The University of Arizona is one of the top 20 research universities in the nation, with a student enrollment of nearly 40,000, a faculty and staff of 10,500, and a 387-acre campus. The UA is the largest employer in Pima County and the fourth largest in Arizona. A 2004 economic financial study estimated that the University's financial impact on the state is about $2.3 billion.
The University of Arizona, a public, land-grant, research institution, has a three-fold mission of teaching, research and public service and is dedicated to preparing students for an increasingly diverse and technological world and to improving the quality of life for the people of Arizona and the nation. The University provides distinguished undergraduate, graduate and professional education; excels in basic and applied research, and creative achievement; and integrates these activities and achievements of regional, national and international significance into everyday life.