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University of Arizona, Tucson

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Arizona's oldest university, University of Arizona features distinctive architecture and several public tours. For an overview, book a "Things to Do @ the U" tour that highlights important spots on campus. For history buffs, the alumni-led history tour tells the story of the university's founding in 1885, its development, and its traditions. On the public art tour, led by docents from the UA Museum of Art, you'll visit some of the campus' most important fountains, sculptures, and mosaics. Make sure to note the university's red-brick buildings designed by prominent Tucson architect, Roy Place. Tour reservations are recommended. Plan to visit University of Arizona and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Tucson attractions using our Tucson trip planner.
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  • Beautiful buildings and well-kept common areas. There's a lot of history with this higher school of learning of which Arizonans should be proud. We learned (but unfortunately ran out of time to visit)...  more »
  • We went to a concert for the Leonard Bernstein Festival. Very well attended and performed. Some of the music and theater arts grad students performed and they were outstanding. Ate the food court of t...  more »
  • The U of A grounds are lovely and (on weekends at least) peaceful. The architecture is not overwhelming, but it is attractive. Worth a short walk on a lazy day.  more »
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  • Tucson, like all college towns, has its fair share of crime. It has grown on me in a good way, and I haven't had to wear a jacket once. It is a beautiful city with a lot of character that is directly reflected within the campus. The University does a great job with personalizing the experience. If you have an issue, you can contact someone and get help without going through a 10 person chain of command (like the one used at another state school not to be mentioned). Arizona gives students a few good options when choosing a University, and the U of A has many wonderful programs to choose from. The Chemical Engineering department is absolutely amazing, the professors will go above and beyond to help students learn the material, increase student involvement within the university, gain access to internship resources, overall, creating an environment for success. There are so many research opportunities presented by this school, it has opened my mind to possibilities I had not imagined. Since day 1, I felt welcomed with open arms.
  • U of AZ campus is a hodge-podge, so set your Google Maps Directions on ‘walk’ and hold your screen in front of you like a compass. Great resource for civilians seeking culture and enlightenment, but right now you have the unique, completely unique, totally unique opportunity to visit the mirror lab! Campus is a never-ending source of entertainment, galleries, science events, museums, seminars, with community events on campus and at Fox Tucson Theatre (some sponsored by U of A Hanson Film Institute), near Loft Cinema, and other off-campus venues. Campus Arboretum is a forest of shade on those rare warm Tucson days!
  • The University of Arizona employs violent felons in their IT Dept. This individual is a hacker and has accessed the dark net from U of A servers. They also took a white crystalline powder from the Arts department to blow in my face and have me inhale. This individual assaults women and has no respect for the law. They drove without a license for over five years, have been fired from two major companies in the city due to illegal and reckless drug fueled behavior. For five years I was tortured by this psychopath who has done hard time and stole money and a lottery ticket from me to expunge their criminal record. Most recently, my credit score was hacked (and he eventually filed the report to TransUnion that the account was remiss to hide his evidence. I made sure to leave it with TransUnion to be able to investigate it once I was safe.) and I was tricked into thinking they'd turned a new leaf and accepted their offer of repaying me the many kindnesses and money I'd given him over the past five years. I was also scared of them. I was told in November 2016 that they would try to find a job on the east coast to be near me, if I moved back east. They staged multiple fake suicides to massively manipulate me. I was terrified they'd hurt me or themselves. They had, many times. I also forgave them their trespasses. I forgave them, because I feared and pitied them and they'd promised me they would act like a decent human being. This was not the case. I was sexually abused and exploited, I was coerced into doing whatever they wanted me to do, and the whole time I thought I could be murdered any day. At one point I was told to leave a pillow over my face so he could take a photo to send to friends or family while joking about murdering me by smothering me with my pillow. Since escaping, I've hedges on my property trimmed so as to more easily spy from the back fence. I've found bark scorpions in my house, and a shiny silver-toned scorpion belt buckle left on the picnic table outside. They are also involved in the Hell resource on the Tor browser, and have made connections with other anti-social individuals. Look it up. It is foul. This individual has had access to the furthest, darkest, most depraved corners of the Tor Bowser as long as I've known them, and probably well before. Ever read "The Psychopath Next Door"? I listened to an audio version when I was living with this person years ago and still thought they were an actual human being, instead of a psychopath. The author spoke of a psychopath she'd interviewed. He said his greatest advantage with normal human beings was his ability to manipulate them into pitying him. When I spoke of how interesting I thought it was he responded with, "Yeah, that's right." Fear and Pity.
  • ive been their aa couple of times its good i would say its like nau how its a hr away from the city, why don't all of them share in the city
  • The U of A campus located within a historic section of the Tucson city footprint. It's close enough to downtown that you can walk or even better, ride a bike (Tucson is rated high in the Top 10 bicycle-friendly cities of America). I'm not a student, however I do attend musical events at several of the university's event buildings every year or so and get that friendly flashback feeling each time. I went to college in 1969 so it's a familiar old feeling, too. As you walk around the area, enjoy people-watching, the lively discussions, and the kooky kids. Make sure to have lunch nearby in one of the many restaurants and beer joints adjacent to the school boundary on the West side and perhaps even you will flash back comfortably to your early days. The University is spread out so bring your walking shoes.

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To discover the tranquility of the Sonoran Desert, book your stay at an inn just a short drive from Tucson. Staying on the outskirts of the city allows you quick and easy access to some of Arizona's wildest areas, though it does require a car if you wish to enjoy Tucson's shops and restaurants. For the ultimate in indulgence, consider one of the city's award-winning luxury resorts, which feature full-service spa and fitness centers, championship golf courses, lighted tennis courts, and indoor swimming pools.
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