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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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  • Drove down to the UofA to see the John P. Schaefer Center for Creative Photography and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. They feature a rotating display of exceptional photographers in a nice, easy to vie...  more »
  • Made a brief visit here and was impressed by the number of architecturally-pleasing parking garages there are around the campus. The fee for parking was also quite reasonable compared to some universi...  more »
  • Just completed a campus tour! It was awesome! It is a fairly large campus with a rich history and beautiful modern amenities. It is definitely our first choice! The student culture is top notch and ev...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Last i heard, the entire math and physics department had a change of instructors and employees. Thats how bad it was. Traumatized me to the point where i fell into deep depression. I did however love how community oriented it was there though, integrating the town into the university lifestyle.
  • Tucson...That's all I have to say. Not a bad place if you don't mind living in an Adobe house with flat roofs and streets littered with pot holes. Don't plan on having a decent car or a nice place to live.
  • Beautiful, meticulous, but think it is best for in-state residents. There were some parts of the school, tour which did not speak to me. Our tour guide was wonderful but just do not think it is a school for my son. I think it's a little too hot but think it is a wonderful thing for in-state students.
  • I'm not a student but I enjoy walking the grounds. Very pleasant. ­čśŐ

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