The University of Arizona, also referred to as U of A, was chartered in 1885 by the city of Tucson. Originally Tucson was not pleased with receiving the university allocation, but when no other city could accommodate the institution, they decided to allocate land for a campus. It was the first university in the Arizona territory and is governed by the Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona is classified as a public flagship research university. The University of Arizona launched UA Online which allows students to complete their degree entirely online. Prospective students can earn their degree in a number of different programs. Degree levels vary with each program, but UA Online does offer:
Today, the University of Arizona services over 40,000 students (31,670 undergraduates, 7,443 post graduates, and 1,508 doctoral students. The academic staff consists of 3,049 educated professionals. Several of the University of Arizona's educational programs are nationally ranked and recognized.