enrolled in the Honors program in UA, and I have done so many things this past year that I didn't think I wasn't expecting to learn from, but I did. Most of the professors that I've had so far have been really helpful. They are required to have office hours throughout the week, and they really encourage you to come by even if you don't need help. The tutoring centers (Think Tank) is open until 9pm every weekday, even on finals week! It's the best. All the tutors really know their stuff. Most of the tutors are students themselves, but may professors have tutoring hours there as well. There are also so many opportunities for research, even as a freshman without experience. I was accepted to do molecular biology research and I definitely gained experience from the lab. Honors student or not, you're sure to learn a lot by just being on campus and going to class. The honors status really is not worth that much because everyone gets almost the same perks (although early registration for classes is nice).

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 13 of 436

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    there are countless things to do for fun on and off campus at the u of a. there is an enormous pool at the rec center where some students like to spend their entire weekend soaking up the tucson sun, and there are constant events going on on the ua mall. there is never a boring moment at this school!

    Food and Dining

    there is a large variety of on campus food options to choose from at the university of arizona. from highland market, all the way to oy vey cafe, students can use their meal plan, cash, or debit/credit cards to buy just about any food that they are craving!

    Dorm Life

    the university of arizona is known for its outstanding residence life! with over 20 different halls to choose from, both incoming and returning students have to opportunity to live in a community that will help them make lifelong friends and increase their chances of academic success. i am currently an ra at the likins residence hall and it has been an amazing experience to watch the residents in my wing grow personally, socially, and academically!

    Academic Rigor

    the university of arizona is constantly challenging students to go beyond their academic comfort zone and reach new potentials. although it is not an ivy league school, it is the most prestigious school in the state of arizona, and for a good reason! i personally feel lucky to be in a school that provides me with such challenging, yet rewarding academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    my greatest advice for incoming freshmen to the university of arizona is to live in the residence halls. not only does living on campus make going to class easier than ever, but it where new students will foster friendships that will last a lifetime. also, residence halls allow students to make connections with people who have similar academic ambitions and can work as a team to help them better integrate into the college way of life.

    In three sentences

    the university of arizona provides students with an environment that allows them to challenge themselves in their academic abilities. it not only has outstanding academics, but a remarkable residence life for students living on campus, countless free resources for students to take advantage of, and a very supporting and spirited community. located in the heart of tucson, u of a is the epitome of the ultimate college experience!

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 14 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus does a great job of ensuring students safety on campus. At night, there is a service provided called safe ride which will drive you to where you need to be. Also, there are stations throughout the campus where you simply press a button and the police are notified that there is trouble and where the location is. This helps me feel so much better about walking around campus alone, especially at night.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on at the University of Arizona. Activities going on in the grassy area outside the mall, shows, games, tailgates, parties, exhibits, and the rec center. No matter who you are or what you like to do, there is sure to be something fun for you to spend your free time doing.

    Food and Dining

    The University of Arizona has a wide variety of different foods and places to eat. The Student Union has a food court, which is just unbelievable. There are many choices like Panda Express, Chic-fil-a, Burger King, a Deli shop, frozen yogurt, and several sit down restaurants. You can purchase a meal plan at the beginning of the semester, and then you just use your student ID to purchase your food which is so nice!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life has its positives and negatives, but it's something everyone should experience. The RAs and DAs are very friendly and helpful. I've met so many cool and interesting people in my dorm. It is definitely the best way to meet new people. Roommates are interesting. It takes some getting used to living with someone you don't know. Hopefully you and your roommate become good friends. I highly recommend dorm life to incoming freshmen.

    Academic Rigor

    All of my professors and teachers are highly educated and have many cool experiences, like publishing books. I have enjoyed taking courses at the University of Arizona this semester. I have learned so much already and I still have 4 years left!

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly advise the University of Arizona if you're looking into it, go for it! Make sure you get all your applications in on time and are meeting the requirements to get into the University, then you're all set.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona has been all I've ever dreamed of so far! There is something for everyone, no matter who you are or what interests you have. It has been the perfect college experience and more.

  • 07/28/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 7 people found this review useful. 15 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are outgoing and like to meet a lot of new people from other realms of the world, this is the school for you. Mostly everyone on campus is really friendly, however, since the school maintains a higher population of students, it may be hard to create friendships in and outside of class. It really is up to you :)

    Tips for prospective students

    College is a big punch in the face! Haha Be prepared for a lot of hard work and studying. It is not all about partying and having fun. You're going to have to sacrifice going out with friends for school work a lot of the time. If you wish to be successful time management and organization is key.

    Bang for the buck

    The University is going through tough times right now due to the budget cuts but you can see the tremendous effort that is being put into the students as well as the university.

    Am enjoying being here

    Absolutely gorgeous campus. Lovely grassy areas that are perfect for a little picnic lunch. Beautiful sculptures all throughout the campus and there are lovely areas that are well shaded and perfect for mini power naps. The buildings are absolutely gorgeous, especially the older ones. A nice walk down the mall (long grass strip at the center of campus) can be very relaxing after a long days work.

    Am learning a lot

    Some of the general education classes can be overcrowded and difficult to stay awake in. Make sure to pick courses that interest you and make sure to read reviews on the professors and course descriptions. The bigger classes tend to make you feel lost. Try and stick to smaller classes to receive information at your own pace.

  • 12/03/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 16 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The types of students that are going to college simply to get a degree. While there are opportunities to go deeper into study here, one may be better off elsewhere...

    Tips for prospective students

    Think about what you will want to do in your free time and check that UA has that available.

    Bang for the buck

    Regarding tuition, if you are a resident of Arizona, the tuition is fine for the quality of education you recieve. But living in a dorm, as I am, it seems as if you pay a lot of money to live with a roommate in a smelly hall sharing bathrooms. Avoid the dorms and the expense they bring. Also the bookstore and the places to eat on campus are rather pricey for poor starving college students.

    Am enjoying being here

    UA is in Tucson, AZ where there really isn't much to do. If you don't have a car to take you farther into or out of the city, you are pretty much stuck with what you have at the University. This can be fun if you have many friends that can make anything fun. It seems like otherwise, the only thing there is to do is go to partys... BUT the campus is beautiful and the mountains surrounding the city are great for hiking and biking or whatever you please. The campus is also near Mexico-where many students go for a break-and the dunes. These are great for students with cars, but parking on campus is hard and expensive.

    Am learning a lot

    This is my first year in college, but I had taken AP classes in high school. I was told by a friend that classes at UA are either as hard or easier than AP classes. I would say this is mostly true, however you do not have as much attention as you did in high school. It's time to work on those study skills!

  • 12/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 17 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student. It is a very diverse campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get a dorm on Highland. Unless you eat all the time, watch what meal plan you get because you can't downgrade! If you are interested in Greek Life, go for it! It's huge here and so much fun! Get you Zona Zoo pass so you can go to the football and basketball games, they are a blast.

    Bang for the buck

    For how inexpensive it is, you get a great education. The scholarships awarded to in-state and out-of-state students are great. I get over half my tuition paid for and I'm from out of state!

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful and the weather is wonderful. Being from out of state is not a big deal because people from all over come here. The sports events are so much fun and our teams are only supposed to getbetter. Every aspect of college life is great here. Tucson has a lot of interesting places to go see and if you are bored, Phoenix is just over an hour away.

    Am learning a lot

    Not only do you learn academically, you learn in many other areas. Greek life, dorm life, and sports all have a great impact on learning and growing. You grow academically and intellectually here.

  • 08/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 18 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The University of Arizona is great for: •People that can stand/enjoy heat •Those that dislike freezing winters •Those that want a challenge but not Mission Impossible •Those that enjoy the city life/can handle many people in Tucson and at the University. •Basically anyone that finds his/her education important and central.

    Tips for prospective students

    To future students, I would recommend a couple of things: •If you're not from Arizona, be prepared for the heat. Buy plenty of light clothing to wear in the summer, and a light jacket for the winter. I personally wear basketball shorts year round and am comfortable even in the winter. •Be prepared for anything when it comes to classes. Many of the classes will depend upon the teacher's style and requirements. The same course could just as easily be a class you sometimes don't remember you have, or the nightmare that has you working 2 hours a day on homework. If you are ready for either, you will succeed. •Join clubs or organized sports. There are HUNDREDS of clubs and sports which you can participate in, and they are for all kinds of interests. The UA has a policy where you can even create your own club! Because of this, there are a wide variety to choose from and enjoy. They keep you active and give you a social foundation. •Condense your schedule, and have it mid-morning to mid-afternoon. I currently do this, which is to say having my classes back to back and having them start around 9 or 10 and go until about 1 or 2. It is the most effective way to schedule. This way, you can get plenty of sleep, and still have a night to do things the day before class. When getting out at 2, you can complete your homework and have the rest of the day to yourself. It's a great stress relief and will keep you happy. •Finally, get plenty of sleep and eat a good diet. These two things you might be thinking are only health related, but they're not. They are also school performance related. Getting plenty of sleep, which is 7-9 hours, is CRUCIAL. I went my first semester getting only about 6 hours of sleep, and I was always exhausted and couldn't focus. Eating healthy is the same deal. It helps your mind churn and keeps you happy. Many fear the freshman fifteen but with a solid eating plan and exercise I actually lost about 40 healthy pounds entering college!

    Bang for the buck

    I am an in-state student, so the tuition isn't quite as high as many other people will be paying. For what I pay for though, I get a fantastic education and really learn a lot. There are still some classes here and there that truly don't feel like college classes and are either too easy or not important/interesting in the slightest.

    Am enjoying being here

    Tucson is a fantastic place to be. It is sunny most days of the year, although during the summer it can get very hot (good thing there's no school besides summer session!). The winter/fall/spring are all pleasant and enjoyable and has many of those days where you step outside and are just a happy person because of the weather. As far as entertainment, the U of A's sports games are always fun to go to as well as the many clubs and memorable eateries located on 4th Avenue. And, for the gentlemen, the women are beautiful, so be sure and buy a jaw lock to keep it from dropping your first day on campus!

    Am learning a lot

    Am currently in my second year, so some of the stuff is not quite relevant yet, but this is to be expected because there are still some GenEds (General education or unrelated to major classes) to take care of. In my major-oriented classes I am learning TONS of information that is all very important and useful to my current major.

  • 07/23/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 19 of 436

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    Great for these types of students

    The U of A is great for students who enjoy being around a LOT of people.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class and do your homework! Teacher's are there to help but you need to do your part. It will make school life a lot more enjoyable.

    Am enjoying being here

    The sports are my favorite part of U of A. Going to the games is a lot of fun and there is a lot of school spirit, whether we are winning or not. The campus is an inviting and exciting environment.

    Am learning a lot

    There is a variety of interesting classes to choose from. I really enjoyed most of the classes I took last year.

  • 08/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 20 of 436

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    Tips for prospective students

    Research the classes the university has to offer. Pick classes that you are interested in because you will have a lot of work, so you better enjoy the information! Get involved! I encourage students to join at least one club.

    Bang for the buck

    Though tuition can be expensive, the university offers great classes and a variety of interesting clubs.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have made tons of new friends here. The people are great, and classes are a great place to meet new people and make helpful study groups. Working on campus is also great because you can meet other students and learn about their culture and where they're from.

    Am learning a lot

    My courses at UA have definitely required a lot of work and dedication, but the information has always been interesting. My professors and teachers have been extremely helpful, and do want you to learn. I have also learned a lot from my classmates and those who are involved with the clubs I am in. Everyone has something to share.

  • 01/04/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 21 of 436

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    Great for these types of students

    We are all proud and loud about our WildCat Pride so this school is perfect for the person who has a lot spirit and pride. The UA is academically challenging that will ultimately help you become the person you want to be. So if you are willing to put the hard work in your experience with the University of Arizona will be worth while! Love to talk and socialize? The UA has a diverse and large number of clubs and organizations that will give the social butterfly their fix. These range from Greek Life (Sororities and Fraternities) to Cultural clubs and Student Government. Ultimately, the University of Arizona is the type of school where you can get the education YOU want to receive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely come and get a tour of the UA. Our Student Ambassadors are legendary for the positive attitudes , plethora of UA knowledge and the ability to walk backwards without falling! The tour will definitely bring out the WildCat in you! Also check out your degree programs, see what they have to offer for classes and possible financial aid as well. Get your application done early so that applying for scholarships is even easier with your future school already decided and they have accepted you.

    Bang for the buck

    You will certainly get your bang for your buck at the UA. The campus offers many free services to students. These serivices include Medical, Technical, and Emotional. The Campus Health Center has a pharmacy inside which makes picking up prescriptions even easier. Feeling down? The UA offers many services that will give you the emotional help you need or even just a listening ear. Technology is advancing more every day and the UA is there to help with this ever changing transition. UA offers a wide range of technological resources that will assist you with whatever problems that arise. During semester my computer got a terrible computer virus and with one trip to the 24/7 computer help lab it was fixed! The campus also offers free on-campus wifi and anti-virus software for your PC.

    Am enjoying being here

    The UA campus is friendly and welcoming. Everywhere you go there is guaranteed to be someone showing off their WildCat pride! The dorms are a great way to experience U of A during your first year. Each dorm has its own environment and gives you the freedom you yearn for but at the same time giving you a at home feeling. There is always something going on during the week somewhere on campus. Whether it's a study abroad fair or Homecoming intramurals or a pick up ultimate Frisbee game, there is something that will capture your attention and give you even more happiness in your college experience.

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Arizona is full of classes and opportunities that not only help you academically but in life as well. The classes I have taken thus far have been interesting and given me lots of new knowledge to take in. The professors are diverse and unique, so there will certainly be an educator that can hold your interest. The UA offers opportunities for jobs, which has certainly helped me learn so much more. Examples include resume assistance, help with interview skills and job fairs. The UA not only prepares one for the academic world but he real world as well.

  • 07/22/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 22 of 436

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who are there to learn and are willing to work but also want to experience fun college life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Your first semester take a light class load of only general education credits because your first semester you want to get used to the campus and course work as well as have some fun. Also take classes that seem interesting because those are the classes you will enjoy more as well as work harder in.

    Bang for the buck

    They are raising tuition however it is still worth the money the campus is beautiful and the professors are knowlagable.

    Am enjoying being here

    From conections at the U of A I recived an internship that has helped me grow and learn so much as a person right now I am running my own branch of a painting company that I started from scratch. The University gives such great oportunities like that to the students that attend.

    Am learning a lot

    Your freshman year at the U of A they try and teach you how to think critically and that is the main objective you learn in most of your courses

  • 08/06/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 23 of 436

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    Great for these types of students

    The Greek community here is huge, so if you are interested in fraternities and sororities, this is definitely a great school to attend. Also, if you love the heat, what better than a school in Arizona! The typical student is very laid back and cares more about the social aspect of school rather than the actual academics [at least the majority of the students I have come into contact with].

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay in the dorms your first year. This is where you will meet a majority of the people you will know throughout your college years. Those I knew who did not do so regretted it immensely and were not as socially involved in the student population.

    Bang for the buck

    This university is on the cheaper side, especially if you are an in-state resident. You get the education you pay for and it is definitely not overpriced. Tuition is raising each semester due to budget cuts, however, so be aware of that.

    Am enjoying being here

    At first, college was a tough transition period for me. With such a large student body, it was fairly easy to find people that you click with socially. Overall its a great campus with many fun and exciting activities to take part in.

    Am learning a lot

    If you pay attention in class, you will learn a great amount of information. The U of A has many diverse general education courses that you can enroll in which force you to learn about many different facets of life. Most freshman classes [gen eds] give insight to the majors the university offers so in case you are undecided, you are bound to find something you will fall in love with.

  • 08/25/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 24 of 436

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    Great for these types of students

    For outgoing and active students. If you like being outside this is the place for you!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Join everything and introduce yourself to the person sitting next to you. The more people you know the more fun you will have. Try getting a job as a Desk Assistant because it is an awesome job.

    Bang for the buck

    For a public university it is awesome. Even with budget cuts it is still trying to reduce cost and help students.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is always something to do, no matter what your interested in. The people are very friendly and the campus is always active.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers are very knowledgeable about their subjects and always willing to help. Just be sure to go to office hours or email them.

  • 12/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 25 of 436

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    Great for these types of students

    Study hard and all your hard work will pay off. Go that extra inch in everything because it will add miles to your education and overall success in life. For a great education and college experience join the wildcats in southern Arizona for you next major stepping stone into a well rounded successful future.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love the out doors along with alot of other great activites in a steady nice climate year round then ARIZONA IS FOR YOU. The education is grand, the activites are endless, and the sun never goes away.

    Bang for the buck

    For the instate student there is not a better college to attend. The university has such and array of majors and minors that are well worth the price. The tuition, housing and board are all worth the amount and are very appropriate. Also there are many different scholarships offered making the bang for the buck even better.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love being at the University of Arizona. The are so many activities to such as inter mural sports, hiking, biking, Greek life, clubs, parties, restaurants, and school sports events. There are a lot of fun and exciting things for everyone to part take in. The dorms are also wonderful, with new ones being built to make living on campus even better. I recommend living on campus at least once to meet people. Meeting people is very easy and essential the first year of college. Also, Off campus housing typically provides shuttles and great low payments to take living on ones own at an east pace.

    Am learning a lot

    The University has some of the best teachers that I have ever experienced. Many just love to teach and show there Knowledge. One of the teachers whom i personally had swore to never teach off a powerpoint, but to hand write everything so that the material was always learned. A teacher who puts in effort to teach always rubs off well on his or her students. I have learned so much and wish to learn more as well.

  • 01/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 436

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    Great for these types of students

    The U of A has a phenomenal engineering program, math program, science programs (be warned: science classes at the U of A are extremely difficult, requiring much effort, but ultimately rewarding), and ample opportunities to study abroad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take AP classes and earn credit. Very few universities are as generous as the U of A in rewarding your dedicated work in high school.

    Bang for the buck

    Let's face it: Arizona is cheap in comparison to the rest of the United States when it comes to tuition. Like many of you, I aspired to greatness, with acceptances at both Duke and Georgetown University. However, financially, these universities presented a strain I had not known, and in retrospect, I am more than satisfied I chose to stay in state. On several occasions, I've heard of individuals studying at Harvard, Yale, and the other leading prestigious institutions in this country, spending thousands and thousands of dollars. These individuals receive far less attention while undergraduate students (as opposed to the U of A, where excellence is rewarded upon an individual basis, most notably with the Honors College Program), and then go on to achieve excellence I once thought to be reserved for the top colleges. Because, the fact of the matter is, very few institutions care where students get their undergraduate degrees, with the emphasis primarily on GPA, research involvement, and GRE, MCAT, and LSAT scores. In this sense, there is no more feasible college option than the U of A, offering the same levels of excellence as any other college, with the additional perk of an affordable education.

    Am enjoying being here

    Perhaps an anecdote is the most successful way to convey my sense of belonging originating in my new home at the U of A. I remember vividly the grassy quad of the mall lined up side by side with the 300+ organizations voicing their views, perspectives, and ideas. Religious affiliations of all kinds, differing political parties, and clubs ranging from crusaders for world peace to advocates focusing primarily on Tucson issues all coexist. And, this remains the most potent lesson to be learned: diversity is welcome, and in fact, encouraged, on this campus. No room exists for hateful language, and this spirit of cooperation, despite the presence of a plethora of opinions, has been enlightening. Because at the U of A, each individual is treated with the principles of respect and understanding, no matter who you may be.

    Am learning a lot

    College life is as much marked by experiences inside the classroom as it is by those that happen outside of this context. Nothing can be truer of the U of A, where opportunities abound more so than most other post-secondary institutions. Did you know that as a U of A student you are eligible to enter a research lab as early as your freshman year? I am aware, and thankfully became part of the amazing team of the Brain Imaging, Behavior, and Aging Lab. But beyond this practical reality that makes graduate school a much more feasible option, the U of A offers top of the line professors that go above and beyond, offering many opportunities to meet and converse, even with a freshman.

  • 02/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 1 person found this inaccurate. 27 of 436

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    Great for these types of students

    People who can't go anywhere else.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can afford University of Arizona because it is in state, and this is your only chance at a 4 year college, go for it. If not, look elsewhere.

    Bang for the buck

    This year is costing me A LOT. I am out of state, and it is definitely not worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is no grass and no trees. It is loud and dirty. Do yourself a favor and pass up Tucson.

    Am learning a lot

    University of Arizona is a decent school with many below average students. It can be hard to really make something of your classes when no one else around you cares to.

  • 06/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 28 of 436

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    Great for these types of students

    Self motivated and open-minded sorts of students. :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun. Don't be too uptight about things. Sure, good grades are great, but there's so much more to college life than just A's. I highly recommend staying in the residence halls during the first year at least because it's an experience that you won't be able to get any other way, not even living in your own apartment. I've lived on campus for three years-- my first two were as a resident, and now I'm a resident assistant. You simply learn so much from living with like-minded people, since the UA has some great themed communities.

    Bang for the buck

    Let's be honest. Even though Arizona's tuition has increased dramatically over the past few years, it's still a pretty good school, and very cheap compared to other universities with similar programs. Living expenses in the Grand Canyon state are also lower compared to that of other states.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here. I am an in-state student and was actually kind of disappointed at the prospect of having to remain in Arizona. However, UA gave me a very nice scholarship that convinced me to stay, and I haven't looked back since. It's a great community with caring faculty who really want their students to learn, and the people here are lax and super friendly.

    Am learning a lot

    You really can't rate the school as a whole. You're going to have to take a look at the departments, classes and programs separately, but from what I've heard, it's all fairly good. The school system is kind of silly, with the gen ed requirements, but I do think that all universities have a similar system for students to expand their horizons, so there's really not much to say. To be blunt, these gen eds don't really let students learn. Sometimes they're not interesting, and with scheduling conflicts, it's almost impossible to enroll in the class of your choice. To be fair, I like that once you're in your selected department, it's much easier to learn because you're in a specialized field.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 29 of 436

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    Campus Safety

    The UofA has its own police station with officers often roaming the campus in golf-carts, especially at night. It does get quite dark on campus because of the energy saving, low level lights that are used in order to keep down the light pollution for the astronomers that work in Tucson. However, the blue light push buttons are always just around the corner and as long as you stick to the well-lit walkways, you will never feel intimidated.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life at UofA is widespread, with an entire street dubbed Greek Row due to the stretch of fraternity and sorority houses there.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs for any and all activities, from the Chemistry Club that teaches young elementary school students about chemistry in a fun way, to the Native American Heritage club that attends large pow-wows and festivals.

    Great for these types of students

    This is the place to be for any and all students (even those who hate the sun can hang out inside!)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The mall, located in the center of campus, is a large grass field that often sports random frisbee games, Greek Life recruiters, cookie sales, and even band parades during football season. Also, you will hear everyone say, Bear Down! which stems from a story about how a UofA athlete on his death-bed told the rest of the team to bear down in anticipation of the coming game (which is why the slogan doesn't have anything to do with Wildcats).

    Bang for the buck

    The UofA is really inexpensive as far as large research universities go, with over 70% of the students receiving aid of some sort from the school. Also, the class sizes are really small after you pass those first-year lecture hall classes and get into the nitty gritty of your major.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is smack-dab in the middle of Tucson, so if you're in the mood for just about anything, it's never far away. University Drive leading up to campus has several stores, salons, restaurants, bars, etc. which are all packed every weekend. If large social gatherings aren't your thing, then the nearby neighborhoods often have small gatherings of friends, or if you're near the campus, just chill out at a friend's dorm.

    Food and Dining

    The UofA has the second-largest student union in the US and it shows. Only about half of the eateries are based in the food court with the rest being either sit-down style places or deli style. Also, the Park Student Union (conveniently located near the dorms) stays open late so you can get your grub on after a long study session or workout at the newly refurbished student rec center.

    Dorm Life

    There are multiple brand-new comfortable and even stylish dorms, with many events going on weekly sponsored by the Residence Life group (they are in charge of the dorms). If you want a fun, social dorm experience, then you will find that here. On the other hand, if you're looking for a quiet place to relax and study, simply close your door, pop on the headphones, and remain in a blissful bubble.

    Academic Rigor

    For most students, what you put into your academics is what you will get out of it. For those in rigorous courses of study, you will be challenged and you will feel the stress, but a solid work ethic and study habits will save the day. If you're looking for an easier academic path with heavier reliance on socializing and networking, then that is also widely available. Basically, it's not Princeton, but it's not ASU either ;)

    Tips for prospective students

    No matter what you are looking for in the college experience, it can be found at UofA. If you are looking for a good-sized university that is in an urban setting, then this is perfect. Otherwise, your interests will probably take you elsewhere. The campus is efficiently designed so that most of the buildings are within one square mile. Also, the entire campus is in downtown Tucson, so all the local hangouts and cool places are within walking/biking distance. Just remember, this is a desert, so bring water, a hat, sunglasses, and wear sunblock!

    In three sentences

    The University that has it all- strong academics, strong athletics, and the whole college experience. With a beautiful campus that is well-planned and in the heart of Tucson, every social gathering and research project is within reach! Just remember to bring a hat and some water :)

  • 08/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 7 people found this review useful. 30 of 436

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    Great for these types of students

    Everyone. Has a exceptional Business college.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a wonderful school. Great teachers and all of the students are very nice!

  • 12/03/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 31 of 436

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    Great for these types of students

    Get set for a jam packed school year with football games, zona zoo, and amazing union food. Don't be danted by the harder classes. Try them out and you'll do better then you think. Make sure you're ready for school spirit because UA is all about that. Go CATS!

    Tips for prospective students

    Try your hardest to keep up in classes. The teachers are amazing and will listen if you have questions or any doubts about a course. Go to academic advisor. They love you, and you'll love them.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, as is all college. It's definitely worth it though. Try for scholarships, as I'm on full scholarship, and you'll be fine.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's November and it's still t-shirt and shorts weather! I love the school set up. We were just on game day on ESPN and our campus looked gorgeous. It's a great learning atmosphere.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm currently an Architecture major and it's literally killing me. This school is 9th in the country for Architecture and it shows. It's an amazing program, but only if you absolutly love it. I have changed my major to a double in Journalism and Photography with a minor in Spanish. They give you a ton of options at UA and really help you out to find what you really want to do.

  • 12/08/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 32 of 436

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    Great for these types of students

    Medical students Arts majors Engineering and Aerospace Majors Law students Music majors Business Management Track and field athletes Basketball athletes

    Tips for prospective students

    Schedule for everything early do not waist any time or procrastinate on anything due. Be on Time, Be present as much as possible, Be a participant. The three B's

    Bang for the buck

    Not expensive at all thanks to Cappex!

    Am enjoying being here

    I like it here at the University of Arizona. along with the great weather, you have so much activities to engage in here on campus. There are great sororities and sports programs. BEAR DOWN fridays and 15% to 20% off at the bookstores. Football and Basketball are in great shape and looking good. You make friends so fast because everyone is so friendly. The Univesity of Arizona is a wonderful school. Come here to see for yourself.

    Am learning a lot

    I am a physiology major and the program make it easy for you to learn the craft of your major. Need help studying? Go to the THINK TANK and get tutoring anytime for any class. Come with the right questions and they will be answered. It guarunteens you outstanding grades in every class. The African American studies program really helped me.

  • 01/11/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 33 of 436

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    Great for these types of students

    all types!!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are thinking about going here... STOP! thinking and just go!!!!

    Bang for the buck

    As for bang for the buck.... I believe it is worth it. Even with tuition going up I would never trade in the fact that I am attending a world recognized university that has excellent academics and athletics!

    Am enjoying being here

    I went to every home football game this year! Even the embarrassing loss we had in the Holiday Bowl. I have made life long friends! I have a very cute room! And I even did good in my classes :) I LOVE IT HERE!

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning not only academically but also about myself as a person. I have learned that even though stress comes and that it can hit you hard it will all be over soon. I have learned all about the processes of experimentation and what it includes. I have learned that I don't have a very good memory and need to study HARD to remember that experimentation process. These are just few of the many things I have learned!

  • 10/08/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 34 of 436

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that take initiative and seek their knowledge amongst a flood of other students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely don't slack off ever. You'll never catch up. It's fast paced from day one in some classes, and not so much in others. I think that's part of what makes it hard.

    Bang for the buck

    It's about the same price as other state universities, but the U of A can offer an edge if you step up and talk to as many experts in the field and advisors as possible.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's a different world, but you meet some cool friends within the first week. From then on you'll grow more accustomed to the place and really come to like it.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors and teachers here tend to care a little more about their students from what I've seen. Their understanding might surprise you.

  • 10/29/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 35 of 436

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are hard workers and are motivated. Also, students who are willing and want to attend a large school. There are a lot of students here; therefore, there are a lot of students in the classes (at least for the GenEd courses, upper-division courses, I'm not really sure). Great university, anyone will love it here!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! It is really important because it helps you adjust to college life and you get to meet new people. Getting a job on campus is a great way to get involved. You don't really work that many hours a week but its enough to provide you with some extra cash. There are a lot of different places you can work like the Student Union, bookstores, offices, etc. I'm an office assistant and whenever I'm not doing anything I can do my homework, research, or read. Get involved within your major. Check out your major's website and see if they are looking for any research assistants or maybe they're hiring an office assistant.Talk to your advisers, they are there to help you. Do NOT avoid them. They will keep you on the right track and that way in four years you won't be worried about not having enough credits to graduate. Find out if your major has a career exploration class. You get to learn about all of the jobs available for people in that major and you also get to learn about the resources on campus. Get to know your professors and TAs. If you're busy during their office hours them email them and make an appointment. Ask them to clarify certain things from the lecture or maybe ask them to go over your paper with you to see if you're on the right track. And last but not least, SIT IN THE FRONT ROW or second row. Sit in the front because there are less distractions which is better for you, especially when your studying for your midterm.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely. I'm learning a lot here and I love my classes. The employees (professors, TAs, advisers) are really helpful. There are a lot of resources for students and places to just hang out. Compared to other schools, the tuition is not that much. Also, there are a lot of scholarships and grants out there (check out the UA website), so take advantage and it won't seem that expensive. I'm only taking out a $3,000 subsidized loan for the whole academic year. Not too bad in my opinion.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here! Since I'm from a small school and I never really had large classes but its something that I was looking forward to. Even though there are a lot of students on campus I can always manage to find a nice quiet spot to read or do my homework. Which I always thought was rare at a school this big but its not.

    Am learning a lot

    Yes, of course I am learning a lot. The professors cover a lot of material during lectures and the readings and homework add to it. In most classes, 4 out of 5, there is a lot to write and sometimes it might get overwhelming but my professors and TAs are always willing to make an appointment with me and answer my questions. So I feel very prepared for my exams.

  • 02/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 436

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    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest taking a tour of the U of A campus. It is a great way to get a feel for the atmosphere that UA provides.

    Bang for the buck

    Being from California, it is a little more expensive since I have to pay out of state tuition. I would love to pay less, however I know that the education and experiences I have already gained and will gain in the future are well worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    U of A is everything I could ask for in a college experience. I absolutely love being at U of A. The students are fun and friendly. The professors are engaging and intelligent. It is just amazing here.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned so much already, and I am only a second year undergraduate student. The teachers interact on a personal level with students.

  • 02/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    outgoing, energetic, love sports, want to learn but also have fun, love the sun, and enjoy being in an open and comfortable atmosphere!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come look at the school! Our campus is beautiful and everything is within close proximity to each other. Don't let Tucson deceive you! It may look small but you will always be on campus and there is always something to do no matter what your interests.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student tuition is a little pricey compared to what in state kids pay, but it is completely worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the atmosphere here! There are always events and everyone is open to share and be open with each other! Such a nice atmosphere to be in.

    Am learning a lot

    Everyone at the University is helpful and friendly. Whether it be professors, TAs, other students, and people working around the campus.

  • 03/27/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Baseball players Engineering students Wants a good education that will impress future employers

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for the blue chip program because they have a beautiful campus.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive, but it offers many scholarships that will help you pay for the experience of a lifetime.

    Will enjoy being here

    I will enjoy the warm weather, the fun campus activities, and the awesome baseball team.

    Will learn a lot

    This institution has the perfect programs that will push me forward towards my career plans.

  • 05/07/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People who like to learn and be in a nice atmosphere and be outside a lot

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to join new clubs

    Bang for the buck

    There are a lot of perks that come with going to this school including using the brand new rec center

    Will enjoy being here

    The atmosphere is great

    Will learn a lot

    They have many tutoring centers to help you

  • 05/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The University of Arizona is huge in Greek life, so if you are interested, you should definitely check this school out! Also, you must be a fan of the heat! :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Get as involved as you can! Always go to class, even if you think you don't need to. Make as many friends as you can, especially if you're living in a residence hall. Living in a dorm is such an easy and great way to make friends. Also, the more involved you are, the easier it is to network and ask for help in classes! Also go to all the football games and events on campus, because it only adds to your experience which you must make the most of!

    Bang for the buck

    As tuition is growing at a fast rate, it is definitely more difficult to pay for college. However, I feel UA has so much to offer, that this school is worth the money. There are a lot of scholarships that help lower the cost of attending as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    The University of Arizona makes it incredibly easy and fun to get involved. They have so many clubs that you are sure to find one, even multiple clubs that share your interests. Residence life and Greek life are both excellent ways to meet people, and that's where I've met some of my best friends!

    Am learning a lot

    There is so much to learn from the classes they have to offer in so many different areas of study. There are also so many clubs and activities offered that force you to learn even more about the school and other students. My entire freshmen year has been a learning experience from the UA. I have learned what it is like to be a part of an amazing group of students that not only cares about academics and shares many unique, but demonstrates an endless amount of school spirit.

  • 05/17/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you love the sun and being outdoors then this is the perfect place for you! There are beautiful sunsets that are unique to the desert and there are also trails that you can bike, hike and picnic on. Since it is a desert, it can get really hot here, but you just have to make sure to wear sunscreen and protective clothing and drink plenty of water. Tucson has reasonable weather all year long, but the best would be in the spring, the evenings are usually cool.

    Tips for prospective students

    Fill out you FAFSA because you may be eligible for free money to pay for books or tuition. Also apply to other scholarships so that you pay less out of money. Textbooks are cheaper used and you can always sell them back to the bookstore because students will always need them. In order to do well at the University you must put your 100% effort into it, like they say you will get out of it what you put in. College isn't easy, but if you study right and learn to manage your time it doesn't have to be stressful and it becomes enjoyable. Take advantage of leadership and transition programs because they help with job positions and also internships and scholarships. Donate your time, volunteer you will be satisfied in many ways because it's good to help those who need it and also it helps build your resume.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition for the upcoming Fall semester has increased, however the U of A has compensated with a refund for all students. Tuition may be expensive but that shouldn't stop you from achieving your dreams because they offer a lot of money in financial aid including grants and scholarships that you don;t have to repay. That's free money and they help you take advantage of it.

    Am enjoying being here

    This is a beautiful campus, filled with desert wildlife, but also plants and trees that aren't native to Tucson. Instructors and staff are dedicated to help the students and they aren't out to fail you. They are available for questions and tutoring, and are generally friendly. Everything you need is on campus whether it be school supplies, food, mental/physical/spiritual help, career and even legal advice. The campus is safe and fun to be in, and there is always something going on that is sure to keep you involved with the more than 500 different clubs, if you cant find one you like you can always start your own. Let's not forget about Greek Life there to make your college experience more fun and rewarding with friendships that can last a lifetime.

    Am learning a lot

    The U of A is a great institution, and I feel like I have learned an exceptional amount. I am not only learning things pertaining to my major, but also about myself and about life. Time management, good study skills and responsibility are skills that you learn here as a student because the U of A offers great transition programs to help students adapt to college life.

  • 06/06/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! There's lots of parties if you like them but if you don't you can always stay chillin

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask as many questions as you like in order to be convinced that this is your school.

    Bang for the buck

    I got full scholarship so yeah, great deal!

    Will enjoy being here

    I will have a blast!!!!!!!!!

    Will learn a lot

    I'm going to be on my own so i'll learn a lot. Besides, the classes appear to be really good.

  • 07/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you don't mind the heat, love to have a good time, love an education, or being at a big school then this school is a great fit for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan on coming to the University of Arizona, know what you want to do; or atleast have an idea of what you want to do in your future. Join a handful of clubs and organizations as that will help you get settled into the college life faster than if you did not join anything. Most of all, be focused. The University of Arizona social life can be distracting from your studies, so be prepared to focus much of your time on your studies.

    Bang for the buck

    The money is worth the experience. When it comes to education, it is definitely a great way to spend the money; it is education at its finest (especially for business). When it comes to a social life, you have multiple clubs, organizations, sororities, and fraternities to join; don't be afraid to leave your comfort zone.

    Am enjoying being here

    The social life at the University of Arizona is great. It actually exceeds great. There are so many people to meet, and clubs/organizations to join. The Arizona weather during the fall and spring are unexpected but nonetheless not a terrible experience. If you find the right crowd-- or crowd that has similar interests and disinterests-- then you are set.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes at the University of Arizona are excellent. That depends, however, on what teachers you get and what classes you take. Certain general education classes are great learning tools. My advice is to choose a general education class that you are interested in; otherwise, you won't have a very good learning experience.

  • 08/01/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Spirited, driven and academically capable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus because you'll be able to picture yourself there and if you can, then the school fits for you!

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to UC's, I may as well go out of state to a highly ranked university. Definitely worth it.

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is beautiful and the surrounding area is amazing! There is so much to do in the Tucson area so there is never a dull moment.

    Will learn a lot

    Being selected to be a part of the Honors program will help push me further and help me delve deeper into classes

  • 08/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This all depends on your major and your effort. Every university has different types of students, including but not limited to the straight As, partiers, and goof offers. Your success depends on you, not the university

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not try to take more than one science with labs at once. This is what I am doing and it's only the first week and I'm already regretting it. If you must, though, try to get them on different days and be prepared to study.

    Bang for the buck

    Of course college is expensive, but the UA offers a great education, the best in Arizona apparently. The cost of books is pretty pricy though and some books are only sold by the bookstore.

    Am enjoying being here

    For the most part the people here are pretty friendly; however, even though my family is only a couple hours away, I miss them terribly.

    Am learning a lot

    Every single one of my classes is tough so in the few days I've been here, I've already learned quite a bit. I've also learned stuff outside of classes as well. College is not just about receiving a higher education but it is also about learning about yourself and your surroundings

  • 11/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 46 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to bask in sunlight 300 days of the year, University of Arizona is for you! If you're big on sports, so are we! If you want to be surrounded by positive students and great professors, UofA is the place!

    Tips for prospective students

    For any college that you think you want to attend, just be mentally prepared for the increase in the workload. Even though classes can be fun and interesting, the professors are still trying to teach you something, and I think it's definitely harder than High School homework.

    Bang for the buck

    The weather is incredible here. For a little Colorado girl, it's definitely worth the money to attend such a beautiful school.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is so much to do on campus. Clubs, sports, even just every day things. Sometimes businesses come to the campus and sell little goods like jewelry or clothes and it's so nice to get the taste of life here in AZ. I love being a Wildcat at the football and basketball games, it's such a positive environment.

    Am learning a lot

    All of my professors are amazing. I can tell they love teaching their classes, which makes me enjoy being in them. I have so many options academically, it's hard for me to decide! I just wanna take all the classes! Everything sounds so interesting.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 47 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is definitely a great place for students looking for a big campus and a crowded university environment. Although the student faculty ratio is alright, the campus is still very busy, crowded, and bustling all the time, which is what I love.

    Tips for prospective students

    The classes and environment are great. As a tip, I would just say to be aware of the money issues that accompany the dorms and the meal plans.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is alright. What is not worth the money in my opinion is the housing and the big meal plans. I live off campus because the dorms (especially the Honors dorms) were more money than I wished to pay. Because I am off campus, I can get my own food outside very often, so a meal plan is not too important for me.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful. My favorite part of the campus itself is the Student Union, which is one of the largest in the entire country. The restaurants and fast food are wonderful and easily accessible whenever you want (within reason of course). The Rec center is awesome and great for working out in your free time and the lounges are relaxing and perfect positions. As far as the classes go, they are pretty awesome for the most part. There hasn't been a class yet that I've hated and I've enjoyed being here very much.

    Am learning a lot

    As a music performance major, I get very close attention from my professors as well as lots of direct interaction and hands on experience. Because of this connection, I feel like I personally have learned quite a bit so far. In my gen ed classes, the professors for the most part are very informative and have great reputations, which are great qualities in a teacher.

  • 03/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 48 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    The Cactus Grill is the number one restaurant on campus loaded with great daily deals. You can choose from a huge selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrees on the specials menu.

    What to do for fun

    If you would like to have a great time at the university, I would recommend visiting the arcade room located underground near the food cart. If you would like to break a sweat the Student Recreation Center serves as a gigantic gym filled with plenty of weight lifting equipment, volley ball courts, a swimming pool, dancing gym, etc. For a night on the tine University Boulevard is a small strip many visit to shop at the boutiques, listen to live music, and grab a bite to eat.

    Food and Dining

    The University of Arizona has an excellent food court called the Student Memorial Union. There I can choose from a variety of my favorites: All American, Chinese, Italian, even Mediterranean food! The lines are never long to order food and you can always find a table inside or outside near the beautiful grass lawns and gardens.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at the University of Arizona is a wonderful yet sometimes overwhelming experience. I have successfully developed many friendships and study groups by living in a dorm. However, I have also experienced the inconvenience of living with a lot of people as we have to share bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, and lounging space.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Arizona's teaching staff challenges you tremendously when you take their courses. In my experience, professors have issued heavy reading material to prepare for tests and writing assignments. Also, many of my professors have shown long power point presentations related to the class material.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise prospective students to mentally prepare for college. If future students can organize their study time wisely the transition to college will not be as bad. Finally, apply for many scholarships from the scholarshipuniverse.arizona.edu website the university has available for prospective students

    In three sentences

    The University is a wonderful school because of its diverse student body, strong academics, and recreational facilities. There are so many great tutoring and advising resources available for me whenever they need help with certain classes. Also, I have met a lot of students from different cultural backgrounds that have introduced me to new ideas and perspectives related to school.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 49 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    U of A feels super safe! They have the blue light system and the campus isn't to spread out.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is strong at UofA! House for the sororities and faternityies are grouped together. There is about 12 of each. Something for everyone.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have over 500 clubs to choose from or start one of your own.

    Great for these types of students

    All types! If you are a American Indian or a Medical student. There is a place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bear down is the slogan but has nothing to do with Bears.

    Bang for the buck

    The campus is a perfect college campus sports are strong medical facility and only 2 hours from Phoenix.

    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do in Tucson for fun! Hiking, horseback riding, swimming, ice skating etc.....

    Food and Dining

    I love all the different places you can eat U of A.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is going to be a lot of fun for me. It is a great way to meet new people. Many to choose from big or small this side of campus or the other. Housing for athletes or housing for honors.

    Academic Rigor

    I understand that the Academic Rigor is going be challenging but I will work hard to keep my grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would check out all three in State Universities and pick which one this the best for you.

    In three sentences

    I visited all three in State universities in Arizona and I thought that the University of Arizona was the best. College town community, not to remote and not to close to home.

  • 05/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 50 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I recommend the Cat Tran or the campus door to door transit service called Safe Ride. Generally walking or riding your bike is perfectly safe. Be careful of the UAPD, they are overzealous at distributing MIPs.

    Greek Life

    Arizona has an abundance of Greek life, something like 22 Frats and 16 Sororities in the early 90's. Lots are affiliated. If you think you want to join definitely check it out. Many people find membership a blast.

    Clubs and Activities

    All sorts of clubs to choose from either campus wide or major specific. I am the member of the Pre-Med Club among others. The Student Union is also a great resource and the movie theatre is excellent.

    Great for these types of students

    Easy going people who are able to mix the academic with the social. Hopefully you enjoy wearing shorts, tank tops and sandals. Not as diverse as you might think - population mostly from AZ and CA.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Wilbur and Wilma Wildcat. The Wildcats' battle cry of Bear Down comes from the dying words of a popular student-athlete. It is a battle cry which came from somewhere and which means a lot to the University of Arizona.

    Bang for the buck

    There are pool parties all of the time with great views of Tucson. Hit the local malls and flea markets. Great weather for winter golf, mountain biking, hiking, star gazing. Can do light snow sports at nearby Mt. Lemmon.

    What to do for fun

    Tucson has magnificent museums and arts performances, a range local athletic events. Go to a cool tailgate party. Walk and explore the desert gardens. Note the unique architecture. Check out the Daily Wildcat.

    Food and Dining

    There are many decent restaurants that college kids can afford. Awesome Mexican food. You can choose to join a meal plan (Catcard). Wednesdays/Fridays you can eat for $5 on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of new dorms have been built in recent years with a modern western style to them... Join the Dorm Association, and attend all of the mixers - free BBQ. Your next door neighbor may be male/female.

    Academic Rigor

    Academically speaking, the curriculum is above par. There are state of the art labs, supportive alumni, counselors. Wonderful science programs - the professors are good. I am a Chemistry major and receive a great education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Join ZonaZoo (games are a blast) if you love to attend lots of sporting activities. Events and club meetings happen throughout the semester, featuring talks, art showings, lectures, meet/greets, receptions, concerts, fairs.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus, a world class student experience, solid academics. Always on the top 100 List with ample opportunities for engagement and fun, amazing athletics. Safe environment for a big college town.

  • 05/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 51 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Dorms are expensive, but as a freshman you will feel left out if you don't live there. Unless you decide to join a frat or sorority, expect to get creative on ways to make friends and have fun.

    What to do for fun

    There are always frat or sorority parties going on for anyone who likes that stuff. The rec is right on campus, and there is a pretty good bar scene right across the street from the U. 4th ave offers a lot to do also. The clubs are pretty extensive, and it's easy to get involved in whatever you like.

    Food and Dining

    The Union and Highland have decently good food and variety. If that food gets redundant, there are a bunch of restaurants and cafes on the west side of campus, right across the street.

    Dorm Life

    The best dorms are on highland, in the center of campus. I lived in Sky View, which was located two blocks south of campus. It was decent, the RA's were pretty cool. I wouldn't suggest living in a dorm as an upper classman, mostly just freshman live there.

    Academic Rigor

    I can only speak for the science majors, but the academic rigors are decently difficult. Use ratemyprofessor.com to check out teachers before you enroll (!!!) they can make or break your experience and grade. Math is very difficult at the UofA, and a lot of students instead take math at Pima Community College.

    Tips for prospective students

    Unless you aren't living on campus, or working, you really don't need a car. A lot of students ride bikes, long boards, or skate boards. Also, get involved early. If you are a freshman, you will feel more connected living on campus.

    In three sentences

    The UofA offers a lot to it's students, but only if they are willing to look for the opportunities. Most of the student body is involved in Greek life, and a lot of kids are from SoCal. Live close to campus, otherwise parking is a headache, and expensive.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 52 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    The professors rock, and there is a lot of state of the art technology on campus which is nice, but if you're planning on graduating in 4 years don't bank on it.

    What to do for fun

    Go to any of the sporting events, especially basketball!! Also you can join an intramural sports team or go on a trip with out door adventures. If sports are not your thing, there are alway a ton of social events the university plans.

    Food and Dining

    I personally don't like how we do dining at the U of A, we have restaurant style dining. I got really sick of the options when I lived on campus, and it can get really expensive. Its definitely doable for one year though.

    Dorm Life

    We just built three new dorms that are really nice, and even the old ones have a good sense of community and character. I suggest living in them for your freshman year, but after that to move off campus with friends.

    Academic Rigor

    How hard U of A is depends on what major you choose and the classes you pick. If you choose a major like communications you'll have no problem doing well in classes, the sciences are definitely hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join some sort of club and get involved your freshman year and you will have no problem finding a group of friends.

    In three sentences

    I love U of A, it has a good mix of people and it offers a good mix of majors. Despite the fact that there are over 40,000 students, the school doesn't seem big at all. Every time I meet someone new they usually already know a few of my friends.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 53 of 436

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    they have a Game room in the bottom of the Student Union. The sports Games( Football, basketball....) are always fun to go to lots of school spirit.

    Tips for prospective students

    for out-of-state students look and apply to all scholarships and grants as possible.

    In three sentences

    It is a Fun Place to be. The school has high academics and great social activities.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 54 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. Safe-Ride is a free service that will drive students home late at night. The UA police patrol regularly and keep the campus very safe. I have never heard of any problems on campus.

    Greek Life

    Although I am not involved in Greek life, I know many people who are and Greek life is great for them. There are a lot of Fraternities and Sororities on and off campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for everything at the U of A. There are lots of sports clubs and if the club that you want doesn't exist, you can start it pretty easily.

    Great for these types of students

    Smart students who are dedicated to their studies and know time management will fit in easily.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Undie Run :) Donate your clothes and hang out on the mall in your underwear. The football games are a lot of fun because everyone tailgates on campus before the games.

    Bang for the buck

    Out of state tuition seems pretty pricey. It's not too bad but a little expensive for general out of state tuition.

    What to do for fun

    There is some fun stuff to do in Tucson. If you are involved in your school (Greek life, Sports, clubs, etc.) you will always be busy. There is great hiking, camping, and mountain biking just outside of town. The nightlife is pretty good on 4th Ave and downtown Tucson.

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of food available on campus. It is mostly fast food though. There is no cafe or buffet like other colleges.

    Dorm Life

    Since they just finished building the new dorms and are remodeling others, the dorm life is GREAT! The facilities are really up to date and nice and it's really easy to make friends in your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The U of A is a pretty rigorous school once you get into your major. The gen-ed classes are fairly easy but you must work harder once you get into your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't slack off freshmen year. If you like eating fast food, you'll like this school.

    In three sentences

    The U of A is a friendly school with a fairly small campus. The campus is easy to navigate and always clean. The buildings, landscape, and architecture are very nice.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 55 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe on campus, but I have had a bike stolen!!

    Greek Life

    Something like a third of the U of A's population is involved in Greek life. I think that's awesome! Even though I'm not in sorority, I have enjoyed many of the functions that Greek life has put on.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are loads of clubs on campus! And our student government, ASUA sponsors awesome events and concerts and have brought celebrities like Katy Perry and Mac Miller to preform for free on the U of A mall!!

    Great for these types of students

    Those who are serious studiers will love our library. Its pretty much the hub of study. Also, athletes, you'll love playing at the U of A!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    BEAR DOWN is our traditional battle cry at school events, so named because one of our most beloved football coaches famously said, Tell them, tell the team to bear down, on his deathbed.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive, but so worth it! I have received much more than an education here at the U of A. It's my home and I love it!!

    What to do for fun

    Go to all the sporting events and be a part of ZonaZoo, the largest student section in the Pac12!!! Also, there are tons of clubs and activities that are highly advertised so that there are no excuses for being bored on campus!

    Food and Dining

    The U of A is known for not having a typical cafeteria! That's great news because all of the food there is freshly made, restaurant quality foods. And they offer tons of healthy options. But they can be pricey!!

    Dorm Life

    Besides having to share a bathroom, I loved the dorms! You meet so many great people and all of the U of A's dorms are nicely located next to food, libraries, and study places.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes can be difficult! But as long as notes are taken and study time is utilized, there will be no problems!

    Tips for prospective students

    Dorms! Dorms! Dorms! I lived in the dorms and loved how accessible everything was, like the library and study rooms. And there's nothing like having a place to go take a nap between classes or a quiet place to get some homework done.

    In three sentences

    I love this school!! With an amazing amount of school spirit and a gorgeous campus, anyone can make a home for themselves at the U of A! I've been having the time of my life here and can't wait to further expand my education in the upcoming semesters!! BEAR DOWN.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 56 of 436

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe when I am on campus. The University has their own police department and they do a good job.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am in the Wildcat Running Club and it is so much fun. I love having people to run with. I know there are a ton of other clubs too.

    Great for these types of students

    U of A is really great for any type of student. The school is very diverse and has something for everybody.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are always different events being held on campus which is great. The most popular area for these sorts of things is definitely on the mall which is the big grassy area near the student union

    Bang for the buck

    This school was perfect for me because they have a great Materials Science and Engineering program. The program is small, so it is more personalized than most majors and I feel like I am truly being set up for success.

    What to do for fun

    I spend most of my time at the rec center weight lifting, but I also spend a lot of time in the cellar. It is a great place to do homework, get food, play games, and it is out of the sun.

    Food and Dining

    There is a great variety in food, but it is a little expensive. I normally just go to the grocery store and bring my own food. When I do eat on campus though the food is great, especially the bagels!

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms, but there are a lot of them. The ones that I've been in seem pretty nice.

    Academic Rigor

    If you take the right classes, it is amazing. I have learned so much from all of my teachers, even the ones that I didn't like. With patience and hard work, everything paid off.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a new student here I would definitely tell you to check out the rec center. It's amazing and I spend most of my time there. They have so much there so whatever you're interested in from ping pong to weight lifting; check it out!

    In three sentences

    U of A is amazing. The classes are great and the atmosphere is perfect. There is always something to do.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is a super safe campus. Crime is pretty much non existent. I went to the campus police to find out statistics on car break ins in the garages and the officer told me there was one he could remember about five years ago.

    Greek Life

    There is plenty of Greek life here.

    Clubs and Activities

    This University is big on bringing students together to join clubs and activities outside of class. They feel you will do better if you are more involved in these extracurricular activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student will benefit by coming to this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The long stretch of grassy area in the middle of campus that goes in a east- west direction (called the Mall) is the biggest piece of grass area in the whole state of Arizona.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an out of state transfer student and i feel i am getting a lot of bang for the buck since i know i will be getting a quality education here. If you are an in state student then this is a no-brainer. This school is a bargain for resident students from Arizona.

    What to do for fun

    I am a cyclist; so this is the perfect place for cycling. There are bike lanes everywhere and drivers are very courteous towards cyclist. If you are an advanced cyclist there are a great number of hills in town and then if you really are a serious cyclist you have Mt. Lemmon waiting for you. This is the huge mountain that goes up to about 9400ft up in the sky. There are music concerts, galleries and other activities available here.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of food choices on campus and lots of variety of restaurants and grocery stores all over Tucson

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus. Apartments are a lot less expensive than Los Angeles and Tucson is beautiful and super clean. Everybody is friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    i will be starting my first semester here in 3 weeks so i can't say what the academic rigor is

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly recommend applying here.

    In three sentences

    This university is beautiful, super clean with well kept grounds. The staff is knowledgeable, organized and willing to help you. Everyone i have spoken to so far, from my advisors, to professors, to counselors, to current students, all have wanted to genuinely help me.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The is an endless amount to do at the University of Arizona. The rec. center/gym is one of the largest gyms I've ever seen. There are about 6 full-size basketball courts, volleyball courts, racket ball, table tennis, Olympic sized pool, an upstairs track, a large gym of weights and running equipment, and much more to offer. There is always concerts going on somewhere in town and free concerts on campus. The sport events are always a blast to go to also. You will never be bored at the University of Arizona.

    Food and Dining

    There is no cafeterias at the University of Arizona. There is though, over 30 places on campus and around campus to eat. They range from fast food joints to nicer restaurants to sit down and eat. You will never have a time that you don't want anything around, because the variety is endless. There are even small grocery shops on campus as well as larger grocery stores close to campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a blast at the University of Arizona. They have the basic rules that most dorms have, but everyone becomes friends in the dorms. They pair you up with someone if you don't have a friend to room with, and from experience, I got a really cool roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes can be hard, but the University has many resources to help study for your tougher classes such as a science library, a regular library, and free tutoring. Many of the general education classes are very simple, easy, and quite interesting.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students, make sure you know where all of your classes are, because the University of Arizona is a big campus, but easily to get around after you recognize the area.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona has an amazing campus full of all your favorite fast food and restaurants. The people at University of Arizona are extremely nice and fun to be around. The atmosphere at the University of Arizona is young, fun, and very intellectual.

  • 08/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus has many resources to keep students safe. There are blue lights all around campus. If something bad happens you push the button and UAPD goes to the location of the button. If you are being followed press every button in your path and UAPD can track your path and find you. There is also safe ride, catran and many more services.

    What to do for fun

    The rec center has many things students can do. Students can go work out, go swimming, play racquet ball, play basketball and much more.

    Food and Dining

    Cactus Grill is amazing! Chipotle is right off of campus on University Boulevard along with many other restaurants so if you get bored of what is on campus there are more choices right by campus.

    Dorm Life

    Being in the dorms creates another family. Students create great friendships and study groups. The RA's in the dorms are usually very nice and happy to help anyone.

    Academic Rigor

    The work depends on the professor but it isn't so much that you can't handle it but students definitely find out that they are capable of a whole lot more than they give themselves credit for.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to New Start. It is a summer program before freshman year. It prepares incoming freshman for college. Students also get six credits by doing the program.

    In three sentences

    The faculty is very welcoming to students and are always happy to help anyone. There are many resources for every student. With over 500 clubs, students will never be bored.

  • 10/10/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Future students, be prepared to fall in love with this school. You will make new friends and you can enjoy your classes as well. Classes however are harder, so you need to learn how to not procrastinate.

    Bang for the buck

    This school may be a little expensive, but you can get scholarships to help you out.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really enjoy the atmosphere at UA. The school is great and you can do so much here. They have so many classes available.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are great and the teacher's as well. I am learning a lot through the classes. I get so much more information than I did in high school. be prepared to learn a lot in an enjoyable way.

  • 10/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student will fit in at the University of Arizona! The variety of programs offered here will keep anyone busy and entertained. Just make sure you're focused and motivated! Some of the highlights and popular things on campus are Greek Life, research facilities, health and pre-med majors, and astronomy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely try to live in a dorm your freshman year! Although people say it's dirty and claustrophobic, it really isn't. It's all about what you make of it! However, you definitely want to try and research the dorms on the U of A website before you choose them. Think about location, size, and HOW OLD the dorm is. It's true; many of these dorms are over thirty years old! The dorm I'm living in now is under five years old and it's amazing. By living in a dorm, you get the advantage of living on campus and meeting so many new people!

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, college is expensive. The University of Arizona is fantastic and has so much to offer! The weather is great no matter where you're from; in the summer, early fall and late spring it's warm, and in the winter it's cools down. There's rarely any snow, but Mt. Lemon is very close and is a great place to venture off to on the weekends! Also, you'll learn so much while you're here. UA has wonderful research labs and state-of-the-art technology. There are so many opportunities to get involved, socially and academically!

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love it here at the University of Arizona! I have met the most amazing people here, some from Arizona and some from out of state. As long as you get involved and make an effort to meet people, you'll love it here too. The weather is great, the campus is beautiful and Tucson has so much to offer. What's not to love?

    Am learning a lot

    You'll learn so much here! Though the General Education classes can be boring depending on which one you take (like they will be anywhere!), you'll still learn a lot. Many of the GenEd classes offer study sessions and review sessions, either weekly or right before a test. If you feel like you're falling behind or not understanding something, professors and teacher's assistants always have office hours where you can go ask them questions. If all else fails, go to the Think Tank! The Think Tank is a program offered every day where students tutor other students in almost every subject. It's incredibly helpful, even if you're getting an A!

  • 10/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    I think UofA is great for all types of students. This school has a great diversity among their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    I say don't procrastinate! Seriously, it is sucks when the consequences bite you in the butt. Another tip to you (prospective student) is to visit the campus before you decide. It is better to have a feel of the environment here on campus than to take mine or others' word for it. We are all different and have many different views on comfort.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are many clubs to join and places to hang out. I personally love to go to the recreational center. The rec is new this year and has many new things to do. There is a store, a tutoring center, three gyms, a swimming pool, two volleyball courts outside, an exercising area with exercise machines, and a rock climbing wall. I love to hang out there. I also love going to the library because I am a nerd and feel at home there. It is a huge library like most colleges. There is also a mall, which is a stretch of grass near the student union. The student union has restaurants, a bookstore, a market store, a computer lab, and a game room. There is also University Blvd with many stores and restaurants to go to.

    Am learning a lot

    My classes are tough but the teacher assistants helps a lot and there are other graduate students who are willing to help anyone understand the material. There is also the Think Tank, which is a tutoring center. The tutors are very helpful in helping you out with your homework and understanding the material. You can also take a gen-ed class. It is fun and you can learn about something new and foreign. The teachers are also amazing and funny. You can just talk to them about non-school related topics and hang out in their offices during their office hours.

  • 12/08/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Since it is a major university of course it will be a bit pricey, but there are so many programs that the University offers to help you pay for your dreams. They are here to help and make it work. The education is top notch. This school makes you step up your game. You will definitely learn what it takes to be college material. Aside from the classes there are all kinds of resources that are available to help you succeed. Tutors, the Think Tank, Preceptors that are for specific classes, and the Professors are very nice and always available.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love this school. People and staff are very friendly and no matter where you look you can always find help. The campus is gorgeous and there is always some kind of activity going on out on the mall. It is a fun and exciting environment to be surrounded in.

    Am learning a lot

    Coming from a small Mormon town, it was definitely a shock. Since I have been at the University I have learned so much, and not only in the field of academics. I have learned what it is like to be out on your own, in a big city and having to make choices for yourself. Going to the University Straight from High School was the best decision I have ever made. I have really grown as a person and I have broadened my horizons.

  • 01/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    I think every kind of student can find something to love about the University of Arizona. There's everything from social and academic societies, great athletic teams and events, interesting clubs and activities, and a lot of other great things always going on!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest that you try to get a feel for what you want to study before coming here. While gen eds are interesting and may give you an idea about what you want to do, they are not really a good representation for the actual work load and topics you will have when you begin studying in your field. It is important you are dedicated and willing to work hard once you do get into the actual intensive course work for your major.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is definitely worth it! When it comes down to it, the whole idea of college is to study for your future career and this is something that the University of Arizona is great for. While there may be other prestigious schools that have esteemed teachers and programs, this school is a great one, and for half the price of many other schools.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have absolutely loved being at the University of Arizona so far! I have had a great time in everything from classes, my sorority, attending football and basketball games, to just walking around campus and meeting other students. It's a great campus and there is always a lot going on that reaches to every kind of student here.

    Am learning a lot

    I have really enjoyed my classes so far and feel like I've really learned a lot. For the most part, my teachers have been helpful and seem to really care about my success and my understanding in their classes. I have only completed one semester, but I already feel that I have learned so much from my classes and my professors.

  • 01/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    The University offers a wide array of places to study abroad. The most common amongst students is Spain. The University offers many minors, like Business and Spanish. Each minor requires about six classes, half are taken at the university and the other half is taken in Spain while studying abroad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Greek Life is amazing activity to be involved in. There is a Greek row with the majority of fraternity and sorority houses. The greek life at the University of Arizona is more involved that any other universities greek system in Arizona. The Greek system is a great way of learning leadership skills, time management, and meeting people

    Bang for the buck

    Though the University of Arizona's tuition may be high, it is affordable to live in Tucson. Unlike the other two major Universities in Arizona, Tucson offers multiple off campus college apartments with transportation to school for about $5,000 per year. The University is locate in the heart of Tucson. This is very convenient for students, because there are low priced supermarkets like Fry's and Food City.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really enjoy being a Wildcat, because the campus is a salad bowl. There are many international students from all over the world like, Cyprus and Saudi Arabia. There are also a large amount on international professors.

    Am learning a lot

    The University offers multiple weekly tutoring classes for specific core classes. Attending tutoring once a week, will easily help every student achieve an A. The tutoring center also allows students to learn how to study for college tests and write college essays.

  • 01/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is somewhere where you learn to mature and move on to something totally new. Its great for students who feel motivated and who want to be someone in life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't feel afraid of the large sum of students here as soon as you're here you'll feel like every other student does as if they were at home. Just stay on top of your grades and never skip homework.

    Bang for the buck

    UA can be expensive but there are so many programs that help you cover tuition funds such as scholarships. When you start attending here you don't even look at the prices anymore.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being a UA student. Just walking around can be fun. There are so many clubs, sports and organizations you can join and meeting new people couldn't be easier.

    Am learning a lot

    Here in the UofA there are so many classes to choose from. You learn a lot from critical thinking to hands-on. You learn stuff that will even help you later on in life. It's just great academics for people all ages.

  • 02/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition is reasonable and out of state is average. The school is as academically challenging as you make it, take classes that interest you and it will be worthwhile.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the campus and weather. It is a beautiful place and the people are friendly. It is a great school to be a part of.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are challenging but once you develop proper time management and keep up with the class it will become easier.

  • 04/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    The University of Arizona is perfect for students who enjoy learning and who are willing to work hard for their academic career.

    Tips for prospective students

    I have two simple tips that can significantly increase your chances at succeeding at the University of Arizona, or indeed any college: go to class and go to office hours. The former cannot be understated; if you're paying to go to college, actually attend class and take notes. Don't show up and socialize on Facebook, it's disrespectful to the professor and distracting to your peers. It will be difficult at times to motivate yourself to go to class, but even when the teacher doesn't take attendance or it's a huge lecture, going to class is worth it for both the test and for future academic ventures. Secondly, office hours consists of one-on-one face time with the professor who might otherwise never learn your name. Making strong connections with professors who know who you are and what you can do is essential in college and afterwards. If you want recommendation letters or a positive reference for a job, having a professor who knows you personally and can describe your strengths and achievements will be a major advantage.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is always a prominent issue for selecting a school, and the UofA's tuition may increase yet again. Even with scholarships and jobs, students may not be able to afford the new pricetag. However, the money the University acquires is used to improve the students' academic career, such as offering mentor ships, funding clubs, and providing excellent facilities for all to use.

    Am enjoying being here

    While the UofA provides a stellar education, it offers much more than that; it offers a complete college experience. It is so easy to get involved at the school, with its myriad of clubs and vibrant Greek life. People are always on the mall promoting membership and community. No matter what you're interested in, the UofA supports it and probably has a club for it. This is a place where you can truly explore yourself and your community and feel connected. College can be a daunting prospect, but the University of Arizona truly

    Am learning a lot

    With top faculty and intelligent students, the University of Arizona is a wonderful opportunity to continue an academic career. The UofA offers interesting classes taught by skilled professors who are passionate about what they teach.

  • 05/25/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Par with other Arizona universities tuition wise; however scholarships are harder to earn.

    Will enjoy being here

    I'm not so sure that Tucson will be an interesting place to spend the next four years of my life.

    Will learn a lot

    Great for those seeking medical degrees.

  • 06/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Social students will love it here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know your education requirements by memory. The counselors are not helpful and they try to get you out of the offices quickly. If you do not know anyone on campus, definately live in the dorms your first year. The UA police love to hand out jaywalking and bike tickets. The library is filled with homeless people because it's also a public library. Food and groceries on campus are outrageous. if you want a pound of pasta, walk or take the bus to Fry's grocery store down the street, otherwise you'll pay $5.00 for a bag of spaghetti. You need a bike, but get a U lock. Bike thieves are ubiquitous here.

    Bang for the buck

    The UA provides a great education, but no one wants to live in Tucson. If the school can hook you up with a job, it's worth it, but many students find they graduate and are on their own. In the time I've been here, I've seen the university actively try to improve its career placement program, though. As with any school, a degree from the UA is only as good as what you make it. If you come to receive a useless degree, then you've wasted a lot of money. Eller is a great school, but it's kind of like its own fiefdom. Once you get through the barriers, though, its a great school.

    Am enjoying being here

    I really like being a student here. The school is respected. The students have a lot of pride. The campus really owns downtown life. The campus is beautiful. The rec center is out of this world. The campus is very fit, it seems like everyone is attractive.

    Am learning a lot

    Once you breeze past the first two years and get to upper division classes, that's when you see how much the university can offer. The school offers a lot of really easy classes (I'm taking a class on social networking for my business degree) as well as a lot of extremely hard ones, (I took an astronomy class for a gen ed and found out it required a lot of physics knowledge.) The university can certainly teach you a lot of new things, but it depends on the school you apply to.

  • 06/09/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who really care about their school, the type of friends they meet, getting involved, what grades they get, and having a blast!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely do not check off this college from the list until you check them out! Go on campus, experience it outside of orientation. Roam around in the buildings, see all of the cool and unique things, and meet very nice and spirited college students! And don't forget to experience University Dr. right outside of campus! Lots of unique shops and great places to eat!

    Bang for the buck

    I wish college wasn't so expensive, but the automatic four year scholarship I received from them because of good grades definitely helps a lot!

    Will enjoy being here

    From when you walk on to the campus to when you leave, you can tell that the students enjoy being there and are full of school spirit! Although there are still parties on campus because it's a college /: the partying is definitely at a minimum and the college focuses on academics and focusing on who YOU are and what YOU want.

    Will learn a lot

    The campus is very focused on academic honesty and staying true to the rules. I am very excited to start learning from the professors that love teaching what they do!

  • 06/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Absolutely everyone!!!!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can, try to get into a dorm because it is so much easier trying to get to classes and you are much more likely to go to classes if you are in a dorm. Also, don't slack off on studying because it is a bad idea. Lastly, get out and about and have fun, there is so much to do on campus, go out and do it.

    Bang for the buck

    This school has everything and it is worth it! There is even a gym for people to work out in.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being here. We have an amazing football team, a pick-up Quidditch team, and so many other amazing things. I made so many new friends. I love living in the dorms and going to the Mall and the Union to just hang out.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning so many new and different things at the University of Arizona that I never knew before. I've learned about Democracy, Ancient Greece, Politics, Weather, Economics, Myths, and the Stars in just my first year alone. I can't wait to learn next year.

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    UofA is great for any type of students. It's in a big city with a small town feel and a beautiful campus environment. If you love sports (Go UA Basketball!!), you'll love going to the games and sitting in the ZonaZoo section. I'm the type of person who studies hard and does not go out much but I loved my time there. This school is great for everyone...the partier, the brainiac, the introvert, the athlete, or the social butterfly. You'll love it!

    Tips for prospective students

    During my four years at UofA I seemed to have an issue with my financial aid money every single year. This is not an exaggeration. Always keep records and keep track of all the scholarship money you are receiving. One year I almost did not receive my scholarship check because the University misplaced it. Keep up with your money!!! Also if you receive scholarship money that places you above the standard cost of attendance that the school has posted (as I did) you must fill out a Cost of Attendance Budget Re-evaluation form. If you are getting scholarship money turn this in during the start of the semester. Keep a copy of this as well. Also if you do any loan forgiveness programs (such as the TEACH Grant or NOYCE Scholars Program) keep copies of all paperwork and remember to complete your exit counseling your last year and agreement to serve every year. As far as living on campus or off campus...I happend to live off campus all four years, and I stayed in the same studio apartment all four years I was in Tucson. The apartment complex is called College Place and it is less than 2 miles away from campus. It is fully furnished (with a flat screen tv I might add) and full kitchen and fridge. The complex is for students only and has a basketball court, sand volleyball court, a cafe, a bar and lounge and a shuttle that takes you to campus, to major events and to the store on Saturdays. It's a great deal. I know the rent went up but if you have the money or a roommate it's worth it. I loved it there. It was my home away from home. The staff is nice and very helpful. Also keep track of your classes and credits. If you have college credits before you enter college and you are told they won't transfer meet with your academic advisor and see if they can get them to transfer. My academic advisor was great at helping me out with that type of issue.

    Bang for the buck

    The school was definitely worth the money. The courses were very helpful and applicable to my career asirations, the campus is beautiful, there are many things to do and many places to eat on-campus. It's worth the money. Although tuition rose every year I was there I paid in-state tuition so the bill was not too high. It's the cost of living that you definitely want to account for and pay for with scholarships. However, one thing I did not appreciate was the fact that my UA President's Award of Excellence Award, a tuition scholarship, did not increase as the UofA tuition increased. I have seen that other schools have policies where tuition scholarships do increase as tuition increases at the school. I was quite disappointed in this.

    Did enjoy being here

    I enjoyed the school and the college experience. There are many on-campus events going on and lots of organizations to join. I'm not much of a social butterfly so joining organizations was a way for me to meet new people and have some fun, especially during my freshman and sophomore years as I started school. Definitely check out orgsync to check out the various types of organizations at the UofA. I especially recommend the cultural organizations. They have many mentoring, tutoring and freshman programs to help new students.

    Did learn a lot

    I graduated from UofA in May 2011 as a double major in mathematics (with an education option) and Africana Studies. I learned a tremendous amount by being at UofA. Most of the professors are great, however, I do advise looking up professor ratings on the UofA website just to get an idea of which professors have the best reviews from students. These really helped me throughout my four years there and were pretty accurate as far as the critiques. The secondary mathematics education program is great! The classes were interesting and truly prepared me to be a math teacher.

  • 07/09/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    U of A is great for students who would love a family atmosphere. Also students that like seeking opportunities that aren't in the normal curriculum.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you want but don't be afraid to change your mind! And get a planner, it's very helpful.

    Bang for the buck

    With the right scholarships (and there's plenty) the cost is minimal.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere is great here! Everyone here is so incredibly nice!

    Am learning a lot

    There are so many resources here it's hard to not find answers for the many, many, many questions a future college student will have.

  • 07/12/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    The U of A is fantastic for scientists, medical students, people who don't want to go to school in a small town or huge city, in state kids who don't like Pima Community College (though it's better than the U of A and you spend less), and people who didn't get into any other college.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning to go to the U of A, the dorm rooms don't get cleaned on week ends (when people throw up in them). I suggest renting a house down town, and living with roommates who will pay you rent. This way you don't need a vomit covered bathroom, you will be able to choose your roommates, you will have more space, and you might even spend less than you would in a dorm.

    Bang for the buck

    The U of A has many scholarships, so for students who have put the effort into their work, it's definitely worth the money; especially if you live in state.

    Will enjoy being here

    While I enjoy the U of A's curriculum, I dislike it's location: Arizona.

    Will learn a lot

    I've visited the U of A multiple times, and have taken multiple tours. Each time I have been deeply impressed with their study and progress in all forms of science.

  • 07/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    You like hot weather? Come to U of A! You like small towns? Come to Tucson! You like attending sports games? Come here! Looking for opportunities in research? COME HERE! U of A is a beautiful campus with spirited students. There's not a lot to do in Tucson, but you're here for school anyways right? It really is a great place to get an education and have a great time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay on campus the first year. It really helps you get acclimated to campus life and provides opportunities to meet new people. Go to class...sounds like a no brainier but really, just go. It makes all the difference. It's big school but don't let that intimidate you--just means there's more opportunities there.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is rising and if your staying on campus the dorms are pretty expensive. If you don't need a meal plan, don't waste the extra money. And if you do, carefully calculate how much you eat now because any extra money doesn't all come back to you at the end of the year. All in all, U of A has quality education. If your willing to pay, your going to get what you paid for there.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the U of A! Honestly, when I started going I wasn't incredibly thrilled about being there because I was so undecided about where I had wanted to go. Who knew that my indecision would lead to the best decision? It turned out to be the best place for me. Some of the bigger benefits of going to a large university is that there are so many people to meet and things to get involved in. You really do discover yourself in college and U of A is one of the best places to do that.

    Am learning a lot

    The first year of college is always the most challenging, but definitely the most rewarding because you grow so much. Of course there is a lot information to learn from your classes, but be prepared for the life lessons you'll learn outside of them. Don't be afraid to step out and embrace opportunities to grow as a person. You won't even recognize your old self by the end of the year!

  • 08/10/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All types

    Tips for prospective students

    Be yourself and know what you want because it is a big school.

    Bang for the buck

    It is a university so it is expensive but it is worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    People that I have met there are amazing. It isn't perfect no place is but it is safe and very enjoyable to be there.

    Am learning a lot

    U of A teaches you a lot. It doesn't matter what subject you ate learning. The info is Luke unlimited but it is taught precisely so that you can understand.

  • 08/20/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Don't party too much.

  • 08/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Between all of the events and clubs, this school is great for students who were involved in high school. However, it is also beneficial for those who possibly weren't too interested in sports or clubs before college. It has something for everyone. There are people from all over the world and from all walks of life. As long as you can keep an open mind, ask a few questions, and accept that all people are different, then the University of Arizona may just be your cup of tea.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask questions. You should also find something to be involved in. I don't recommend trying to do everything; you will want some time to yourself after class, clubs, work, and whatever else you may be doing 'round the clock. Don't spread yourself too thin, have fun, and remember that everyone here was once in your shoes.

    Bang for the buck

    If you've got the money or plenty of financial aid, then you'll be perfectly fine! Things are a little expensive here, but I believe it's definitely worth it for the quality of the education, housing, and all-around environment of the U of A.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here. Most people are friendly and helpful here. It also seems like there's always something going on, whether it's a campus-wide event or just movie night in your dorm. This is definitely a campus that thrives on friendliness and curiosity.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently a sophomore and I've already grown exponentially since high school. The University of Arizona has expanded my knowledge and skill base on so many levels in so many different areas. I've learned about things that I didn't even know I'd have an interest in!

  • 09/01/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    In-state-tuition is great!

    Will enjoy being here

    I like campus and the environment. Its close to home, but not too close.

    Will learn a lot

    The school is well known for its established medical and science programs which is what I am looking into.

  • 10/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All kinds of students who are willing to challenge themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study for all your classes. Don't stress so much, just get your work all done on time. Make sure that you become best friends with your Teaching Assistance, they can help you with things you don't understand in class (that's what they get that credit hours for being a TA). Focus on what YOU need to get done for yourself, not others.

    Bang for the buck

    I am an In-State student at the UA, tuition is not so bad right now. But it is going up every year. But overall, the money and the time spend at the university... it's all worth it in the end.

    Am enjoying being here

    I do enjoy being at the University of Arizona. I have made really good friends through my two years being here so far. I have also got to know some of the students in my lecture and discussion classes. Classes are huge at times, but still meet new peoples all over.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned a lot so far from the University of Arizona, it has also taught me a lot about how I look at myself and others around the world. The environment at the UA has taught me a lot and also the students who also go to UA... different experiences from all over the world and different parts of the United States. I am learning the things that I need and came here to do.

  • 10/19/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Any student will fit in. This school is so diverse, you will find the perfect community as soon as you arrive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors, start early and DO NOT procrastinate.

    Bang for the buck

    Well worth it. The best investment made so far.

    Am enjoying being here

    Yes. Having the best time. I have both time for school and for me.

    Am learning a lot

    Great academics! Doing great in my classes, the professors are great at explaining and making sure the students grasp the subject.

  • 10/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Several of the programs offered are nationally ranked: The College of Pharmacy is ranked top 5 in the nation, the Speech and Hearing Pathology Program is ranked top 5 in the nation, and the Entrepreneurship program is ranked top 10 in the nation. There's a lot of other great programs, such as education, ecology, and business. U of A has a lot to offer for any student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Like I mentioned before, be cautious about taking a laptop to class if you know you won't focus. Live on campus at least for your freshman year because you'll meet tons of new people! Get involved in clubs, intramural sports, or anything that catches your interest! There's something for everyone on campus, so be sure to check out the Center for Student Involvement and Learning--they have a list of every club and sport offered on campus. Join Orgsync, buy Zonazoo, just get out there! You'll learn alot about others as well as yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    The U of A has extremely helpful scholarships and financial aid programs. They have a program called Arizona Assurance, which completely covers tuition costs for student who are eligible (those with an income below a certain level). I have Arizona Assurance, as well as an academic scholarship, which has paid off my tuition, apartment rent, and has still given me money leftover to use for my own needs.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the U of A! I've been here for a year and a half, and I've meet so many people. I've never been exposed to so much diversity before, coming from a US-Mexico bordertown. It reallys helps you gain a new perspective on things. The campus and Arizona weather are beautiful! The main attraction of Tucson is the U of A, so there's loads for students to do both on- and off-campus.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors I've had have been amazing--they're so passionate about the subjects they teach. Even if some classes are really large, professors will always give you the attention you need during office hours, so make use of them! Just be cautious about major science courses; there's hundreds of students in one lecture, and it can be hard to focus when you know you can get away with it. Avoid taking a laptop to class if you know you'll be distracted! It's not all academic learning here though; a lot of the learning you gain helps you grow as a person. I feel like I've really expanded my potential while being here; I've matured both intellectually and personally.

  • 11/27/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Will enjoy being here

    I think I'm going to enjoy going here since it has what I want and it is close to home.

  • 11/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Go to Pima CC for your first year or two. Talk with the UA advisers and figure out what you need, then take those at Pima.

    Bang for the buck

    I think you get more bang for the buck at Pima. The U of A isn't bad, its just more expensive for your 200 and below classes

    Am enjoying being here

    There definitely is a lot more for students than at Pima Community College. There are TONS of clubs and opportunities. Some of the more interesting ones I've seen are Chinese archery club and The official sorority of agriculture majors at the U of A.

    Am learning a lot

    Right now, I am taking 5 classes, and I only really am liking 1 of them. I learn some, but they are pretty dull and slow.

  • 12/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Business students - Eller college, the UA's business school is amazing, tough but amazing. Medical students - since there are many opportunites to work at University Medical Center located basically right next to campus. Science students - the UA has wonderful chem and bio programs with state of the art equipment and great labs. Sports fan - ZonaZoo passes allow students to go to any game for flat fees and the UA has tons of intermurals, which are small sport teams played just for fun(we even have an ultimate frisbee division). Even the partiers and those who intend to join Greek Row the UA has a place for you too! Students that are into leadership roles and extra carriculars are also perfect, ASUA the student body governement is always accepting members and they can help you network for success or fill out as a resume!

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into off campus housing that is close enough to bike, or provides a shuttle to and from school. This will save you TONS on food and parking and general living cost. Join or attend as many club meetings as you can as a freshman and choose to stick with 1 or 2, it helps you network and make friends. Weigh your options for becoming an honors student if applicable - it can make your life harder or easier depending on how good your work ethic is. Being undeclared is not a bad thing - you can always get general education classes out of the way while you explore possible fields. DONT GET A MEAL PLAN RIGHT AWAY. Get a commuter plan and figure out how much a week you will be spending on campus - THEN buy a big expensive meal plan for actual savings. Good luck! Everyone at the UA is very friendly, and anyone will answer your questions, even when you are lost the very first day.

    Bang for the buck

    Like any college, it's expensive, not gunna lie. In state tuition cuts you about $8,000 plus books and living expenses and food, and out of state is like $15k or more a year. The dorms are all very convenient though, but it is much cheaper to live off campus as soon as you can! Parking is ridiculously expensive and scarce, be warned. Meal plans in theory save you money, but they cost quite a bit, so unless you are a bottomless pit or a major athlete, getting a high priced plan with the biggest savings might be money down the drain later.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love UA! It's big enough that no one pays attention to you personally just walking around which means no one judges you! I joined a club called Camp Wildcat, and I felt immediatly accepted and loved. No one ever puts me down and I made instant friends for life. My Bi-roomate joined the LGBT society and loves being around others like her. I am also in CineCats, a club that makes movies, and I am getting the best hands on experience in film-making I could ever get before being an upperclassman! The dining choices are great, and even if you get tired of the 15 plus restaurants the UA is surrounded by tons of other restaurants! You cn easily walk anywhere on campus, or fly around on your bike.

    Am learning a lot

    The U of A is a great place to furthur your education! The atmosphere is just right for studying with great quite study areas and meeting rooms. Professors and teacher's assistants will always make time for JUST you if you are struggling which is a great help when Calculus is kicking your butt. The range of majors is great from hands on medical experience to Film and television. All the programs the U of A specializes in are absolutely amazing and will definitely give the skills to get a good job after graduation, even in this bad economy. The range of GenEd classes is awesome, and I was able to find enjoyable options for all 9 classes i needed - from nutrition to sex/romance and eroticism!

  • 12/13/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great if you love to socialize and get to know everyone in your dorm, but there are tons of ways to get involved with smaller groups and clubs too. Sporting events are huge and there is a ton of school spirit. And UA is definitely a great school if you want to work hard to excel and are highly self-motivated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to your classes and do your homework. It seems easy, but putting in a little bit of effort goes a long way--especially if you get to know your professors. Go to office hours and take advantage of the tutor program on campus if you need to, because there are so many resources geared to help students succeed that there is no reason you should fail.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is going up, but I know from how my professors teach and what I personally and getting out of it that it is worth every dollar. If UA is really somewhere you want to go (and it should be), then you will be able to find a scholarship to pay for it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the Tucson environment. Living in the dorms is a great experience, and so is living off campus. There are a ton of student activities, many affiliated with the university, and many that are simply located on or very near campus. The fact that Tucson is basically a college town means that everything you really need is extremely close. There are so many ways to get involved with your residence hall, on-campus clubs, sporting events, and other extracurricular activities.

    Am learning a lot

    My classes here have taught me so much. The program I'm in has one of the best undergraduate programs available and all the classwork and extracurricular work I've done for my classes has taught me more than I can even speak of. For gen ed classes, using Rate My Professor has helped me find classes taught by professors that care. I love the variety of gen eds that are available because it means that you can always find a class about something you care about, so you know you'll want to learn more.

  • 12/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    All types of students!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Get scholarships to help by applying and being a good student. GET INVOLVED be it with friends, classes, extracurriculars, or even with work. Ask upper classmen for help/make friends with them. Be yourself, nothing more you need to do. DONT STRESS!!! Things will fall in place.

    Bang for the buck

    I am completely dependent on scholarships and things like that to attend college. I definitely get the bang for my buck! I am getting a great college experience, great education, and having fun along the way!

    Am enjoying being here

    I love the UA. I had a passion to go here since I was in the 8th grade and I love it! I have found so many amazing things to do on and off campus, the town right around UA is so much fun, the REC is amazing and you get a great workout in, plus I have a weekly free improv I go to with friends to relax and escape homework! It is all about what you make the experience, but UA is great with so many professors who work with you and help you along the way!

    Am learning a lot

    I am a freshman here this year and a lot of learning comes from finding groups to get involved in, making new friends whether you live off or on campus, and finding that weekly activity to unwind and have fun. The classroom teaches you, but you learn as you go!

  • 12/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for those who want a big school environment such as sports and opportunnities but also want a close knit community.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to attain as many transfer credits via AP tests, community college so that you can focus on your major and get GenEd requirements out of the way.

    Bang for the buck

    It has the most bang for buck as a public school especially for instate students. But it is also cheap for out of state students in comparison to schools in California and any private university.

    Am enjoying being here

    U of A sports, and clubs as well as other social activities are a blast and there is something for everyone to do here. Bear Down!

    Am learning a lot

    The University is a top tier reseach school and has access to many assets such as teachers, equipment, money and opportunnities that other smaller schools cannot compete with.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    I am a Sociology major but I've heard many times that the math and science departments are horrible. My advice is try NOT to get a graduate student instructor in; science(chemistry, astronomy) or math (Statistics, Calculus). Over all I have had the BEST instructors except a General Education course for astronomy/ NATS. Have fun and enjoy every minute.

    Bang for the buck

    With the continuing rise is tuition, University of Arizona, I would say is fairly priced. It is an accredited school and the oldest in Arizona. The knowledge attained is worth every penny spent. The updated text books, residence living and course work are top notch, Eco-friendly and effective. Considering our food choices as well around and on campus at the Union, we have the best.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beyond gorgeous and it is a wonderful place to study and chill. The two main buildings or reasons I chose UA over that other school was because of the Recreation Center and the Library. I visit both places often and the local Starbucks in the UA Bookstore.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning more than expected. I had no idea I would be thrown into my major course work so fast and am loving every minute of it. I enjoy learning and especially when it is in my field of study or just general liking.

  • 12/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Positive, engaging, and dedicated students. Students from all over the world are welcomed here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Begin real world experiences freshman year. If you decide to double major or even pursue a dual degree, it will require more course work, but the opportunities are far greater. Take the time to explore your majors' departments. They will have information about programs such as study abroad, internships, and even jobs related to your major but if anything, if you have questions, do not hesitate to ask them! Go to Meet your Major fairs, job fairs, career fairs, any fairs. A good hour or more of creating new, experienced contacts and relationships through these events not only opens up various possibilities to further your education, but to jump-start your career confidently. Work closely with your peers because you are not alone in finding ways to start your career. Surely there is something you or your peer doesn't know that would be mutually beneficial. Talk with advisors and professors. They know professors in your departments that are able to work with students outside of the classroom and give assistance and/or guidance for research projects. This builds relationships and these professors will give you good recognition when applying for graduate school and jobs. This will allow you to have outside experience for your career, allowing your outside work and recognition from professors to serve as proof under your belt. As you can see, academics alone do not necessarily cut it. You have to show that you're an active student outside the classroom, which shows you are open minded and willing to hear/experience new ideas. More often, projects and work that you do outside of the classroom will display that you are willing to be helpful towards your community versus not using what you have learned by bottling up your studies to yourself.

    Bang for the buck

    Unfortunately, we all are living under the same economic situation. Tuition has increased about double since I started back in 2008. Some departments are suffering in size, so the best thing I can tell for future students; is to make everything you do count, and worthwhile. Because you will be paying for a higher tuition, utilize every service, career fair, event, and question you have to further your education, in order to really seal and make your career happen/worthwhile. Thankfully we live in an age where the internet is everywhere on campus. Therefore, there is no excuse to not find a computer and take the time to research jobs, internships, study abroad programs, housing, and so forth. The bang for your buck really depends on the student's will to make a valued and strong effort in the items mentioned above and more.

    Am enjoying being here

    I believe what I enjoy the most is the company of my peers and the friends I have made along the way. While this is a common part of going to college and that it is encouraged by the university to make life-long friends, it serves as a reminder; that you are not alone in this new, big environment. The school spirit from my peers is shown beyond just wearing the school colors, creativity at sports events (i.e. game-day outfits/shout outs at games), and various fairs/events such as Spring Fling. The school spirit also is reflected in the determination in academics, community service, and in the willingness to share and apply what we have learned with the world. Clearly in the guitar program, we have attracted doctoral candidates, graduate students, and undergraduates from all over to study here; the U.S.A., Mexico, Brazil, Chili, Norway, The Philippines, and more. Yet despite our differences from our cultures, our backgrounds, and our life experiences, the fact is we enjoy each others' company; comrade among each other. This is why I am enjoying it here. I feel welcomed and respected not just from the staff, but from the peers and the friends I have made along the way, creating memories that truly will last a lifetime.

    Am learning a lot

    The learning process involves more than just taking notes, attending lectures, and getting good grades. Most classes will be engaging, allowing you to speak your opinion and share previous knowledge from other courses, and even life experiences. This part of the learning process is really nice because you get to hear the voices and experiences of peers in your field of study; and not just quotes from a textbook. Guest speakers from the field or speakers who have experienced and witnessed historical moments, often present and engage a discussion with the students. The beauty of this process allowed me to see my peers as not just another student beside me, but an individual who is strong about what they are studying/working towards; whether it be the same goal or not. This collective discussion has often opened my thinking. As an undergraduate in the UA Bolton Guitar Studies program, I can think of a fine example. During Fall 2011, we had the Third International Tucson Guitar Festival, which showcased a number of master classes, performances, and discussions presented by famous performers and scholars in guitar such as the Assad Brothers and Mark Wilson. Mark Wilson is an expert and scholar in the field of 20th century music for the guitar. What he presented to the program one afternoon was incredible. He demonstrated how the guitar could be played like a piano, by literally tapping on the strings, along the neck of the guitar. During and after the lecture, my peers and myself were able to discuss and ask questions about this technique. I have encountered and have used this style of guitar before, but some of my peers haven't. So this allows us to discuss and share new ideas to one another.

  • 12/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you are a prospective business student, don't be afraid or nervous of your future classes. They may seem overwhelming or intense, but they are extraordinary.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't miss out on anything! May it be school, sports, or social related, do it all!

    Bang for the buck

    Being a business student, I have been exposed to a large amount of material that I thought I never would have seen. The class curriculums are phenomenon and I am eager to go to class each day. The atmosphere is amazing and nothing but supportive and exciting. Everywhere on campus, there are students happy to be there and teachers are thankful to instruct.

    Am enjoying being here

    I honestly have enjoyed being here very much. I have met and made so many friends that I believe I will have for the rest of my life. I have been introduced to not only peers, but teachers and professors that have made my experiences worth while. I have made so many connections that I hope to benefit my future career.

    Am learning a lot

    I have not only matured to become an adult, how to be fully responsible for myself, but how to appreciate what I have been offered in life. Being a student at the University of Arizona, I have become aware of how big reality truly is. Moving away from home and living on my own, I realized that there is more to life than just what you have in your bubble.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to do well. The U of A has some great faculty, but most will not hold your hand through their class. The student has to put in the effort and want to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Become friends with the kids in your classes (especially the smart ones), because you can study with them before exams. If you have plans to study with someone its much harder to procrastinate.

    Bang for the buck

    Any college these days is much to expensive in my opinion, and the U of A is no exception. It may be a good education, but its hard to afford even for financially stable households.

    Am enjoying being here

    Once you find a balance between work and play, you'll have a great time (especially if you get involved in intramural sports or clubs).

    Am learning a lot

    In the beginning, there are classes where you may not be learning a whole lot because they are trying to weed out the weaker students. However, in the end what you learn is all related to your motivation. The kids that are learning a lot are there to learn. Those who aren't are there to have a good time.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Science and engineering students. I often hear about the business department being very strong, but I know first hand that the University of Arizona is an excellent science school with great opportunities for research, difficult and engaging courses, highly specific minors, and they also help students with unique interests double major. I have also noticed that a good portion of the undergraduates (myself included) plan on going to graduate schools. They plan on going for not only math, business, law, and medicine, but also anthropology, english, and education, and they are always happy to provide new students with tips to stay on track if they plan on going to graduate school. This is a great place for ambitious students who are planning on going to college to learn, explore their interests, find themselves, and have a great time doing so.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for the honors college. This is a big deal because honors students tend to get big scholarships from the university that allow instate students to go for almost nothing, and out of state students to attend for just over instate tuition. I would also highly recommend classes from many different topics first semester, as it is a great time to explore your passions and interests before it is too late to change majors. When choosing a dorm always choose from the newest few as these are the most modern, high quality, and have the best social scenes (without being overwhelmingly social/noisy). Take a good look at the majors because we have some pretty unique majors in highly interesting and technical fields like neuroscience and optical engineering, and even more interesting minors from astrobiology to sports management.

    Bang for the buck

    I received a full academic scholarship to the University of Arizona, as did many of my friends from high school, and the students I share the honors dorm with. The wildcat excellence scholarship is also provided to students, and it seems as though just about everyone gets it along with an iPad II (as I did), or a Macbook Pro. Scholarships aside the University of Arizona is by no means an expensive school, the out of state tuition is surprisingly low, and the instate tuition is so low that it is very difficult to tempt students from Arizona to go out of state. My dorm is expensive as it is brand new, but there are many different dorms with different pricing scales, and I believe that my dorm still has the most bang for its buck because with its study bridge, multiple conference rooms with high quality projectors for weekend review sessions (as well as horror movie marathons, and Mario Kart tournaments), countless study rooms, and onsite tutoring it seems as though no dorm can compare to mine. Some of my fellow Tucsonans decided to live at home for financial reasons, and it turns out that for many of them the University of Arizona is less expensive than the local community college. As a science student I should make a point that despite the school’s low tuition we have excellent science resources including big time research grants (like recently received “largest grant ever” for the OSIRIS-Rex asteroid lander), big name scientists, large departments, and an incredible amount of opportunities for research. The university also provides free tutoring for low level courses at their Think Tanks, located all across campus. Arizona has just about everything a student could ask for at a reasonable price, which is more often than not, free.

    Am enjoying being here

    The University of Arizona’s diversity really helps give each student countless opportunities to enjoy their college experience. As a Tucson native I was familiar with the University of Arizona campus, and assumed that I knew just about everything there was to know about the school even before my first day. Again the university proved me wrong (as it often does). I had no idea how many different activities, communities, and groups there were, or how self contained the school was. When club fair came around I was surprised to see the mall packed with club after club, and unlike high school they were clubs that I had never seen before, or even thought of, and, of course, I had to join a few. To my surprise there was a martial arts tricking/acrobatics club called UA Tricks. This was one niche that I most certainly fit in to, as I had actually started a similar club in my high school, but was pretty disappointed with our single digit membership. This club was packed with people, and because of that we had access to high quality trampolines, gyms, and equipment, that I could have only dreamed about last year. The clubs aren’t the only enjoyable aspects of the U of A. I quickly found that the campus was a microcosm, a city of its own. There was just about everything you needed, a high quality gym, futuristic dorms (seriously Arbol de la Vida is unbelievable), a movie theatre, cuisine from just about every country, nightly entertainment (so much so that I often have trouble deciding whether to see the improv-comedy group, or going to the socials in my dorm), and best of all this city is shared with young, friendly, idealistic, ambitious students that help to make every day memorable.

    Am learning a lot

    The academic environment at the University of Arizona has really helped me not only learn, but also grow as a student. I, like most freshman, signed up for mostly general education courses and only one major specific course. Before school started I couldn’t wait to get these classes out of the way so that I could move on to my astronomy and physics courses, where I figured the real education would take place. To my surprise the professors made subjects that I thought would be dull and easy, challenging and engaging. Early in the year I was studying to get high marks, but after I realized that refining my prose for English class, and studying efficient markets theory in economics class was helping me write better papers in all my classes, and providing me with practical investment information respectively, I began to develop a minor passion for the courses I was taking. Before I became passionate about the subjects I completed the assigned readings, learned what I needed to for the tests, spent a fair amount of time on my papers and did nothing more for the subjects. Once my professors had ignited the flame of curiosity within me I found myself watching French films in my leisure time, joining a group of students to visit the Biosphere II to learn more about the changing climate, and reading unassigned sections of my calculus book. The teachers here have a wonderful ability to teach and to assist students in their studies, but their most useful and most astounding traits are their abilities to inspire students to take learning into their own hands, and to explore topics that are left uncharted from the classes. Because of this I have learned more this year than I would have ever expected.

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Tuition wise here at the U of A is quite expensive, if you are coming from out of state. That is why U of A has Scholarship Universe. Scholarship Universe is a website for U of A students where they find scholarships that you can apply to. This is a very helpful link, and if you try your best then you might just have a couple scholarships up your sleeve.

    Am enjoying being here

    Pac 12!!!! Since the U of A is a Pac 12 school, that means the football and basketball games are crazy especially if you're in Zona Zoo, which is the student section. Besides the sports conference being insane, the campus is beautiful, yes it does get hot, but you will get used to it by the 2nd week. The people here are nice, even the instructors. The U of A gives me a sense of freedom with being away from home and doing things on my own.

    Am learning a lot

    At the U of A, you will meet so many people form all over and even from different countries. The one thing about the U of A is that not everyone is the same, even though the population is Caucasian. You will learn something new everyday about people. You become more social especially if you live in the dorms with someone you never met before. It might seem scary, but come on you and your new roomie might just become besties!

  • 01/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus feels like a very safe place. There are campus police officers that patrol the dorms and the campus during all hours of the day and there are emergency buttons installed at a variety of street corners on campus. During the night there is also free transportation provided for students having to walk long distances or alone.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life on campus is a great way to meet new friends and now that there are GPA requirements for many groups the Greek Life has ensured that it's not all about the popularity and parties, despite the popularity and parties that accompany the Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs at the University of Arizona. All become involved on campus at some point in the school year and all seem to have a great purpose, whether it be helping young teens stay away from drugs, feeding the less fortunate, or engaging in physical fitness. There is a club for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    The campus is a great place for students that want to be focused on education without being locked in a room every Friday evening. There are many places located on campus to take study breaks with friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The main location on campus is the Student Union Memorial Center, where events are held and the food court is located. The building is modeled after the U.S.S. Arizona that unfortunately went underwater during Pearl Harbor. Interesting enough, the building actually looks like a ship!

    Bang for the buck

    At the university the money put in is well spent despite how much it may actually be. A real college experience is provided and the wide range of classes make it simple to pick out a course of interest. There is much to learn and this campus gives opportunities to learn as much as possible which, in the end, is worth the extra dollar.

    What to do for fun

    There always seems to be an event taking place on any given day at the campus. The most entertaining thing is to go for a walk around the campus during lunch time, there is usually some sort of band or event taking place on the main lawn, known as the mall.

    Food and Dining

    The food court menu seems to get old fast. The food is pricey and not always that good. There are a few places on campus that provide decent service along with an appetizing plate of food, however, it costs about $12 a meal and on a college budget that becomes hard to afford.

    Dorm Life

    Many dorms on the campus have a very close-knit, family-like structure and feel to them. Many of the dorm assistants take the time to get to know everyone. Although meal-plan is not included in cost and rates can be pricey nothing beats the campus experience that can be provided with dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The university offers very difficult courses, however, attending office hours and tutoring sessions will allow a student to succeed in the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of Arizona is truly a fantastic place to learn and professors seem to be willing to lend a helping hand when needed. Although effort is needed, accomplishments with always be in the future while working toward positive educational goals.

    In three sentences

    The university provides a fantastic environment for the excited learner. Study gatherings are always available and students are very focused on education. The university as a whole is a productive work area and students are pressured to be the best they can.

  • 01/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe on campus, but once you step into the Tucson streets who knows what'll happen. Can be very sketchy off campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very strong here, but regulated. Many have been shut down because the Dean is trying to eliminate Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Going to sporting events is the biggest activity, and if not there is a club for anything you can think of.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who like to party and are very shallow in that they only care what people think. There are a thousand beautiful girls here, so lots of competition.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Football games are for sure a major tradition here. They are probably the most fun thing all year.

    Bang for the buck

    It is defiantly overpriced for out of state students. If you want it to be reasonable, you need to find other scholarships outside the school.

    What to do for fun

    Theres nothing to do in Tucson, but on campus you can join clubs or go to frat/sorority parties. Basically you can hang out and party and thats pretty much it.

    Food and Dining

    We have a student union here so there is no cafeteria with a hot food line. This is great for a while, but eventually you get sick of having the same thing every day. You can only have panda express so much before you cant eat it anymore

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is fun depending on which dorm you are actually in. Some are quieter than others and some are way too loud. You can decide which dorm suits you by attending an orientation or tour.

    Academic Rigor

    Not too bad, but I am an honors student so regular classes are not difficult for me. Use ratemyprofessor.com to find out info about the teachers. Overall, if you do the work and are engaged in class you will get an A.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a guy and want to have a social life, you have to join a fraternity. Girls sorority is optional because you can still go out if you are not in one. Meet regularly with your counselor to make sure you are on track.

    In three sentences

    The campus is fantastic, but the town it resides in is disgusting and unsafe. The people are very stereotypical and fake. But the faculty and actual classes offered through the university is great, but the student body is not.

  • 01/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    they go pretty much into detail in my major of natural resources.

    Tips for prospective students

    you must know where to get support when things come up and you are mistreated. you must know about ombuds and other advocacy groups, such as the dean of students.

    In three sentences

    most instructors are good, but i did run into one that was very disrespectful. the courses are good. being an older student i have been mistreated in various situations with some here on campus and they are not students, but are affiliated with the campus and they are not instructors.

  • 02/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    get girls

    Food and Dining

    dining halls are impressive

    Dorm Life

    nice

    Academic Rigor

    kinda hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    apply!

    In three sentences

    very good.

  • 02/03/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    i have heard great things about the u of a and hoping to attend there peacefully and to graduate with a hopefull set of my career locked on my mind. no bad things heard from this school and from what i've seen personally visiting the school several times as a high school student, the people and place is very helpful and focused towards your goal, in some way it could be a bit boring (hopefully the people and parties ain't ;))

  • 02/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    i'm on full scholarship soo.....i don't have to pay a dime. so yes it' worth it! :)

    What to do for fun

    go to the rec, go to the improv show every tuesday, go to the rec center, join a club, see a movie at the on campus theater...honestly the options are endless.

    Food and Dining

    i try someplace new almost everyday! i love the variety and all of the cool ideas people have as far as eateries. i love grabbing a coffee and studying in espresso art, or going to the gym and getting a veggie wrap after from fuel. i just love all the option and all of the delicious food!

    Dorm Life

    because i live just outside of tucson, i still live at home. the dorms are way tooo expensive for me.

    Academic Rigor

    obviously it's difficult, but i don't expect anything else. i have learned so much about myself in addition to my academics. i'm only in my second semester, but i feel like a new person.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be afraid to apply here. yes it's challenging, but after each semester you'll feel so great about yourself and the progress you've made. i hope you like the heat! oh, and also get involved as much as you can. join clubs, go to the rec, enjoy the nightlife of university and 4th avenue. you'll feel more connected with your school and have a much better experience.

    In three sentences

    i've always been afraid of college and even considered not going, but the first time i went to the ua, i knew this place was for me. the old style campus is absolutely beautiful with the palm trees, grass, brick buildings with vines growing up the side. i wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

  • 02/05/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    the university of arizona is going to be a great school to attend. it has many classes to take. it also has the honors college program.

  • 02/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    safe

    Greek Life

    very little

    Clubs and Activities

    arizona assurance

    Great for these types of students

    engineers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the mineral mueseum

    Bang for the buck

    good.

    What to do for fun

    clubs, sports, anything really

    Food and Dining

    a lot of variety

    Dorm Life

    excellent rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    its like any other university, high demanding and vigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared for vigorous schooling that will prepare you for the future.

    In three sentences

    great school that offers many careers. three colleges that excel in the nation are engineering, business, and medical. very friendly enviroment

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    someone broke into my dorm room, twice. we have renta cops but they don't really do anything.

    Bang for the buck

    some of the staff is actually quite rude to myself and my mother. and then there are those who couldn't be any nicer.

    Food and Dining

    not many choices remember to leave money for off campus spending, university is close and if you live in the north side dorms you will be tempted to go off campus more than you might in the east or middle areas.

    Dorm Life

    i had the worst dorm experience ever, i move a total of 3 time in a span of 4 months. first i had a roommate from hell then i had someone break into my room. remember this is not always the case but anything can happen.

    Tips for prospective students

    do not procrastinate.... it will bite you in the behind! due dates are closer than they appear.

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    the university of arizona is one of the most spirited campuses in the nation. join zonazoo and participate in the exciting school spirit at all the sporting events!

    Food and Dining

    there is a wide variety of eateries on campus, and just off campus on university blvd. the choices range from healthy bagels, sandwiches and salads; to pizza, burgers and mexican cuisine.

    Academic Rigor

    a lot of courses require you to do the homework on your own, but not for a grade. do this work. there will not always be someone to hold your hand through classes and/or assignments. this academic atmosphere will push you to excel and learn through hard work and studying.

    Tips for prospective students

    always be proactive in communicating with your college of choice; this will ensure a smooth ride throughout your degree progress. some advice to live by in college is that, procrastination is like masturbation, in the end you're only screwing yourself. meaning, always be on top of your responsibilities! as long as you are proactive and responsible throughout your academic career, you can avoid having to retake courses or spending time, energy and money on unnecessary classes and/or projects.

    In three sentences

    the university of arizona provides a lot of opportunities for undergraduate students to graduate with a wide variety of skills; developed from volunteering in labs, and getting involved in clubs and campus programs. being able to get hours of experience in your future career field, can also help in getting an internship as a student, using acquired skills form school. the technology park, connected with the university of arizona and renewable energy businesses in tucson, is a great opportunity to get hands on work in your future career field.

  • 02/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    the university of arizona has the only greek life in the state of arizona.

    What to do for fun

    there are hoards of intramural sports to play, clubs to join, and activities continually going on at the university of arizona.

    Food and Dining

    there is a wide variety of different food available on campus and portions are even grown on campus. there are options for all the different dietary needs as well.

    Dorm Life

    there is a wide variety of options for dorms to live in that each have a different community. as long as you find the community that fits you, living in the dorms will be fun.

    Academic Rigor

    the college of engineering has a high academic rigor with difficult classes and homework. exams tend to be unfinishable, but you will learn more then you ever though possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    come in with high school credit. go to office hours to get to know your professors. join clubs.

    In three sentences

    the academics at the university of arizona at top notch in the college of engineering with professors that truly care if you succeed. the college of engineering provides you with numerous opportunities to learn and excel. the campus seems large at first, but now i cannot meet one person with whom i do not have multiple common friends with.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    think your the stud? kudos, it wont help you graduate. uapd responds within 30 seconds. their commitment is to keep it within thirty seconds guaranteed.

    Great for these types of students

    too much to list. many off things are covered in tuition costs

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    only thing unusual, there are several haunted buildings on campus. from the stories i heard, i'm not going to be on campus at all at night.

    Bang for the buck

    psshhh.... this place is the bomb when it comes to resources for students. if i remember correctly there are over 4 million resources in our database which covers every topic covered here in the university of arizona

    What to do for fun

    i dont really have time for fun. im on a mission, but when im on break: playing my guitar or listening to music.

    Food and Dining

    we have excellent and great quality options. from super healthy to super greasy.

    Dorm Life

    i do not live on campus. i live with my family. choose wisely. anyways, i here dorms are okay.

    Academic Rigor

    study study study = success success success

    Tips for prospective students

    follow though with instructions and there will not be any hurdles. appears to be intimidating, but its no big deal. its just huge and more student population. uofa staff will take care of you.

    In three sentences

    very helpful, informative, and friendly staff and faculty. very well organized and campus is student friendly. excellent resources to ensure academic success.

  • 03/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i have never had an issue on campus, personally. but like all college campus' students need to be aware, especially at large parties and walking home from campus late a night. the university of arizona has campus police patrolling as well as emergency phones all around campus.

    Greek Life

    i am not in greek life, but i have a few friends in it and they have all loved it.

    Clubs and Activities

    i'm in eller college student council as well as the esl writing lab for international students. ecsc has been outstanding! i love all the council members and have really become a family with them. in the esl writing lab i tutor internal students on their writing and it has been both an exciting and challenging experience for me. i highly recommend the clubs and activities on campus. they enrich your college experience beyond measure.

    Great for these types of students

    if you're summer loving, love the sun, (tanning year round, yes, even in january!) outgoing, energetic and hard working you will love the university of arizona. the sun shines all year round and the campus life is very close-knit and easy going! the academics are thought provoking and competitive.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    dirtbags! you just have to see it! ;)

    Bang for the buck

    compared to other schools the university of arizona's tuition is extremely competitive! it's a wonderful school and definitely the best options in arizona. go cats!

    What to do for fun

    i just turned 21 and my house is walking distance from 4th ave. (the college bars) so, that take up a large part of my fun. however, just last week i went to the mac miller concert on campus, for free!! asua (a university of arizona student organization) put it on for students. it was a blast.

    Food and Dining

    there are a ton of restaurants and food options all over campus! plus the meal plans are awesome!

    Academic Rigor

    the academic rigor definitely depends on your major. i'm a marketing student with a communications minor in the eller college at the university of arizona and the academics are definitely challenging but absolutely worth it! i love what i am learning!

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved! join clubs, greek life, council! the more you're involved in the university the better your experience will be! (no matter where you go)

    In three sentences

    my experience at the university of arizona, thus far, has been phenomenal. the weather, the atmosphere, the students and the professors have been wonderful! i am loving the eller college of management!

  • 03/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    sports games!!! great way to socialize and have fun! also, i recommend cool local tucson events such as the 4th ave street fair or spring fling carnival :)

    Food and Dining

    the food is expensive on campus. you are better off cooking at home.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are a good way to meet people but there are many drawbacks to living in a building of so many people.

    Academic Rigor

    many classes can be difficult. don't be shy to go to office hours or get a tutor if you are struggling in a class.

    Tips for prospective students

    research what you want to study before picking a school. u of a has excellent science and business programs as well as others. you need to start thinking more seriously about your future.

    In three sentences

    i rate this school as average for professors. the sports and ethusiasm kids have for the school is great. also, there are tons of ways to get involved on campus :)

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue lights are ALL around campus (cops will show up RIGHT AWAY), and there are police officers around pretty much all the time. No need to feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Lots of choices, always friendly, helpful and they sometimes throw fun activities like bowling or dances.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of sororities and fraternities to join, there are club sports like frisbee, volleyball, and other fun sports (that you don't have to be AMAZING at!)

    Great for these types of students

    Engineering majors, all science majors, and college sports fans!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a fun stand-up comedy bit every Tuesday in the Union called the Charles Darwin Experience put on by the students, always fun to go to! Oh yeah, and it's free!

    Bang for the buck

    I absolutely LOVE this school! THE best school in Arizona, maybe even top 5 in the nation!

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of clubs, organizations and great sports teams! There is also a lot of stores, restaurants and other fun places all around the campus to do with friends and visiting family. You'll never be bored! Busy probably, but never bored.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of places to eat, and no taxes!

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is so involved and there are always activities going on.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging, yet fun and exciting classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    ASK QUESTIONS if you don't know where something is, everyone is friendly enough to help you out!

    In three sentences

    SO much fun, very energetic! Big campus, but plenty of friendly people to help you. So much to do on such a beautiful campus.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security cameras, lights, and plenty of campus cops.

    Greek Life

    Never been but the people I know from there are all real sweethearts (even the guys).

    Clubs and Activities

    Have amazing sports!!

    Great for these types of students

    People who like nice weather and who like to be outside.

    Bang for the buck

    You get membership to a brand new gym included in your tuition. And we now have an official Ice Hockey team!

    What to do for fun

    Frisbee or sunbathing on the lawn. Or grab a drink at a local hot spot just off campus.

    Food and Dining

    Tucson has been featured on Man vs. Food! The place that beat Adam is walking distance from campus. Every place I have tried around campus I really liked, both in the student union and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    It's good for freshmen.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not super hard but you can definitely struggle if you let yourself fall behind or procrastinate a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Buy shorts and Flip Flops!

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus. The people are mostly very sweet people. However there are to many group projects for me.

  • 03/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Huge

    Great for these types of students

    Greek oriented students

    What to do for fun

    Hike and bike.

    Food and Dining

    The dining program is a food court with a lot of fast food type of meals.

    Academic Rigor

    U of A is not a easy academic school.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a fraternity and sorority dominant school. If that is not your thing it can be hard to make friends.

    In three sentences

    Great outdoor opportunities are provided around Tucson when you have spare time. I have had a great academic advisor that has opened up opportunities for me and continued to support my search for financial aid on top of advising me about classes. U of A is a large school and you need to be able to handle much of your own navigation in a sometimes overwhelming system.

  • 03/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is an excellent school; from the education, to your fellow students, and the environment, all above and beyond. This school is a huge part of the Tucson community also, making you feel like you are always at home even when you might be across the country, like myself. I chose UofA because it felt like the best place for me and I found that it truly is.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Looks like a great school. In my top two.

  • 03/23/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Due to my research, they have a wonderful meal plan that includes getting a small tax refund. Five percent. Seven percent. Or ten percent.

    Dorm Life

    Many new dorm building have been built close to the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics seem average.

    In three sentences

    It can be treated as a party school or an academic school. Even though I'm not yet enrolled due to still being in high school, I've come here many times for extracurricular activities such as pre-med camp and University of Arizona Outreach Honor Band.

  • 04/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    Very strong but not hard to subsid

    Tips for prospective students

    Sacrifice is the most important word.

    In three sentences

    University of Arizona, Eller College, are very prestigious in the community. I want to forfeit my major (Accounting) with them. My goal is become a CPA-Finance Advisor-Tax Expert.

  • 04/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's a really safe campus, it's an open campus. Safety features include Saferide, and UA police are always patrolling campus all the time. There is also CatTran bus that goes around campus, really helpful if you have to go to say the med school library or are just lazy.

    Greek Life

    U of A is a Greek campus, but don't feel obliged to join, you can still meet people without joining. That's were the parties are on campus, and if you rush you don't have to do the initiations if you don't feel comfortable doing it.

    Clubs and Activities

    UA is not a party school so most parties are house parties, and to go to those you should make friends that know where they are. You can meet people out side of your major, but have the same interest as you in clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    U of A is a great school for science and technology majors. It is not a party school, and school should be your number one priority. Keep in mind that the University is the heart of the school, so there is not much going on off campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The day before finals begin it is called on the official calendars Reading Day but amongst students it's called Dead Day because no one is outside and campus is dead quiet, everyone is at the library. The only ones who call it reading day are freshmen who don't know better.

    Bang for the buck

    Think tank, take advantage of it really helpful for science majors, and most of the stuff is free. You can also live off campus, it is much cheaper to live in student apartments and they have shuttles to school. Also tuition is really low compared to other colleges. Instate around $10000 and out of state $23000.

    What to do for fun

    ZonaZoo it football and basketball season pass The basketball games are far more fun in my opinion, but remember ZonaZoo does not guaranty you a spot, you have to get there early. There is student union which is really big ( one of the largest in the country.) 4th st is an artsy place, lots of galleries and the works. Park student Union, people play volleyball at night there, and PSU has good food.

    Food and Dining

    The Cellar in student union has great pea fries, sounds weird but it's good. There are good restaurants down university. Most of the food places on campus are expensive for what you are buy, but Tucson has some good restaurants. ( It helps if you have a car.)

    Dorm Life

    It depends on what dorm you stay at: pima to many girls (all girls dorm) sky View: not on campus, but it's more like an apartment and no communal bathroom, you just share with your rookie. árbol de la vida: The honors dorm: upside it's new and looks like a hotel, downside everyone's an honor student so everyone is usually studying, and a lot of them are antisocial. navajo-pinal: fairly cheap, but it's right by the stadium and that might get annoying Coronado: way to much people over 700, fights, usually that's were the partiers go. I would suggest a smaller dorm, then you can meet new people, make friends, have fun, and can still study without being disturbed. Highlight U of A Quidditch Tournament.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is fairly tough especially if you are not used to studying and time management is very important. U of A has a lot of great teachers so take advantage of that and get to know your teacher. Don't get behind, that's what happens to a lot of freshman and they end up dropping out.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have decent grades in high school and do okay on your sat then they will most likely give you a scholarship, but find out the terms and conditions of your scholarship, and don't lose it, cause once you do it's really hard to get back. Also your teacher and TA's have office hours so take advantage of that.

    In three sentences

    I love U of A, it is the best school in Arizona. My first year has been wonderful. I think it's a great research school and is best for science students.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food at Arizona is some of the best campus food I have come across. There are choices for all different dietary needs. It also has some of the healthiest food I have seen on a college campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Arizona is a great way to meet a lot of new people. The dorms have programs which try and encourage kids to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    Arizona challenges students. The classes are not easy, but are not made to be impossible. The teachers are always open to helping students when needed.

  • 04/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many fun things to do around campus. You can go to the baskeball and football games, shopping at Tucson or Park Place mall, shops on 4th Ave, and other activities on University St. There is never a dull night here at UA.

    Food and Dining

    There are many choices here on campus, with a wide range of variety. From pizza, panda express, salads, sandwiches, quesadillas, burgers, everything! If living on campus with a meal card, these choices get a little old after while.

    Dorm Life

    There are a wide range of dorms to choose here at UA. With two new dorms and one just remodeled, there are plenty of nice once. I suggest looking online or asking current students for advice. As for how dorms are, not going to lie, they are noisy. But each are equipped with study rooms that come in handy.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here range in difficulty but from my experience they can all be conquered. If truly worried, look on ratemyprofessor.com. For the most part this advice comes in handy and is mostly true. As long as you go to class, listen, and get to know the teacher you should exceed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start checking into the programs you would like to get into, as well as what they require. If you are accepted and can start planning classes, choose times that are going to work for you. Also, always go to class and visit your professor's office hours!

    In three sentences

    It is a lively campus full of students eager to learn. The campus is not too big with class sizes ranging from 800 people to 20. This school is a good choice!

  • 04/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Online classes only

    Bang for the buck

    I am a student at University of Arizona, currently not working and a single mother.

    Academic Rigor

    None

    Tips for prospective students

    None

    In three sentences

    Taking classes online, have not had any issues.

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Mall (grassy strip in the middle of the campus) is always bustling with activity. You can play a pick up game of football or frizbee or watch a concert. There are always school sponsored events going on in the Gallagher theater, I suggest going to the the Charles Darwin Experience. It is comedy performance that goes on every week.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options on campus, just off campus and in all of Tucson. On campus dining through your meal plan gives you lots of food for your money, so I usually stuck to that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always get things done ahead of time. Counselors are always busy and chances are there will be lots of paper work that you need everyone to sign.

    In three sentences

    I attended the UofA both for the high school summer program and during the regular college level. I LOVED it here. I did find that I prefer smaller class sizes, which are possible to find at here, but counselors will always be busy. The lifestyle and atmosphere are very laid back which goes perfectly with w=the weacher and layout of the campus.

  • 04/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can always go shopping at the mall, watch a movie at the theaters, workout at the gym or go dancing at a club.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of food to choose from. It has everything from greasy food to healthy food. The food price is regular price. You can get anything like a hamburger, pizza, salad, burritos, etc.

    Dorm Life

    Many people who live in your dorm are very nice. Pretty easy to be friends with your roommate. But sometimes you wont always agree with your roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a pretty tough school especially the science and math classes. Everything else is pretty easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always attend class and take good notes. Try not to procrastinate and turn in all your homework. Homework can really help you boost your overall grade.

    In three sentences

    U of A was a completely different experience for me. The students and staff are very nice people. It is a good place to meet new people and have fun.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Safe to walk around at night, good security.

    Greek Life

    Fraternities and sororities all over the place. Plenty for minorities as well as different fields of study. I'm not a member of any, but I know there's a lot of them, and the public rush week rituals seemed fairly humane, more silly than humiliating. (I don't know what they do in private.) Actually, wait, I do know one thing they do in private: the fraternities are built specially so that from the doorway, a policeman cannot see the party occurring inside or any minors who may be drinking alcohol in there. They need a warrant or some sort of emergency call to actually come in and investigate. So the likelihood that a party in a fraternity will get busted by the cops is very, very low.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    All the doors in the painting studios have large signs on them that say KEEP THIS DOOR CLOSED. They are always left propped open, usually by the teacher. I heard they're going to start enforcing it for security reasons, but I wouldn't bet on it.

    What to do for fun

    See above reference to shirtless boys playing frisbee. Always fun to watch. There's games and DDR machines under one of the student unions, and TV lounges. Probably more stuff elsewhere that I don't know about. The bookstore is wonderful, big comfy chairs where you can just sit and read.

    Food and Dining

    Quite a lot of food available throughout campus, including healthy stuff, vegetarian options, Asian, Mexican, and Indian food, fancyish gourmet stuff, sushi, and of course plenty of junk food and energy drinks and tea and coffee in every form imaginable. Can get pricy though.

    Dorm Life

    I have no idea, I've never lived in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends entirely on what classes you take.

    Tips for prospective students

    A bicycle or even a skateboard for that matter will make your life so much easier. Parking on campus can get very expensive and it's a big place. The gen ed classes are HUGE lecture courses that are so easy that you might as well take them at a community college to save money; the upper division classes are much better and the teachers are able to give individual attention. The campus has a lot of areas where you can jog, walk or play with your dog. Once someone even brought two giant fluffy rabbits to one of the grassy areas near the mall and student union, and they hopped around happily sniffing everybody who was chilling out there. On the mall, every day from the months of April through October, you get cute boys playing frisbee in the afternoons with their shirts off. There is a very welcoming Chicano/Hispanic studies department (in the Cesar Chavez building) that has regular days where the abuelas come in and talk to everyone and hug you and feed you lunch, even if you're just a lost art major who wandered over to recharge your laptop in the department lounge. Just total acceptance and love and free homemade food. They're awesome. This currently happens at least one Thursday a month, though the schedule may change between semesters. You can't plagiarize and get away with it, the teachers have databases and programs where they can catch even something as subtle as a couple phrases. Besides, it would be a waste of time. The writing requirements for any class outside the English department and a good many in it are nothing; if you can write at high school level, you should be fine. The art department is so open minded that in many cases their brains have fallen out. If you want to do whatever insane thing-- controversial performance art, sculptures of genitalia, painting with your feet (seriously someone in one of my figure drawing classes did this), whatever-- they will be intrigued and encourage you to pursue your unique vision. This can make critiques frustrating for more traditional artists, and I would recommend the Illustration program in Visual Communications over the Fine Arts program if you want to do realistic art that you can make a living selling commercially or on commissions rather than through the gallery system. You can find comfy couches in the most unexpected places. Get bottled energy drinks and bottled iced teas from the vending machines rather than the stores or restaurants, you end up paying up to 50 cents less that way. You can stay in the art studios working overnight if you really have to. I've never done it but I know people who have.

    In three sentences

    The quality of the teaching varies depending on the department and level of the classes, but there are a lot of very good teachers here. The buildings and campus facilities are in excellent condition, many of them were added in the past ten years. Easy access to food (not always cheap food, mind), ATMs, banks, groceries, books, buses, internet, common areas, and computer labs that any student can use for free are all over campus.

  • 04/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Centennial Hall has many enjoyable shows. Many locations around campus and throughout the tucson area offer discounts for current students.

    Dorm Life

    There are many new dorms which have vaulted ceilings.the dorms are close to everything and now offer rental cars to be used fire errands or short trips.

    Academic Rigor

    Upper level courses require complete and thorough essays. Professors love the topics they are teaching and it shows in the delivery of the subject matter.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend every class as you will meet great people and enjoy your course content more thoroughly.

    In three sentences

    The U of A has a diverse and welcoming student body. The campus is gorgeous with ample routes for commute via bike or for pedestrians. Upper level courses are small, challenging, and utilize advanced technologies.

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I go to the gym after school for fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up no matter what happens.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a great school and has many different opportunities for prosperous students. They work with you in completing your school. They are very helpful overall.

  • 04/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very good safety program that has alerts for the campus.

    Greek Life

    It's there. For the younger set. I am a non-taditional older student.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots!

    Great for these types of students

    All.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rodeo. All schools in Tucson usually get off 2 days for Rodeo!

    Bang for the buck

    Transportation. They have a transportation system that will get you places and they just built a railway system!

    What to do for fun

    There are many options for an active lifestyle. Movies, college clubs. Causes to fight for.

    Food and Dining

    Great for at the student union and diverse. They have added more food choices recently.

    Dorm Life

    Unknown. I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging without being overwhelming for the most part. Great extra-curricular activities. Tucson has a lot to offer!

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare in high school.

    In three sentences

    This is a well rounded diverse college. They have programs for every kind of student. I would rate it a 10 out of 10.

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great safety features. I have never felt unsafe.

    Greek Life

    There is a LOT of Greek life on campus. Many people say you don't have a life without it. I am not in Greek life and have found my time just as fun.

    Great for these types of students

    Greek Life

    Bang for the buck

    I have in-state tuition here and I am receiving a full tuition scholarship. I am satisfied with the amount of resources I have.

    What to do for fun

    There are many malls to go to and places to eat out on University Street. There are also a lot of good, small shopping stores right on University Street.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of different places to eat. The union is always crowded, but Park Student Union is a good option for a quieter place to eat. There are also many healthy options, but they are more expensive.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can go either way. There are always people who have a hard time living with others and those that don't. There are also many success stories of friends rooming together, but also some horror stories.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic departments in math and sciences are very difficult. However, from my experience the social sciences and English departments are much nicer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved as quickly as you can. The longer you wait, the more likely you will feel like you will not fit in.

    In three sentences

    There is a lot do to around campus, but finding your niche will be your responsibility. Many departments are very tough and will not budge while others may be more lenient. Overall, my college experience has been good.

  • 05/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency boxes located all across campus, just in case you're walking alone at night, and UAPD is driving around all day/night.

    Greek Life

    The University has the biggest Greek life in Arizona; they thrive on being diverse. We have multi-racial sororities/frats, historically African-American sororities/frats, sororities/frats located all across the U.S.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's over 500 clubs on campus and the rec has intramural sports as well as classes on cooking, pilates, yoga, Zumba, the list goes on.

    Great for these types of students

    U of A is great for students who are very social, open-minded, focused on academics, and who'd enjoy an environment where we have our mixed days of chill/laid-back as well as outgoing and loud.

    Bang for the buck

    We do have a lower tuition than other states located around us, and the U of A is a great place to be but if you don't enjoy it after your first year then they're great at understanding. Even though there are perks for attending U of A, there are some flaws; to start off, at some other schools you only have to attend one year to be considered a residence (in-state tuition) but here you have to attend two years, another flaw is Arizona's Board may be raising tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Majority of the students tend to party for fun, but there are other activities that non-partiers do; there is ALWAYS something happening on the Mall, Residence Life tends to have things going within the dorm halls, the rec is pretty great, and Gallagher Theater is a great place to go for cheap movies.

    Food and Dining

    Around campus there's multiple places to eat; we have Papa John's, Panda Express, Burger King, On Deck Deli, Route 66, Highland Market (24/7), Bros Bagels, Pinkberry. We also have great places around campus to eat with amazingly delicious and healthy food options.

    Dorm Life

    There are definitely perks with living in the dorms; you live in a community with peers, they hold some pretty cool activities, you get to meet awesome people, and you have the amazing experience in general. On campus all of the dorms are great; some look great with great people, others don't look too amazing but the people are still cool, and there are different styles of dorms (single, double, triple, wings, quads--you share a bathroom with only three other people, etc.).

    Academic Rigor

    The University is strict when it comes to grades; if you fall below a 2.0 GPA in one of your semesters you're automatically on academic probation. If you choose to continue to not do your work in classes/get better grades then their next step is kicking you out. Also, this is definitely a school where the saying college is NOTHING like high school, comes into play; some of the instructors are ruthless.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for a future student is once you start attending the school, keep your mind open to everyone and everything as well as keeping your main focus on your grades; it is very easy to get caught up in the independent college student life and lose track of your values as well as your goals (which can happen at any university), but just make sure your classes come before partying --but still enjoy yourself.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a school that offers a variety of wonderful majors--especially to the undecided. The campus is mostly built around social groups; there are multiple fraternities as well as sororities, over 500 clubs on campus (if there isn't a club you like, create your own), and the campus is filled with amazing history. The campus is huge and has a variety of students, clubs/activities, and a whole student body that is willing to take your considerations into hand.

  • 05/04/2012

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    Tips for prospective students

    be smart and go here

    In three sentences

    I have been living in tucson and seeing this school everytime I go downtown is breathtaking. Its campus is spread out and has a beautiful view. Its programs are excelling very well.

  • 05/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UAPD is on top of it all, police patrol 24/7 Safety beacons and much more

    Greek Life

    WINNING

    Clubs and Activities

    Arizona Blue Chip Program Soil, Water & Environmental Science CLUB Harry Potter Alliance +++++ Much much more

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Turtle POND = Peaceful and relaxing

    Food and Dining

    Chick-Fila, Pink-berry, 2 UNIONS, Cactus Grill, Cellar Bistro, Core, Papa Johns, Panda, and over 20 more choices!

    Dorm Life

    WOULDN'T TRADE IT FOR THE WORLD! Its a great way to make friends. Plus who doesn't love extra sleep, you get to wake up 5 minutes before class and you wont be late.

    Academic Rigor

    The course load is manageable. Tests are unbearable. But the knowledge you get afterwords, is defiantly worth the extra time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get Involved! STUDY HARD! Go to class.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is where its at! Our campus is both beautiful and eventful. The education, career opportunities, networking and hands on attention you get from the U of A couldn't be any better.

  • 05/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are campus police and they make you feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are made for anything you could think of. Each event for the clubs are held. They can help you for your future career or to plan which career you're seeking to take the path to.

    What to do for fun

    There is a link that you could join on Facebook called the Groups of Arizona. There you could see jobs you're looking for. Parties, get togethers and more of what they have planned.

    Food and Dining

    Have great choices! They make deals for students.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging, but professors are there for you. They are very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check it out and give it the opportunity!

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona allows opportunities for anyone. People go there not knowing what to expect. The outcomes for many are a positive one leading them to the path of their careers.

  • 05/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is not an issue! There are officers and majority of them are friendly. This school is Wildcat Nation! I am so proud to be here! Hopefully you can join me

    Greek Life

    Like I said, its really up to you, how you want to live college. Personally, I really enjoyed being a part of greek life, but it all depends on your style.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 500 clubs! With that many, you are bound to be in at least 1 right? And if not, there are also fraternities, and sororities, if you can stand the initiations.

    Great for these types of students

    People who really want to experience a true college campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Traditions? Every year new traditions are created. The student's creativity never stops to amaze me!

    Bang for the buck

    It is full of students, approximately 40,000. Great facilities, sports, football, basketball, we have everything a college is stereotyped to be.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out on the mall, Go tanning, swimming. If you feel like you need to spend some time out in the open, meet new people. There is plenty to do here, or you can be a bookworm and study in the library. College is really up to you!

    Food and Dining

    Perfect place to eat, you have a wide variety of fast food malls, sushi, pizza, pasta, Mexican restaurants, Korean BBQ, this is the town to eat, especially on a hot sunny day in Tucson Arizona

    Dorm Life

    Its crazy, active, social, a perfect place for a freshman. You may even find your one and true love? Or you may just fight with your roommate about small things. But hey, this is college we all learn from these things right.

    Academic Rigor

    The tests are difficult, but hey! this is college isnt it? Make sure to check your professors on ratemyprofessors.com they do really help!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be smart. Be active, and enjoy your students, professors, and peers. They make college experience better.

    In three sentences

    A school that you can count on if you want to have a life. A life filled with the utmost suprising things you will see on a college campus. The weather, academics, boys, girls, restaurants, city, it has everything you envisioned about college since high school!

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I haven't heard of any issues, but I do live off campus.

    Greek Life

    Frats and sororities all over the place if that's your thing.

    Clubs and Activities

    More clubs than classes here I think.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoorsy, likes to party but still wants an education.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    You have to see a basketball game live.

    Bang for the buck

    I'd say it's a good value at in-state tuition prices. I'm getting a very good education and will have a degree that has value because of the University it's from.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something going on on campus. If you like the outdoors there's four mountain ranges and a beautiful desert all within a short drive. Mexico's close. So is California.

    Food and Dining

    The school and the surrounding restaurants have great food and a lot of variety.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus, cheaper and way better than dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not easy, but it's possible to make good grades and still have a social life...a small one. (Really it depends on your degree)

    Tips for prospective students

    Pack lots of shorts. Expect to work for your degree. Sunscreen, lots of sunscreen.

    In three sentences

    It has a beautiful campus with great facilities. The faculty in every class I've taken has been excellent. Hottest under-the-radar student body in the country.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Around the entire campus are light posts which shine with blue light. These posts also have panic buttons which summon the campus police at any time they are triggered. There is also a 24/7 campus police watch and many other services including Safe Ride which is a campus taxi service that provides students with transportation across campus at any time of the day and night for a guaranteed safe arrival.

    Greek Life

    The great thing about the U of A is the different types of sororities and fraternities. We are home to national sororities such as Kappa Delta Chi and fraternities such as Omega Delta Phi. We also have different type of greek life which include business fraternities and cultural sororities and fraternities. This makes our campus a very diverse place to be.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs and activities on the U of A campus. There are different Harry Potter clubs for the students who are complete fanatics of the series, orchestra and band clubs, and even a mariachi club. There are photography clubs and dance clubs. As far as activities go, they are endless! Spring fling is the biggest carnival in the nation and it is held right on this campus. There are also numerous concerts with famous artists including Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, etc.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our motto, Bear down! came from a former football player, John Button Salmon, who was on his death bed due to a bad accident only a couple weeks before the Wildcat's championship game. He told the coach to tell his teammates to Bear down! And so, that phrase has stuck ever since.

    What to do for fun

    Take a stroll down University Blvd., join clubs, Greek life, events and concerts on the mall area, and much much more!

    Tips for prospective students

    Organize your time wisely and get enough sleep. Also, take advantage of all the amazing opportunities to get involved on campus!

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a very high-spirited school that is very serious about their academics and outstanding in everything else. We are proud to call ourselves Wildcats and aspire to demonstrate that throughout the entire nation. This college includes everything a student needs to be successful and prepared for not only their college experience, but, in the life that comes after graduation.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is campus police at every corner. If there is not one where you're located the entire campus has emergency buttons every 200ft or so, and a police man will show up within seconds. I personally have never felt threatened in any way and i took some classes late in the evening.

    Greek Life

    Of course Greek Life is always a blast. I was not a part of greek life but all my friends were. I enjoyed spending time with them, however, it costs a lot of money and time I was unable to commit myself to give either. My grades were very important, and i could not work, go to school and afford to be a participant of Greek life. I don't feel as if that is the only way to fully experience what the UofA has to offer.

    Clubs and Activities

    The best way to get the full college experience is to be involved. ZonaZoo, Black'n'Blue (dance team), student council, as well as many more. There is literally a club or activity for every hobby and interest.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking to receive a great education (especially in sciences), have a blast enjoying the student life, and who just want to be in a completely unique environment.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is always a lot going on but my favorite tradition was the pep rallies on University blvd. UofA also has an awesome student section at all sport events called ZonaZoo. ZonaZoo is the best place for students to show their wildcat pride.

    Bang for the buck

    The UofA is an amazing school. Most students out of state would rather attend the schools in Arizona because its cheaper than their own in-state tuition. This is especially true with those from California.

    What to do for fun

    I personally love to hike, and luckily there is beautiful mountains here in Tucson. Down town isn't very big, however, Tucson is most definitely a college town and there is always something going on.

    Food and Dining

    Tucson has the best Mexican food around! I've been California, Mississippi, and everywhere in between. I have never found such amazing Mexican food or even Mexican food that could compete to the Mexican food in Tucson.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are always fun especially for students who are away from home for the first time. There is always someone who has either taken your class or is in your class who can offer advice or help.

    Academic Rigor

    the UofA is most definitely rigorous. The UofA exceeds most other universities in business and sciences in particular.

    Tips for prospective students

    Quite simply, any college student should prioritize every aspect of life. Show up to class and always be ready for the unexpected. Most importantly work hard, play hard. Balance is important.

    In three sentences

    The UofA was an extremely intellectually stimulating school. The science programs here are rigorous and are very well taught. Tucson is a great environment for incoming college students.

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Rec-center on campus can offer fun classes for indoor and outdoor activities. Tucson has many events happening year round. The night life depends on what you are into some places down town have different styles of music certain nights including top ten and Salsa.

    Food and Dining

    There are many fast-food restaurants as well as dine in locations most pretty close to campus. Tucson has pretty good Mexican food locations most are a little way farther from campus. Near campus you can get decent Thai, Indian, and Chinese food.

    Dorm Life

    People are friendly they always have events and projects going for everyone to enjoy.

    Academic Rigor

    Review your notes from lecture. If they are math courses re-write them and practice the examples from lecture and any homework assigned. You can go over problems in the math book for extra help but essentially the teachers are going to have material straight from the lecture and homework just the numbers will be modified.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in activities on campus clubs or rec-sports. Meeting people with the same interests help you not drain yourself too much with school and.

    In three sentences

    The University is a small community with each college/department forming into a tight-knit group. This is great for making friends, getting involved, and creating networks for after college. The location, Tucson, itself is quite and very diverse with interesting events happening all year long.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe, however, Tucson is not. If you plan on living off campus it is a lot more dangerous.

    Greek Life

    The University has many fraternities and sororities if you are interested in joining.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are more clubs than you could ever need, even for activities that are not even available in Arizona!

    Great for these types of students

    In-state students that want a great education for less.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Visit University Blvd. for nightlife and fun.

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state this University is a no brainer. However, I would not travel to attend the UA.

    What to do for fun

    Tucson is a cultural city, however, if you are not 21 or over it can be quite boring.

    Food and Dining

    The selection of food on campus is slim, but surrounding the campus is a variety of options.

    Dorm Life

    Excellent and fun dorm life, I highly recommend it!

    Academic Rigor

    This is no place to slack off or you will see it reflected in your grades, however, difficulty changes with different majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Experience the unique opportunity of living on campus, in addition to getting involved.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a great place to attend, especially for in-state students. This school is more oriented towards the sciences however, as the arts are underfunded. Overall, the teachers are wonderful and the community is welcoming.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe!

    Greek Life

    Fantastic!

    Clubs and Activities

    So many to choose from!

    Great for these types of students

    engineers, science majors

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    White out!

    What to do for fun

    The rec Center, more than 200 clubs and organizations.

    Academic Rigor

    study study study!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study!!!! Time Management! Get involved!

    In three sentences

    The engineering department is outstanding. Bio5 facility is unbelievable. Very diverse!

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    A neat feature of the Wildcat campus is a blue light safety system. If at any time you are in danger there are stations with blue lights located all over campus. Press one while continuing to the next and the university police will be alerted of your location. Average time to provide assistance is under a minute.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every fall there is an underwear run on campus. Participants donate their clothes at the beginning of the event and these are given to a local charity. Once all the runners are lined up, the breezy trek around campus in your underwear begins.

    What to do for fun

    Within walking distance from campus is Fourth Avenue, a very interesting street with many diverse shops and restaurants. There are three shopping malls relatively close. Sporting events are a big deal on campus, so a sports pass is one thing to consider buying. On the weekends it is not hard to find a party; but make sure you are responsible!

    Food and Dining

    One great thing about the University of Arizona is that there are a ton of places to eat on campus. The main student union offers Mexican food, coffee and pastries, bagels, a deli, salads and healthy eating, a cafeteria-style restaurant, a buffet with a menu that changes daily, and even a restaurant that serves three course meals. On top of this there is Papa John's, Burger King, Chik-fil-A, Panda Express, and Starbucks. If that's not enough there is an additional union, Park Student Union, where you can find a cafeteria, hot food line, and special food options like crepes.

    Dorm Life

    Make sure you look into the dorms you are applying for! Each dorm is very different. Some are old and some are shining and new. Some are more spacious than others. Certain dorms are known for being packed with fraternity and sorority members. There is an honors student dorm as well. Cost is another important factor; this varies by dorm too. Find a dorm that will suit you best. No matter what though, remember that each dorm will have community programs and it's a great opportunity to make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Arizona is a research university and you will find very dedicated professors, graduate teaching assistants, and students. Classes are no joke and showing up factors into your grade as well, so keep that in mind. While classes may be difficult, campus resources such as the Think Tank tutoring services and office hours of professors and T.A.'s are easily within reach.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although your newly acquired freedom is nice, make sure you retain responsibility and show up to classes; this is one big mistake I feel many freshman make. There is a very useful Wildcat app for Apple products that will help you find your way around campus and the surrounding city. I'd highly recommend downloading it- it is free after all. The University of Arizona boasts over 300 clubs so there is something out there for every Wildcat. Having friends with similar academic interests and hobbies will help you stay focused.

    In three sentences

    Among sweltering temperatures, gorgeous Arizona sunsets, and rich Sonoran desert life you will find a congregation of hard-working, fun-seeking Wildcats. The University of Arizona campus has much to offer for students of various backgrounds. If you are considering a degree in any medical related field, the University of Arizona's research-laden atmosphere would be a highly conducive place for you.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never felt in danger or worried about my safety on campus

    Greek Life

    Very prominent

    Bang for the buck

    I got a really good scholarships but if I had been paying would not have been satisfied with quality for the price

    What to do for fun

    I was in the orchestra which was fun. There are movies sometimes. There isn't that much to do on campus, but it is in the center of town which is nice

    Food and Dining

    I didn't have a meal plan but everyone I knew with one was not to pleased. Their are very limited options and they get old fast. There are plenty of places to eat near campus though. There are no supermarkets near campus

    Dorm Life

    The dorm was convenient, pretty clean. I lived in Manzanita-Mojave, the fine-arts wing is basically Drama and Dance central and not much else. I did not feel like my dorm had the dorm feel I wanted. people kept their doors shut and I did not meet many people

    Academic Rigor

    I did not have any classes found very difficult despite being in the honors college. Its was a lot of work, but nothing really hard

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus Try and find the gen-eds with the smallest class size You don't have to declare a major right away

    In three sentences

    It is very large and does not give much help to incoming freshmen in terms of getting involved and becoming comfortable. Dorms are very convenient but not in great shape. General education classes are very large and class size keeps increasing because of budget issues

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel completely safe around campus. There's always UAPD (University of Arizona Police Department) around, and i know I can always call Safe Ride if i don't feel safe walking at night.

    What to do for fun

    Get involved. Go see a play. Go to a game. Just do something.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of great choices around campus.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms my first year, and I'm going back for my second year. I think it was very welcoming and dorm life made me feel at home.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes are difficult, but a challenge should always be accepted.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, study, study. Don't let your social life get in the way of your grades. Keep your GPA at a good level.

    In three sentences

    I love it here. The campus is beautiful, the classes are great, and the people are awesome. I'm glad I chose to go here.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Tucson has many attractions that are close proximity to UofA. Also the shops on University Blvd. are always interesting and fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UofA is decent and you get the most for your money. If you get tired from the food on campus there are many restaurants, diners, and shops walking distance from UofA.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are kind of outdated but they also have dorms that are new and being remodeled. Arbol de la vida and Pueblo de la Cienega are nicer but also cost more.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging but doable and most professors try to help you in any way they can (most of the time). It just depends on who you have.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    This is not a standard university so on campus activities really don't exist.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are a student attending a standard university, but need to take classes in a way that suits you then University of Phoenix is the place to attend. For working adults and parents who want to further their education to move up in the work environment, this institution helps you meets your educational goals.

    In three sentences

    The University of Phoenix allows students who work or have active lives, such as parents, attend classes once a week changing classes every five weeks. This has allowed myself to concentrate on one subject at a time while I work and raise my family. They also offer a diverse group of programs for students to choose from.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are tons of opportunity to get involved. There are plenty of clubs to be a part of and you can even start your own club. There are all kinds of inter-mural sports to join at the Student Rec Center. Also there is a large Greek Life. You can join a sorority or fraternity.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for all the scholarships that they offer to incoming freshman. These scholarships are easily to apply for and renewable every year.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a great school. Lots of diverse people from all over the country, and all over the world. You can get a great education while also meeting life long friends.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The school has UAPD which is the University of Arizona police department. They are seen driving around campus so there are police officers available to students in need.

    Greek Life

    I do not belong to any Fraternities therefore I am not qualified to comment on this question.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs to be a part of depending on your major or Greek life.

    Great for these types of students

    This school has a great reputation in engineering, medical fields and pharmacy however the classes are very challenging. Entrance into the School of Pharmacy requires a 3.5 in all science classes and a 3.0 overall GPA which can make college life very stressful.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The University in very consistent in it's traditions to other campuses in the Pacific 12 conference. Academics are always first followed by athletics.

    Bang for the buck

    This school offers a lot but tuition can be dificult to manage for students who require aid. Food is more expensive in the restaurants on campus. Unless the student is provided with grants and scholarships they will be forced to take out subsidized and unsubsidized federal loans which may experience increased interest rates.

    What to do for fun

    Besides studing, the University of Arizona offers fun and interesting sites such as the Planetarium and the rock museum located on the first floor of the Koffler building. All students are allowed to visit the recreation center which includes a weight gym, racketball courts, basketball courts, a pool and more.

    Food and Dining

    The student union offers a variety of foods for students eating on campus. The student union offers healthy alternatives to fast food restaurants for students looking to stay fit and healthy.

    Dorm Life

    I have not participated in dorm life however; I do have friends that lived in dorms and they said they are fun for the most part and it is great to meet new people especially if you are an incoming freshmen student.

    Academic Rigor

    The chemistry and other science courses I have taken at the University of Arizona are difficult. Every bit of time and effort must be put into these courses. In order to receive an A in a course or even pass the class, one must earn it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start looking for student loans and grants as soon as possible due to the fact that tuition is only going up and paying for school is going to continue to get more expensive. The University of Arizona is great especially for students pursuing a science related degree.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a great school with much to offer, however it is not very affordable for students who are unable to receive federal loan assistance. This college offers great programs that are challenging. The environment is very condusive to student learning.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    ZonaZoo. It's where you get to be yourself with friends and show school pride.

    Food and Dining

    The food is really good. There is a lot of healthy choices.

    Dorm Life

    So fun, and a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Make sure you do well, and put your very best in what you turn in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know what you want. And always have fun.

    In three sentences

    I love the atmosphere. The staff here is really friendly and so are the students. I'm excited about how lovely our school pride is.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus, even at night. UA police department keeps the campus safe and secure at all times. The UA also provides free services like Safe Ride, where a volunteer will come pick you up and take you wherever you need to go.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge at UA. I'm not involved, but more than half of the UA student body is. They put on events all the time and are involved in practically everything the UA does.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said, there are hundreds of clubs and services available to you at UA, so get involved! No matter what your interests are, I guarantee there's a group for you. I was skeptical of this my freshman year, so I didn't look for any clubs to join, and I missed out. I decided to join some groups Sophomore year and it has made my experience so much better.

    Great for these types of students

    UA is great for people who like to be around other people. It has over 30,000 students, so it's impossible not to be making friends left and right, and constantly running into people you know. Anyone who loves college sports will love UA. Anyone who loves science and research will love UA. It's a leading research university with a faculty active in all kinds of fields. Anyone interested in Greek Life will love UA. It is a huge part of the community here, moreso than other universities. Anyone that loves the arts will love UA. Students get discounts to plays, recitals, and performances all over the city. Anyone that loves to write will love UA. As a journalism major, I have the privilege to be taught by people who work for the New York Times and the Washington Post.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    UA has many secret locations that only the students know about, like the turtle pond. You have to come here to find out.

    Bang for the buck

    There is so much to do and do much to get involved with at the UA! It's definitely worth it, even if you're from out-of-state and have to pay more.

    What to do for fun

    Buy a ZonaZoo pass! Go to games! You will not regret it. Everyone at the UA is fired up about our sports teams. The games are huge, loud and exciting every time. There are also student comedy groups that put on shows every week. It's fun to get a group of friends together and go out to see them. They're actually pretty funny too, especially the group called The Darwin Experience. There's a student recreation center with basketball courts, a pool and a full-size, two-story gym with high-tech equipment. The best part: any current UA student can get in and use everything for free, even during the summer! I work out there all the time. There's a movie theater in the main student union that plays new and old movies every week. It may be hot during the day, but the nights are cool and beautiful. They're perfect for just sitting outside with friends, or walking over to University Boulevard for shopping and cheap dining.

    Food and Dining

    The UA has a food court in the main Student Union with a ton of restaurants to choose from. There's a Papa John's, Panda Express, Chik-Fil-A, Pinkberry, and many more. Be careful not to eat there all the time though, if you want to avoid putting on the Freshman Fifteen. Check out restaurants like Core and I.Q. that provide healthier alternatives like salads and smoothies.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the Arizona-Sonora dorm my freshman year and it was great! Yeah, there was typical dorm room drama, the occasional cat fight, and sharing a hall bathroom wasn't always pretty, but I wouldn't trade my dorm experience for the world. First semester, I kept to myself because I was too shy to make new friends. My RA's noticed and started inviting me to dorm-wide events and board game nights. Thanks to them, I met my two best friends who I still hang out with every day. Dorm life is a must for any new student at the UA!

    Academic Rigor

    My Gen Ed's weren't the most challenging or interesting classes in the world, but they were necessary to push through, just as you would at any other university. If you go to class, pay attention and do the work, it's possible for anyone to come out of their Gen Ed's with straight A's. When you get into the actual courses for you major, that's when it gets a little bit tougher. The class sizes are much smaller and the teachers are experts in their fields. In my experience, they've graded hard and expected excellence, but that's done nothing but improve my skills and opened doors for internships and jobs outside of college.

    Tips for prospective students

    The UA is a fantastic school. I've grown so much in my two years here and still have a lot more to do before I graduate. Now that I've finished my Gen Ed's and decided on my major (Journalism), my teachers are great, my classes are small, and I'm getting all the attention I need to improve in every area of my work. Since UA is so big, there are those that think you'll get teachers that don't care, but that could not be more wrong. I have come away from each class and each semester having learned things that helped me look at life in new and interesting ways. Not to mention, we have great NCAA football and basketball teams. Every student, along with the entire city of Tucson, comes out to the games. Nothing is more exciting than game day at the UA, cheering on the Wildcats with thousands of other students in the ZonaZoo section. Bear Down, Arizona!

    In three sentences

    I grew up in Tucson, so since the university is practically in my backyard, I wasn't expecting to learn or grow as much as my friends who went out of state; I was so wrong. I'm finished with my second year at UA and I've enjoyed every minute of it. It's a huge school, but UA provides so many services, classes and clubs, that it's nearly impossible not to get involved and feel like an important, individual member of the UA community.

  • 06/10/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many sporting events and you should join Zona Zoo to get into them. There are many restaurants and activities within walking distance. There are many museums on campus

    Food and Dining

    There are many choices in the Student Union. I especially liked the pizza. There are also many tables for you to sit at and work while eating.

    Dorm Life

    There are many options available. There are dorms all around campus. Some are single gender and some are co-ed.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very challenging. For every hour you are in class, you should spend 2 hours studying. The professors are fair when it comes to assignments

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Attend new student orientation. They have a lot of good information. 2. Join a club 3. Apply for internships

    In three sentences

    It is a very good college. They offer many different degree programs. The professors are the best!

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great alert system. I never felt in danger, even at midnight alone on the campus.

    Greek Life

    VERY noticeable.

    Clubs and Activities

    Fencing is great and friendly. SAE, is a formula car building and competitive club. The KAMP student radio is really fun.

    Great for these types of students

    Party types. Science types. There are niches for all but the majority seem to be in the Greek system unless you are inside studying, then it is a lot of STEM majors.

    Bang for the buck

    There is a lot but you must take advantage of it all otherwise it will seem too expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Student clubs. Dorm activities.

    Food and Dining

    The best is Cactus Grill, for their variety. A lot of fast food. Very repetitive after a few months. Not much off capus except for university street.

    Dorm Life

    Pima: On sorority row. Small (200) people. Tight knit community. Great to meet people and not feel overcrowded. North side of the mall and very quick walk to the Union.

    Academic Rigor

    They push you to do better and do not accept High School quality. The teachers are friendly and accessible if you make the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit during the school year to see what the campus is like: people, food, congestion etc.

    In three sentences

    An extension of High School for the most part. For Tucson, it looks nice. Great teachers.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    There is an awesome 24 hour safe ride system that will take students from the campus to their apartments, regardless the distance, for free!

    Greek Life

    Not familiar with Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are an abundance of clubs and activities that are available for students. Some activities are open to the Tucson public, sharing a form of communion among Tucson residents and campus students.

    Bang for the buck

    Utilizing the CatTran (campus bus system) and SunTran(Tucson Bus System) are great to travel to off-campus sites.

    What to do for fun

    As a prospective student I am unfamiliar with the surrounding areas.

    Food and Dining

    Food court atmosphere within the campus. There are many small coffee shops and eatery's that surround the campus.

    Dorm Life

    Have not been to the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    As I am getting to know my prospective school and reading reviews, there is a high value of academic excellence expressed through the schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    I encourage prospective students to take a campus tour. The campus tour will not only help you familarize yourself to the campus but is a great historical experience of the building and how each received their name. Great tidbits of information for prospective students.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a welcoming University, none other like it. It has a warm community atmosphere, not what one would expect from a University. General assistance is continuous through the various departments and building personnel.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Average, but lots of options

    Dorm Life

    Unknown

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in a 14 month MEPN program so it's extremely intense.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school first and find a student mentor.

    In three sentences

    The U of A is a great school with awesome teachers. Classes are challenging, but fun.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe and offers many objects in order to keep it that way.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs as well as those for the college sports which get many people involved with new people. I recommend getting into a few clubs if possible.

    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for students that want to learn a lot about their favorite career. The classes are great for becoming the best that a student wishes to be.

    Bang for the buck

    This school offers many information as well as help vehicles in order for students to learn from.

    What to do for fun

    While not attending class, I would suggest for students to train in the gym in order to improve on their strength. Students can also run the indoor track and play basketball as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is great, but you must know where to go and eat. I would eat from the pasta place, salads, and Mexican food as well.

    Dorm Life

    Apply early for the dorms and choose ones that are close to the football and training center in order to have a great place to live.

    Academic Rigor

    A student must try very hard in each class in order to do well in it and get a great grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study very hard and do not facts go without studying them first.

    In three sentences

    Great college to attend for many students with a major in mind to enjoy. I enjoy studying and doing courses on the campus. Every professor at the school is very different and teaches with different levels and skills.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    police are definitely helpful and there are emergency 911 calling booths all around campus. beware of bike theft

    Greek Life

    yes, and a lot of it

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    definitely check out mount lemmon

    What to do for fun

    hang out with friends, don't do stuff alone, it's boring

    Food and Dining

    good restaurants around campus

    Dorm Life

    very social and fun environment (but not for everyone)

    Academic Rigor

    depends on what your major is. communication = partying engineering = super hard

    Tips for prospective students

    embrace all the opportunities. you can do a lot here and so take advantage of all these opportunities. there are tons of clubs and majors to try out

    In three sentences

    well worth the price

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I am in a fraternity, so most of the time I spend with them and it was a great first year!

    Food and Dining

    It is a lot better than many colleges because of how you get to choose where you want to eat, it is not a cafeteria type school. We have many restaurants that are from anyones home towns that are great and affordable.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm Life is a great place to start off as a freshman because I met a lot of people from all over the nation and just for support. Everyone in there is doing the same thing as you, trying to graduate. They are very helpful and definitely a great way to meet friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics are great! The teachers are always there to help and I put a lot of time into my classes by going to the teachers when they have their office hours, which helped out A LOT!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you stay on top of your school work, it comes up on you very fast and just being able to focus on every class instead of just one certain class is definitely a transition from High School to College. Keep your mind on school because that is your future!

    In three sentences

    This University has helped me out in many ways because it has made me into a more responsible person, helped me make a ton of friends, and I have learned about things that I would have never thought would be interesting. The business class that I took this past year was hands on and actually made us do projects that were really interesting about stocks and I learned how to read the stocks and how to create many things in Excel. Also, the University of Arizona is a great place to be and to start building my connections and network for the future

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    quite easy

    Tips for prospective students

    invest in air conditioning time management

    In three sentences

    Great school - serves my needs

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Every 500 ft there is a emergency signaling system which will immediately show campus security where you are, which direction you are heading, and will help them get to you in the fastest possible way.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The greek life on campus is very involved and has a grand display of sisterhood and brotherhood that even some dorm life cannot offer.

    Bang for the buck

    I have been awarded a full tuition scholarship for all four years I will spend at the university and have been approved for subsided loans as well as a 4,400 grant per year

    What to do for fun

    I was gladly shocked to find out that the university offers a huge amount of programs which help students get involved. including programs that double as jobs, research opportunities, and credit hours. The fact that they have over 500 student-run clubs on campus ensures that I will be able to find a perfect fit for myself and anyone else interested.

    Food and Dining

    While there are no dinning halls at the university, the choices offered are incredible. The campus has a nicely spread out selection of restaurants which are the equivalent to all the restaurants within a 20 mile radius of my house.

    Dorm Life

    Many dorm options are offered to all of the students. The price and size ranges really help to narrow down selections and specific dorm communities such as the Women in Science and Engineering Wing help to individualize the dorm experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The Astronomy and Physics programs are such an honor to be a part of, I believe I am in a amazing majors which will offer my a myriad of choices for graduate studies four years from now.

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of Arizona offers so many ways for students to get involved and by participating in them prospective students are immersed the type of campus scene that college will offer. The way they have staff, parents, and current students offering advise is beyond beneficial.

    In three sentences

    The University has a beautiful campus which has proven to be both inviting and stimulating from what I have been able to see so far. The current students are extremely helpful and offer great advise to the incoming freshman. My interactions with professors at orientation answered all of my questions and made me excited to start on my majors.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Movies on campus, fun food places nearby. Clubs have fun activities.

    Dorm Life

    I did not ever live in a dorm.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take on more than you can handle. University classes are harder than high school. Keep on top of your grades.

    In three sentences

    This school is a great school to attend. It has great clubs for every major. The teachers are very helpful.

  • 07/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    From the minute they mention the blue emergency kiosks, you will feel safe. This is something that you see all around campus, even though they aren't used so widely, but it could save your life someday.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are endless clubs and activities filled with people who enjoy the same things that you do. The mall always has tables out during the first week of school trying to get the interest of incoming freshman. There is absolutely no way you won't find something you are interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to get a top notch education, but also enjoy the social aspect of the college. We aren't necessarily like a Princeton or Harvard academically, but we always go hard in the paint when it comes to sports. You get both!

    Bang for the buck

    The University has found a way to keep people coming to the school, regardless of how expensive it is. If you have your heart set on this school, then come. Finances always work themselves out.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something fun going on during the school day, you just have to look for it.

    Food and Dining

    Not all of the food offered on campus is necessarily the healthiest, but there is a variety of options. The main food court has the most carb heavy foods, but other places stamped around campus provide healthier options.

    Dorm Life

    If you get the right roommate and R.A. dorm life is excellent, but one year in the dorms is definitely enough.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor all depends on the major/number of classes you are taking. The Creative Writing and English program is not extremely hard, but it is very time consuming, and you have to know a lot about everything. However, I would want college to be that way, and not just a breezeway into the next chapter of my life.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to come to the University, you have to get involved. It has so much to offer in terms of clubs, that you shouldn't be stuck doing absolutely nothing. There are a lot of great faculty and staff at the school that are willing to help you, despite the stigma that nobody cares. If you are going to step onto the U of A campus get ready to be transformed!

    In three sentences

    The greatest experience

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    for in state tuition this is a great value.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on on the mall. I have never had something i would call a dull moment from all the various pride tents to the clubs demoing what their all about.

    Food and Dining

    The food court is awesome and the lines fly by but there are a lot of other awesome restaurants. There is a salad place and a home style restaurant called the cactus grill i frequent.

    Dorm Life

    There is a strong community and always people that want to make new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a challenging school but if you apply yourself and really give it the time and effort it needs, it is in no way an impossible feat.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would say just make sure you don't fall behind in your work and always go to class. it is too easy to skip some assignments or a class or two. This is how i slipped back and am now fighting my way back up the ladder.

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy this university. The teachers are always great to learn form and eager to teach. There's always a club or activity for everyone going on so there's never a dull moment.

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Walk down 4th Avenue downtown, go to a party, go hiking, or go horseback riding.

    Food and Dining

    Better than most Universities!

    Dorm Life

    Amazing communities, gorgeous new dorms, Sustainable Living options.

    Academic Rigor

    Math department is less than splendid. Astrology, Physics, Dance, Pre-Med, and Engineering programs are amazing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in a club or organization as soon as you can.

    In three sentences

    Great community. Good to excellent academics. Great opportunities for research in any field.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is great there is someone always patrolling the area.

    Greek Life

    I have heard the Greek life is great and its always applied wherever you go.

    Clubs and Activities

    Activities everywhere there are so many clubs that anyone could join.

    Great for these types of students

    This place is great for students who are very outgoing and plan to strive for the best.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have not yet to experience this yet but when i do i will make sure to let you know.

    Bang for the buck

    The Subway $3 dollar breakfast is a life saver!

    What to do for fun

    As mentioned earlier i have not yet to attend the school and interact the way a student would but as visiting and exploring everything they have a great recreational center and there are many extra fun places offered throughout the city.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is excellent at the university. There are all kinds of genres of foods and beverages offered throughout the campus. Anyone could easily purchase their type of food just around the corner in the food lounge.

    Dorm Life

    Again, I have not yet began an academic semester with them yet but i have checked out the dorms and they seem to be very well kept and student oriented so it'll be very easy to stick right in there.

    Academic Rigor

    I have not yet started an academic semester with Arizona but I would say that so far the teachers do care about their students and as a student body the supply the Think Tank that is a plus to help you out.

    Tips for prospective students

    This college is great, the people all around, students, staff, and anyone in between associated with the school is awesome. This is the place to choose.

    In three sentences

    Well this university is a beautiful place that has wonderful staff and an amazing student body. I am so thankful that i was given the opportunity to go to such an outstanding college. The location and the student life on campus is awesome.

  • 07/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    It has a comfortable food court with a good variety of places to go dining or lunch.

    Dorm Life

    It seems to be a very relaxed and fun dorm life, perhaps I do not have any dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    It has always a high academic rigor, teachers always expect you to do your best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on what you feel into it so you can do a degree on that. School comes first before doing something else

    In three sentences

    It is a globalized university. It has a high-level academic standing with professors from all over the world. And it has an outstanding career services program.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Seriously amazing. If you don't participate in Greek life, you do not honestly have the typical college experience (if that is what you're going for). But honestly at the UofA, Greek life runs the campus and you don't want to miss out on all the activities they put together. Definitely is something to consider.

    What to do for fun

    Literally, there is more than you can imagine to do at the University of Arizona. First of all, Greek life is a must. If it isn't your thing, no hard feelings but it definitely runs the campus and throws all the major parties. Student government is really big and always has activities going on. There are a ton of sports programs, clubs, religious affiliations and honestly anything you can imagine. There is definitely always something fun going on.

    Food and Dining

    When you first enter the campus, you are blown away with all the different choices you have and the restaurants you can go to. As a week passes, you realize that all the restaurants have the same food, just labeled it differently for marketing purposes. You get sick of it real fast but in general, the quality/taste of the food is above average, just not very many choices to choose from.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a beautiful thing at the University of Arizona. It definitely changes your life in positive ways. You will always appreciate having your own room after having to share one with someone for a year. You meet more people than you can imagine and you develop a family with those around you. Do not miss out on living in a dorm; dorms can be the best times of your life.

    Academic Rigor

    Every field of study is going to vary. For the most part, the University of Arizona has some pretty challenging courses, but definitely offers all the ways possible to achieve one's best in any course. The tougher the class is, the more a student will get out of it and remember with them for the rest of their academic future.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going to college, it is a must to get involved somehow whether it be in Greek life, clubs, student government or sports. When students offer you to join them to get food or study, always take the acceptance. College is all about branching out and meeting new friends and growing into yourself. Never be shy to participate in some way, especially in educational situations. You do not want to be that one person who is always in their dorm room, you just won't get the same experience as the people who jump at new opportunities constantly.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a 5- star school and definitely achieves what I would want in a college. It's community based campus offers a diverse selection of activities and programs for all sorts of students whether it be social activities or educational fields. The sun is always shining and people are always out walking or running, smiling and laughing; it is definitely a home away from home.

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Constant UAPD patrol cars and a great emergency alert system across campus.

    Greek Life

    On the downward spiral due to regulations. Typical more essential for guys who want to go to parties, but becoming less and less necessary. It's still a great way to meet people and carry on traditions from decades ago.

    Clubs and Activities

    Everything from working out to improv to midnight ultimate frisbee. You can't ask for more.

    Great for these types of students

    Tose who are outgoing, enjoy spending time outside and are driven towards their career goals. It's a great place to meet lifelong friends and make great business connections.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The hotter it gets, the less people wear to class. Tank tops become the uniform by May. A couple blocks away from campus you can expect to find a really cool art community.

    Bang for the buck

    It can be a little pricey if you're from out of state like me, but the financial aid office does a great job of helping you get the money you need. Without a doubt it'll be the best four years you've had so far.

    What to do for fun

    It is a party school, but it also has a rich sports history, beautiful scenery and really good campus programs.

    Food and Dining

    Way better than going to cafeterias and using punch-ins. you get to choose what you want on a debit system.

    Dorm Life

    Almost all of the dorms are being renovated or are brand new. The RAs make it really easy to socialize and meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your major, it can be really easy or incredibly difficult. Find something you love and it should be easy no matter what it is.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to actually work when you get to college. Getting in is the easy part, make sure you do the work to stay there.

    In three sentences

    Super diverse student body. Highly rated research and business programs Social atmosphere

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    EXPENSIVE, you wont do it alone without the loans!

    What to do for fun

    Getting involved in clubs of your interest, meeting friends from classes. bars are close.

    Food and Dining

    pricey but easily available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Maps of parking and buildings will be key. Getting to know the resources that are available. Meet with your adviser, become her best friend, she determines your future as far as meeting the criteria to graduate etc. GET INVOLVED.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a diverse college filled with friendly staff and a lot of resources that are very helpful for an upcoming student. The parking could be difficult and finding buildings can be stressful but maps are available. It is filled with a friendly, unique vibe that you are welcomed.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus itself is very safe. We only had a couple of incidents and they both occurred around 2 - 5 in the morning. As long as you are aware and smart about getting around campus, you will be fine. Campus police is strong and there are emergency phone lines throughout campus. Also, around campus, the neighborhoods can be threatening at night, just be smart and do not go out alone.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge on campus. Sorority row is right by the Student Union. Each year they do traditional events, such as having the sororities dance outside the fraternity houses or the sorority run from the Union to their house. I do not have personal experience, but my roommate was in a sorority and she always had somewhere that she could be. They also do food regularly and their is housing available.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many different clubs I could not event begin to name them. I found four that I could commit to, but there are many more that I want to try. Make sure to look into clubs, when they are meeting, and be able to commit to one or more of them. If you cannot find a club, get some friends together and start one.

    Great for these types of students

    Gila Hall is a great dorm for someone who wants a calm, study-driven environment. This is the location of the eZone (engineering zone). This mainly features freshman engineering students on the third floor, but many engineering and science related students return to the dorm as well. It was an excellent first year dorm experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    4th Ave. is the one 'University secret' that I did not discover until late into my freshman year. The food, culture, and environment there is amazing. It is only a few blocks from campus and has a large selection of things to do, eat, and see. I have yet to eat at Lindy's, but upperclassmen say they have the best burgers ever, it is just a matter of getting a seat. Also, Highland Market breakfast burritos are apparently the greatest late-night snack (after 10:00), and you may run into some funny characters waiting to purchase one.

    Bang for the buck

    Since I am an out-of-state student, I have to pay a lot to attend the University. However, the experiences that I have gained, both academically and culturally, make it seem worth the money. I love being a Wildcat. Furthermore, ASUA (student government) has worked hard to keep tuition costs from increasing rapidly and will continue to do so. This last year, they were able to keep in-state tuition from increasing and out-of-state tuition only rose slightly. They work hard to keep the University affordable.

    What to do for fun

    Other than studying or partying, there are a bunch of fun activities just around campus. Every Friday before a home football game, there is a 'pep rally' down on University where the Pride of Arizona marching band performs and the sporting events are a great stress reliever as well. Also, there is plenty of hiking trails and campsites around Tucson. Make sure to go see an obscure movie, specifically the Rocky Horror Picture Show, at The Loft off campus or a performance at Centennial Hall or the Gaslight Theatre. Most importantly, venture over to 4th Ave. to truly experience Tucson.

    Food and Dining

    As with any routine, the food choices get repetitive on campus. However, there is a decent variety of restaurants at the two unions and there are many places to eat just off of campus as well. Make sure to check out University Blvd. for some delicious meals, such as Pei Wei, Gentle Ben's, and Chipotle. Also, 4th Ave. has some amazing local places to eat, such as Lindy's.

    Dorm Life

    There is a good mix between party dorms and study dorms depending on your preference. Nonetheless, campus is a very safe environment, just be extra cautious late at night. Also, the engineering dorm (Gila) and the honors dorms are great places to study and get help on your assignments. I found many friends and resources, such as study partners and homework helpers, in my dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Many of the classes are not too challenging, especially some of the general education classes. However, the math department tends to be more difficult and depending on the professor, the physics classes can be rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although the UA is known for being a party school, make sure to keep up with your grades. I have met numerous people who are struggling to make up for their freshman year GPA. Also, make sure to purchase a ZonaZoo pass if you have any interest in sports. The sporting events are so much fun to attend and the pass is a really good deal. One more tip is to be aware of bike traffic on campus. Many people get hit because they do not look or are too busy with something else.

    In three sentences

    This university is the epicenter of the city. The community support and following of UA's sports and academics is astounding. We all take pride in the fact that we are wildcats.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UAPD is everywhere!

    Greek Life

    HUGE

    Clubs and Activities

    Something for everyone. Hundreds of them and even ones like Food Enthusiasts Club

    Great for these types of students

    Active people, out doorsy, HOT, students interested in science fields, people sick of their hometown.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The best views form the mall, student union, and gym.

    Bang for the buck

    Scholarship and financial aid offices are criminals.

    What to do for fun

    Intramurals, clubs, home games, campus rec for some pick-up basketball, greek life, any of te great opportunities to go on hikes or out door activities held by campus rec.

    Food and Dining

    WAY over priced, but take advantage of happy hour (5-7pm). Not a great selection of healthy food.

    Dorm Life

    Way over priced and water and electricity go out frequently. BEST way to meet people though.

    Academic Rigor

    You're degree will only be worth the 4 years and however many tens even hundreds of thousands of dollars you and you're family invest, if you get some sort of science degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to every scholarship you can because you will not get a dime from here! Paying full out of state tuition with a 3.3 from high school...

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus in a beautiful city! The University of Arizona has been known to be not very strict academically but, has some great science programs. So far, I feel I made the right choice!

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is going up, but there are many money saving deals they provide and they give out scholarships.

    What to do for fun

    The many activities that the campus holds. Movies, clubs, sports. and so much more.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to orientation and explore the campus, go on the campus tours. If you are unsure about something, ask do not let it go unanswered. Sign up for classes as early as you can, waiting doesn't guarantee they will still be there. Before the semester go look for your classes to make sure you know where they are. Make friends. Check out the dorms before you decide where you wand to live.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a great school for students to learn about their interests and explore more on different subjects. They have a great medical school and program for students intending on entering the medical field. The University has many clubs and programs to join and be a part of to further get involved in the activities students love.

  • 07/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you enjoy shopping there are a multitude of malls located only a few miles from campus. There are several locations to go hiking, for example: Mt. Wrightston and Seven Falls. There are also interesting streets to go down for entertainment and food, (ex: 4th Ave).

    Food and Dining

    Lots of local eateries to choose from! If you are craving breakfast hit up Laverna's! For dinner hit up Rocco's on Wednesdays for their famous 25 cent wings!

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus. No comment. Although, I heard dorm life is amazing due to the fact you are so close to everything.

    Academic Rigor

    School isn't easy! Which is why school isn't called happy fun amusement park! Study, study, study, and study!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get active! Join a club! Do something!

    In three sentences

    At the University of Arizona there is always something to do from sports, clubs, and the large amounts of stores to shop at! The campus is very large, but don't worry the staff is friendly and will never turn you away. Also, never fret over missed plans because of the rain, it is Tucson!

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    One thing I am certain about is the safety here on campus. There is no other place here in this city that will have me safer than my own home. University of Arizona has phenominal campus safety not only for students but for staff as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is different types of clubs and activities here. It is very alive here because of the creativity that many of our students have. There is clubs that most students wouldn't even think of such as the Hot Dog Club, Corndog Club, Skating Club, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type of students is welcomed to this university, I highly recommend this university to every student that there is out there because of this university's cultural, ethnicity and degree-seeking diversity. The atmosphere here is absolutely marvelous which helps every alumni here enjoy there education as well as enjoy their dorming experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every one has either same or different religion and beliefs which makes the campus alive and energetic because we have a little bit of everything and he learn more and more of really cool and interesting traditions that are fun.

    What to do for fun

    Here on campus, there is alot of activities there is to do. From joining in clubs and organizations, to visiting entertainment on campus such as game room, gym, pool, etc.

    Food and Dining

    Personally, I love food. The food and dining here are so delicious and it suites every one's choice, whether vegetarian or not.

    Dorm Life

    The Dorm Life is comfortable, suitable to your lifestyle, and most of all welcoming.

    Academic Rigor

    This university is exceptional in both academics and atmospheric wise.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospect students, be yourself, strive for your goals, DONT GIVE UP!

    In three sentences

    University of Arizona has so much diversity. It has a chance to explore new cultures and aspirations as well as the chance to find who you really are. Out of 10 I would personally rate it a 10.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus, but once you take a step into the rest of Tucson, you're on your own.

    Greek Life

    I haven't checked out the greek life personally, but it seems pretty active and I know people in it who feel like they're really part of a family.

    Clubs and Activities

    I had to participate in a first year experience club for my scholarship, and it was invaluable to my first year. Great learning experience, and I had a mentor who was able to help me out with job interviews and my personal life.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are ambitious really, a lot of counselors here encourage multiple majors and find ways for you to achieve them in time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I think only surrounding areas like 4th Ave is an unusual location. I wouldn't recommend walking around there at night, but it can be a fun place to go with friends.

    Bang for the buck

    For me personally, I was able to get great financial aid so I'm going here for very little of my own personal cost. The education I'm getting for so little is just awesome, truly.

    What to do for fun

    Tucson does have a number of festivals and events that take place, and hangout places for students revolve mostly around the cafes on University and 4th Ave.

    Food and Dining

    The food was good, and appropriately priced if you end up getting a meal plan. But from a regular stand point, it was all overpriced.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't bode well with community bathrooms and a room mate, but it was a great way to meet people right off the bat.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of it can be difficult, but if you work to challenge yourself and work hard you'll be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't take your classes lightly, if you know to get studying from the very start then you'll set yourself up for a great gpa down the road.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is great. It's a great place to challenge ideas and build up an arsenal of knowledge. Critical thinking is a big thing here.

  • 07/15/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to sports events, fundraisers, lectures and hang out with your friends!

    Tips for prospective students

    Always stay organized, join as many clubs as you may seem interested in and be involved.

    In three sentences

    The campus of the University of Arizona is very clean and well maintained. The atmosphere on campus is lively and refreshing. I look forward to attending the University of Arizona in Tucson because of the cool vibes the campus radiates.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel the University of Arizona focuses on the safety of their students. The University has it's own police station that is dedicated to the University and close surrounding areas. UAPD is committed to student safety and is always ready on call. I had a problem once and UAPD was there within less than 10 minutes. The University also has emergency stations everywhere. These stations are lit up with a blue light and have a button that directly connects you to 911 and UAPD. UAPD also offers students to sign-up for text alerts that will alert them in situations such as power outages etc. Although the University is committed to safety, always be aware of your surroundings because Tucson is not always the safest place.

    Greek Life

    I am not currently involved in Greek Life, but the University of Arizona is a great place to get involved in Greek Life. There are currently 44 Fraternity and Sorority chapters at the University. Many students involved love the Greek life and feel that it helps them with their college career. The Greek Life at the University of Arizona focuses on philanthropy and social gatherings. The Greek Members at the University also have a higher average GPA than the average undergraduate GPA. The Greek Life allows many to make life long friends and many connections.

    Clubs and Activities

    The University of Arizona is a University that wants it's students to get involved. There are more than 500 multicultural, social, athletic, academic, and philanthropic student clubs and organizations on campus. Many clubs have open meetings and the clubs welcome everyone. It is very easy to get involved in Student Government at the University, just pay attention to announcements on campus and through email for applications. The University of Arizona makes it easy for students to get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    The Univeristy of Arizona is great for students who are committed to their school work and for students who are involved in something at the school. This University has some challenging course work depending on certain majors. As a student you have to be dedicated to your school work to ensure your success. Also students who are involved in the University whether through clubs, sports, government, or greek life, are more likely to succeed and have a good time. Stay involved and have a good time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I can't say there are any unusual traditions on campus, but there are many traditions. The University of Arizona has a rich history and it is great to learn and take part in the many traditions as a student.

    Bang for the buck

    Every University is expensive. The University of Arizona may be expensive but I feel it is worth it. The campus is beautiful, the classes are challenging but good, the sports are great, and it is a big campus so you meet so many people. When you are finished, you will have a degree from an accredited University that is very well recognized.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun on and near the University. There are also many things to do in Tucson (especially if you are 21 or older). Tucson has malls, movie theaters, bowling alleys, clubs, bars, restaurants, bike paths, and the mountains. There is something for every type of person. The University also has events going on all the time, last year the biggest events were a free concert (Mac Miller), Spring Fling, and Homecoming. The Rec Center is a great place for many students as it contains a great gym facility, a pool, gyms and dance rooms, and classes. Clubs are also a great way to have fun.

    Food and Dining

    The University of Arizona offers many places to eat. The Student Union is packed with many different options for students. There are restaurants, a food court, and even a buffet. The food court has many favorites such as Papa Johns and Panda Express. There are also healthy choices such as Core or Fuel. One thing that the University does not have is a cafeteria. Many people do not like cafeteria food, so they turned the cafeteria into Cactus Grill where you can order many different choices of food that are cooked when you order them. You can find Mexican, Italian, Chinese, Greek, American, and many other food choices. Two downfalls: the food is pretty expensive depending on where you go (cheaper with a meal plan), and the restaurants do not stay open late. One really good thing is that the food is good!

    Dorm Life

    I cannot give too much input on dorm life because I have not lived in a dorm on campus. Based on what friends have told me, the dorm life is pretty good. Many of the dorms are pretty nice. Some have more space than others, and some are better than others because they are newer. The Honors Dorm (Arbol) and Likins are by far the best as they are the newest. Dorm life allows you to meet many new friends and stay involved. It is also a great benefit to wake up 10 minutes before a class and still make it on time.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Arizona has high standards when it comes to academics. Be prepared for a lot of course work, a lot of homework, and a lot of studying. The level of course work will depend on what major you choose. Obviously if you choose Communications, Psychology, Political Science etc. it can be a breeze. If you are up for the challenge Engineering, Math, and any Science will require a lot of effort. In many of the classes, the tests are worth the most points so be sure to study for those tests, midterms, and finals! Attend class and go to office hours, if your professor knows you then they will be a little easier on you. Best advice to succeed is to attend class, do your homework, study, go to office hours, and try your hardest.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ratemyprofessor.com is your friend! Make sure you know what kind of class you are getting yourself into and if your professor is good. It is good to talk to your peers and upperclassmen about potential classes so you know what to expect. Get involved! If you are involved in the school with a club, sport, or greek life you are going to make a lot of friends and have more fun.

    In three sentences

    Great place to learn and meet new people. Beautiful campus that offers students a great work enviroment. Many things to do and many ways to get involved.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UA Police department is just a call or a button press away. All over campus are stations where you can easily reach police if someone were following you or if something happened. The campus is very well lit at night and it feels safe when you are out even in the dark.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is very well established on campus. There are many sororities and fraternities to choose from. From the traditional ones to a fraternity that is specifically for gay men or a sorority catering towards being multicultural! When I say that there is something for everyone, there truly is!

    Clubs and Activities

    UofA offers more than 600 clubs on campus! And it is so easy for you to create your own club if it does not exist. There is definitely something for everyone and tons of things to get you involved, make new friends, and keep you busy!

    Great for these types of students

    Students that work hard and do not need to go out all the time. There are sadly not many clubs or night options but if you really want to focus on your education, it is great!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ultimate Frisbee is a huge sport on campus, so to be a true wildcat, you have to learn to love it! The UofA mall right outside of the student union (which is the largest in the US!) is a great place to hang out. There are also a lot of events that go on at the mall where you can get free stuff. Everyone loves free stuff!

    What to do for fun

    Anything! Campus is so big and there are always events going on. Get a Zona Zoo pass and dress up for the big football games! Play frisbee or soccer on the mall. Head over to 4th avenue for some unique vintage shops or walk on University for modern shops right by the dorms. There are tons of things to do, just be creative and have fun with a bunch of friends you make.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is nothing to write home to mom about, but it is convenient. There are no dining halls on campus, only mini-restaurants which are covered in your meal plan. You can also buy groceries like cereal and milk on campus so you can get more than one meal out of it but definitely expect increased prices!

    Dorm Life

    The Resident Assistants are picked through a very stringent process so they are all there to make things better for you. The dorms are kept up very well and there is always someone to answer questions and help you along. The sense of community is fantastic.

    Academic Rigor

    The science and math classes are extremely rigorous. Some of the other courses are not as tough but all of the teachers are typically helpful. Talking to students that had your professor previously is the best way to determine how your semester may go!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do not expect a party town. There are things to do but not too much around campus Use facebook to meet other UA students and get to know about the campus before you move in Keep an open mind! If you love being outdoors, Tucson is great.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona has a beautiful campus with all of the classes and dorms contained within 1 square mile. There is always something to do and plenty of extra curricular activities for everyone. Not to mention we have everything you could possibly need on campus!

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many on-campus groups and organizations to be affiliated with, not to mention Greek life.

    Food and Dining

    There are many different dineing choices at the University of Arizona, from fast food to gourmet. Many different types from pizza, Chinese, snack wraps and salads, BBQ, and Mexican.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms, but from what I have heard they seem to be a good place to live and interact with peers.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are more fast-paced and harder than others. I find I like a challenge, and many classes provide.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! Always know your dates and timelines!

    In three sentences

    I love my college, I am proud to be a wildcat. I love my classes, the teachers are professional and always willing to hear your opinion or help you with questions. The atmosphere at the U of A is energetic, cheerful, academic and studious.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Eat healthy, don't get side tracked by all the junk food.

    Dorm Life

    A dorm is a room your'e sharing with someone else and a bathroom with lots of other people, its not always going to be the best. But have a good attitude about it and respect others and you should be fine.

    Academic Rigor

    School is hard, stay focused on your goal and you can make great things happen.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Study -Talk to your professors -Go to office hours -Word hard, Play hard

    In three sentences

    Arizona is a one in a kind of school that takes the average teen and turns them into an experienced adult. This school makes you feel like you're life is a movie and you just can't stop watching to see whats going to happen next. I love my school and I know you would too if you came here.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The U of A always makes sure their students are safe, like catrans, safe ride, and campus police.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you are a sorority or fraternity person then this school is for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Well there is always a down side and that is tuition. Tuition has gone up since last year which means out of state students like myself...... scholarships are of dying need!

    What to do for fun

    There is never a dull moment out on the mall at the U of A. Whether it's $2 tents or secret $8 sells at the book stores shhhh!

    Food and Dining

    There are no such things as cafeteria food here! The food at the U of A is great! If you are the healthy type, we have that, If you rather pig out, we got that too, but nothing is better than getting a breakfast burrito at 2:30 in the morning!

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is the best decision you will ever make. You will meet people from all over the country and even international. Dorms are great social areas especially if you are the quiet type, like me!

    Academic Rigor

    If you are a math major.... good luck....

    Tips for prospective students

    There's nothing wrong with kissing up to your professors! Office hours are a great way to boost up your grades and get on your instructor's good side!

    In three sentences

    Center for World University ranked the University of Arizona as the 50th best university in the world, so I think that speaks for it's self.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    its alright, tucson isn't the best city though

    Greek Life

    the best!!!

    Clubs and Activities

    over 500 clubs and you can even make your own, the student body is very involved in the campus

    Great for these types of students

    likes to party and have a good time, is a social person

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    nothing

    Bang for the buck

    worth the cost

    What to do for fun

    party, pool, the rec, lounge around!

    Food and Dining

    dinners are mostly fast food so many students eat off campus or within in their sorority/frat

    Dorm Life

    so much fun! if you can, live in the dorms freshman year!

    Academic Rigor

    Medical school and the business school are very difficult to get into, and the school is pretty challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Greek Life is huge here, so if you're considering it and can afford it, GO FOR IT!

    In three sentences

    This is probably the best decision I will ever make to attend this college, it offers a lot of opportunity to students as well as many fun things to do for the whole school. If you love the heat and having fun, this is the school for you!

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The shops on University Blvd. are one of the main attractions not only for students but for the community. There are retail stores, restaurants, bars, and unique boutiques.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of places to choose from on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely take a tour to get a better feel of the campus because it is so large. Also, with your financial aid, you may have to call the office often and also visit to get answers you are looking for.

    In three sentences

    This university has a very cool, convenient campus that is also rather large. It is not a closed campus so safety is more of a concern her but the campus security seems to be very good. The financial aid office is my main concern here because they have students working who are not as educated as they should be for this position and you are treated like more of a number.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I give campus safety a 4 only because I have had friends who go 2 minutes off campus and have gotten beat up pretty bad. Just make sure you carry pepper spray for the girls and that you never walk anywhere alone at night.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life is great! The frats definitely know how to have a great time especially around Homecoming weekend

    Clubs and Activities

    Resident Hall Association is a great way for freshman to get involved in their communities and dorm activities. It is basically a dorm student council and it is a great way to get to know people and have fun at the same time.

    Great for these types of students

    For students who love going out with their friends at night, 4th Ave is great place to shop at thrift stores and grab a delicious hot dog, coffee, or some pastries at a local Parisian cafe. You can also take a walk down University and Park and find a great selection of pizza places where you can watch football and basketball games and also shop at stores like Urban Outfitters. Grab some friend and go out for a nice fun night.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not unusual but during Homecoming Weekend we have a parade down University and also a huge bonfire in front of Old Main where the band announces the football players and the building lights up in our school colors.

    Bang for the buck

    Bang for the buck? What does this mean? hahahah! If you're talking about food, Zachary's Pizza gives you lots of bang because you can only eat 1 slice of this enormous pizza pie (the smallest pie has 6 slices) for under $10. Bring your friends and split the cost.

    What to do for fun

    We have a movie theatre in our union, students play ultimate firzbee on the lawns, school dances, haunted houses, Rocky Horror Shows, carnivals, etc! So much to do! Take a look at our amazing Rec center.

    Food and Dining

    On campus in the Student Union we have Panda Express, Three Cheese & A Noodle (Italian restaurant), The Cellar (open until 3am), Highland Marketplace (you can buy chips, milk, frozen foods, and grill items), Chick Fil A, Burger King,Papa Johns etc. There isn't such a wide variety on campus which is why I don't really recommend getting a meal plan but the pay-as-you-go commuter plan instead. Around campus there is a Taco Shop, Wich Which (BEST PLACE EVER!!!!), Zachary's Pizza (pizza pies), Jack In The Box, and Miss Saigon which has the best boba ever! Tucson is small so you can commute fairly easy on and off campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was definitely an experience! Living with people that you never met prior to college is amazing because it forces you out of your comfort zone and allows you to be more social. The reason I gave it 3 stars is because I had terrible roommate problems and the RA and Community Directors did a poor job at addressing the issue.

    Academic Rigor

    My major is from the College of Medicine so I would say that the academic rigor for my core classes is a 4. The math courses are very rigorous and the sciences like chemistry, biology, organic chemistry and physics are very tough classes that will allow you to demonstrate your capabilities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't ever take on more than you can handle. I think that high school students are very cocky going into college because they have taken honors and AP courses but don't come into college with that mentality because you will struggle. If you pace yourself you are bound to do better than if you cram all those hard classes together.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a small campus in comparison to other university campuses and for that reason I think it helps new and current students because it has a more calm environment. Class sizes are really reasonable and the teachers are very flexible with their office hours. There are also a range and diverse amount of classes although I wish more foreign students attended to add to the college experience.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    big campus but usually nothing major

    Greek Life

    not in it

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone and if not, you can create it.

    Great for these types of students

    athletic,scientific minded, social, faiths of all kinds.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    painting A mountain before ASU games

    Bang for the buck

    It all depends on what you want to do. It is pretty affordable in state but if you want to be a writer, maybe not the best choice.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club or fraternity. There is truly a club for everyone. Also there is mount lemmon and it has beautiful views and awesome trails. I think it even has skiing.

    Food and Dining

    not so good on campus but on University there is cool diversity. be careful of meal plans. I could not take it my freshman year having to eat the same thing over and over.

    Dorm Life

    Lots of places not the most cost effective. It was good for my freshman year but I recommend student apartments like Star Pass or Gateway apartments because it keeps you in touch with university but in a more affordable and diverse way.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a great school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be known by your professors and advisors. It really helps to be active in your major of choice so you stand out and don't get lost in the numbers.

    In three sentences

    It is a great University for socializing and scientific academia. Jowever I would say English and creative majors are pushed to the side. They exist but just aren't the best if that is what you are looking to do in life.

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never had any worries about my safety while on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are not as many clubs as I would like to see here, but there is a Phi Beta Gamma chapter here which is great.

    Bang for the buck

    Great College education at a cheaper rate for non-traditional students like myself than traditional Universities or even the Main Campus.

    What to do for fun

    If you are attending the South Campus, you probably live in Sierra Vista, so you know there's not much fun here. Just go to Tucson.

    Food and Dining

    The South Campus does not have any Food or Dining at its location. However, they have partnered with the Student Union from Cochise College (about a four minute walk), and they have pretty good food.

    Dorm Life

    The South Campus does not have Dorms. But, from what I hear, the dorms at the Main Campus are exceptional and really fun to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes have a challenging workload without being overbearing. I have greatly enjoyed my classes so far.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be proactive in your quest for Higher Learning. There are some great administrative staff here, but you will need to seek them out and get their advice to really achieve great success.

    In three sentences

    The U of A South campus is where I'm attending. It is a really great place for non-traditional students to obtain a quality education.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun! If you live in a dorm they have planned events and of course there are always football, basketball, volleyball and other games to get all dressed up for and go to.

    Food and Dining

    The food options here are delicious! They have many different restaurants for whatever type of food you feel like having whether it's healthy or some fast food or Chinese food or anything and they're open a lot of the time too.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, you can meet a lot of new people. If you have a random roommate, they could end up being your best friend or you could meet a whole new group of friends of people that live on your hall. The dorms are very nice and RA's are there to help with anything you need too.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes you take, some are definitely easier than others and each teacher is different. Some classes may be boring while other teachers are fun to listen to, it all depends, but either way the classes teach a lot and have people to help you study or complete homework or answer any question you have.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip would be to not get too caught up in having a ton of fun, it's also very important to keep focused on your grades and know where you stand throughout the semesters. If needed, there are a ton of people who can help you, but it's also important to meet new people and friends who will always be there for you as well.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a great college. The classes are nice and the teachers and staff are all there to help you if you need it. Besides academics, the social life is also great with many different clubs and meeting people through classes or games or other ways.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is so good in this school. If you are taking a night class such as a lab, there is a service called Safe Ride and they will pick you up and take you to your home if it is within the boundaries and this is really good for students who do not have cars or for students like me that like to save on gas.

    Food and Dining

    U of A has one of the best food courts. there is a variety of different foods there; from salads like Core, to Italian from Three Cheese and a Noodle, to Chick-Fil-A. Best food court ever.

    Dorm Life

    the dorms are a great way to meet new people and i recommend for every new student to dorm so that they can meet and network with lots of people. the dorms are safe and they respect quiet hours and some dorms do really fun activities for their residents.

    Academic Rigor

    U of A helps you if you are having academic problems. there are lots of opportunities that you can take advantage of to help you with your grades because this school is really on top of your grades.

    In three sentences

    U of A is a good school, I would love to say great, but there are just so many things that U of A has that does not benefit the students. The math department in this school is in my eyes one of the worse math departments out there. Being in a science major it is hard to have a bad math department because in order to finish my major i have to go through lots of math and it sucks when graduate students are teaching us math and they are not confident enough to teach us good math, but besides this it is a good school.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Make sure to have pepper spray! There will be times when you will have to walk 2 o'clock in the morning to your car! I have heard of a girl being sexually assaulted by a cab driver so be weary of who you ride with. They do have a Safe Ride that works real well and is run by students. Make sure you have their number and hours they are open. They also have this program where you are escorted by two other college students who will have flashlights and pepper spray. They also have a blue light system in place to where no matter where you are on campus you will always be able to see a blue light station, where you will find an intercom that directly connects you to the campus police. But always remember that you need to think about your safety no matter where you are.

    Greek Life

    They definitely have a large presence on campus. It's almost unsettling for everyone else, like me, who weren't pledging some type of greek house.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a variety of clubs and activities. It's definitely worth checking out the website for them.

    Great for these types of students

    Party students. I do mean party students in the since that you like to party and also have that studious attitude to where when you need to, you will buckle down and study and pass a class.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I think the only unusual tradition is the Day of the Dead tradition, which the students have turned into a huge halloween block party. Its supposed to be a day to celebrate the dead but now you'll find a zombie walk and other non-traditional (but traditional to Tucson) type events.

    Bang for the buck

    You really have to know where to look when it comes to this. Unfortunately, you have to search for the good stuff. I was lucky enough to befriend a local, longtime resident.

    What to do for fun

    I loved the games room! I'm geek so I barely got out of the library. When I did I went straight for the games room.

    Food and Dining

    Very average. You have to search for the best places but they are there and most are off campus!

    Dorm Life

    I say average because I've never been in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I think as long as you keep on top of your school work you'll be just fine!

    Tips for prospective students

    If your from a small community, be ready for one of the most ultimate culture shock of your life! The place is large, crowded and full of life (between classes). The rumors of it being a party school are about 80% right. You have to be ready for anything when your there.

    In three sentences

    The school has some great teachers but you have to pay a ridiculous price to attend. Tuition rates increase every semester, I just think they are spending money in the wrong places and restructuring is needed. If you've got the money by all means apply. I'm currently $50,000 in debt with student loans.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Go to school functions like games and downtown Tucson for food, shopping, and shows.

    Food and Dining

    Food is pretty good on campus.

    Dorm Life

    My friends that attend said the dorm life was fun because you meet a lot of people that you may become acquainted with later on.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I have heard the classes are tougher.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved, take advantage of the community and have fun and enjoy your college years.

    In three sentences

    The UofA has a great sense of community. It is just the right size for me. The atmosphere is better then the previous school I attended.

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You see campus police almost every 5 minutes and the blue, emergency lights are strategically located throughout campus. The good thing is is that UA is a pretty condensed campus, so it is like its own city. You don't have to worry about walking around the city with creepers.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is rising, but fortunately our school put tuition freezes to help us out. The University of Arizona offers many scholarships too to help students out and it also has a wonderful program called Scholarship Universe. Through this program, you fill out a profile and hooked up with plenty of scholarships that you can apply to.

    What to do for fun

    University is a fun place to walk around and hang out, but the real party is a block away on 4th Avenue. Although I wouldn't suggest going there alone, the place is great for people watching or clubbing, with an assortment of interesting shops to stop by also. If you are willing to drive than Sabino Canyon and Mount Lemmon are beautiful places to hike or drive through.

    Food and Dining

    On campus food is delicious, ranging from fast food to buffet dining. If you are thinking that you want off campus food than walk 5 minutes to University, where Chipotle, Gentle Ben's, Frog & Frickins, and others will surely quench any hunger desires you could want.

    Dorm Life

    From the fancy, environment friendly dorms like Arbol de la Vida, to the historic ones, like Gila Hall, dorm life on campus is exceptional. You make many friends and enjoy several events that the dorms put on to help you enjoy college life.

    Academic Rigor

    You will get a couple tough classes here and there, but nothing that is completely impossible. Be prepared to be happy with Cs and depend on a curve. The academics challenge you, but that means you are getting a quality education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't judge The University because you don't like the looks of Tucson. Visit the campus, give Tucson a chance, and be prepared to fall in love with it. From the atmosphere to the education, it is a quality place that you can make many memories in.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is an awesome place. The city of Tucson is a college town that just energizes you because the city is all about your school. Between the academics and fun extra-curricular activities like sporting events, I couldn't imagine finding a better place.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Compare to other university colleges, University of Arizona is more affordable. They offer good amount of grants and loans to students. The stores and restaurants around the area inside and out are also affordable to all students.

    What to do for fun

    I haven't gotten a chance to see what's there to do for fun yet at University of Arizona but from what I've seen saw far, there's sporting events that looks amazing to watch. There's also the gym which many students love to work out on their free time. I've seen that the campus have plenty of clubs that looks fun as well especially the unique ones.

    Food and Dining

    When I went to the orientation, they have many restaurants in the cafeteria both fast food and healthy snack bars. The food area is near the bookstore and media area which makes it more entertaining. The food prices are also a little cheaper than average for students so it makes it more affordable.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't experienced living in dorms yet but from the video I've seen online, they look comfortable to live in. They have everything a student will need such as a laundry room, bathrooms, and a big enough room for two students. Each resident floor have private kitchens too for students who wants to cook.

    Academic Rigor

    From what I've learned from the University of Arizona tour and orientation, the academic rigor seem outstanding. The school have many accomplishments such as a huge telescope put in South America. They also do studies abroad where certain major offers for student to study such as architecture to study historical creations and artistic forms of buildings in different countries.

    Tips for prospective students

    University of Arizona show a new perspective for all students with the open resources and helpful places such as the Think Tank for tutoring. Students have everything they need such as improved resident halls, variety of food in the cafeteria and restaurants, and cool places to just hang out. The campus is safe to be whether it's day or night with emergency lights put everywhere that students can access if feeling threatened.

    In three sentences

    University of Arizona has a great, friendly environment for everyone. They offer many variety of majors and minors. They also have unique clubs and anyone can easily make another one.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University is a huge advocate for campus safety. We do have our own police system (UAPD) and we also have blue lights around our campus. These lights have buttons that a student can push when he or she is in trouble or feels unsafe, and within 90 seconds a police officer will be at the scene. Bike theft is big among many campuses and now the U of A has a bike valet, free of charge, where you can park your bike and someone will watch over it while you are in class.

    Clubs and Activities

    The University of Arizona has over 500 clubs and organizations. Anything from cultural to career based, even a club for fencing and rugby. Also if a student does not see a club he or she would be interested, it is very simple to create a club. In order to create a club you only need five students, so our club list is constantly growing.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive and the U of A understands that. We have transportation free of charge for students such as the CaTran, and a cab service to drives everywhere on campus and sometimes beyond for students during late hours of the night. Also students often get discounts at the movies, stores in the mall, and at our own Book Store that mac books, clothes, text books and clothing, even a Clinique makeup kiosk.

    What to do for fun

    We students at the University of Arizona are very proud. On campus, just west of the heart of the U of A is Main Gate Square. It has several places to eat, shop and relax. Just five minutes west of Main Gate Square is 4th Avenue. 4th avenue is a streets lined with culture and arts. You can shop, dine, watch street performers and observe the artistic aspects of Tucson. Even on campus our observatory, various museums and space center has different exhibits and activities that are fun for everyone. We also have our sports, we do have the largest section in the PAC12, and before, during, even after our games there is always some sort of pep rally or activity to get our red and blue hearts pumping.

    Food and Dining

    Recently the University of Arizona has acquired some new places to eat. There is a food court with places such as Panda Express, Papa Johns, Chick-fil-a, IQ and many more. Students also have several healthy dining places on and around campus. There are vending machines located all over campus that also serve healthy snacks and drinks along with traditional vending machine snacks. A student should never tire of eating at the University of Arizona.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. The residence assistants are always willing to help students with everything from dorm questions to tutoring. Many study sessions happen within the dorms, dorm games and competitions and everyone works together to make sure people are comfortable and happy.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Arizona (U of A) does not lack in challenging their students. I found that to be the case when I took a summer college algebra course at the U of A that I had previously taken for a transferable community college credit. On paper it was the same class, however at the U of A, it was challenging. The classes are not impossible to pass, however they do challenge students, pushing them to success.

    Tips for prospective students

    During your freshman year maintain a high GPA because your freshman year has the biggest impact on your GPA. Stay open minded, the University of Arizona has so much to offer there students and students need to take advantage of these opportunities. Get involved, however do not become over involved, being involved can help build a networking resource that helps with letters of recommendation among other things.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a great school. It has many options for academics, over 500 clubs and many social events to keep a students life balanced. They also offer numerous resources to help students succeed in their academics and career paths.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never been and issue for me.

    Clubs and Activities

    U of A Cliffhangers, the university climbing club

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    B line on 4th Ave has a bomb breakfast!

    What to do for fun

    Rock Climb, Party, Soccer, Volleyball, Movie, Swim

    Food and Dining

    On campus proper it is primarily just chain fast food, with some dining halls which I have never used. In the close vicinity of campus though there is many good local eateries

    Academic Rigor

    Most Classes are easier then the prep school I attended prior, however these classes do require thought and a brisk and continued work ethic

    Tips for prospective students

    Allocate your academic resources properly.

    In three sentences

    Tucson has a Wonderful Climate. With the recent Rec Center installation it has plenty of Extracurriculars and intramurals. The required labs for science courses have exceptional academic opportunities.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel the campus is safe. There are several call boxes around campus and you can also arrange a walk home if you need to be on campus late at night.

    Greek Life

    Plenty of opportunities to join a fraternity or sorority

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Arizona is well priced for in-state students.

    What to do for fun

    Play volleyball or soccer on the Mall, tailgate for homecoming, see a concert or play at Centennial Hall.

    Food and Dining

    Between the student union and University Square there are tons of food options.

    Dorm Life

    Did not live in a dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The pharmacy curriculum is tough but manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Entry into the program is very competitive. It is more important that you do very well on your prerequisites than complete them in 2 years.

    In three sentences

    The College of Pharmacy program has been great! I am currently on rotations and feel that my classroom experience has prepared me for my future career. I am proud to be attending a top 5 pharmacy school.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out with friends to dance classes, small restaurants, and spend time with friends mostly.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good however the dinning experience can get a little crowed and loud sometimes. So get your food and get out. :)

    Dorm Life

    The dorms definitely call for a community environment. There really is no choice but to be close the people around you. It's also a good vessel to meet people you might not get to know on the campus had you not been roomed in the same dorm as them.

    Academic Rigor

    The load is nothing more than you put on yourself. However the depth of the studies is excellent.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go in with some idea of what you like to do otherwise your path can get blocked with a very inviting social life. Learn your boundaries and where you need check yourself as a person and a student, this will help you to understand yourself professionally.

    In three sentences

    Full of smiling face students all over campus, the climate only enhances the sunny day happy go lucky people of Tuscon, Arizona. With rigorous academics the students social life is equally as balanced with friends, parties, and fun. This college would make an easy transition school for a high school student finding themselves in this world because at the University of Arizona they help you find yourself in everything else.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs to get involved in at campus. If you like a sport you will find opportunities to play it on this campus. Participate in the activities at your dorm.

    Food and Dining

    It seems like eating fast food all the time will be great but after about three weeks it isn't. Keep some food in your dorm so if you're in a hurry you can eat something quickly. It is easy to make unhealthy choices while eating - make sure you eat properly.

    Dorm Life

    Living with someone you don't know is very difficult. Make sure you learn to compromise as that will make living in close quarters easier. There are many opportunities to get involved at your dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are very different than high school. You will be expected to complete more work and more reading than ever before. If you need help, seek it as it is available.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will be spending more time on your homework than you think you will. Moving away from home is very hard - you will be homesick. If you stick with it - things will get much easier.

    In three sentences

    University is a great school with an amazing campus in a beautiful city. I have the opportunity to choose from many majors and minors. The opportunities for success on this campus are immense.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Campus is always lit up and people are always out and about because it stays warm year round and everyone loves to have a good time.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge here! There are over 24 fraternities and sororities at the U of A. All freshmen are required to live on-campus in the dorms for their first year prior to being able to live in the house once initiated. It is a great way to meet people and the best part is that you have over 80 friends instantly!

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 200 clubs and activities are offered! It is a must to be involved in intramurals, especially Volleyball and Basketball. Clubs are a great way to get to know other students and they provide a way to meet distinguished professionals in the field you are interested in as well as opportunities to job shadow as well as a way to create a network of people.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are focused academically and not easily influenced by the fun night life/social scene when it comes to partying instead of studying. Your time as a student here will be cut short if you choose the wrong option.:)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a known rivalry with ASU and always plot something against them when the time comes.

    Bang for the buck

    If I were you, I would strive to be in the Honors College because you get access to beautiful dorms, access to register for classes early and access to classes specifically for Honors Students only. It is best to buy books from Amazon or Chegg because the bookstore is know for high prices.

    What to do for fun

    U of A is an up and coming athletic sensation! The baseball team just won the College Championship, we are a Pac 12 University and we are expected to excel in many sports including men's basketball! There are always socials on campus to take part in as well as hundreds of clubs to choose from.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plans on campus are great! There are lots of restaurants to choose from and many places to sit and enjoy a quick bite to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a must for Freshmen, especially those thinking about going through the Greek system. Almost all of the off-campus apartments are not within walking distance so living on campus is a must if you want time to get to know the campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are slightly competitive so it is best to be on your A-game from the very beginning. The first exams are the easiest so it is important to do well right off the bat because it is much easier to lose a grade than it is to gain one back.

    Tips for prospective students

    As an incoming student, my best advice to you would be to register for classes early because they fill up fast, invest in some comfortable running shoes because the warm weather and large campus surpass the use of flip-flops on a daily basis, and if you choose to live off campus, invest in a commuter meal plan because it is well worth it!

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona campus is fast-paced and full of energy. Students come from all over the world to succeed in both academics and greek life. Night life consists of fine dining, grand malls and popular shopping malls.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. We have a police station on campus with offers on patrol. I always feel safe enough to go for a walk on campus at night. Girls, just remember to bring a friend with you if you are going to exercise at night.

    Greek Life

    I am not a part of Greek Life on campus, however there are many fraternities and sororities to choose from and they always seem to have a good time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are numerous clubs and activities on campus, from the University Film Organization to workshops and sports.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students that take their education seriously, and like to have a good time as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The university has a pond on campus that is filled with turtles. Not everyone knows it is there, so it is usually pretty serene. It is a great spot to go to study or just watch the turtles sun themselves.

    Bang for the buck

    The university has two museums and an astronomy exhibit which are very cool, and free to students. The art department is always sponsoring art talks, in which famous artists come to tell the students about their work.

    What to do for fun

    The university is always sponsoring goings-on on the mall on campus. There is usually some tents with shopping, music on the lawn complete with DJ, and in the spring they rent a gigantic slide that is a big crowd pleaser. Off campus, Tucson is a fun scene with bars and shopping and lots of cool coffee shops to hang out and listen to open-mic nights.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of restaurants on campus, from Chinese which always smells amazing, to 3 Cheeses and a Noodle. Starbucks is my favorite for a pick-me-up.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus, so I am not sure about dorm life, however the university just completed a big brand new dorm building that looks pretty impressive.

    Academic Rigor

    I find that most of the classes go at a good pace for me, but I also study and care about my grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    A good tip for prospective students is to learn good study habits and techniques. College is only as hard as you make it.

    In three sentences

    The university is a great school with good teachers for the most part. Every year the tuition goes up, and so do the class sizes, and they have grad students teaching many of the classes now. But the campus is very beautiful.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    extremely safe. I go to the library sometimes and don't leave until 3 in the morning maybe and there is always campus security walking around, I never feel scared.

    Greek Life

    not a part of it, but it is very big and a fun experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many, and everyone is so welcoming. There is something for everyone, and if the club you want doesn't exist, you can create it.

    Great for these types of students

    any people tat are looking to expand there horizons. The people at UA are so diverse, anyone can find someone to hang out with.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This year the school held a prom that was defenitely different from any prom you attended in high school

    Bang for the buck

    It is an amazing school that will help you grow in your independence and maturity. You learn a lot about yourself out there and a lot about the people surrounding you.

    What to do for fun

    There are always awesome pool parties since it gets so hot. And also the trails and hikes are amazing.

    Food and Dining

    There is great dining on campus and the surrounding restaurants are delicious and affordable.

    Dorm Life

    It was the best experience. I met my best friends there nd got to meet so many new people that I didn't think I would have anything in common with. I got super close with everyone and it was nice having my RA be there for me whenever I needed anything.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is definitely not as easy as it is made out to seem.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about people and teachers not being friendly. There are constant office hours and people are always around willing to help and support you, and also to help you make decisions.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing school with wonderful professors. The campus itself is gorgeous. And the people are outgoing and welcoming in every aspect

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    University and 4th avenue are great places to go and relax with your friends and to let off some steam after a long week of classes. The university also has over 500 clubs to join, so you can definitely find something to do.

    Food and Dining

    The student union offers great options for dining and there are many different places to choose from. I would recommend some kind of meal plan because the meals each day can get kind of expensive. If you don't want to get a meal plan, there are grocery stores around the university so you can cook your own meals.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms themselves are great and the UofA offers many different services for the residents. The only problem is that you will be living with many people who have never taken care of themselves before so you may have to deal with things like dirty kitchens and bathrooms. The staff of the residence hall helps keep that less of an issue though and living in the dorms is a great experience.

    Academic Rigor

    There is a good mix of easy and rigorous classes here so you most likely won't have a schedule that will leave you drained every day. Plus, the tutoring center, the Think Tank, offers free tutoring for all university students.

    Tips for prospective students

    You may want to visit the campus before classes start to find out where everything is. The UofA is a pretty big campus, but as long as you know where you're going, you should be fine.

    In three sentences

    The UofA is a great school that makes every student feel at home. The location of the school is great for a bit of relaxation after classes since it's really close to university and 4th avenue which are packed with restaurants and shops. If you want to attend the UofA, be prepared for extremes of temperature, great people, and a memorable college experience.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    No problems so far, the blue light system also seems to do its job. The school also provides free rides to dorms and other campus locations at night.

    Bang for the buck

    Prices are rising, but its easy to get scholarships if you look for them.

    What to do for fun

    I like to hang out with my friends at the various hangout spots and restaurants.

    Food and Dining

    You eventually get bored of the food at the Union.

    Dorm Life

    I lived at Babcock Inn, one of the few dorms with its own bathroom. Aside from the fear of asbestos and the distance, it was a great place to stay.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on which classes and professors you end up with. Some classes range from little work to having to stay up all night.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to ASU for business, the University of Arizona provides the rest of the majors.

    In three sentences

    Its a much different experience than what I was expecting. There are people to help you, but mostly you are on your own to figure things out. The size and location of the campus is quite nice.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    A of U seems fantastic. It is going to be the best school for me! I can't wait!

  • 08/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are safety posts around campus in case you feel you are being followed or are in trouble. Campus police is guaranteed to get there within 90 seconds or less.

    Clubs and Activities

    The campus mall is always full of stands and booths from clubs and organizations wanting you to join.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Be ready to celebrate Hispanic traditions such as dia de los muertos and the such. It all adds up to a lot of fun and brings a new meaning to learning foreign traditions

    What to do for fun

    If you are a student then you can use the Campus Rec for free. You can workout, swim, dance and practice outdoor sports.

    Food and Dining

    One of the biggest student Unions I have ever seen. Great food variety for all tastes.

    Academic Rigor

    Great! enough said!

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare for a hot weather, humidity and rain at the beginning of the school year (monsoon season at its max).

    In three sentences

    A great University who cares for its students' success. Classes are always available and teachers are always willing to help so that you can go the extra mile and succeed.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The U of A goes through a great deal to insure that its students feel secure on campus. The university police department (UAPD) is very active on campus. If a person feels threatened while walking around campus at night, there are numerous blue light stations located around campus where a student can push a button and an officer will arrive in moments. Most of the campus is still lit up at night to make students feel secure when traveling around campus at a late hour is necessary. With so many students riding bicycles, the U of A takes bicycle safety very seriously. There are bike lanes everywhere to help avoid conflicts between walkers and bicyclists. There are also bicycle racks around every corner to avoid bicycle theft. In the residence halls, there are rules in place that are for the protection of residents, but they do not go so far as to interfere with the lives of the residence. Overall, students are able to feel very safe on the U of A campus.

    Greek Life

    Just as there are a multitude of clubs at the U of A, there is also a large amount of sororities and fraternities. There is one for virtually every college and major. This allows students to get even more involved in their field of study. If Greek Life is for you, then the U of A should not disappoint.

    Clubs and Activities

    The amount of clubs at the U of A is ridiculous to the point where people are often say they really have a club for that? Even if a club a student wants to join has not yet been thought up, it is not hard for the student to create the club herself. The university is also always putting on its own activities that students can just show up to and have a good time at. There is always something going on at the U of A.

    Great for these types of students

    All types! Walking for five minutes on campus will show a person the diversity of the people at the U of A. There are so many opportunities for a student to learn in a way that best suits them. The multitude of clubs allows students to find their niche as well as students who are just like them. Working with students who are like you has a great affect on a students success. Similarly, the staff knows that they are working with a diverse student group and adhere to it in many ways.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The U of A takes a great deal of pride in its, well, pride. Most of the students know the fight song by heart and every day at noon a recording of the fight song by the marching band is played over the speakers. Also, there are many ways in which the campus gets involved with the culture of Tucson. The school is located very close to downtown with many Tucson activities being not very far away. In regards to special locations, there is The Cellar restaurant which is located on the bottom floor of the student union and the games room which is located across the hall from it. There is a turtle pond with quite a bit of turtles in it by the Gila residence hall. There are also many different museums around campus that are quite interesting.

    Bang for the buck

    While tuition seems to be climbing at every university, U of A students do still get their money's worth with all of the great activities as well as the staff that is always working for the better of the students.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much that can be done around the U of A if students find themselves bored and in need of entertainment. There are an outrageous amount of clubs to join that not only allow for social interaction, but also involve many fun activities. There are many sports related clubs (including Quidditch) that just play for fun and allow all levels of experience. There is also a games room in the student union that houses many different video games, pool tables, video game tournaments, and much more. Then there is the amazing rec center that is available at the U of A. It houses an extremely large amount of machinery for working, an awesome rock climbing wall, a great pool, and much more. If a person is looking for fun at the U of A, they do not need to look far.

    Food and Dining

    The U of A has a great selection of food. There is a food court in the student union that has a multitude of fast food restaurants to choose from that are all great. Most of the time they are able to get the food out to students quickly, as they know that college students often need to eat in a hurry. However, if you would rather have a sit down meal instead of fast food, there is also a variety of sit down restaurants all around the student union. If a student is up working diligently late at night and decides that they need a late night meal but all of the restaurants are closed, there is a restaurant called The Cellar that is open until the wee hours of the morning that sells great food. There is a great variety of food which takes everybody's appetites into consideration.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at the U of A is excellent. Not only will you be living with other students, but many of these students will be studying the same thing as you. This makes it easy to meet up with people, work together, and make new friends. There will also be many people studying different subjects around you which opens you up to many new things. The residence halls also are constantly striving to better the environment with many activities that may be to help residents academically or just to have fun. For example, while I was living in the dorm, there was a day in which members of the Desert Museum brought a variety of desert animals to my residence all purely for the enjoyment of the residents. Activities like this happen all the time at the U of A.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficulty does of course vary based on the subject, but to insure success, it is important to attend office hours for your classes, especially for those that you are having trouble with. In college, you don't attend class every single day of the week like you did in high school, which means office hours are important in making sure all the information is solidified in your mind. For added help, there are tutors everywhere around campus as well as the Think Tank, which is a place to go where they have people specifically available to tutor students and help them with their academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    The U of A is an incredible school and you should look forward to coming here. With the diversity of everybody involved at the U of A, people do not have to be worried about fitting in because it is guaranteed that there will be a place for you if you are willing to look for it. Students cannot forget that college can be difficult, and the UA staff knows this too. As a resort there are so many opportunities and activities dedicated to the academic success of students. The U of A is a great community where anybody can fit in.

    In three sentences

    The U of A is a great school with great opportunities everywhere and not to mention a beautiful campus. The staff is friendly and is willing to work with students to get them what they need. There are also many, many activities at the U of A to further assist students with academics or to just have fun and get involved.

  • 08/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Business, PSIO, athletes

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Definitely use the mall

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is high but its worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Museums, shows, theaters, malls and other stuff. Tucson can get boring sometimes but its still not as bad as people make it out to be. 4th avenue is fun if youre over 21.

    Food and Dining

    Best variety of all types of food and good hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus. Its the easiest way.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. The teachers are amazing. The classes are challenging and there are many choices of them.

  • 08/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun students tend to attend the Rec Center, which has a gym, basketball courts, an indoor soccer court, volleyball nets, and more. Students also join organizations and clubs. The University of Arizona has the second largest Student Union in the US and there are multiple restaurants there.

    Academic Rigor

    The learning environment is a competitive one. Teachers challenge you, but are also willing to answer your questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    My best tip for future students is to be social because adapting to a large institute can be a difficult task without networks. In addition, time management can be a critical factor towards academic success, so make wise decisions. Do not overwhelm yourself, ask for help.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a marvelous institute. The learning environment can be quite competitive, but students and teachers are always willing to help. Other staff are not the exception of assistance; they are friendly individuals willing to deal with your problems.

  • 08/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security are wonderful, and Saferide is easy to use. Highly recommend it for night classes.

    Greek Life

    Lots of Greek houses, but not my cup of tea.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to list. Seems like there is something for every major and every hobby.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for engineering, and bio-medical sciences as well as animal sciences.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Zona zoo is the student season ticket with a special student spirit section. It is a great way to meet people. Recommend ordering online asap.

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty good opportunities for scholarships which make it a financially appealing school. Without the scholarships the costs are average.

    What to do for fun

    So many options from hiking to campus clubs to apt. activities, to greek life. I chose the pre-vet. club, Inter-varsity club, and Republican Club. Hiking at Mountain Lemon is great and there is also skiing a half hour up the mountain. Hiking is very nice at Sabino Canyon. Forth Ave. is fun for people watching and eclectic individually owned boutique shops. Fun window browsing there as well. Also check out the activities on the campus mall. So much to do, wish studies didn't get in the way!

    Food and Dining

    Lots of option, though most are fast food and not very healthy.

    Academic Rigor

    You get out of it what you put into it. They hit the ground running. Make sure you check your email before school begins

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to live on campus apply before March 1; otherwise you could get to school not knowing where you are living. Financial aid is a moving target, so get everything in writing. Make sure you have the number of credits you need, rather than relying on your counselors as they won't take the time to check and you could lose your scholarship if you don't enroll in enough units.

    In three sentences

    Friendly campus. Housing is expensive for what you get compared to off campus housing. The advisors do not pay enough attention to detail so make sure you know the requirements to maintain your scholarships including financially and course hours.

  • 08/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Tucson is not the safest place to live, but the campus does a good job at keeping it safe. There are many cops on campus at all times, and there are emergency buttons and phones throughout campus.

    Greek Life

    I am in Greek Life at U of A and I love it. I don't know what my college experience would have been like if I wasn't in a sorority. I don't regret my decision whatsoever. Greek life is a very big part of this campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a large range of activities and clubs here. Depending on your specific interests.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for outgoing people. The campus is very busy so students need to like big crowds and enjoy big classes. U of A is a very social campus so being outgoing helps with that as well. There is a lot of school spirit, so you must love this school to be here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a lot of traditions regarding our sporting events. As well as some unique buildings like the poetry library on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Tucson is a very inexpensive place to live, so it's a great college town! However, tuition itself is expensive, especially for me since I am from out of state.

    What to do for fun

    I am in a sorority so I do a lot of activities through that. But I enjoy hiking, laying by the pool and hanging out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    There is great food on campus, like in the Student Union, as well as around campus.

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms, but my friends loved it.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor really depends on your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know where your classes are before the first day of school. It is a big campus and you don't want to get lost on your first day to class.

    In three sentences

    It has been a great institution to get an education from. I love the big campus, but I always like how even though it is a big campus it seems that a lot of people know a variety of groups of people. Lastly, I really like the professors and the relationships I have formed with some of them.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Good, but busy.

    In three sentences

    The campus is easy to get around. The student Union is awesome. The teachers are helpful!

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are measures set in place like the Blue Light boxes and SafeRide that students can use if they choose, but the campus is safe. However, it is an open campus and prospective students should keep that in mind.

    Greek Life

    A vast majority of the students here are involved in Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs to join but Greek Life dominates the campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Commuter, In-state

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    People like to hang out outdoors during monsoon season-beginning of the academic year.

    Bang for the buck

    As an in-state student it is a good choice, but as an out-of-state student the price could be a bit high. Also, I recommend that future students try to calculate additional (and/or unforseen costs) and if tuition will rise and if sufficient financial aid will be offered throughout your studies.

    What to do for fun

    Most of the students like to do physical and recreational activities.

    Food and Dining

    Dining options are limited and prices are inflated.

    Dorm Life

    Not all dorms are made alike. Better dorms typically have a better dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are straight forward, the work you put in is the grade you get out.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend that prospective students visit the campus during the school season.

    In three sentences

    Arizona is a science-based 4 year research-oriented school. If you are planning on entering into a scientific field this school offers a wide variety of courses. It is also ideal because it offers adequate housing for underclassmen and there is plenty of housing for upperclassmen off-campus.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    University of Arizona has numerous emergency buttons in case of danger and there is Safe Ride a student can call for free to take them back to their dorm during the night.

    Clubs and Activities

    U of A offer various clubs for every type of student. For example students interested in health profession can join clubs like the AMASA, physiology, neuroscience, and vet. For art lovers, athletes, and book lovers all have a place to join to express their passion.

    What to do for fun

    For fun students here like to hike, mountain climb, swim and do other various outdoor activites.

    Food and Dining

    There are choices for people who like to eat healthy or in general but food like many campuses is overpriced for little they serve or the taste.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are pricey for what they offer.

    Academic Rigor

    U of A has no tolerance when dealing with cheating and bullying.

    Tips for prospective students

    1)Finding new ways to challenge ourselves mentally allows us to grow, and explore new ideas. 2)Applying for positions that suit your academic and careers goals early on in the year give room for improvement and gain skills. 3)Doing things head on gives college students room for other planning.However leaving things for later can accumulate to the point it adds stress. 4)Learn to accept the mistakes, one bad test score is not the end of the word but a lesson to learn. 5) Reviewing past assignments and current assignment can further increase memory and less strain further into the semester. 6) Learn to relax and enjoy college but responsibly by knowing the limits. 7)Learn to accept help and asking help when in need. If a student feels he or she will be judged as unintelligent by the professor is a sure way to behind in lectures and course. 8) If your shy to speak up and ask a question, its okay almost all professors have office hours to help you or make an appointment for one on one help. 9) Make connections because it truly helps you find new things about life in college. These tips helped me get through my freshman year it gave me more time, high GPA, and acceptance into various recognition from the school, and close friends.

    In three sentences

    University Of Arizona does an excellent job in offering students various way to excel in education. Also U of A gives students great ways to learn and be active in what they want to do in their careers. For example, as a pre-med student I found numerous clubs that help prepare undergrads for medical school.

  • 09/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are important for experience and to meet other students. Great way to hands on experience, plus there a lot of fun.

    What to do for fun

    Swing dancing. Keeps me active and helps me to socialize.

    Food and Dining

    Variety to suit your style!

    Academic Rigor

    Chemical Engineering is challenging, but I'm looking at my end to to help me though.

    Tips for prospective students

    * Communicate with your advisers your needs and desires. *Write down your goals and how you want to fulfill them. *Don't be shy say hi. You'll get further in life if you learn to say hi first.

    In three sentences

    Great school that a variety of outlets and skills that will help you during your college career. As well as opportunities to prepare you for after graduation. If you need help just ask, someone will guide you to the right direction.

  • 09/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt threatened by the students themselves, but I'm not going to lie and say that Tucson is 100% safe. It gets sketchy in areas, but you learn what you should/shouldn't do. Like you SHOULD always walk with friends. You SHOULD NOT walk by yourself in a revealing outfit at 3AM.

    Greek Life

    There are quite a few sororities/fraternities on campus, but, obviously they're not the bee's knees for everyone. You'll likely have one of the greek life students in each class, but you can ignore/avoid them if you truly cannot stand them.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's something for every single person, easily. Learn how to find them, and you will find great people.

    Great for these types of students

    Honestly, it's great for anyone. I'd say those who don't plan on doing work at all shouldn't attend. This is a real university, not ASU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Turtle pondddddd. The turtle pond is great for relaxing at. And highland burritos will become your late-night snack. Always.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm in-state, so it's not that bad. I still have a small issue with paying for schooling, but you get so much out of it that the price is worth it. Some fees are useless and the like, but pretty good overall.

    What to do for fun

    Explore. Don't be afraid to go off the beaten path. I've found some of my favorite spots by just driving around with friends. There's always some sort of party going on any day Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and likely Sunday. Don't be afraid to just try and pop up at a big party. And, of course, enjoy the great outdoors. Tucson has some great spots.

    Food and Dining

    Food on campus gets boring. Your meal plan is sitting there unused because you've had the panda bowl 10 times in the past week. Food off campus is nice. If you can get even farther away (like under 5 miles), you will find some great, authentic cultural eats.

    Dorm Life

    First off, dorm is a no-no term. They are residence halls, and they are amazingly fun. I've met some of my closest friends and my two current off-campus roommates through the hall. If you're involved, you will want to stick around forever, and you'll make some great connections.

    Academic Rigor

    There are definitely those classes that are much too difficult. Expect to happen upon several of those, and different majors have different difficult classes. But, then there are those classes that are laughably easy. Just don't have a high school mentality and realize that you'll work hard, and you'll succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always, always, ALWAYS embrace this school. There's something for every single person out there, and it becomes a great place after you get involved in something. Also, expect to have a pretty populated place, but not too populated to where you have no breathing space. Find places to get away to.

    In three sentences

    After three years, I must admit that UA is no longer my home away from home. It has become my actual home. The people, the sites, the sort of atmosphere have all become the place that I love to call home.

  • 09/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For starters, you could try just exploring the town a bit on your own, and get to know that area that you'll be most like living in for the next 4 years. But the other obvious option for fun is to go out with friends you've just made, or friends you've kept from high school. There are plenty of parties to choose from on the weekend, and even on the weekdays.

    Food and Dining

    There are many restaurants to choose from, most of which are spread all throughout the campus. But the main dining area, which is the Student Union, has food that ranges from Papa John's to Panda Express, Chick-Fil-A to the On-Deck Deli, and much more.

    Dorm Life

    Honestly I don't think that I have a say on dorm life, as I live off campus, about a block away from school. But these apartments are all student employed and its a really great place to live in. Lots of space, a great roommate, and especially all the other tenants are also very friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many different classe to choose from and you'll be able to find the exact class for your particular major. Most classes are challenging but as long as you put in the right amount of time and effort, you'll do just fine. But the benefits of actually applying yourself to the material and your classes will be of great help to you in the long run.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're looking to attend this school pay attention in all of your classes! Make sure to do all of your homework and especially if you have any question feel free to go to your professor's office hours, as they can be very helpful. Overall, just work hard in your classes and enjoy yourself.

    In three sentences

    When attending this school be prepared to have the best time of your life. You'll be able to meet a number of new people and learn plenty in the classes. The professors are all very helpful and the campus is very big so you'll always have a chance to explore!

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are free rides around campus at night, you just have to call. There is also a campus tram type bus system which is free. They even have bikes and cars for students to use as needed. The cars have a fee attached but the bikes don't.

    Greek Life

    The sororities are great. I was in Delta Delta Delta. Greek life is really fun. I don't know too much about the fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Campus offers many clubs and activities. I work a lot so I am not actually very involved on campus but there is a lot available and every year they have a club presentation day where you go to learn about clubs. I was involved in a sorority on campus and I loved it. I had to withdraw due to my busy schedule though.

    Great for these types of students

    Anthropology, education, engineering, health sciences, agriculture, astronomy, business, and more of the programs are really excellent. If you are a good student, you will love it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Old Main is a great location and there is a special cactus garden in the middle of campus. It is small now but it is pretty cool. Also the museum is great.

    Bang for the buck

    I wish it cost a little less to attend but it is a fine school. I believe my education will be worth it in the end.

    What to do for fun

    The rec center, football games, and other sports activities are great fun. There are clubs on campus for nearly everything and there are a large number of activities near campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are a ton of restaurants both on-campus and near campus. There are a lot of choices and nearly all of them are great.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in the dorm. I did it for a year and I had a great roommate. We are now roommates in an apartment near campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses require a lot of effort but it is all worth it. Speak to people to find out which classes are the best choices and will match your skills and requirements.

    Tips for prospective students

    Living on campus is a good idea. Working near or on campus is also a plus. Don't party, study or you will have to drop out and I am sure that is not your goal.

    In three sentences

    I love the University and I believe others should attend. The coursework is enjoyable, teachers great, advisers have it together. I recommend the University of Arizona to everyone.

  • 09/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Beem here for two years and never hear of much danger.

    Greek Life

    Many to choose from.

    Clubs and Activities

    many frayts and soroites to choose from. lots of bars and clubs to go too .

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that like outdoors and sporting events. lots of gyms all over too. bike riding is huge here as well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    football games have great tailgate parties. the swim and dabce departments are fun to watch!

    Bang for the buck

    this is a gret place to live and a nice place to start youradult life.

    What to do for fun

    Tucson is surrounded by mountains so there is lots of hiking and camping. plenty of shopping and sport events.

    Food and Dining

    there is a large assortment of resturants to choose from on campus and all over Tucson AZ.

    Dorm Life

    i live off campus however there are lots of dorms and from what i hear they are nice to live in and lots of room as well

    Academic Rigor

    classes are tough but there is oppurtunity for extra help all over the department.

    Tips for prospective students

    be apart of everything while attending the school. try all ensambles for the best experiance.

    In three sentences

    great misic department for all instruments ans voice. many great ensambles to choose from. good teachers and TA's to help you with difficult material

  • 09/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security people everywhere

    Clubs and Activities

    FOOTBALL

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    APASA

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive stuff, always go off campus

    What to do for fun

    Study

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard.

    In three sentences

    I believe that this school is decent compared to the other Universities my family members are attending such as NAU.

  • 10/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    University of Arizona is one of the best for your educational buck, resident and non-resident. It is highly rank school. In fact it was rank the 50th best university in the world just this year.

    What to do for fun

    Everything is in and/or around the campus. It has the feel of small city but it has the amenities of a big city.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come and tour the campus, you will fall in love with it.

    In three sentences

    I love University of Arizona. The atmosphere is very conducive to learning. They have many support groups to help students to succeed and the professors and staffs are very helpful.

  • 10/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities that there really is something for everyone. Students can also form their own club.

    Great for these types of students

    Self-motivated students Students who like to get involved

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Zona Zoo is huge on campus. We have the largest student section in the PAC-12. Pangea is a new resturant on campus this year. Their food ranges from Italian to sushi.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Arizona can be pricey, but there are a lot of merit scholarships. I am getting a better bang for my buck here than I would at any other college.

    What to do for fun

    There are fun things to do at the University of Arizona. ASUA and other campus organizations host a variety of fun events. Students have places to go hang out and have a good time. Football games are amazing!

    Food and Dining

    There are a far amount of options on campus. The two student unions offer a fair amount of variety and the blocks surrounding campus increase the options. However, some of the restaurants aren't open on the weekend which diminishes options during this time.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is interesting. The dorm I'm staying in has a lot of activities. The most important thing is to make sure you are in a dorm that you like. Each dorm is different, so make sure you look at the different dorms before choosing one.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Arizona offers challenging courses. Also there is the Honors College for any students looking to further challenge themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. There really is no downside to it. The University of Arizona has over 550 clubs. Joining organizations will help you make friends and further explore or develop your interests. If you come to the University of Arizona, definitely get a Zona Zoo pass.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a large college which has its benefits. There are a lot of opportunities for students and ways to get involved.

  • 10/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Luckily I attend during the day. But I always feel safe - and they have the Blue light feature

    Clubs and Activities

    I know ther are a lot of options - I just have not had the time to really explore them

    Bang for the buck

    Its hard because I did not get a lot of scholarship money - so I am struggleing to pay tuition!

    What to do for fun

    football!

    Food and Dining

    Lots of choices!

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms

    Academic Rigor

    It is definatley a lot more homework than I ever had in high school!

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for every sholarship possible!!! Now!!!

    In three sentences

    It has been an awesome experience! I love the campus, my classes and the atmosphere! I look forward to continuing my education at the U of A!

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    Dorming community is very nice and friendly. Great way to make friends. Also makes it easy to get to class.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some pretty tough classes. But if you go to class and do the reading/additional assignments, it isn't so bad.

    In three sentences

    Great diversity. Lots of different research opportunities. Beautiful campus.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This school is very big on safety. I feel safe knowing there is always an officer roaming around and blue lights on every street way.

    Greek Life

    I don't know too much about Greek life but the people I have met that are in Greek life are nice.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs and Activities are just great. They are so involved with the students and are all very welcoming.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student that is willing to work hard and put in the hours.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Going to the hot spot, Highland Market, after football games with the almost the whole stadium.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is certainty worth all the money that is put into it. I have never regretted paying to go to school here. It is all very worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Swim at the student REC pool or hang out on campus with friends.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is great. I do wish there were more options for fruit and veggies.

    Dorm Life

    It's a hard adjustment. But after the first couple days you start to make friends with the people in your dorm. And they dorm always has some sort of fun event every week.

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the professors are great teachers. But to me there are a few that I feel would rather be somewhere else then in the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have enough money before you start school. Otherwise you will be struggling very hard to get more money.

    In three sentences

    The University has a great environment and atmosphere. Everyone is just incredibly friendly and nice. It's a great place to meet people and learn incredible new things.

  • 10/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The amount of money I am already in debt or have not yet paid to this institution is outrageous for the education I am currently receiving; enough said.

    What to do for fun

    There is drinking everywhere on any given night. I find that drinking is a major factor when it comes to fun. The recreation center at the U of A is amazing. They have a nice weight area set up, multiple basketball and volleyball courts, rock climbing, and a pool to cool yourself off in the triple digit heat.

    Food and Dining

    Food is expensive but they do have a variety of different restaurants and fast food establishments. I rarely eat on campus due to the money. I find it much more reasonable to go shopping for bread, peanut butter, and honey.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is not amazing. The cost of living in the dorms is not pleasant. I also thought that living in the dorms would get me more involved in the school life, but the only thing you want to get involved with at the dorms is going out and partying.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is very big on academics. As I stated earlier, the variety of majors is a major plus. The individual colleges at this institution are also very prestigious and set on trying to make sure all students succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend University of Arizona to future students who already have residency in the state of Arizona. I would also recommend looking up your professor before choosing classes because there are definitely those professors here that should still be in school.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a well rounded institution. It has a wide variety of well known and prestigious institutions in a vast majority of academic majors. Overall, the school is amazing, however, the cost of attending this school is not an easy variable to take on.

  • 10/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    From the very first day of the school orientation you will meet the police officer in charge of campus security and will be assured your college experience will be safe and worry-free. I live their promise because it is a university where I feel safe in at any time of day or night. Take it from me, here you feel right at home to the point where the only thing you fear is the upcoming exam!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs you can join on campus and you are welcome to join any of them. I personally did Swim Club and Spanish Club and I have no regrets. Here you'll meet even more incredible people to go out and have fun with as you compete in your club, or simply get together and have fun. Either way you will never get bored!

    Bang for the buck

    No one likes to pay for college and school tuition tends to go up every year so it's very important you come prepared. Apply for scholarships like crazy and look everywhere for all your financial options. The money is out there, we just gotta make sure to look thoroughly. Trust me, it will be very worth it when the first tuition bill comes through the mail.

    What to do for fun

    Everywhere you look people are doing something whether it's Frisbee on the grass, basketball, or simply hanging out with friends in the campus there. The city itself has many places like the mall, parks, and theme parks to have a good weekend in case there's the impossibility you find yourself with nothing to do on campus! Just make sure you and your friends try everything, every day will be a new experience.

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is excellent and you have quite a variety anywhere you go. Remember that campus is huge so even though the Student Union is the main place to eat and socialize, it is only one place where you can eat some good food. I myself spiced things up every day so I never got tired of all the good food.

    Dorm Life

    I decided to room with my best friend in an apartment two minutes from campus, but my best friend stayed in the dorm and we would visit each other almost every day. The dorms are really nice and give you an opportunity to get to know even more people and find more things to do around campus. Though I had a good time at my place, I recommend the dorms for the first year of college at least.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can get pretty intense but all you have to do is make sure you get your homework done and study for tests. As long as you turn in all your assignments and take all your tests, I guarantee you will pass all your courses and maintain a good GPA.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have fun and meet as many people as you can, but without losing focus of the reason you came here in the first place. Take advantage of everything that goes on in the university, which is A LOT, but also keep in mind you'll have homework everyday. It's gonna get hard at times, but keep your head up, study with time, and enjoy this crucial stage of your life.

    In three sentences

    Coming to this university was perhaps the reason that I now enjoy this college stage of my life so much. The campus is incredible and the people around you are all students, so we all understand what we're going through. The resources the school has to offer make it all worthwhile, make sure to take advantage of every experience whether academic, athletic, or just an activity with friends.

  • 10/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe a majority of the time on campus. Tucson has a bad reputation of being a dirty, unsafe area, but every time I need to get somewhere at night, I know I can always call Saferide, which is a free service that acts as an inner-campus taxi system ran through the student government. There is also the blue light system, a series of blue-lit stations always within sight that you can push a button on that acts as an emergency response system if you feel a threat as you walk home at night. There is also a decent amount of security that is always hanging around, which gives me a lot of peace of mind.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a really big deal here at the University of Arizona. Some people see that as a bad thing and I share their opinions, but at the same time I love seeing so many people involved on campus and excited about school spirit. Not all fraternities and sororities are stereotypical, too. There are different types and there are so many opportunities to meet people through Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is so much to do on campus. If you like a sport, there's an intramural team for it. If you want to just get involved, there are always applications and flyers for committees, community service events, and clubs you can join and everyone is usually really nice when you show up. Meeting people is so easy too when you get involved.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone can find where they fit on campus because there is an enormous amount of clubs and social groups on campus. I would say, however, that the social butterflies and the people who really love music and art really thrive here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the Fridays before home football games, the Tucson community joins us for Beardown Friday on University Boulevard right next to the campus. The cute shops have sales, there is a marching band parade, there is face-painting and radio stations playing music. The proud and family-feel atmosphere carries into the next day with community tailgating all down the grass on the mall and the feeling of walking around with red and blue splashed everywhere is so memorable. It makes you so proud to be a wildcat.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of tuition here is a lot higher than it used to be, but it is wonderful compared to California schools or private schools. If you look at how well-groomed the campus is and the amenities of the rec center, clean dorms, free laundry, study rooms, and study help, the cost of attending this institution really isn't bad at all. The professors here are so qualified and they get you going in the right direction in the professional world. I made the right financial choice by coming here.

    What to do for fun

    In Arizona, it can be really hard to find things to do for fun, but I have found that Tucson has an enormous amount of events and adorable downtown cultural centers with small clothing stores, galleries, concert venues, museums, and coffee/tea shops. Fourth Avenue is my favorite place to be if there isn't anything going on on campus. The community of Tucson appreciates art, culture, and support so much and I absolutely love the atmosphere off campus.

    Food and Dining

    The meal system at U of A is unique in that there is no cafeteria, but you load your Catcard (meal card) with money at the beginning of the year and you can use it at any restaurant that is on campus. Sometimes it can be a burden because you constantly feel like you're eating out so I find myself grocery shopping off campus and cooking my own food a lot, which is a bit costly.

    Dorm Life

    I absolutely love living on campus. Even the older dorms on this campus are adorable. My experience has been so great with my roommate and the kids living in my hall. We have study sessions and we quite frequently just hang out together in the hallway enjoying each others' presence. Living close to the hubub happening on campus is always fun because you feel like a community and a family rather than just a bunch of students.

    Academic Rigor

    Every one of my professors are people whom I have respect for and this is because they realize that the chapters they need to cover aren't always exciting and kids aren't going to put their best effort into an essay they have to write in a night. If you want to succeed in a class, it is all up to you. I have yet to have an unreasonable assignment, but I have been caught off guard due to procrastination. The classes I am taking are very possible to excel in. The effort is the only thing you have to worry about, which is all in your hands.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't judge any college by its mail-out pamphlets. There are so many facets to a college that you won't even know you were looking for but you find on campus only when you are actually there asking questions and finding your place. Study what you want to study because in college, you have the opportunity to meet outstanding professionals in any subject you want to pursue and if you are passionate about the topic and open to learning, classes will be something you look forward to.

    In three sentences

    I have been so impressed with my college experience so far and this campus already makes Tucson feel like home for me. There are so many different types of people here that are waiting to meet you for an old-fashioned conversation. While the school is very large and there is always so much going on, they really help cater to your needs as a student above all else.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Th U of A campus feels very safe, no matter what time of day. There are 'blue boxes' located all around campus that enable students to press a button to alert the UA Police.

    Greek Life

    I, personally, am a member of the Greek Life here at the University of Arizona. However, I am in a professional sorority, which is a bit different from most social sororities on campus. Professional sororities focus on academics whereas social sororities focus more on personalities. If a student is interested in going Greek Life, they are sure to find what they are looking for here.

    Clubs and Activities

    The U of A has an astounding amount of clubs. If you can think of it, the U of A has it. These clubs range from recreational to academic. The U of A also has a large number of inter mural sports.

    Great for these types of students

    The U of A is great for honors and high achieving students. Also, U of A has its own medical school for those students who are pursuing a career in the medical field.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Something different about the U of A is the Stadium Dorm. This is where I live and I get some funny looks when I describe where it is to outsiders. The dorm is located IN the football stadium. Our room are oddly shaped do to the curvature of the stadium and the ceiling in our kitchen are slanted because the bleachers are rich above them!

    Bang for the buck

    The U of A, like any other public university, is pricey. However, a degree from the U of A is highly regarded and the university is good about letting the student know where their money is going.

    What to do for fun

    Th U of A always has programs going on. This is especially true if you live in a dorm. If not, there are hundreds of available clubs at the U of A and these will accommodate to whatever personality the student has. Home athletic events include tailgating and other functions.

    Food and Dining

    The Union offers a great variety of dining that ranges from pizza to Chinese food to home cooking. However, the U of A does not offer a cafeteria style dining hall! Students must choose from individual restaurants. If you ever get sick of the union, University Ave is right next to campus and is lined with a variety of restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at the U of A is a great way to get involved on campus! However, the quality of the dorms depends on how much money the student is willing to pay out. Some are much newer and nicer than others.

    Academic Rigor

    This completely depends on what degree program a student is in and what classes they are taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do everything early. If you think it might be too early to apply for college or dorms, check. The sign-up and cut-off dates are earlier than most students expect. Also, apply for as many scholarships as possible. Especially local ones! Though some scholarships may seem like an insignificant amount of money compared to college, they will add up.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is located in Tucson, AZ. The U of A offers an incredible amount of degree programs and a large amount of graduate programs. The U of A offers a spirited and focused environment that encourages higher education.

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is a big issue on campus. Everyone does their part to keep the campus safe and enjoyable for all. There are always services to aid in your safety wherever you are on campus.

    What to do for fun

    The university is all about school spirit. Attending alot of the sports events is fun way to be involved in the school, and to also meet new people. There are so many clubs and organizations to be involved with that always host fundraisers and events.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options to choose from on campus. You can have something different every day. The food is great. You have so many healthy choices and places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms gives you a chance to meet new people without leaving the comfort of your building. It is also so much easier to live right on campus. Dorm life was one of the best things that aided in a healthy academic standing.

    Academic Rigor

    The University is one of the top schools and they take academics very seriously. I believe it is a good place to educate and challenge yourself on a daily basis.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to the University ready to learn something new everyday. Your professors and peers challenge you everyday and aid you if you ever need help. This college is great for social and academic experiences.

    In three sentences

    This college is a very good institute for higher education. The whole college experience is outstanding. The academics challenge you to challenge yourself.

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The area is a bit seedy but the campus itself is extremely safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge here, in fact i'd say it is one of the main intrigues of UofA.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not participated yet.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like to have an active social life but can still keep up with homework it is a good place to be. Unfortunately due to location there isn't that much to do here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During the football games students pull out their keys and shake them so that the whole stadium is filled with the sound of jangling keys.

    Bang for the buck

    Honors academics are hard but worth it. If you are paying out of state, i don't think it's is worth as much.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I'm not sure if unusual would be the correct term, but a portion of the campus is on the national register of historic places and it is quite a neat thing to see and learn about.

    Bang for the buck

    The department I'm under, social and behavioral sciences, or anthropology more specifically, is amazing. I can't say enough good things about it and all the opportunities it provides. Everyone wants to work with you and everyone loves to discuss their research.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun, school related there are clubs just about for everything you can think of and volunteer events occur all the time. The surrounding area is a community in itself and there are hundreds of options of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The university has a diverse set of locations and cuisines to pick from all throughout the college, the main student union has many options for all food interests.

    Dorm Life

    I can't speak of this first hand so I've rated it as such, but from what I hear, the dorm life is exciting and fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The college can be tough, but everyone wants you to succeed and plenty of help exists to those who seek it.

    Tips for prospective students

    I have simple tips to any prospective students, work hard, do your work, and get to know your professors. The professors want to help their students and getting to know them is the best way to succeed and build relationships that could carry in to your professional career.

    In three sentences

    The University is a challenging and rewarding college. The anthropology department, in particular, is top-notch and the professors truly care about their students. Many opportunities arise to anyone determined to succeed at this university, and overall it is an outstanding place.

  • 11/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    A wonderful way to meet new friends & gain academic support.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of opportunities!

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, service organization or sorority or fraternity!

    Academic Rigor

    Just as with other universities this varies by major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't pick UA without first checking out the specific college you are interested in, some are better than others. The campus is big so it is a good idea to take the location of a dorm into consideration when selecting your dorm.

    In three sentences

    University of Arizona has a great selection of majors/colleges on a beautiful campus with a strong Greek system. There is a fantastic student recreation center. Orientation sessions for incoming freshmen and their parents are very helpful!

  • 11/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Although I am not in Greek life you can still be involved. Having friends in Greek life has made it easier to understand what kinds of things go on! It may not be for everyone, but if you do choose to be part of it you are going to have a lot of fun. Parties are great too!

    Bang for the buck

    Coming from out of state and even having scholarships it is pretty difficult to pay for school. Definitely was a reach because of financial issues but I believe I am getting my moneys worth of it here.

    Food and Dining

    There are so many different choices here whether it be a salad to fast food they pretty much have it all. But by the time you have gotten used to everything and have pretty much eaten everywhere once things start to get repetitive. No complaints about the kinds of food though!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a lot of fun but by the time second semester comes around you get excited to be moving out. The rules are pretty straight forward, if you screw up you will get in trouble but the RA's are pretty understanding when it comes to things like quiet hours. The community bathrooms really are not as bad as many people say as they are cleaned every day.

    Academic Rigor

    At the beginning things didn't seem that difficult but as time went on assignments got harder and papers were graded harder. Make sure you don't take classes that are in the upper 200's if you are a freshman, they are a lot harder than they may seem.

    Tips for prospective students

    College may seem like it isn't that different academically when you first start but as time goes on things get more and more difficult so be prepared for that. Also know that you should have fun but also make sure that you don't have TOO much fun.

    In three sentences

    University of Arizona is such a great school because the academics are challenging but still reasonable, the people here are so friendly, and the weather is amazing. The environment is safe and it isn't all about academics because people here like to have fun and be college students . I wouldn't have chosen any other school.

  • 12/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety here is great there is always cops around if you need anything. The University of Arizona is great at keeping students safe cops patrol 24/7 and they will even provide you with a ride in case something happens. The safety is also great because you will never feel unsecured here.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great there are about 50 different fraternities and sororities. There is also a lot of variety of fraternities and sororities. At the university you will see Greek life all over the place the individuals in it are great people who help the community and make your college experience a great one. New friends, involvement, and just a great way to meet new people.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a ton of clubs at the university which area great for all types of people. They can range from camping, horse back riding, helping the community,or other recreational clubs. One great thing about the clubs is the variety available you will never run out of fun it all about having a smile, open mind, and getting involved.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Arizona is great for students who are serious about their studies but also enjoy having a great time and creating long lasting memories and friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    One tradition here at the University of Arizona is the bonfire always fun and it also pumps up the students who get ready for the homecoming game.

    What to do for fun

    For fun< there is so much to do. As the football season starts there is the tailgates and the games which are really fun and you might also meet people and new friends. On the other hand if you do not enjoy sports well there is a ton of clubs which can range from arts and crafts to language and even camping. You can also go hiking to the movies or even shopping. Whether you like sports or just enjoy reading a book the University of Arizona has it all.

    Food and Dining

    The food here might be pricey yet if you go to the Cellar they have nice burgers and shakes. Overall the food is good and if you don't like meat they have plenty of choices for vegans.

    Dorm Life

    Although I do not stay in dorms the dorms I have been to are nice some newer some old. The newer the dorm the greater it is. The old dorms can get a little bit scary and annoying at times.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is in the middle I would say it all depends on your major and also what pre-requisites you do. Also the study habits can either make your GPA go up or in some cases down.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try your hardest in math classes as they go by fast and are sometimes hard. Also attend lectures which are crucial for some classes and always go to office hours. By attending office hours and developing a relationship with a teacher this could help you in the near future.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is the best choice I could have made not only are academics some of the best but the whole atmosphere of the school is great. The teachers are helpful along with some TA's . Students here are friendly and they'll help you with anything friendly people and nice academics, great sports, what else could you ask for.

  • 12/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    with the UofA seal, you'll be sure to get recognition in any job area you want to pursue. Tuition is affordable, both on and off-campus is great (depending on where you stay), and the school offers plenty of events like an ice-skating rink in the winter.

    What to do for fun

    Sometimes the best fun is the time spent with your friends watching movies or playing video games. Since there's nothing too extravagant other than the mall and a few other places it's a good place to connect with your close friends on a deeper level.

    Food and Dining

    There are a decent amount of restaurants inside the student union and around campus. The options are great if you're risk-taker into trying new foods or even if you like sticking to the good ol' american cheeseburger.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorm, I actually met some pretty cool people whom I ended up becoming closer to. A dorm roof is better than roof!

    Academic Rigor

    It really ranges to be honest; if you're a science major you will probably have to be more academically involved in your studies than say a Humanities major. I'm not saying it's easy, just varies since the classes are so diverse.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to delve into whatever majors you want to explore as much as possible. Some require more effort in areas such as math or second languages than most. If you know you aren't strong in subjects like those, I'd suggest adjusting what you want to focus on in your undergraduate years.

    In three sentences

    It's a decent campus; not much goes around the city but at least you stay focused. It's almost like the city of Tucson promotes graduating. If you're for a great Arizona school this is the place to explore.

  • 12/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I cant say that the campus is that safe since I rarely see any type of safety patrol around at night. There have been rapes and shootings; along with break ins, in the dorms. The only time I ever see the police is when they are trying to put a ticket on a car.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities for almost anything for your liking. Unfortunately, there are not as many ethnic organization opportunities as some of their competing universities such as Arizona State University

    Great for these types of students

    The university is great for students trying to major in Business, Architecture, and Dance. These programs rank best with some of the top schools in the nation, so you are guaranteed to be one of the best.

    Bang for the buck

    You pay for what you get, meaning that the university in my perspective is overpriced in housing. So, unless your made of money for a relaxed stress free living, you will have to partake of the many not so pleasing options.

    What to do for fun

    There's always small events happening on campus giving you something to do. However, the rest of Tucson is a bore for the younger generation.

    Food and Dining

    The University of Arizona has lots of variety on food and at fairly decent prices. But since you would be in college there will always be some days that you starve.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great way to meet people, but if you are not able to stand the loud noise of drunk college students and horrible bathrooms and maintenance, i wouldn't suggest staying there.

    Academic Rigor

    The University is more challenging because of the lack of exceptional teachers; which in turn forces you to teach yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest taking many of the General Requirements before you enter the university in order to move you ahead in school faster. As well as, taking some of the language and math classes at a community college.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is an exceptionally beautiful campus with many activities for their students. However, the university lacks in organization from good professor. Additionally, I wouldn't recommend taking any math classes here for the reason being, they need a significant improvement in the quality of their Math, Physics, and Psychology departments.

  • 12/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Blue lights are all around campus. Police arrive promptly. Security is great.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a large part of the campus life. Not everyone is in greek life, but many are.

    Clubs and Activities

    All kinds of clubs are available whether they be academic or just for fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    An unusual tradition on campus is the ringing of the USS Arizona bell at a certain time of the day.

    Bang for the buck

    The school offers free museum entrance to students. Tutoring is free for students.

    What to do for fun

    The theater and movies are always having events. The mall always has events such as music or stands set up.

    Food and Dining

    Tons of options available. Students can eat healthy or very unhealthy.

    Dorm Life

    Best experience I have had at the university. I made friends that I know will be with me forever. Clean and safe!

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are really easy. The sciences are tough, but that is a main focus at the university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try new things. Have fun! Do not be afraid to be adventurous.

    In three sentences

    Amazing school for all types of students. Professors are great. Lots to do around campus.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    every tuesday night an improv group performs at the student union and its for free! they are really funny.

    Food and Dining

    I recommend getting the second largest meal plan. the food is pretty good just as long as you mix it up and try different places. highland market had the best breakfast burritos.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is really awesome, I have meant some of my best friends from living in dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    some classes are tough but there are really awesome teachers, as long as you come to class you can get through it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend every class and lecture, you will be so glad you did when you are taking the test!

    In three sentences

    I have really enjoyed my time so far at U of A. There is so many things going on campus at all times you are never bored. The recreation center is brand new and I love going to work out there!

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They update all students of any threats, strange persons, or even power outages on campus. They have police boxes everywhere, but overall pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    There is so much Greek life, you can't go anywhere without seeing someone from one sorority/ fraternity or another.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like the idea of Greek life. Science students. Education students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a tree that was grown from seeds that were taken on one of the Apollo missions, brought back, and grown to a full size tree. I think it's very interesting and different.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel like I am getting the education I am paying for, but I still wish I didn't have to pay for it.

    What to do for fun

    There's many clubs and sororities/fraternities that can make campus life a little more entertaining and there are plenty of places off campus to find stuff to do.

    Food and Dining

    They give you quite a few options, but after a whole semester it doesn't feel like that many options anymore.

    Dorm Life

    I haven't lived on campus but I have heard great things.

    Academic Rigor

    I took an astrobiology class here and it was one of the toughest yet most satisfying courses I have ever taken.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have the AIMS merit scholarship and you go somewhere else first, YOU MUST USE IT WITHIN 2 SEMESTERS OF GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL. Just do the best you can and know that everyone is there for the same reason: to get a great education. If you transfer, take a transfer class from where you are transferring from, it will help a lot.

    In three sentences

    University of Arizona is a great school. I learned so much in one semester and I've really started to realize my potential there. They have an amazing space program there that I would even consider switching majors to because it's so good.

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There's the recreation center with so many options of additional classes, a hookah bar, shopping, sand volleyball courts, and hanging out with your friends.

    Food and Dining

    You'll never get bored with all of the food choices along with the convenience of a microwave in your dorm and a kitchen located somewhere in your dorm.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a small dorm can cut down on the noise that can be distracting from studying. There's always the library, but hauling all of your belongs there can get old. Keep your desk free of clutter, it allows for optimal studying space.

    Academic Rigor

    You are expected to come to class prepared, most of what you learn will be done outside of the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take studying seriously, you have a choice to go out every night or limit yourself and hit the books. Take every opportunity to make friends in your classes, this leads to study groups that will boost your grade.

    In three sentences

    It's a beautiful campus, everything is in walking distance. This makes meeting new friends and getting to your classes easy. It is also very easy to set a routine for all your classes.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very secure, they offer text message alerts and cart rides for people who don't want to walk at night.

    Greek Life

    Strong Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    Every club you could imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    Medical or science based.

    Bang for the buck

    Fun and cheap for the quality of education you get.

    What to do for fun

    Outdoors, eating, drinking, mount lemon has plenty of hiking and skiing in the winter months. Two hour drive a phoenix and 6 hours to the grand canyon. There are tons of lakes and never a shortage of fun things to do in Arizona. Also 2 hours from mexico.

    Food and Dining

    Gained 15 pounds in the first year, amazing food. Everything is mom and pap shops.

    Dorm Life

    Plenty of microbrews and 4th avenue and University is a lot of fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The college of pharmacy and general university is rigorous and rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and never give up on your dreams. Develop short and long term goals and attain them through dedication and commitment to lifelong learning. Don't pick a major that will not produce a job.

    In three sentences

    Cutting edge in technology and at the forefront of academic and research in the country. The University of Arizona develops students of high academic and moral character.

  • 12/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own police department and I have felt safe every hour of the day on campus, including 3am walking from the library during finals. There is a blue light system on campus that you can use to call the police if you are in an emergency or are being followed on campus. It has never been used though as campus is very safe and protected.

    Greek Life

    Very big Greek Community! Fun if you have the money and don't need lots of time to study for your science major. Many people use it for meeting new friends and job connections, and quite frankly, to have a good time.

    Clubs and Activities

    You can find anything you want at UA. There is a place and activity for everyone if you are willing to find it!

    Great for these types of students

    All students! Even the hard-core academics like myself as being apart of the Honors College puts your education up the next level!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -Undie Run -Turtle Pond -Chemistry Magic Shows -Bear Down Ball -Zona Zoo -24/7 Coffee Shops -Sneaking to the roofs of building to seduce that special someone

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, college is expensive, but when you graduate from UA, you will have job offers! I have had 5 family members graduate and they are all successful professionals because UA prepared them for the adult world. There are many scholarships that you can apply for and student aid. UA is less money than many other schools but it is still high quality and that is why we have students from all 50 states and over 150 countries in the world!

    What to do for fun

    We can everything under the sun! There are over 300 clubs on campus and 3 different levels of competitive sports team to join. We have a rec center that features 50,000 sq.ft of weight lifting equipment and cardio machines. We have racket ball courts, volleyball indoor and sand, an indoor track, and an Olympic size pool with tanning lounge chairs surrounding. In addition, for $79 a semester, you can get a fitness pass to all the professionally taught classes at the Rec! It is a fun place! Also, there are outdoor groups that go snowboarding, hiking, kayaking, and mountain climbing in the surrounding mountains. Also, many people like to go out to eat on the town and enjoy the artsy community of Tucson found on 4th avenue. Others like to join the robust Greek Life chapters at UA. Plus, there is a great nightlife scene of house parties for underclassmen and a hopping bar scene for upperclassmen. One thing that unites the entire school are our wild football and basketball games! They are great! Yet, if you like the coffee shop scene and hookah, you can find that as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food at UA is top-notch! We have over 30 restaurants and have anything from vegan and gluten free options to a BBQ-lovers dream! If you want to have fine dining, you can get a 3-course meal for $11 at The Mesa Room, which is a steal for the quality. There are eateries all over campus so you will never go hungry and there are kitchens in the dorms if you wish to make your own meals.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms was great! They are mostly all very nice inside, except Babcock (stay away), so you will have nice living quarters and a great location. You do get what you pay for though, so understand that the more expensive dorms are priced because they are newer and offer larger rooms and amenities. Overall, everyone loves being in the dorms for the short walks to classes and the friends you will make. If you are a freshman, please live in the dorm! We have a great Residence Life program that puts on fun socials and events for the dorms. All the dorms are safe because of a card access system and front desk attendants, but still make sure you lock your room just in case!

    Academic Rigor

    Academic Rigor is defined by your major, so I gave it a middle 3 stars. You might have an easy ride if you are a communications major and be able to take advantage of UA's party-school reputation. However, if you are a science major, be prepared, because U of A is a research university, so we have the best science programs and they are very challenging. Luckily, we have over 5 libraries and lots of rooms to rent out for private and group study! Also, if anyone needs help, there is free tutoring available on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour U of A to really get the laid-back feel of the campus but also see the beauty of the brick buildings. Don't be afraid to enroll in Class Cats, where you go with a current student to class and really get to see what it is like. We have wonderful ambassadors, like myself, to give you tours and answer all the questions you might have honestly, because we are not paid! Also, meet with a potential adviser or email them to see what financial aid you can apply for and merit scholarships offered directly to the university. Apply early because you might not get the best housing if you don't!

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona was my top choice for college because of the overall quality it provided in academics, lifestyle, and affordability. U of A is large enough to give you opportunities like undergraduate research and internships, top professors, a social scene, and also provide more options to tailor your education because there is a lot of programs offered for majors, minors, and interdisciplinary studies. In addition, UA has great sports programs and some of the highest ranked programs in medical degrees, the arts, and business.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    The university is helpful with pretty much everything from admissions to tutoring and cost of attending and much more. The instructors are good about helping those who want to be successful to be just that. There are a lot of opportunities to better your learning experience here.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are UA Alerts on anything that could potentially harm any individual on campus. UAPD has a great relationship with UA students and responds immediately to any potential incident.

    Greek Life

    There are many Greek Life organizations that will build leaders, community, service, unity, and connections throughout any member of the organization.

    Clubs and Activities

    The UA's Residence Hall Association is a student-led organization that builds leaders and communities. It gives students a chance to get involved and make a difference on campus. RHA helps to assist and advocate for what the students want in order to make the campus a better place. The National Residence Hall Honorary is the top 1 percent of leaders on campus, and gives students in the organization opportunities to lead, serve, recognize, and achieve their academic goals. There are many more clubs and organizations that give students a sense of purpose in life and in college.

    Great for these types of students

    The University of Arizona is great for any student that wants to make an impact on the world and wants to be a better leader. The numerous opportunities only lead to more opportunities. The education and professors are some of the highest rated professors in the country, so anyone who wants to learn and do well academically will succeed in doing so.

    Bang for the buck

    Not only is the U of A one of the top academic universities in the nation, but also have amazing sports to watch and change students into Wildcats for life. The tuition is definitely reasonable compared to other Universities.

    What to do for fun

    There are many options for things to do on and around campus. Any student is able to attend programs put on by other students with free food and fun-filled activities. There are many dining options in the Student Union, Park Student Union, or Highland Market. Many people go to the UA Mall to play sports and soak in the amazing weather U of A has to offer. Also, U of A has one of the finest Recreational Centers to encourage staying fit and healthy, while enjoying your studies.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining is exceptional, with plenty of varieties of choices. There are refillable water bottle stations to be more inclusive and sustainable. There are healthy food options and cheaper choices to preserve money.

    Dorm Life

    The Residence Halls on campus are very inclusive and sustainable. They give you the opportunity to do anything you want, such as getting involved or going to programs in different halls. There is more awareness of what is going on in the Residence Halls and on campus when you live in the halls, and are highly recommended.

    Academic Rigor

    The set of expectations for not only students, but everyone involved at the University of Arizona is extremely high. The requirements for classes are not hard necessarily, but U of A asks the students and professors to do the best of their ability.

    Tips for prospective students

    If are interested in coming to the U of A, get involved on your campus and in school. Participate in leadership opportunities, clubs, sports, extracurricular activities, etc. Do the best that you can possibly do academically. Do not procrastinate and get into the habit of being successful in time-management.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is the best place for any student to get an education and an unbelievable experience that will greatly impact their lives. The U of A develops leaders with numerous opportunities for anyone to get involved. The campus is definitely a sight to see and everything about the U of A motivates students to use their full potential.

  • 12/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Saferide at night, Cat Tran around campus, Police monitoring, and blue phones around campus that call 911 (though around 1st street they end).

    Clubs and Activities

    Great variety, from the Microbiology Club to a corn dog appreciation club. (Chemistry club tie-dyes their lab coats!)

    Great for these types of students

    Science majors

    What to do for fun

    There are parties (be careful with which ones you choose), events organized by clubs, UA organized events, and dorm-organized events to go to. Also, there is a theater in the student union that shows movies for a very fair price.

    Food and Dining

    There is variety on campus, but this variety generally costs more so if you are on a budget, you may be eating much of the same food. As with most college food, you will get tired of it, and really appreciate home-cooking.

    Dorm Life

    This depends on your personality, your roommate, and what dorm you get into. This year, Coronado was known as a party dorm. Babcock, Parker, and Pima are rather far from campus, but each have their own draws. Make sure to get to know your roommate before you get to campus, you may not have matching personalities or they may be the greatest roommate ever, it just depends on your personalities and behavior.

    Academic Rigor

    Gen. Ed. classes can be very easy or very difficult, depending upon which professor you have and if you find the subject matter interesting. Science classes are far more rigorous, and require studying for an exam at least a week or two beforehand as well as reading and understanding material. Math classes also tend to be difficult (more so than High School for certain) so make sure to go to office hours if you do not understand something.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go through your entire schedule a few days before classes (walk to each class) because some buildings are very confusing to navigate (such as the Physics and Atmospheric Sciences building). Pre-order your books or buy from other students beforehand to avoid not receiving your books. Do not put most of your classes on one day with 10 minutes between each because that day will be really tough. Do not have a class at 8am if you cannot get up that early. Go to class, many professors base their exams on lectures and you can sometimes gain easy participation points.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is an excellent school for the sciences, with a rather large population of students, and most classes in easy walking distance from each other. Certain dorms are better than others, depending on what you want. Helpful professors with many office hours (be careful, because the business professors have offices very far from much of campus).

  • 01/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy extra reading the Library is a great play to go. There are thousands and thousands of books there to explore.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I'm not familiar with any unusual locations or tradition on campus.

    What to do for fun

    Again based on my research. There are lots of fun spots to hang out around campus. I haven't experienced any of it because I'm a divorced mom of two and I work full-time.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Check out the cost of living and tution to live in Az and whether or not you can afford the University's tution cost. 2. Make sure that their is diversity in the school. 3. What can the University Arizona do for you.

    In three sentences

    The University Of Arizona is a great school!, However, I think that the tution is high. And it doesn;t cater to the older class of people, who work full-tine jobs

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel safe on campus, I have been at school after dark and had to wall along across campus and there has not ever been anything that make me scared or paranoid to do so.

    Clubs and Activities

    The is a great variety of clubs at the UA, there are the ones directly relating to ones major such as the pre-vet club, and then there are ones that are just for fun like the Harry Potter club. It's crazy how many different clubs we have, I cannot even name a half. Some that I know of include specific clubs for your ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation, then the volunteer for fun clubs, major related clubs and the just because club like the hot dog eating one I have heard of. There is something for everybody.

    What to do for fun

    I'm in marching band, I do it because it's fun, great experience, a physical activity and a great way to make 200+ friends. I also join clubs that relate to my major such as the pre-vet club. Something I'm currently comtemplating is joining a dance class and a sorority.

    Food and Dining

    There is a variety of places to eat. From fast rood, to your average but delicious cafeteria food. I love eating on campus because there are so many different places to choose from and at very good prices.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus so I gave it an average score. However, depending on the dorm you're in and the people you live with, I have heard that dorms at the UA are excellent! The only think I have heard that isn't fun, is missing out on home cooked meals.

    Academic Rigor

    All the classes I have had and will take next semester have been really well taught. The teachers I will have next semester are people I have looked up on ratemyprofessor.com and have been recommended by friends so I trust my education will be successful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Organize and be able to maintain good work ethic if you plan on keeping your social life. Make school your number 1 priority because you don't want to look back and regret wasting thousands of dollars to do things you can do after graduation. If you are struggling, there are many student that are willing to help, take advantage of office hours as well as all the free tutoring that is available. I would also suggest looking all over for scholarships instead of loans because it's free money and can help you in the long run.

    In three sentences

    It was my number 1 choice for college, and remains my top choice. The band is superior as well as athletics and education in general. I have nothing negative to say about the U of A.

  • 01/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs and activities that are sure to attract any type of student.

    Great for these types of students

    Outdoors, science majors, athletes

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Athletics have many traditions that engage students.

    Bang for the buck

    Residences have an advantage at a fairly priced education.

    What to do for fun

    There are many artsy and cultural locations nearby. The city is set solely around a campus town and many places to enjoy the outdoors. There is entertainment on and off campus.

    Food and Dining

    Many food options however, they tend to be pretty generic. Keep in mind there are many restaurants that are less known but very good and close to campus. Manage your finances that will be spent.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is what you make it, with luck of a good roomate and living hall you will have an enjoyable experience. Research residence halls and locations. Think and prepare ahead of time for any situation that can occur.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the degree the academic rigor will vary. The workload can be managed by learning to manage your time. You can organize how much work you want to do during the year.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and research the degree of interest to find out if UofA is right for you. Definitely be aware of your surroundings for the next four years. Find out if there are opportunities nearby that will further your experience with your major.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona has a great atmosphere with many opportunities to further interests in the degree of choice. It is set with the beautiful backdrop of mountain ranges all around. Campus life is a mix of academic and personal interests.

  • 01/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Social, athletic

    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition is fairly reasonable; however, it tends to be going up constantly. I did receive a great education here.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of campus activities and clubs that I would highly recommend getting involved with.

    Food and Dining

    There are plenty of food and dining options available, both on campus and off campus (walking distance).

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips are to listen to your professors, take notes, bring a computer to class, and don't slack on the study time.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a great university with lots of useful resources. This university has some of the best professors. I'm impressed with this campus as it is very diverse.

  • 01/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    SO MANY THINGS. The University of Arizona has things going on all the time. The mall (this large grassy area that stretches across the entire campus) almost always has visitors. In 2012, Mac Miller visited the university for a free concert. There is a lovely pool at the Rec Center that is usable almost all year long. Sporting events are huge at UA and a huge number of people participate in tailgating. There are pickup games of football, ultimate frisbee, and soccer that take place on the mall almost daily. Plus, intramural sports at the Rec Center allow for competitive play.

    Food and Dining

    Instead of having a cafeteria, the University of Arizona has a food court with some of your favorites--Panda Express, Papa John's, Burger King, etc. There are also healthier options such as Core (salads) and IQ Fresh (wraps and fresh fruit smoothies). Students buy a food plan with a specific dollar amount and get to choose where they spend it. There are also markets across campus where students can spend their money on the food plan, as well.

    Dorm Life

    I met some of my best friends living in the dorm! It's an experience that is needed to get the full college life. You become so close to everything and at the U of A, they have dorms for everyone. Dorms that are centrally located and the most popular. A beautifully built honors dorm that is green. By being in the dorm, you're dead center to everything happening in the university.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm an honors student and have no problem maintaining above a 3.0. Yes, some of the classes you take are going to be incredibly difficult. I have a really hard time in math and feel like the teachers aren't always the most helpful. The university, however, offers free tutoring to all its students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the size of the school keep you from applying or attending. Yes, the U of A is intimidating, but there are so many ways to get involved and feel connected. From sporting events to concerts on the mall, there is something for everybody!

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a phenomenal school located in a desert paradise. The campus is beautiful, the teachers are caring, and peers are welcoming. I'm a Wildcat forever--bear down!

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are Intramural sports through the Rec Center that if you are part of a club or just a group of friends can join. They go all year long and have all different kinds of sports, I myself am a soccer player so got to do that for a semester. There are plenty of people that do stuff out on the mall, which is a stretch of grass in the middle of campus, for fun, such as Ultimate Frisbee. There are several malls throughout Tucson that if you have transportation are easily reachable. Another great spot is Mt. Lemmon or any of the canyons created by the mountain range. This provides great hiking trails that plenty of people use year-round.

    Food and Dining

    There is no cafeteria on campus; it is more of a food court. With things like Papa Johns, Panda Express, Burger King, and more. It gives you the choice of what you want. For myself, freshman year, I was a big fan of Papa Johns and unfortunately ate it until I was sick of it. I would suggest mixing it up if your living on Campus. The food court and some other stores can all be placed on a meal plan, which makes it convenient if you are living on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms for 2 years and I definitely have some interesting stories from it. Nothing crazy, just regular stories that you would probably hear from others. The dorms are in great condition and not all are the same. Some are bigger, some are smaller, and the school has also just built new ones as more and more students are enrolling. I will suggest though that you choose your roommate with a friend if you donâ??t want a surprise. Sometimes you can get lucky, but not everybody does.

    Academic Rigor

    In the engineering track our professors held my fellow classmates and me, to a standard. In my opinion, the professors of the school all do this and the school is better for it. At times it feels a little overwhelming but I am better for it and still am growing with it

    Tips for prospective students

    Come expecting to be challenged by your classes. I am an Aerospace Engineer and the course load is tough but not overwhelming. Don't get bogged down with school work, manage your time and enjoy the experience this college has to offer.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona holds a lot of opportunities for any prospective student looking to further their education. I came directly out of high school, and as the only college I have been to, it has been a splendid experience. You get to meet loads of people, regardless of your track, and there is plenty to do in the city of Tucson or around Arizona.

  • 01/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While the Campus is easily accessible to outside visitors there has yet to be a day where I didn't see at least 2 cop cars during the course of the day. The Campus has it's own police department whom patrol constantly.

    Greek Life

    I am not living on campus so I do not get to experience much of this, however the large amount of sorority's and fraternity's that surround the center of campus would suggest that it is alive and well!

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't explored many of the clubs yet however I am aware of the Hill Society which in my short exposure to them, I found very charming and compelling. It's a group where you can discuss anything free from judgement as long as you do so politely.

    Great for these types of students

    The university of Arizona is great for any student who wants to get a great education and participate with fellow members of the student body. It is also great for the budget or travel concious student as almost anything you could need can be located on campus for better rates than I have seen on other campuses. If you are still concious about your budget there are apartment complexes near by that offer complimentary transportation to and from grocery stores once a week for tenants, as well as constant transportation to the college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Perhaps the most central Location on Campus is The Hill, which is notable due to those who occupy it. Occasionally you will see a protestor in front of it and people debating in a public forum. Every Thursday there is a group there called The Hill Society, which purpose is to talk to anyone who wants to speak about the hard questions in a respectful, polite forum, they later continue to a pub to continue the discussion but they rarely drink.

    Bang for the buck

    The university is exceptionally affordable compared to others I had scouted and has a great reputation for their academic programs (excluding the art program which is well accomplished but I have heard bad things about some of the instructors). If one had enough money it is easy to imagine that you would ahve no problem living on campus without ever having to explore the rest of Tuscon. The University is almost a city in its own right and is always an adventure.

    What to do for fun

    The Tuscon Mall isn't too far away if you want to get away from campus and the Loft Theatre is down the street on Speedway. If you want to stay on campus and have fun there are a number of activity centers and gathering spots on campus. Plus there is such a large student population you can easily ask them what's going on, and the Tuscon bus system makes most hotspots in Tuscon easily accessible for cheap.

    Food and Dining

    I had never seen a campus so concerned with the health of their students, while there is the occasional chain fast food place there are also vegan and vegetarian options located in the cafeteria and in the surrounding areas. Most of the resturaunts are locally owned and have a reputation for being friendly and serve exceptionally good food.

    Dorm Life

    I do not personally live in a dorm but the number of college dorms that are close to the campus would make me consider it. There are many amenities on campus to serve students, and many grocery stores in th area make dorm living a little easier to handle for the budget minded student.

    Academic Rigor

    It is almost constantly pushing it's students to do better and to complete large amounts of homework. However the mixture of in lecture and online materials makes it easier to bear. However, you cannot survive in a class without internet access so you have to make sure you have it available where you live or be prepared to hang at a cafe or the campus itself to do your homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Scout out where you are going to live and wind up parking everyday. It is a huge campus and requires quite a bit of walking around to get to different classes. It gets really hot in the summer and is fairly cold in the winter so these are no small things to consider.

    In three sentences

    A huge campus with obviously a fair amount of history and great amenities for the new student. There is a thriving community here that encourages stimulating conversation and the continuation of education. A great school that's only daily concern is serving it's students, and worrying if you're going to get hit by a bike.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    It is a pretty safe campus if you ask me.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many of the students have told me about the different clubs, and it seems interesting.

    Great for these types of students

    No matter what your likes are you can easily find something to match your personality.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great to me.

    Dorm Life

    Not to shabby, really roomy, easy to find that one friend you can count on.

    Academic Rigor

    Plenty of fun classes, but like all schools there will be the occasional boring class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware of what you really want to do.

    In three sentences

    I love the student culture that I had saw.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The U of A campus is very safe. The university has its own police department, which is continuously patrolling campus. Most facilities open 24 hours, or late, are locked to anyone without a University issued ID card. There are services, such as safe ride, that will pick you up wherever you request on campus and drive you where you need to go, within a 5 mile radius. And there are walking buddies, where you can call someone to come walk you back to your dorm, etc.

    Clubs and Activities

    The U of A has a club for everyone. There are dance clubs, such as swing dancing, ballroom dancing, or even bollywood dancing. There are many academic clubs, one for almost every subject or major on campus. And there are many ways to get involved in sports, and many clubs devoted to physical activities. Additionally, the newly remodeled Rec center has tons of exercise machines, as well as a rock climbing structure, courts for volleyball, and lots of space for other activities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The University of Arizona has many traditions for the community to take part in. We of course have tailgating during football season. With our year-round gorgeous weather, you can always find the campus packed with trucks and tents. We also have the Flandrau planetarium on campus, and many nights you can find star enthusiasts with their telescopes on the mall. We also have social events, like the night time undie run, that are possible because of the warmth at night.

    What to do for fun

    Tucson is a fun and vibrant city. For those seeking art and culture, there are many museums that showcase art of the southwest, including many native american exhibits. If it's shopping you seek, there are several options. There is La Encantada for your upscale need, featuring stores like Louis Vuitton, Tiffany and Co., and Coach. For more moderately priced stores, Tucson has 3 malls, as well as many shops on University. And for unique items, Tucson has tons of vintage and thrift shops, as well as 4th avenue, full of eclectic, and local businesses. If you're seeking exciting night life, look no further than 4th ave or downtown. There are over 20 bars along 4th ave and Congress st alone.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of dining options here at the U of A. In addition to a large, central food court with many chain options (Papa John's, Burger King, Panda Express, Chick Fil-A, etc) as well as healthy eating options, there is University, a stretch of street full of dining and shopping options. Below the main food court is The Cellar, which stays open until midnight, and makes classics such as grilled cheese, tuna melts, and burgers.

    Dorm Life

    I personally did not live in the dorms, but I had many friends who did. The dorms, overall, are rated pretty well. The rooms are fairly sized, and they are well maintained. Also, the University has constructed several new dorms as recently as just this year, and they are all new, and modern.

    Academic Rigor

    The University has many difficult classes. This is not to scare prospective students away, but to warn you that your education at the U of A is taken seriously, and as such, many classes may have a moderate to heavy work load. Additionally, many classes have reading and writing components to satisfy academic standards.

    Tips for prospective students

    New students should be warned that Tucson is very much a desert. It rains maybe 2-3 times a month except during monsoon seasons. We have sun nearly everyday of the year. Bring summer clothes!

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a large university situated in sunny Tucson, AZ. The school has a wide variety of degrees available, including some that were founded here at the U of A, such as a minor in Hop-Hip studies. The school is particularly known for it's school of dance, medicine, and animal sciences.

  • 01/24/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Academic Rigor

    The UA is an excellent School with a lot of problems.

    Tips for prospective students

    I think that if you study and go to class you will do well.

    In three sentences

    I would not know how good of a college it is because I have not attended it yet. They have been very helpful in emailing me with information about my application. They also email me reminders about finishing my application which is good.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own University police that are always circulating and these blue safety checkpoints that you can activate if ever threatened. I stay at school very late and I am very comfortable walking around because I know there is always immediate safety zones.

    Greek Life

    Be careful of them. Always have bad stigmas associated and their events are never what they are hyped up to be. The individuals are cool, as a group can get annoying.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many, where to begin! There are annual and bi-annual fairs to declare them all. Ethnic, sports, art, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Studious, fun loving, hometown pride.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gatherings on the mall are always fun. It can be anything from music, dancing, arts, protests, and community awareness.

    Bang for the buck

    It is pricey, but when looking at all that is given to us I would say it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the games. ZonaZoo isn't for everyone, but planning for a fun weekend at an University game is always a blast. Then on off season days there are always movies, arcades, and group activities.

    Food and Dining

    They have a variety of options in the food court and on university ave. There is a bunch of places to eat within walking distance and major supermarkets nearby.

    Dorm Life

    I loved it, one of the best years of my life. So much fun, easy to make friends, felt safe, way less worries, and so close to campus.

    Academic Rigor

    There were some easy and some challenging classes, I loved them all though. The teachers will pretty much tell you how much work to expect to input, so listen at least for the first day of class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look into your interests, from majors to extracurricular activities. There are so many opportunities here it could be overwhelming. So know what you like and seek it out, set yourself up for success.

    In three sentences

    I love the University of Arizona, from the education to the environment. At first it was hard to adjust but with good friends, good teachers, and plenty of activities it became my home. I would give it a 7 out 10, for sure happy with my decisions.

  • 02/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe. There is an organization called safe ride which will pick you up at anytime and drive you back to your dorm.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is great, lots of different sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for basically anything you can imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The fight song. Beardown

    Bang for the buck

    I think any University is a lot of money for an education, but i wouldn't not go to school just because of the money.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of fun stuff to do around the u of a. 4th ave, university blvd, A mountain, hiking, shopping.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of fast food. I get bored with the selection.

    Dorm Life

    I wasn't able to live in the dorms because of financial issues, but i have spent some time in the dorms with my friends and i think it is very fun, and a great way to make friends.

    Academic Rigor

    My major is veterinary science and it is very difficult because of the science based classes i have to take. As long as you work through the tough classes it will pay off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Utilize the help that the University offers.

    In three sentences

    Great school. Most professors will really work with you. Lots of tutoring opportunities.

  • 02/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    University police is always patrolling at all hours to keep things safe. Easy to get a hold of with emergency phones and proximity wise.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of different sororities and fraternities for anyone interested.

    Clubs and Activities

    All types of clubs available for just about anyone. The clubs are a great way to get involved, meet new people, and have fun with subjects you are interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who appreciate a beautiful campus, very pride-filled college town, and are willing to have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    After the football games everyone meets at the union for thr ringing of the bell, always fun.

    Bang for the buck

    Reasonable prices for a university with lots of opportunities for discounts.

    What to do for fun

    I'm involved in different clubs so they keep me busy with fun events. Some days my friends and i will watch some of the comedy shows on campus or walk around University Blvd for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Lots of dinning options on campus and around campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a great chance to meet new people and make friends especially with all the events the dorms put on for their residences.

    Academic Rigor

    If you keep on track and stay up to date with homework and readings you should be okay. It doesn't help to seek extra help either.

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember to go to class and take notes even if you think you'll remember. If you have some trouble make sure to go see your teacher during their office hours or get some help from your TAs.

    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful with events always going on. So many different classes and majors to chose from and people to meet. The resources offered are numerous and very helpful.

  • 02/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek Life is amazing. I'm in a sorority and it's the greatest thing about the U of A. I couldn't imagine my life without my sisters.

    Great for these types of students

    I honestly believe that every type of student will fit in here. There are so many clubs that people can join to find friends.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our basketball games have some of the greatest school traditions! There are so many chants and hand signals that the whole crowd does throughout the game.

    What to do for fun

    U of A offers a great variety of social activities. There are so many clubs to join that will provide students with fun activities. There are also so many fun things off of campus that can be participated in!

    Food and Dining

    U of A offers an amazing amount of dining options and everything is delicious. There is something that will suit everyone. Additionally, there are plenty of off campus places that are great too!

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorm is the greatest experience. All of my best friends are my hall mates. I couldn't imagine my life without the amazing people that I spent my freshman year living with.

    Academic Rigor

    U of A is going to be as a hard as you want it to be. If you want to succeed, you will find a way to do so. I think that if you're driven, no matter how hard a class is, you will be able to receive the grade you want by putting in the effort to accomplish it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Everything takes time. College is a huge adjustment that may not be easy at times. Just remember to utilize your resources!

    In three sentences

    U of A is a 10 out of 10 because of how amazing the student body is. There is an incredible amount of school spirit and truly a place for everyone. I could not imagine myself at any other university.

  • 02/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UAPD is always on duty at every time of day. Yes, there are occasional robberies and creepy people wandering around, but for the most part the school is really safe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a major part of the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm a member of the Harry Potter Alliance and I have to say it's one of the most fun clubs I've ever been a part of. We also have a Quidditch team.

    Great for these types of students

    People interested in Greek life will definitely have fun here; there's not a single doubt about that.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a fight song for games and such, but there's really no tradition that everyone participates in.

    Bang for the buck

    UA will charge you for everything and anything, but the main charge of tuition is worth it. The professors are great and classes are extremely enriching.

    What to do for fun

    There are on campus museums everywhere and the nearby town has many shops and restaurants that are very unique unto themselves.

    Food and Dining

    Our dining system isn't like a lot of other colleges because we have actual restaurants on campus (like Panda Express and Burger King), but it would be wonderful to have some actual cooked food once in a while from a dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    I was first placed in the party dorm here, and I absolutely hated it to the point of where I moved into a different dorm. People here can be very rude and very shallow and full of themselves.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficulty depends on the major. As a creative writing major myself, I am constantly swamped with reading. My friends who have tougher majors like neuroscience and business also have a large amount of homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get caught up in all the partying, because that's what this school is famous for. Take your education seriously because it shouldn't be thrown aside for a bottle of vodka.

    In three sentences

    It's a lot of fun if you know where to go. Academics are taken very seriously by the professors, which is nice. I've already had some of the best professors I could ever ask for and I've only been here for a semester.

  • 02/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Never have been threatened while on campus. just don't go south of sixth without a car.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great and a good way to meet tons of people.

    Clubs and Activities

    Engineering clubs. clubs for almost any major, activity, or hobby.

    Great for these types of students

    Kids who are smart and can handle going out. Outgoing students. Students able to learn by hands on experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The spot. Everyone goes there to chill.

    Bang for the buck

    I am currently paying nothing for tuition so it is definitely worth it for me.

    What to do for fun

    Many on campus events weekly. Free food all the time. Parties like no other.

    Food and Dining

    I buy my own food, but a little expensive.

    Dorm Life

    The best experience. Must do as a freshman. You will meet a lot of people.

    Academic Rigor

    Tough classes, however i am an engineer. General education classes are quite a breeze.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and keep up with work. Go to all your classes.

    In three sentences

    The University of Arizona is a great research institute. The math department is not the best however. Overall though, great college.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    this university is crazy. people streak in the middle of the night and there's this preacher guy that insults people on campus and its entertaining...

    What to do for fun

    LOTS and LOTS of fun. you just got to look for what interests you.....

    Food and Dining

    after a while some things just get boring. maybe its just me.... my favorite place is Core, fuel, on deck deli, Einstein bros, and IQ.....there are a lot of food places. the cellar is a nice place to visit. a bit expensive but you can take a date there as well :)

    Dorm Life

    its beautiful!!! you meet nice and sociable people. there are fun events to attend, the RA's are wonderful! you can talk to them about anything

    Academic Rigor

    again, for all of you are thinking about science or medical majors, be prepared its HARD!

    Tips for prospective students

    my tip to you is to work on time management, challenge yourself, get involved, and study study study!

    In three sentences

    this University's science majors are impossible but its a beautiful campus, beautiful residence halls, beautiful people/ professors, and Lots and Lots of parties. come prepared!

  • 02/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    very expensive :(

    What to do for fun

    Go out & have fun with friend. It's a beautiful campus so even taking a jog can be fun

    Food and Dining

    u of A has a huge variety of food/restaurants but after a while you do get tired of eating on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in dorms but everyone I know that does is very happy!

    Academic Rigor

    Very challenging but in a good way.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to focus on work. You can have fun but dono't lose your focus.

    In three sentences

    Very awesome univeristy. I love the diverse environment. I'm very proud to be a Wildcat especially since the U of A is a top university in the country.

  • 03/01/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    This school looks like it would be a great new scenery since I am far from Arizona!

  • 03/04/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.