Tucson may be best known as home to the University of Arizona, but its education extends far outside the Wildcats domain.
The city of Tucson is served by the Tucson Unified School District, which includes a comprehensive list of elementary, middle and high schools. It also includes 14 alternative education schools, 18 magnet schools and one exceptional education school.
But Tucson's most recognizable institution is without a doubt the University of Arizona. Home to nearly 37,000 students, the University alone makes up a large chunk of Tucson's population. The university opened in 1885 and sits on 387 acres in central Tucson, only a mile from downtown. It's widely regarded as top-notch research institution, and has been designated a Public Ivy, which provides an Ivy League education at a private school price. Recently, the University of Arizona was ranked number 16 among all public universities by the National Science Foundation. Outside of academics, Arizona Wildcats offer a division 1 athletics program, including the Wildcats football team.
Also in Tucson is Pima Community College, a two-year institution consisting of six different campuses. The college offers a total of 184 transfer and occupational programs and eight different degrees. Emphasis is put on its business studies.
Tucson also offers a number of specialized institutions. Carrington College offers degrees in various medial fields, including dental assisting, massage therapy, physical therapy technology and veterinary assisting. ITT Technical Institute offers technology-related degrees at its Arizona campus. And the Art Center Design College serves as the only regionally accredited design school located in the Southwest. Degrees are available in Graphic Design, Illustration, Animation, Interior Design and Photography, among others.
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