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The University of Arizona (also referred to as U of A or Arizona) is a public research university located in Tucson, Arizona, United States. UA was the first university in the state of Arizona, founded in 1885 (twenty-seven years before the Arizona Territory achieved statehood). The university includes the University of Arizona College of Medicine, which operates a medical center in Tucson, and a separate 4-year M.D. college in downtown Phoenix. 
As of the 2012-2013 calendar year, total enrollment was 40,223 students. The University of Arizona is governed by the Arizona Board of Regents. The mission of the University of Arizona is, "To discover, educate, serve, and inspire." Arizona is one of the elected members of the Association of American Universities (an organization of North America's premier research institutions) and is the only representative from the state of Arizona to this group.
Known as the Arizona Wildcats (often shortened to "Cats"), the athletic teams are members of the Pacific-12 Conference in the NCAA. UA athletes have won national titles in several sports, most notably men's basketball, baseball, and softball. The official colors of the university and its athletic teams are Cardinal Red and Navy Blue.



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The University of Arizona was approved by the Arizona Territory's "Thieving Thirteenth" Legislature in 1885. The city of Tucson had hoped to receive the appropriation for the territory's mental hospital, which carried a $100,000 allocation instead of the $25,000 allotted to the territory's only university (Arizona State University was also chartered in 1885, but at the time it was created as Arizona's normal school, and not a university).

Tucson's contingent of legislators was delayed in reaching Prescott due to flooding on the Salt River and by the time they arrived back-room deals allocating the most desirable territorial institutions had already been made. Tucson was largely disappointed at receiving what was viewed as an inferior prize. With no parties willing to step forth and provide land for the new institution, the citizens of Tucson prepared to return the money to the Territorial Legislature until two gamblers and a saloon keeper decided to donate the land necessary to build the school.

Classes met for the first time in 1891 with 32 students in Old Main, the first building constructed on the 40 acre campus, and still in use to this day. Because there were no high schools in Arizona Territory, the University maintained separate preparatory classes for the first 23 years of operation.

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The Graduate College provides central support and leadership to serve, oversee, and advance all aspects of the graduate enterprise at the University of Arizona. In providing central support and leadership, the Graduate College has a threefold mission People, Processes and Programs Our mission is built upon a foundation of Service to prospective and current graduate students, faculty/staff, academic programs and colleges, and central administrative units.

Principal activities include essential central administrative and IT services for program admissions, degree progress and certification, fellowship awarding, assistantship contracting, financial services and human resources; Policies and Performance  We provide a core layer of Oversight to ensure quality and consistency in graduate program function concerning academic policies, administrative procedures and curriculum, as well as institutional research, assessment and Academic Program Review support for management of graduate program performance.



Notable alumni include U.S. Representative (Arizona's 7th congressional district) Ral M. Grijalva; the creator of the television series Sesame Street and founder of the Children's Television Workshop Joan Ganz Cooney; pop singer Linda Ronstadt; Brian Schmidt, winner of 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics (1989); Barbara Kingsolver, author awarded the National Humanities Medal in 2000; Artist Ted DeGrazia, internationally famous for his depictions of the American Southwest; Actor and television personality Greg Kinnear; former Mayor of Palm Springs, California (1995-2003) William G. Kleindienst; and several NASA astronauts. Two Nobel laureate on the faculty are members of the College of Optical Sciences: Nicolaas Bloembergen (Physics, 1981) and Willis E. Lamb (Physics, 1955). The UA has eight Pulitzer Prize winners (alumni and faculty), and more than 50 faculty as elected members of exclusive academies including Britain's Royal Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among others.

Two current UA professors were also recently named to Popular Science magazine's list of "Brilliant 10." Also, well-known motion picture producer Jerry Bruckheimer attended the University, receiving a degree in psychology. Many other famous names attended the University, such as socialite Kourtney Kardashian, Today Show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, Cleveland Cavaliers Forward Luke Walton, NBA player Richard Jefferson, current Brooklyn Nets player Jason Terry, Sacramento kings player Derrick Williams. Actress, Kristen Wiig, best known for her role on Saturday Night Live and Bridesmaids. Award winning Actress Dipti Mehta, best known for her role in the internationally acclaimed movie Life! Camera Action... received a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology.



The main campus sits on 380 acres (1.5 km2) in central Tucson, about one mile (1.6 km) northeast of downtown. There are 179 buildings on the main campus. Many of the early buildings, including the Arizona State Museum buildings (one of them the 1927 main library) and Centennial Hall, were designed by Roy Place, a prominent Tucson architect. It was Place's use of red brick that set the tone for the red brick facades that are a basic and ubiquitous part of nearly all UA buildings, even those built in recent decades. Indeed, almost every UA building has red brick as a major component of the design, or at the very least, a stylistic accent to harmonize it with the other buildings on campus.