Dear Prospective Graduate Student,

The University of Arizona (UA) Graduate College understands that diversity of ideas, perspectives, and approaches is critical to the generation of new knowledge.  We believe that students from diverse backgrounds bring distinctive life experiences and unique perspectives to scholarly inquiry, scientific problems, and interdisciplinary investigation--all of which are crucial to understanding our world and to resolving issues affecting all of humankind.

The Graduate College is committed to recruiting and retaining a talented, diverse student body.  Since 1995, we have increased access to and success in graduate school by offering assistance to talented undergraduates who have participated in a range of graduate school preparation programs across our campus.  In particular, the Graduate College has invested in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Consortium (UROC) and supports over 130 undergraduates each summer.  In fall 2017, UA hosted over 1700  graduate students.  Twenty-one and a half percent (21.5%) are from underrepresented minority groups, including Latinx, Native American, and African American students.  According to the National Science Foundation's Survey of Earned Doctorates, the UA ranks 35th in the number of doctoral degrees awarded in 2016.  UA is 1st in PhDs awarded to Native Americans and  7th in PhDs awarded to Latinos (2011-2015).

Our goal is to be proactive and provide effective support to meet the specific needs of all of our graduate students. Our students come to us from all walks of life. They are recent college graduates while others have transitioned from the workplace. They include first-generation college students, PELL elgibile students, parents, veterans, students with disabilities, and those who identify as LGBTQQ; forming a vibrant community of scholars.   We strive to offer support financially, professionally, and academically to facilitate degree completion and career readiness. 

Do not hesitate to contact the UA Graduate College if we may be of assistance.  Best wishes and welcome to The University of Arizona.

Dr. Frans Tax
Faculty Director, The Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion
Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology



Last updated 31 Aug 2018