The University of Arizona is a premier, public research university. Established in 1885 as the first university in the state and the state’s land grant university, the UA is building a better Arizona through access, quality and discovery. 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. It was a bold move in 1885 to start a university in the middle of the desert. UA faculty and students have been on the cutting edge ever since. From planetary science to medicine to the arts, UA research is changing the world. Being ranked #18 by the National Science Foundation doesn’t just make us great; it creates great opportunities for students. Our researchers teach. Students work alongside world-class professors to discover new knowledge and launch their own careers. Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, members of esteemed national academies and world-renowned experts in dozens of disciplines, our faculty brings international attention to the University, and puts us in the ranks of the top public universities in the nation. The UA is a diverse and talented community. From astronomy to communication to entrepreneurship, our programs and our people are among the best in the country. We offer a rich and rewarding educational experience to all who choose to focus on excellence.