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A strong academic and athletic rivalry exists between the University of Arizona and Arizona State University located in Tempe.

Academically, U of A is strong in many areas (especially the sciences), but is particularly well known in the areas of optical science, management information science, and astronomical research.

Current funding considerations have led to a State-wide reorganization of the programs offered at each of Arizona's Universities. Known as "Focused Excellence", this reorganization aims to focus the mission of the University of Arizona upon research through eliminating and merging less popular and low-revenue academic departments.
The University of Arizona is an institution of higher learning located in Tucson, Arizona. Created by the Arizona Territorial Legislature in 1885, classes met for the first time in 1891 with 32 students. It is a land-grant university. In 2002, enrollment was 36,847 students.

Arizona's sports teams are called the Wildcats. They participate in the NCAA's Division I-A and in the Pacific Ten Conference; the men's basketball team is often a contender in the NCAA championships.

The University mascot is named Wilbur the Wildcat. The identity of Wilbur is kept secret through the year as the mascot appears only in costume. In 1986 Wilbur married his longtime wildcat girlfriend, Wilma. Together Wilbur and Wilma appear along with the cheerleading squad at most Wildcat sporting events.