The University of Arizona
is an institution of higher learning located in Tucson,
Created by the Arizona Territorial Legislature in 1885,
classes met for the first time in 1891 with 32 students.
It is a land-grant university. In 2002, enrollment was
36,847 students. Arizona's sports teams are called the
Wildcats. They participate in the NCAA's Division I-A
and in the Pacific Ten Conference; the men's basketball
team is often a contender in the NCAA championships.
The University mascot is named Wilbur the Wildcat. The
identity of Wilbur is kept secret through the year as
the mascot appears only in costume. In 1986 Wilbur married
his longtime wildcat girlfriend, Wilma. Together Wilbur
and Wilma appear along with the cheerleading squad at
most Wildcat sporting events.
A strong academic and athletic rivalry exists between
the University of Arizona and Arizona State University
located in Tempe.
Academically, U of A is strong in many areas (especially
the sciences), but is particularly well known in the
areas of optical science, management information science,
and astronomical research.
Current funding considerations have led to a State-wide
reorganization of the programs offered at each of Arizona's
Universities. Known as "Focused Excellence",
this reorganization aims to focus the mission of the
University of Arizona upon research through eliminating
and merging less popular and low-revenue academic departments.
The current and 18th University President is Peter Likins;
his term began in 1997.
University home page: www.arizona.edu
Official UA athletics site: www.arizonaathletics.com
Steward Observatory: www.as.arizona.edu