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I really enjoy the

Apr 16 2014Other
I really enjoy the University separate from the city. This college is growing rapidly with new opportunities emerging every day. This is definitely the place to be for school and social life.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2015
Campus Aesthetics: A+, Innovation: F

What a crummy program UA is becoming

Dec 03 2013Nutrition
What a crummy program UA is becoming. They care more about money than their students. Math and physics are atrocious. They're on academic probation and have been ever since I've walked on campus. The chemistry department, at least the Gen-Chem courses, are on the same track. Counselors recommend taking classes at the CC, especially Physics. They all recommend taking Physics at the CC. They have fired some of the best professors in their respective departments in the past couple of years because they didn't keep up with their research, resulting in crappy just out of grad school professors who blatantly don't care about their students and let their TAs "take care of it." That's a problem considering these kids are in grad school themselves and have to deal with longs lines of students. All-in-all, I wouldn't recommend UA to science majors. Business and Education majors though I've heard good things about.
3rd Year Female -- Class 2015
Campus Aesthetics: A-, Faculty Accessibility: F

U of A's a decent state school

Mar 10 2014Other
U of A's a decent state school. A lot of the problems at U of A can be traced back to Arizona's education system overall. A ton of kids need remedial classes, and a solid third of freshmen drop out at the end of their first year.

Like many universities, U of A is becoming more like a business. It's nickel and diming everyone to oblivion, and instead of bolstering the academics, they're plowing money into Rec Centers and Student Unions and new dorms, because that's what gawky seventeen year olds want in a college. Also, if they get kids to live on campus, they can tag them for dorm fees and meal plans. (Hint: Live off-campus. Way more freedom, and cheaper.) One of the departments I was in (I double majored) lost a tenured professor to Ithaca, but instead of replacing her, they juggled classes between cheaper, part-time adjunct professors. To be sure, this kind of stuff is happening at a lot of places, not just U of A.

The best part of U of A is Tucson. Yeah. I said it. This town rocks. There are so many cool little bars and funky little clubs, it's so much more alive than Tempe. Even before you're 21, there's a bunch of hole-in-the-wall food joints off campus (Sonoran Hot Dogs and Carne Asada Burros from El Guero Canelo. If you're down visiting, skip the Student Union and head there instead). Yeah, south of campus is sketch, that's why the new light rail runs to the west towards 4th Ave and downtown. That's where the fun is, folks. If you want your life to be clean and sanitized, go somewhere else. Keep Tucson Weird.Bottom line: If you're in-state, U of A's your best bet. If you're coming in from California, you might want to check out how shitty Arizona's education system is before these people become your classmates.

4th Year Male -- Class 2010
Faculty Accessibility: A, Scholastic Success: C
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