University of Arizona


MASCOT: Wilber & Wilma Wildcat

Wilber & Wilma Wildcat

Campus History and Origin

The University of Arizona was established in 1885 in the middle of the Sonoran Desert and was actually the first University in Arizona to be built in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. Up to this day U of A has grown to cover 380 acres in central Tuscon. A little bit more history on the University of Arizona, their motto 'BEARDOWN' came from a UA student body president and revered football quarterback John "Button" Salmon. Before he died his last words to his teammates were "Tell them ... tell the team to bear down."

Fight Song

Admission Requirements

Admissions Data (2013):

  • Percent of Applicants Admitted: 77%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile
  • SAT Critical Reading: 483 / 600
  • SAT Math: 500 / 630
  • SAT Writing: 480 / 690
  • ACT Composite: 21 / 27
  • ACT English: - / -
  • ACT Math: - / -

Tuition Costs

Campus Life: Lighting of 'A' Mountain

Lighting of 'A' Mountain

Celebrate with students and alumni to experience the ultimate UA tradition — the annual Lighting of "A" Mountain to kick off Homecoming week festivities.

Degree Plan: Civil Engineering

Cover Letter

Good afternoon employer,

I am applying for a job at Montrose, Colorado for Civil Engineering I, which I believe will make a great fit and will help me go farther in life.

I have had much experience in this specific field of engineering, some of this experience includes engineering courses in Management of Technology I and and Management of Technology II. I have also taken a course in Innovation Principles and Environments. I believe I am well prepared and well suited for this great opportunity.

While attending the University of Arizona I have gotten plenty of hands on training and the basic skills to becoming a great Civil Engineer. While at this prestigious University I have gotten to experience real life situations and projects that would help me with this specific career and overall my future as an engineer. At this time I am taking courses to help me prepare for my up coming career and at this point is ready to take on any task that is thrown at me. And as a hard working individual I guarantee I will get the job done.

It is my goal to combine my range of experience with my ability to be a creative thinker, compassionate, and my ability to get the job done to help shape and innovate this organization and possibly help it go farther. I would welcome an interview and hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience.


Idalis Mendez.                                     14400 Pebble Hills Blvd.                          El Paso, Tx 79938.                              (915) 937-9400                     

Recommendation Letter

To Whom It May Concern:

I highly recommend Idalis Mendez as a candidate for the civil engineer position. Ms. Mendez is a very outstanding student, optimistic, and is very dependable. She strives for excellence and is the perfect model of a true leader.

Ms. Mendez has extraordinary leadership skills. She is able to think under pressure and produce great results in little or no time. Her communication and critical thinking skills are superb. She is able to solve complex problems and communicate clearly with other professionals to get the job done.I can not think of a time that she completed anything less than great. Her visualization skills are truly what sets her apart, she is able to visualize what the complex components will look like.

Ms. Mendez is always striving to do and learn more and I’m sure she will make a great addition to your team. If you have any further questions feel free to contact me at

Isabell Beltran

Pebble Hills High School                      El Paso, Texas 79938                (951)-570-4128                                 Email:


Idalis Richelle Mendez

14400 Pebble Hills Blvd., El Paso, Texas, 79938
Phone: (915) 490-3122 Fax: (915)851.7912 E-Mail:


I am trying to apply for a position as a civil engineer. I believe this career will most benefit me and will help me evolve as an individual.


College Experience

  Taken rigorous engineering courses such as Introduction to Engineering, Engineering Graphics, Computer Programming in Civil Engineering and much more.

Internship for Civil Engineering

  I have gotten to see and experience hands on projects as an actual civil engineer.

  Due to this internship I have received much training and knowledge from many other mentionable engineers.


High School Diploma 2015-2018

Throughout high school I have taken rigorous engineering courses that require the student to use all possible skills including problem solving and the ability to think outside of the box.

Bachelors in Civil Engineering 2018-2022

At the University of Arizona I have learned and experienced hands on training with some of the best engineering professors in the nation.


As an individual I am able to look outside the problem and find multiple solutions for the problem. I have learned to be efficient and hard working. With these skills I am sure I can find a solution to every problem

Persuasive Essay

Ever since I was a little girl I dreamed about becoming a world famous Engineer or Architect. And over the past few years I have worked very hard to make my dream come true and with the help of the University of Arizona's Engineering program I believe I can reach my dream. In my opinion I believe I deserve to be at this University because I have worked hard and I have dreamed about this pretty much my entire life. I believe that I deserve to attend the University of Arizona because I am a hard worker and I have dreamed about this opportunity my entire life even when I was a little kid watching this university compete on live television.

From elementary up to this day, I have been working hard to become a well known and mentionable civil engineer due to the fact that it has been my dream as a little girl. These past years I have taken introduction to engineering courses to prepare and gain experience for my future career or job. Attending this university will help me evolve as a future engineer and will assist me in reaching this dream of mine.With my hard working mentality I can help shape and possibly make this Wildcat program known nationwide and maybe even worldwide.

When I was about eight years old I remember seeing the Arizona softball team on live television and saying,” Someday, I’m going to go to this college.” From that day on I was determined to attend this University especially for engineering and softball. When I found out that Arizona was one of the top engineering schools in the country I knew that right away this was the college that was meant for me. Recently I have gone to go visit the University of Arizona and I absolutely fell in love with the campus itself and the environment that it presents as a whole. All this time my dream to go here has been my drive to do better in school and to aim high in everything I do including softball.

Overall I would say that I deserve to go and attend this University because I believe I could make a difference at this college and at the same time I can also benefit from the prestigious and challenging engineering programs that they have to offer me. If and when I attend this University I will be one step closer to making my dreams of becoming a civil engineer come true.

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