New Student and Family Resources

New Student and Family Resources

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Family Essentials Orientation:

At the University of Arizona, we believe that parents and family members can be partners in the college experience. The transition to college is momentous, filled with many questions and lots of planning. The Family Essentials Orientation is one resource to help answer your most asked questions.

The Bursar's Office

The Bursar's Office is a division of Financial Services and helps provide students with their account and billing information, payment processing, delivery of student refunds, collection of delinquent student accounts and banking and merchant services for University of Arizona departments.

Bursar's Office

Campus Health

Campus Health is committed to promoting health, wellness, and safety at The University of Arizona by providing quality medical and mental health care, and outstanding health education to assist all students in succeeding as a whole person in their college career and beyond.

Campus Health

First-Year Student Checklist

Campus Safety

The University of Arizona Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) – composed of various campus officials – focuses primarily on the management of situations involving critical incidents on campus. Its involvement is central to the successful implementation of the Campus Emergency Response Plan.

UA Critical Incident Response Team

UAlert Services

UAlert Sign-In

In Case of Emergency

Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid

A full array of financial aid options are available to help cover the cost of your student's education including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study.  Be sure your student completes the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and their Arizona admissions application by our priority financial aid deadline by May 1st for the most need-based aid consideration.  Students who complete their application by May 1st will be considered for our merit scholarships.

Scholarship and Financial Aid

Housing & Residential Life

The University of Arizona’s dorms come in all shapes, sizes and locations across our four areas of campus (Districts) – which means you have a lot of choices! Think about your lifestyle. Do you like to be surrounded by a lot of people, or do you prefer to know everyone in your building? Is the location on campus important? Is cost a factor? Thinking about these questions will help you choose your AZ home.

Housing & Residential Life

Off Campus Housing

Student Unions Meal Plan

Save money on every meal you buy on campus with your Arizona Student Unions Meal Plan.

There are several Meal Plans to choose from, each designed to fit your needs based on how often you eat on campus.

Meal Plan

Wayfinders is an advising service provided by the Advising Resource Center to help new students find their way (academic and otherwise). The Wayfinders are here to help you find your academic home and will support you as you navigate college.

This is the official, Faculty Senate approved Academic Calendar for the University of Arizona. While dates may be subject to change, this is where you will find any important dates for every semester and school year.  It is very important to be aware of the dates for registration, withdrawal, and other academic procedures.

The University of Arizona is proud to be an Adobe Creative Campus, a designation that honors us as a leading institution that recognizes the value of teaching digital literacy skills in higher education. In addition to offering Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Stock to current students, faculty and staff at no cost, we are committed to integrating creative and digital literacy skills into all aspects of the Wildcat experience.

Adobe & Arizona

The University of Arizona contracts with vendors to provide you with additional fee-based services while living on campus. There are also a few services that can be pre-loaded into your room before you arrive to Move-In, with free delivery and pick up! This makes moving in (and out) of your room that much easier!

Approved Additional Move In Services

Campus Closet is an ASUA service organization that collects and then distributes - free of charge - gently used or new business, professional, and casual clothing to University of Arizona students, faculty and staff members who cannot acquire the items otherwise. These visitors then go on to use their free clothing items for obligations such as interviews, internships, professional events, and/or daily wear. 

The mission of the UA Campus Pantry is to alleviate hunger in the UA Wildcat community by providing food assistance to those in need. At our distribution events, students and staff can grab important food staples at no cost!

CatCa$h is an easy and effortless way to pay with your CatCard for parking, printing, and more services at participating locations both on and off campus. Simply swipe your CatCard to access funds.

How it works

At CAPS, it's our mission to help students thrive and we offer a variety of services from one-on-one and group peer support to identity-inclusive services and skills-based mental health tools and more to support your students mental health.

The Dean of Students Office is committed to helping students to reach their goals in class, extracurricular engagement, leadership opportunities, and lifelong lessons learned.

Student Rights & Responsibilities

The University of Arizona DRC leads campus in a progressive and proactive approach to accessibility. Our goal is to ensure disabled students, employees and visitors have a similar, if not identical, experience to their non-disabled counterparts. We work to reduce the need for individual accommodations through proactive collaboration with University partners to impact the systemic design of campus environments.

Disability Resource Center

As your student embarks on the college experience, the transition that takes place between parent/family and student can be challenging to navigate. The Family/Student agreement provides the groundwork for a conversation on expectations, between you and your student.

Family Student Agreement

Searching for a last-minute weekend getaway? Planning a vacation with family or friends? Need a break from college? No problem! Discover the new way to travel from city to city on board our partners' green buses. FlixBus' goal is to provide you a convenient, affordable and easy to use bus service.

Flix Bus Services

Fostering Success is a program focused on building community on campus for students who have experienced the foster care system, housing insecurity or homelessness, and those who are unaccompanied youth. We offer mentoring with undergraduate students who are also participants in the program and individualized support for our student participants. 

Fraternity & Sorority Programs serves to enhance the academic and co-curricular experience at the University of Arizona by providing collaborative and developmental opportunities in order to instill a lifetime of purpose among fraternity and sorority members.

Groome Transportation is your easy, safe, and reliable airport-to-city shuttle, with regular daily shuttle service available from over 100 cities, along with hotel pickup and drop-off, charter and large group services. Offering service to 13+ major airports nationwide as well as transportation between cities, Groome Transportation is the ideal choice for business travelers, vacationers, and students.

LifeLab is a program provided by Student Engagement and Career Development and is designed to support any student — from first-year undergraduates to graduate students — to identify values, skills, receive feedback and suggestions to improve your resume, or begin the search process for internships, grad school, or full-time jobs.

Student licenses covered under the Microsoft® Campus Agreement (MCA) enables UA students subscription to Office 365 Education (Microsoft software in the cloud) plan. This plan allows you to install Office on up to 5 PCs or Macs and on other mobile devices, including Android, iPad®, and Windows tablets.

Free Microsoft® Products for UA Students!

When students are in crisis or feel overwhelmed, they often turn to their parents for help and advice. Parents can be helpful in so many ways, but they may not always know where to turn for support and resources. Parents Matter is a free consultation service offered by CAPS, a component of Campus Health.

CAPS 24/7: 520-621-3334

The Department of Parking and Transportation Services provides creative solutions for campus access and promotes alternative transportation for faculty, staff, students, and visitors at the University of Arizona. The department's mission is to provide superior quality service through leadership, innovation, and stewardship.

SafeRide is a free transportation service for University of Arizona affiliates. Since 1981, SafeRide has provided a nighttime alternative to walking alone on campus and in the Tucson community.

It is managed and operated entirely by students under the sponsorship of the Associated Students of the University of Arizona (ASUA). As an academic service, SafeRide’s mission is to serve those going to or from campus, while also providing a friendly and official presence on the streets at night.

Support Outreach Success (SOS) supports all Arizona community members, with a focus on enhancing the student experience. When students have a central place or simple way to have questions answered and to seek support, they are more successful. Whether a student has too much information or too little, SOS will help. SOS supports Arizona staff, faculty, current and prospective students, and community members. Truly anyone can use SOS.

Text SOS to 70542 when you have a quick and easy question.

At the University of Arizona, there are so many ways to get involved, celebrate diversity and meet new people. Learn more about our identity centers and resources provided by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Student Cultural and Resource Centers

At the University of Arizona, Student Engagement & Career Development is committed to supporting students in all things career, whether that's creating a career plan, developing in-demand skills, or securing career opportunities.

Students & Alumni

Parents and Families

Student Success & Retention Innovation (SSRI) works to support the success of undergraduate students through individualized academic support, academic skill-building, tutoring, peer mentoring, and creating community using strengths-based programming, evidence-based practices, and robust assessment.

Student Resources

An advocate is a trained professional whose goal is to support and center the needs of the student/survivor. When a student meets with a Survivor Advocate the content of that meeting is confidential, meaning that no one needs to know the meeting took place or what was discussed, unless the student decides they would like to disclose that information to others. Additionally, meeting with an advocate does not obligate a student to do any process or procedure either on or off-campus. The purpose of meeting with an advocate is so that a student survivor of sexual or gender-based violence understands their rights and their options and how they would like to proceed.

Survivor Advocacy

THINK TANK is dedicated to empowering University of Arizona students by providing a positive environment where they can master the skills needed to become successful lifelong learners. By offering a wide range of programs and services, we encourage students to apply and refine transferable skills that will sustain them throughout their academic and professional lives.

Whether you are a brand-new student or this is your last year on campus, Wildcat Welcome is here to help you have an outstanding year! Our goal is to help you get settled on campus, make new friends, find your way around, find resources to make you successful, explore different groups and communities, and learn what it means to be a Wildcat.

Parents and Family

ZonaZoo is the official student section and student-ticketing program from University of Arizona Athletics. A ZonaZoo membership is your all-access pass for all sporting events at the University of Arizona.

New Student ZonaZoo Pass Sign Up

ZonaZoo Website