University Of Arizona Admissions Essay Prompt

Assured Admission

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 or earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their core coursework.

Arizona applicants who do not meet the Assured Admission criteria and all applicants not considered Arizona residents are still considered for admission through comprehensive review.

Comprehensive Review

Your personal excellence can and should be evaluated by more than just academic achievement. Through our comprehensive review process, the UA admissions team expands access to students who will bring unique life experiences and personal achievements to our campus community.

Academic Factors

Every application is reviewed by up to two different reviewers before a final decision is made. 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 for students’ admission, scholarship award, and consideration for the UA Honors College. During the review process students may be asked to provide additional information, such as test scores or 7th semester transcripts. Please note: Official test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency.

Extracurricular Factors

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 your preparedness, motivation, and potential in the unique context of your experience.

Your Personal Statement

The inclusion of an optional short answer, personal narrative or statement to the UA application gives you the opportunity to include unique life experiences and personal achievements in your application. Through this process, we create more comprehensive and individualized admission and scholarship decisions.


You are an incoming freshman if you will soon graduate from high school, you have graduated, or you have a GED and have not enrolled in college since graduating.

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You are a transfer student if you have attended other colleges/universities and have completed 12 or more units since graduating from high school.

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You are an international student if you either are not a US citizen or do not yet hold US Permanent Resident status.

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UA Online

You are considered a UA Online student if you would like to complete a UA undergraduate degree, or a graduate degree or certificate, entirely online from anywhere in the world.

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Graduate College

Graduate students are those who have already completed an undergraduate degree and wish to pursue a higher degree at the certificate, master, or doctoral level.

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Returning Students

You are a returning or re-admitted student if you have attended the UA as a degree-seeking student in the past and have missed at least one semester without receiving a formal leave of absence.

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Non-Degree Seeking

You are a non-degree seeking student if you are not seeking a degree from the University of Arizona, or if you are working to fulfill pre-requisites in order to qualify for your graduate program.

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Home Educated
The University of Arizona welcomes home school students and recognizes the unique
academic experiences these students contribute to our rich, scholarly environment.
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