Our Promise - A Comprehensive Review
The admissions team at The University of Arizona realizes that personal excellence can and should be evaluated by more than just academic achievement. Through our Comprehensive Review process, we are expanding access to students who will bring unique life experiences and personal achievements to our campus community.
Admission and scholarship award decisions are driven by comprehensive review. Every application may be reviewed by up to two different reviewers before a final decision is made. This process allows us to consider more than a student’s academic profile. Factors such as class rank, strength of curriculum, performance in curriculum, grade point average in required core academic courses, and ACT and/or SAT test scores will be considered.
Other factors may include leadership, service, work experience and extracurricular activities; personal characteristics, attributes, and talents; and the ability to benefit from and contribute to a diverse and challenging learning environment. We are interested in learning much more about the student’s preparedness, motivation, and potential in the unique context of their experience. The inclusion of a short answer, personal narrative section to the UA application gives prospective students the opportunity to include unique life experiences and personal achievements in their application file. Through this process, we are making more comprehensive and individualized admission and scholarship decisions.
In recognition of the high level of academic aptitude and course work competency demonstrated by many Arizona students who seek admission to UA, we also offer Assured Admission. Students may earn admission to UA through the Assured Admission process if they are an Arizona resident, attend a regionally accredited high school, rank in the top 25 percent of their graduating class, and have no course work deficiencies as prescribed by the Arizona Board of Regents (see table on page 6).
Arizona applicants who do not meet the Assured Admission criteria and all applicants not considered Arizona residents will be considered for admission through comprehensive review.
Students who take the GED must earn an average score of 500 for admission consideration.
Home-schooled students will be considered on the basis of portfolio/course work and comprehensive review and SAT Reasoning Test or ACT scores.
Notes: Some programs or colleges may require additional application information and/or admission requirements.
- College of Engineering
- College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture
- College of Fine Arts
- College of Nursing
If students apply to those programs and do not meet the additional qualifications, they will be offered admission in another program for which they qualify. A complete listing of undergraduate majors and degree programs is available online.
Assured Admission for Freshmen Applicants
In recognition of the high level of academic aptitude and course work competency demonstrated by many Arizona students who seek admission to the UA, we also offer Assured Admission.
Students may earn admission to UA through the Assured Admission process if they are an Arizona resident, attend a regionally accredited high school, rank in the top 25 percent of their graduating class, and have no course work deficiencies as prescribed by the Arizona Board of Regents.
When you apply to the UA, your application is considered for:
- UA Admission
- Honors College Admission
- Merit Scholarships