Arizona Assurance partners with a number of campus programs to encourage students to be involved beginning with their first semester or even earlier. Active participation in one of these programs in addition to participation in Arizona Assurance, is shown to have a significant positive impact on student experiences and increase the likelihood a student will stay at the UA.
New Start is a summer program to help students gets acquainted with the University of Arizona before the starting their first fall semester. Students have the opportunity to complete 6-7 units of course work, learn about new resources on campus, and connect with other students. New Start students live on campus in the residence halls and have the opportunity to explore campus and Tucson. Full information about New Start is available here.
Blue Chip is a first year experience that can be continued until graduation. Focusing on leadership development, the program allows students to explore the foundations of leadership while participating in team building activities, doing community service, and engaging in personal and professional development. Students are placed in small groups that do activities together throughout the first year. making the program ideal for meeting other students. You can find more information here.
First Cats provides support to incoming freshmen who are both first-generation college students and Pell grant eligible. Students in First Cats are connected to a community of students who share their background. Participants are integrated into campus by participating in regular meetings with Cat Coaches (peer mentors), workshops, and planning for career or graduate school. Find out more.
Cultural Learning Communities
The Cultural Learning Communities merge culture, identity and academic support through workshops and peer mentoring. Freshmen seeking a culturally enriching experience, and who also identify as African American/Black, or Asian/Pacific Islander, or Native American/American Indian are able to participate in one of our three learning communities.
- 360: African American/Black Learning Community
- EDGE: Asian/Pacific American Learning Community
- First Year Scholars: Native American/American Indian Learning Community
Each community has been created in partnership with the associated Cultural Center (African American Student Affairs; Asian Pacific American Student Affairs; Native American Student Affairs) on campus. The learning communities provide participants with the opportunity to connect with other students who identify as being from the same cultural background, while also focusing on campus and community engagement, personal growth, academic excellence, and a diverse UA experience.
This is accomplished through workshops, peer mentoring, cultural events, and guest speakers. Find out more.
This program is for STEM majors (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math). The program consists of a first year success course as well as regular peer advisor meetings. Program workshops focus on skills that UA students need, including" time management, test taking, and applying for scholarships. Find out more.
The Eller Experience is designed for students with a declared major within the Eller College of Management. The Eller Experience allows students to meet one-on-one with staff who will focus on career readiness and helping students find a successful place in the workforce upon graduation.