Prospective Students

Welcome to the Department of Computer Science at the University of Arizona!

Are you planning a visit to the University of Arizona? Whether a prospective high school student or transfer student, we invite you to the Department of Computer Science for an opportunity to meet with an academic advisor, tour the Computer Science facility with a student ambassador, and attend a Computer Science introductory level course. Our goal is to give you greater insight to life in Tucson while studying Computer Science at the University of Arizona. 

Visits during the Summer will be scheduled on an individual basis as there is limited availability. Please contact advising@cs.arizona.edu to schedule a visit for Summer. Please note that attending a class and meeting with a Computer Science Student Ambassador is not available over Summer. 

Visits during the Fall 2019 semester will run from September 3-October 18 with limited availability in November & December. Click to Register for a visit this Fall.  Please schedule your visit at least a week in advance. View below for details regarding your visit. 

Visit Type Day Time
Morning Visit Monday-Friday Between the hours of 9:30am & 11:30am
Afternoon Visit Monday-Friday Between the hours of 1:30pm & 3:30pm

Meet with an Academic Advisor

You'll start your CS visit by meeting with an academic advisor where you'll discuss the Computer Science curriculum and requirements, ways to get involved, career opportunities, and more! Feel free to ask any questions you have. 

Tour the 7th & 9th floor of the Gould-Simpson Building with a Computer Science Ambassador

Our Computer Science ambassadors, who are current students in the CS program, will show you the UA Computer Science headquarters, housed in the Gould-Simpson building. Key spaces include the CS Tutoring Center, Mentor Lounge, research offices, and the 9th floor atrium with spectacular views. Ambassadors will share their college experience and give their perspective on what its like to be a UA Computer Science student. 

Attend a Class

Sit in on a Computer Science Introductory course, CSC 110: Introduction to Computer Programming I or CSC 120: Introduction to Computer Science II. Discover our collaborative learning style and how college courses compare to your high school experience. Please note that depending on the timeframe of your visit, this option may not be available. View below for course days/times for the Fall 2018 semester.

Course Day Time
CSC 110

M/W/F

8:00AM - 8:50AM

2:00PM - 2:50PM

CSC 120 M/W/F

9:00AM - 9:50AM

3:00PM - 3:50PM

After scheduling a visit using the online form above, an advisor will contact you to make arrangements for attending a CSC course. 

Prospective Student FAQ

The Computer Science visits are separate from the University of Arizona Campus Tour. To tour the entire campus, schedule at https://admissions.arizona.edu/visit/campus-tours/student-tours.

We do not accept walk ins for these visits, but if the scheduled days and times mentioned above do not work for you, contact advising@cs.arizona.edu and we’ll discuss different accommodations. We cannot guarantee a visit outside of the above schedule.

Yes! Parents and guardians are welcome to be a part of the advisor meeting and tour. 

We are located in the Gould-Simpson building. The Academic Services Office, which houses our academic advisors, is located in Gould-Simpson, 917. Department Head and Faculty offices are located on the 7th and 8th floor of the Gould-Simpson building.

1040 E 4th Street. Tucson, AZ 85721

There are three academic advisors for undergraduate students.

Arthur Jordan-Advises students with last name A-G

David Smith-Advises students with last name H-P

Nicole Soley-Advises students with last name Q-Z

More information on the academic advisors.

The 6th Street Garage is the closest garage parking to the Gould-Simpson building. More information on parking rates.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact advising@cs.arizona.edu.

Preparing for Computer Science Before You Get Here

The computer science curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students at all levels of programming experience.  Whether knowledgeable about programming or trying it for the first time, the introductory CS courses meet all skill levels. Although a background in computer science is not required prior to studying at the UA, there are ways to prepare for success in this major.  Transfer students should contact an advisor now to determine what classes to take prior to transfer and what to take at the University of Arizona after transfer.

Computer Science Experience

AP Credit

High school students with access to Advanced Placement (AP) courses in computer science may want to consider enrolling in these classes.  To find out how AP credit could apply to your UA degree, view the policies in the University's Academic Catalog.

Community College or Other Transfer Credit

Students may take computer courses or workshops at a local community college.  The Course Equivalency Guide is a great online resource for Arizona students and provides information on how courses transfer to the Univeristy. 

If transferring from an Arizona Community College, students may be advised to complete the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) prior to transfer.  While completion of the AGEC can be beneficial for some students, it is not the case for all students. Students should contact a computer science advisor to develop an individual plan for transfer.  AGEC completion is NOT required prior to transferring to the UA. 

If taking classes outside Arizona, or at Grand Canyon University or the University of Phoenix, contact an advisor prior to taking courses, to see how your coursework will transfer.

Test the waters at the UA

If students are interested in CS and aren't certain about a major change, enroll in one of the introductory courses to assess interest and skill in the field.  CSC 110 is open to all students on UAccess.  Note, students will need to declare the pre-major to register for more advanced courses in the Department of Computer Science.

Take More Math!

Students will benefit from advancing as far as possible in mathematics while in high school and in college.  To graduate with a degree in Computer Science from the UA, students must complete up to Calculus II for the BS degree and College Algebra for the BA degree.  Preparation at the high school level allows for an easier transition into math courses in college.

Applying to the University of Arizona

Submit your online application for admission to the University of Arizona at the "Apply" link below:

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