UArizona Academy

The University of Arizona (UArizona) Academy links international high school students with professors who are teaching high quality online courses through University of Arizona Global.  Academically-talented high school students have the opportunity to enroll in a carefully curated set of ~30 college courses taught through UArizona Global. The high school student is taking the Global online course alongside UArizona college students who are taking the same course as part of their undergraduate degree programs. 

UArizona Academy high school students may enroll in up to 10 courses (a maximum of 30 credits) in their last two years of high school. Students may apply all 30 credits toward their UArizona undergraduate degree requirements, either in a fully online Global degree program, or an in-person degree program at the main campus in Tucson.  All UArizona Academy graduates who earn a 3.0 GPA on 6 units or more will be considered for prestigious, multi-year UArizona Academy Scholars merit award valued at up to $9000/year in the fully online Global degree program or $15,000-$25,000 per year depending on GPA and number of units completed.

Why UArizona Academy?

The benefit of taking college courses as high school students is to provide a head start on the college experience. UArizona Academy gives high school students the opportunity to learn from the very best professors and to engage in online student activities with college students from UArizona and around the world.  For institutions that want to provide a challenging option for their most talented students, UArizona Academy delivers an accelerated pathway to college. Secondary schools offering this program distinguish themselves as UA-Affiliated High Schools and gain the advantages of formal connections with a prestigious global research university.

The UArizona Academy is specifically designed to accelerate the university experience for talented students by offering high quality fully-accredited online UArizona courses directly to students. Students can complete their coursework at home, or if available, the high school may provide a study area with high speed internet and a high school teacher who serves as a local academic advocate.   The UArizona professor provides synchronous office hours conducted from the Tucson, Arizona, campus and open to all students.

 

How it Works

About half of the Global online courses that UArizona Academy students take are taught over 7 weeks, so it is possible to take two courses sequentially in one semester, or four over a full academic year.  Summer courses (June-August) are also available for students to earn additional credits. Courses are taught on a 7 week or 15-week schedule, following these approximate start dates:

Fall 2020 start dates:

15 week schedule - August 24

7 week session 1 - August 24

7 week session 2 - October 15

Spring 2021 start dates:

15 week schedule - January 13

7 week session 1 - January 13

7 week session 2 - March 15

Summer 2021 start dates:

5 week session 1 - June 9

5 week session 2 - July 10

 

 

Student Profile and Admission Criteria

The University of Arizona is seeking new partners to become UA-Affiliated High Schools that deliver a world-class collegiate experience to their most talented students. By becoming a partner, high schools can distinguish themselves with access to a global network as a path for students to enroll in classes at Top 100 university.

Institutional Profile of a UArizona Academy Partner

Comprehensive public/private high school enrolling 500+ students in grades 9-12 with a national reputation that can be verified by variety of factors such as national rankings, Education USA or similar institutional references and NACAC school profiles. 

The focus is placed on high schools with reasonable trajectory for providing solutions to ensure student success. Some of the selection criteria that can be helpful includes but not limited to are graduation rates, percentage of college bound graduates, instruction language, average of ACT/ SAT scores.

 

Courses Offered

The course offerings vary slightly from semester to semester. The following is a representative list of some of the courses offered through UArizona Academy:

  • Classical Mythology

  • Intro to Study of Communication

  • How Insects Shaped Human History

  • Intro to Global Change

  • Earth's Environment: Intro to Physical Geology

  • Introduction to Public Health

  • Introductory Biology I

  • Intro to Human Nutrition

  • Sustainable Earth

  • Our Place in Nature: Biology & Environment

  • Careers in Sustainability

For Partner Schools: Benefits of Being a UA-Affiliated High School

The benefit of taking college courses as high school students is to provide a head start on the college experience. UArizona Academy gives high school students the opportunity to learn from the very best professors and to engage in online student activities with college students from UArizona and around the world.  For institutions that want to provide a challenging option for their most talented students, UArizona Academy delivers an accelerated pathway to college. Secondary schools offering this program distinguish themselves as UA-Affiliated High Schools and gain the advantages of formal connections with a prestigious global research university.

The UArizona Academy is specifically designed to accelerate the university experience for talented students by offering high quality fully-accredited online UArizona courses directly to students. Students can complete their coursework at home, or if available, the high school may provide a study area with high speed internet and a high school teacher who serves as a local academic advocate.   The UArizona professor provides synchronous office hours conducted from the Tucson, Arizona, campus and open to all students.

 

About the University of Arizona

Established in 1885, the University of Arizona is globally recognized, ranking No. 52 in the world and No. 34 in the United States, according to the Center for University World Rankings. As a world leader in research and innovation, the UA is also 22nd among all public universities for its scientific and creative activities and ranked 11th in the US for online education. The UA is a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities in North America.

The University of Arizona is a top-ranked public, research university in Tucson, Arizona, USA, and is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Research 1 institution. It is ranked in the Top 100 Best Global Universities by U.S News and World Report. The University of Arizona is known for advancing frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships as a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. The University has been a part of every planetary mission with NASA and is the fourth most awarded public university by NASA for research.

  • Top 20 U.S. Public Research Institutions – Times Higher Education
  • Top 1% of 20’000+ universities worldwide – Center for World University Rankings
  • Top 100 in the world – U.S. News and World Report, Best Global Universities.
  • #11 Online Bachelor’s Program – U.S. News and World Report

 

Admissions Process and Cost

Students complete an online admission application, which requires:

  • Digitally signed endorsement statement from the head of school/principal

 

Costs and Billing

The cost of Global courses is $500/unit (credit). However, students of UArizona Academy will be provided with a scholarship of $300/unit which decreases their actual per unit cost to $200/unit. For a 3-unit course, this is $600 per course including the scholarship. As enrolled UArizona students, the UArizona Academy students will pay tuition directly to UArizona Academy to enroll in Global online courses.

Once students enroll in courses, they will be able to view their bill in their online bursar`s account in the UAccess system. Global counselors will assist student in this process. Students are responsible for purchasing assigned course materials. Once students are enrolled in their courses, students will be able to access their required textbooks. Textbooks and/or materials can cost up to $500 USD per semester.

Deadline to pay tuition for all units registered as of August 19th: August 24, 2020

Deadline to pay tuition for all units registered between August 20th and October 21st: October 26, 2020