UArizona Academy

The University of Arizona (UArizona) Academy links international high school students with professors who are teaching high-quality courses online at the University of Arizona. Academically talented high school students have the opportunity to enroll in a carefully curated selection of college-level courses, participating and learning alongside UArizona college students who are taking the same course as part of their undergraduate degree programs. 

UArizona Academy students may enroll in up to 30 credits during their last two years of high school. Of those, 15 credits can be earned as a non-degree seeking student and can be applied towards a UArizona undergraduate degree program, in-person or fully online. After completing 15 units, students will be invited to apply for degree-seeking status to continue taking courses towards a U.S. degree.

Students may enroll in the program in one of two ways: 

  • Independently, pursuing credits and studying on your own.
  • Through your UArizona-Affiliated high school.

 

Why UArizona Academy?

The benefit of taking college courses as high school students is to give you a head start on the college experience. You will have opportunities to learn from the very best university professors and to engage in online student activities with college students from UArizona and around the world. 

•  Coursework is completed independently at your convenience.
•  Access to your University of Arizona professors for questions and support.
•  Students earning a 3.0 GPA on six or more units may be considered for the prestigious UArizona Academy Scholars merit award, which can be used to attend UArizona. Scholarship value is dependent on GPA and the number of units completed. 
•  Exciting exploratory courses in a broad range of subjects. Build your knowledge in a subject that already interests you, or explore new fields that may inspire you to learn something new. 

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Two Ways to Enroll

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 may enroll in the program in one of two ways: 

•  Independently: If your school is not a UArizona-Affiliated partner, you can still enroll as an independent student, pursuing credits and studying on your own. APPLY NOW

•  UArizona-Affiliated high school: If your school is already part of this program, contact your school counselor. Academy Partner high schools may provide a study space for UArizona Academy students, and may provide a high school teacher who serves as an academic resource and tutor. APPLY NOW


UArizona professors provide synchronous office hours open to all students, conducted from the main campus in Tucson, Arizona (CMT -07:00).
 

Spring 2021 start dates:

15 week schedule - January 13

7 week session 1 - January 13

7 week session 2 - March 11

Summer 2021 start dates:

5 week session 1 - June 7

5 week session 2 - July 12

Fall 2021 start dates:

15 week schedule - August 23

7 week session 1- August 23

7 week session 2 - October 24

Student Profile and Admission Criteria

UArizona Academy is designed for the most academically talented students and requires a GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent), as well as an endorsement* from the student’s Head of School/Principal. UArizona Academy participants receive a scholarship tuition rate tailored to the country in which the student will study. Additional expenses may include cost of textbooks and course materials (up to $250 USD per course).

Online application requirements include:

  • Unofficial high school transcripts 
  • Demonstrated English proficiency (DETAILS HERE)

*After completing the application, students may be asked to submit a digitally signed endorsement statement from their high school head of school/principal.
 

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

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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 University is also 22nd among all public universities for its scientific and creative activities and ranked 11th in the US for online education. The University 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:

  • Unofficial high school transcripts
  • Minimum high school GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent)
  • Demonstrated English Proficiency (DETAILS HERE)
  • There is a $20USD admission processing fee.

After completing the application, students will be asked to submit a digitally signed endorsement statement from their high school head of school/principal.

Costs and Billing

Academy participants receive a scholarship tuition rate tailored to the country in which the student will study. 

Additional expenses may include cost of textbooks and course materials (up to $250 USD per course).

Once enrolled, students will be able to view their bill in their online bursar`s account in the University's 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.