The University of Arizona is a public university founded in the year of 1885.  The University of Arizona is the state of Arizona's original university (sorry ASU, bear down!) The University of Arizona's current president is Ann Weaver Hart. The University of Arizona's motto is "Bear Down," which you will hear a lot because the students at the University of Arizona have amazing school spirit and you will be taught the fight song that goes along with "Bear Down" when you take a tour of the campus. The school mascot is of course the Wildcat. 

University of Arizona's Mission: "As a public research university serving the diverse citizens of Arizona and beyond, the mission of the University of Arizona is to provide a comprehensive, high-quality education that engages our students in discovery through research and broad-based scholarship. We aim to empower our graduates to be leaders in solving complex societal problems. Whether in teaching, research, outreach or student engagement, access and quality are the defining attributes of the University of Arizona’s mission."

The University of Arizona had a real life desert bobcat as it's first mascot, but once it died they then realized that having a real animal would not be the smartest move. That's when the University of Arizona's mascot became the Wildcat which is actually made up of two different characters, Wilbur (the first mascot) and his wife, Wilma. The two wildcats were married at a football game during halftime in the year of 1986.  There's only one thing better than one mascot and that's two! The University of Arizona is in the Pac-12 Conference and therefore has a lot of competition in sports, but that doesn't stop us from being the best in our sports. Although we are Division One school and have many great sports teams, our men's basketball team is the U of A's greatest pride and joy. Our student section, the ZonaZoo, was voted #1 best student section in the country.

The fight song and motto of the university is "Bear Down." Whenever you see anyone outside of the U of A with an Arizona shirt on, it's a must to scream "Bear Down!" 

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Old Main is a main attraction at the University of Arizona, because it is the oldest  and first building built here at the University.  It was previously named the University of Arizona School of Agriculture, which changed in time after it was redone and the school expanded. Old Main is directly in the middle of the "Mall" which is a long grassy area that cuts through the middle of campus.  The mall is surrounded by classrooms, the Student Union, the library, Bear Down Gym, and many other attractions. This is the main walkway of anyone who enters the campus. They are currently building a memorial to the USS Arizona on the mall by outlining the shape of the ship (October 2016,) but it is now December and they are still working on perfecting it.  

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Old Main new renovation 

The University has become an epicenter for pride and support of the Arizona Wildcats.  Tucson, Arizona is the second largest city in the state of Arizona filled with culture and diversity (what the University thrives on.)  One special thing about the University of Arizona is that it is one of the only University in Southern Arizona, and the only one in Tucson.  That creates a sense of community because when Arizona sports are in season, everyone who resides in the city of Tucson comes to support the Wildcats. Because the University of Arizona is in fact such a big university, the school spirit makes it feel smaller because of the support of the students and the citizens of the city. 

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Although the University of Arizona has amazing school spirit and a beautiful campus, there is so much more to the university than listed above. Academics obviously play a huge role in the university's ranking. The university offers unlimited amounts of degrees, majors and minors. Some of our most well-known and highest ranked colleges within the university include: The College of Medicine, The Eller College of Management and The James E. Rogers College of Law. 

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The University of Arizona has stood out over other universities for impacting society. We have been recognized for many different things from top rankings of our colleges to discovering things in our programs, the U of A is definitely well-respected by being ranked in the Top 100 universities in the world by Academic Ranking of World Universities. The James E. Rogers College of Law was ranked number seven for practical training by the National Jurist Magazine. The Eller College of Management's McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship was ranked number three among US public undergraduate programs by the U.S News and World Report. We are ranked to be in the Top 25 for our Undergraduate Architecture program by Design Intelligence. 

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