What is your overall opinion of this school?
I absolutely love U of A. It was my first choice school. I completed my undergrad in Communication with a minor in Spanish in 4 years, went out into the real world and worked for two years, and then came back to pursue my master's degree in Journalism.
During both my undergrad and now my grad, I've found it very easy to use D2L (our online classroom information page where professors post assignments, grades, you can see your fellow classmates, etc.), schedule appointments with my advisor(s), use the library database to search for Ejournals and books and reserve study rooms, and stay in contact with my professors. I've always received a lot of support from my professors. Anytime I have reached out to them for anything, I receive a prompt response.
I personally don't participate in Greek life, but there are tons of sorority and fraternities on campus for students to join. There are tons of student clubs as well. During my undergrad, I was a member of ELITE, through the business school, Eller, as well as Arizona Assurance. I was even invited to join the Quidditch Club (not kidding). I am currently a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).
I feel safe on campus. I, of course, take precautions and try not to walk by myself late at night, but the times I have I have felt safe. Campus is always bustling, even pretty late at night, so you never feel completely alone. We have a system on campus called UA Alerts that you can sign up for and you get messages sent to your email and cell phone from our police department (UAPD) if anything suspicious is happening on campus. We also have Safe Ride, which you can call if you need a ride anywhere and don't want to walk late at night, as well as emergency call buttons across campus that you can press if you happen to be in any sort of danger that send out calls to UAPD and the Tucson Police Department.
U of A campus is pretty much right in the middle of Tucson, so there's tons to do in the area. Within a 15 minute walk, there's downtown, which has a lot of places to eat, clubs, and shops, 4th Ave, which is our sort of "mini downtown", and University Blvd, which is essentially connected to campus and has tons of restaurants and shops and places to study.
There's great public transportation around campus and even Tucson as a whole. The SunTran buses run throughout the entire city. U of A has the Cat Tran, which is free to students and employees, and operates in the vicinity of campus and surrounding neighborhoods. There is a tram that connects Downtown, 4th Ave, and University Blvd called the SunLink. A lot of off campus housing will provide shuttle services to campus, too.
The Student Union and bookstore are the "center hub" on campus. The student union has a lot of places to eat (Chik Fil A, Papa Johns, Steak and Shake, and some campus specific and healthier options, too). The bookstore is where you'll find 99% of your textbooks, as well as general shopping for UA gear, makeup, sunglasses, Starbucks, etc.
I hope this review is helpful to anyone considering UA! I don't think you'll be disappointed.