The University of Arizona
is an institution of higher learning located in Tucson, Arizona.Created by the Arizona Territorial Legislature as a land-grant university in 1885, classes met for the first time in
1891 with 32 students. In 2002, total enrollment was 36,847 students.Academically, the U of A is strong in many areas (especially the sciences), and is particularly well known in the areas of
optical science, management information science, and astronomical research. It also has the oldest and arguably strongest
garbology program in the US. Additionally, the university is a member of the
prestigious Association of
American Universities.The current and 18th University President is Peter Likins; his term began in 1997.