Tucson is a big city with a college town — University of Arizona — at its heart. A new streetcar system connects five major activity hubs: U of A, Fourth Avenue, Main Gate Square, Downtown and the Mercado District. The metro area is surrounded by mountain ranges that highlight the desert skies and sunsets. The weather in Tucson is mild year-round, with an average daytime high of 84 degrees and under 12" rain annually.
High school students who are looking ahead to attending one of the colleges or universities in Tucson can benefit from Arizona's Dual Enrollment and Concurrent Enrollment programs, earning college credit while working toward their high school diploma.
Pima Medical Institute, which got its start in Tucson in 1972, now operates nationwide. The Tucson campus offers certificate and associate degree programs in a variety of medical, dental, and nursing specialties.
Colleges in Tucson include the six-campus Pima Community College system. Of its many certificate and associate degree programs, the most popular are general liberal arts, business, emergency medical technician (EMT), registered nurse, and industrial electronics.
There are also several schools in Tucson that focus on cosmetology programs, including Empire Beauty School, Tucson College of Beauty, and Pure Aesthetics Natural Skincare School.
The University of Arizona, the oldest one in the state, is driven by a pioneering spirit; the school helped launch the first missions to Mars with NASA and create the first artificial hearts. The most popular undergraduate majors are cellular/molecular biology, physiology, accounting, human resource management, marketing, and public health. Among U of A's many notable alumni are Savannah Guthrie, the New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski, actor Greg Kinnear, and author Barbara Kingsolver.
For students interested in the healing arts, one of the private universities in Tucson, the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, offers two master's level programs.
U of A students can pursue advanced degrees in more than 150 areas of study. The most popular graduate degree programs are business administration, information technology, registered nursing, public health, law, and medicine.
To learn more about postsecondary education in Arizona, view our extensive list of Arizona Colleges.