University of Arizona

The University of Arizona is an institution of higher learning located in Tucson, Arizona.

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.

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.

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