University of Arizona Top Questions

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?


I wish I had known how hard you have to work to maintain your grades


I would have to work alot


I wish I had known that even if you did really well in high school, you are going to have to try much harder in college to make the same grades.


I wish I would've known more about the campus and getting involved before I came here because there is so much to know and so much to do.


I wish i had known that tuition was going to increase. However, the government funds are usually what affects tuition costs.


I wish I had known how huge the fraternities and sororities are on campus. I wish I had known that tuition would sharply increase each year. I also wish I had known that all of the corporate recruiters that come to campus are for uninteresting job opportunities.


I wish i could have known about student goverment at the University of Arizona South before so that i could have become involved with them sooner. Also, i wish i would have known more local scholarships.


I wish I had known more about certain scholarships that the school offers.


The University of Arizona is definitely a party school and most of the students are involved in either a sorority or a fraternity. If you live in a dorm, there will be a lot of partying and not much study time, unless you do it on your own. Even though everyone tries to help, sometimes they guide you in the wrong direction. If you are looking to succeed and want to attend the University of Arizona make sure you can figure out what you need on your own and then only receive advice from others.


I wish I'd known exactly what couses I'd need to take to get all my general requirements for Med School and focus on my major. Also, I wish I'd known exactly what it took to earn As in my harder classes.


I wish I had known how to prepare myself better into stepping inot the college.


I wish I knew all of the resources available to help students and where to find them.


There are a lot of sororities and fraternities on campus that make the environment seem too party like. Also, tuition is going to rise a significant amount every single year.


In preventing me from getting lost numerous times, I wish I had someone to show me around campus.


I think I was actually really well informed... I guess I wish I had a better knowledge of campus.


wish i would've known what i wanted to be sooner


I wish I had known more about the class types, and financial aids they were giving out. Also the area around the school


Academic Resources


I wish I had known exactly what degree I was going for. Because I chose my degree in the middle of my sophmore year I did more general education classes than necessary. Because of this I am having to take winter and summer classes to try to graduate on time. Basically if I had been more prepared my college experience would have been a lot less stressful.


I wish I had known more about the regulations and limitations of financial aid given by the University. I also would have liked to have known more about the campus life, and how much the fraternity/sorority life affects the campus as a whole.


It feels just as big as it is.


The social life for freshmen is very centered around sororities and fraternities, and I was not interested in joining a fraternity. Because I was not in a fraternity, it was difficult my first year to find other group activities where I could meet people. Coming from out of state, I had hoped it would be easier to make friends. As time has passed, however, I have developed a social circle that I am comfortable with.


I wish that I had known more about the involvement opportunities before I got to school and had my mind blown by all the different opportunites. I am interested in politics so I learned about all the involvent opportunities in student goverment as well as lobbying opportunities to the state legislature or programs to intern with our elected officials. I think it is definitely best to research all the programs that pertain to your specific interests, because I found that I have so many paths to pursuing my interests and I would liked to have been more aware.


There is nothing I wish I had known before attending the University of Arizona because any questions I had or things I didn't know I learned quickly thought immersion in the university environment and with the help of my peers and professional and knowledgable professors.


I wish I had known about bureaucracy and financial strains on a school. The College of Architecture had a fixed tuition rate for their students but those funds were raided for the economic restructuring university-wide. I would have finished my general requirements in their entirety before I applied to my particular program of study. I would have had more time, succeeded more and been able to be fully devoted to architecture, not splitting my time with other homework and driving to other campuses.


i wish i had known about all the clubs because they help a lot. For example i got into a program that helps keep track on how you are doing through out the semester and give you help when you need it. There are also many places to study and use your computer that i didn't know about as well as talking to people about classes. I wish i could have asked about the math department because it is very hard ang gave me problems as well as many other incoming freshman. Then also about scholorships and grants.


I wish I had known that greek life was so important and that the state of Arizona does not take education seriously, or we wouldn't have areas of study dropped because of funding or way too many students for the amount of space on this campus. This college is way more money-focused than "bettering the lives of students" focus. If I could go back, I would've chosen the other college I was looking at. I still haven't felt like I'm enjoying college and this is my 3rd year coming up.


I wish that I had known how different the atmosphere is at a university compared to high school. At a university, your teachers want you to do well and make an effort to help you. Most of the students are also there to learn and it is a lot less difficult to have meaningful and interesting conversations with new people you might meet on campus. If you want to gain knowledge everybody is willing to help you find what you're looking for and if you want friends, there's thousands of people you can make connections with.


To study business.


I wish that I would have known that school is a lifestyle committment. When I first attended college I was 18 years old, immature, and had not identified what I wanted to do with my life. I wish I would have known that education and knowledge is a gift. Everytime you attend a class and listen to a professor you're bettering yourself and able to help others. I didn't know that before. I'm attending school the second time around knowing that I want to learn the necessary information to advance my career in medicine and help others.


I wish I had known that the smallest meal plan would have been sufficient.


As being the first in my family to attend college, I was going to it with an open mind not knowing what to expect. Everything at the university was a first and nothing I was familiar with. Going into college I wish I had a secure idea of what I really wanted to study. I was unsure what I wanted to study so it delayed me in preparing myself to study in the direction of that course.


I wish I had known to put myself out there as a new student. I was an out of state student, knew nobody and was extremely nervous, but so were many other students! I should have known that they were just as nervous as I was, and that making friends was not as dauting of a process that I thought it could be. I also wish I had known that getting involved was the best decision I could have made, and to start that earlier would have given me a step up to an even better social life.


I wish I had known that no decision should be based on what other people in your life have done. Following should never be an option, only leading. Being dependent on another person to get things done or make you happy is not going to help you in the long run.


More information about extra-curricular activities beyond Greek life.


I wish I knew more about financila aide and scholarships


Before coming to this school I wish I knew that is does get cold out night, so jackets are necessary! I also wish I had known of all the added expenses of living on campus. From the price of the dorms to meal plan costs, the money adds up. Living off-campus is much cheaper and a meal plan is not essential. I wish I had known these things before coming to this school so that I could have saved money.




I wish i would have known that there was no wakeboarding club. I love to wakeboard and it is my passion. In California i was able to wakeboard at many different lakes and in Tucson ther= closest lake i know of is 3 hours away.


I wish I had known that college was harder than I expected in the beginning but easier than I expected towards the end. I wish I had known that I wanted to apply to graduate school rather than be a dancer. It is important to remember to call your family and old friends. Remember where you were before.


I wish I had known the financial state of the state of Arizona because that has affected the school since I have been here. It has cut programs, lowered financial aid and raised tuition. Otherwise, I had a preconceived notion (not the fault of the university's) that on-campus housing was one of the cheapest options, which it is defineitely not. I would strongly recommend it for freshman year, but advise moving off campus after. Same with the meal plan, it is very convenient but not that great on price.


I wish that I would have known the real amount that it would cost in order to attend college and obtain all of the materials needed. Sure they tell you about tuition, room and board, meal plans, etc., but it is not told the amount books, lab fees, college fees, and other materials that are necessary to be successful in college. If I would have known this, then I would have put a lot more time into finding scholarships.


In high school I thought I wanted to go somewhere far, far away. Take flight and spread the proverbial wings of adulthood. Turns out I made the right choice in staying close to home. There are several reasons for this, mainly my family and friends. Many high school students believe high school is meant to be shed away like an old onion skin as soon as they receive their diploma. Keep your friends and stay close to your family. Maybe your future does take you far away but do not forget the people you tresured the last four years.


There was one thing that I wish I had known at the beginning of the semester, the University's final schedule. I registered for the classes that were required and fit my schedule. What I was not aware that the final exams were given at a different time than the regular scheduled class time. My first semester final schedule included three finals on the same day! I attempted to move one of these finals to an earlier date; however that was only possible for those students with four finals in the same day. It was terribly stressful.


As a third generation Wildcat, there wasn't all that much information I missed out on, but when I started school, I was glad to have a class that showed how many resoucres there are for tutoring and career counseling.


I wish I would have known that many of the general education requirment classes were filled with so many students.


I wish that I had decided to live in the dorms so I could be on campus and in the middle of all the excitement!


How wonderful faculty, staff and students are.


I wish I realized that loans can be quite a lengthy process.


Going through many classes, I have learned many very helpful things. The main and most important tip I can give to new students is to be "fearless" when it comes to something you may be interested in. Getting involved in anything and everything that may involve his or her major can and will only benefit them. Having more and more experience will help each student in the many new experiences that each may encounter throughout their college education.