The University of Arizona produces happier, healthier, and more successful graduates who remain more emotionally attached to their alma mater than graduates from peer universities, according to a Gallup study conducted this year.

The survey found that UA alumni are significantly more likely than graduates of each comparison group to be thriving in each of Gallup’s well-being elements: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical.

What UA leaders say:

  • "I am thrilled, but not surprised, that these results show that our graduates leave the UA prepared for success. This is a reminder that we should all be proud to be Wildcats, and a sign that we must continue to provide the best possible learning experience for our students so they have the tools to succeed and pursue well-being for the rest of their lives."
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  • 9 out of 10 Wildcat alumni report their education was worth the cost
  • Wildcats are more likely to have a job waiting for them upon graduation
  • 3 in 4 Wildcats report they were well prepared for their first job
  • More than 2/3 of Arizona alumni say they have their ideal job
  • 8 out of 10 Arizona alumni are deeply engaged in their work

What UA leaders say:

  • "These findings underscore our commitment to giving students a dynamic campus experience that blends career readiness, health and wellness, and high levels of engagement. It’s a winning combination for our students and one that, I’m proud to say, our alumni continue to live out."
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Gallup surveyed more than 4,200 UA alumni about their collegiate, professional and personal experiences.

Results were compared to the Gallup-Purdue national index of nearly 67,000 college graduates, as well as 5,683 graduates from peer institutions and 3,524 graduates from Pac-12 schools.

UA alumni exceed their national peers in each measure of well-being:

  • Purpose Well-Being: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals
  • Social Well-Being: Having strong and supportive relationships and love in your life
  • Financial Well-Being: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security
  • Community Well-Being: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community
  • Physical Well-Being: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily

What UA leaders say:

  • "University of Arizona alumni are leading remarkable lives, and we're proud to learn about these deep emotional connections between our graduates and the University. A UA graduate is truly a Wildcat for life."
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