If your ideal college experience includes opportunities to indulge in the great outdoors (not to mention a vibrant party scene), don't overlook Tucson, Arizona. To the west of Tucson, Sentinel Peak looms above the city, sporting a large letter "A", for the University of Arizona. Saguaro National Park, Sabino Canyon, and the nearby Coronado National Forest provide excellent opportunities for hiking, biking, and camping while the city's collection of diverse college students gives Tucson a youthful and eclectic feel.
Tucson colleges and universities attract students from Arizona and all over the world, thanks to academic programs and a reputation for knowing how to party. The University of Arizona is the second largest university in the state, with over 37,000 students. The University of Arizona Wildcats basketball games are a favorite activity of many students of Tucson colleges and universities.