graphicIn the 1800s, the Old Pueblo was an untamed Wild West town where cowboys and miners lived, worked, and fought. But it was also home to the territory’s first college, opened in 1891 (on 40 acres of desert donated by a saloonkeeper and a pair of gamblers) now the University of Arizona.

graphicToday, approximately 35,000 students attend the UA on a 355-acre campus. The UA is one of the top ranked research universities according to the National Science Foundation. According to US News and World Report, the UA is ranked in the top 10 for its graduate programs in: geology, astrophysics, speech and hearing sciences, analytical chemistry, management information systems, and sociology and anthropology.

In 1966, Pima County citizens voted overwhelmingly to establish a junior college district. Pima Community College now has five campuses across Tucson and Pima County and offers its 50,000 students a wide curriculum that includes college transfer and accreditation coursework as well as general interest classes.

The Tucson metropolitan area contains five public school districts that serve over 90,000 students in grades K-12. Tucson has embraced the charter school concept, giving parents and students increased choice in education. Numerous private schools, both religious and nonsectarian, also serve the needs of Tucson’s students.

Sources: The UA Fact Book, Pima Community College,

City of Tucson, school districts


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