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| very nice campus, nice people. lots of opportunities around the city. downtown is not to far away for concerts, 3 malls close buy. great food, mexican food is amazing. great sports programs which are fun to be apart of. ZONAZOO |
|Mar 02 2010|| 1st Year Male --
Class 2013 |
| UofA is a wonderful university, depending on a) how dedicated you are, and b) what you want to study. I've noticed many negative comments on here; I've also noticed that most of them come from a select group of majors: business, psychology, education etc. These tend to be the most popular majors at any school, and UA is no exception. They're going to have huge classes, more bureaucracy, and more busywork than other majors--unfortunately, they'll have more idiots or unfriendly people as well. For other majors, e.g. philosophy, engineering, architecture, chemistry, classics, etc., the University is quite good. These departments (and others) are also internationally renowned at UA, which helps.|
The amazing thing about our school is that while we are one of the best research universities in the world and have some of the most incredible department, we still linger down in the 90s to 100s in national rankings. A big part of that is the Arizona state legislature's mandate that just about any student graduating from high school in Arizona is automatically admitted to any of our three universities (NAU, ASU, UA). This means that many kids are here who, frankly, shouldn't be here yet, and it drags down many of our programs, like English, as well as our retention and graduation rates, and SAT/ACT scores. Keep this in mind when considering UA, especially if you plan to go into one of the large majors.
Oh, and if you want to study philosophy, come here. Over almost any university. Our program is fantastic, and incredibly challenging.
|Feb 26 2010|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2010 |
| Some responses to all the negative comments:|
-"There is nothing to do in Tucson" - Actually, there is a lot to do, you just weren't looking too hard. Tucson has an amazing music/theater/art scene, tons of great food, lots of outdoor activities, etc. I'm sorry if there isn't a Six Flags on University Blvd.
-"No one wanted to help me; the school is too big" - Yes, it is a large school. This is not high school or a small college. You need to be able to read rules/policies and figure out how to do things. The staff is usually pretty helpful. If no one has an answer to your question then you are barking up the wrong tree.
-"too many Greeks; everyone drives a BMW" - I wasn't in a frat and drove a Schwinn. I had lots of friends in the same boat. If you live in a dorm freshman year you will meet a lot of greeks, but after that they tend to stick together. Find other friends.
-"I wanted to do fashion design and the school didn't have courses for that" - Then why did you come here? Did you think the school would have every course you could imagine or would invent new departments to suit your every whim? If you want to do X, then make sure the school has courses in X. Do some research.I loved the UA, but it is not for everyone. It bugs me that people complain about a school when they were just too lazy to do the research about the school/city before they came here.
|Oct 14 2009|| 5th Year Male --
Class 2007 |