Destination Arizona

Orientation & New Student Services is excited to welcome all new University of Arizona students during our Destination Arizona program, Friday, August 19th - Sunday, August 21, 2022! Destination Arizona is a mix of mandatory and optional programming designed to welcome all new students to campus prior to the start of classes by providing inclusive and engaging programs to allow students to find community and know what resources are available to them to be successful Wildcats. 

Find full Destination Arizona details in your Next Steps Center in the "Your Journey Begins Here" tile. 

With questions about access or to request any disability-related accommodations at Destination Arizona such as ASL interpreting, closed-captioning, wheelchair access, or electronic text, etc., please contact our office at

Block A Photo

Upload a headshot or selfie of yourself to become a part of our official Block A photo collage! Sport your best Arizona gear or hold up the Wildcat Claw! Once you’ve loaded it, sit back and watch the Block A come to life! Photo submission deadline: Saturday, August 20


Get Prepared

During Destination Arizona, we will be using two different apps. Both apps are available for download free of charge on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. 

  • Our Arizona Guidebook will provide you a full schedule of events, on-campus locations, resources and so much more! Once in the Arizona Guidebook, you will see the program guide for Destination Arizona. Feel free to begin adding events to your schedule and planning your experience. 
  • The Goosechase app is an interactive scavenger hunt that you can engage with during your entire Destination Arizona experience. Once the event begins, you will see specific missions that pop-up. Each mission that you complete awards different points. During our Convocation, we will be announcing our top scorers and awarding prizes! Game code will be provided via email and Next Steps Center. Please note the Destination Arizona game will not be live until August 18 when Destination Arizona Check-In events begin. 

Notice of Photographic and Media Recording

When you attend Destination Arizona, you enter an area where photography, audio recording and video recording may occur. By entering the event premises, you consent to such media recording and its release, publication, exhibition or reproduction to be used for news, webcasts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising and inclusion on websites. You further waive all rights you may have to any claims in connection with any exhibition, streaming, webcasting, televising or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such exhibiting, broadcasting, webcasting or other publication.

Service Animal/Pet Policy

Animals are generally not permitted in Arizona buildings with some exceptions, such as service animals, service animals in training and assistance animals determined to be a reasonable accommodation. Service animals are permitted at Admitted Student Day. If a dog is not trained to do work or perform tasks, and only provides comfort or emotional support, the dog is not a service dog and may be excluded from public areas and buildings during Admitted Student Day. Please see the UA Disability Resource Center website for further policy information.

Prohibited and Permissible Items

Prohibited Items

  • Purses and all bags
  • Air horns
  • Large or oversized umbrellas
  • Confetti and Flutterfetti
  • Silly String
  • Balloons or inflatable items, such as beach balls
  • Poles, monopods, tripods
  • Weapons: guns, ammunition, knives, box cutters
  • Leatherman or similar tools
  • Sharp and/or pointed objects (scissors, knitting needles, etc.)
  • Mace, pepper spray
  • Spray containers, aerosols, flammable liquids
  • Explosives, fireworks, laser lights, laser pointers
  • Unopened packages
  • Signs with sticks or on poles
  • Cans, bottles, coolers
  • Hoverboards, segways, scooters, roller skates, skateboards, bicycles
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles, such as drones

Permissible Items (all items subject to search)

  • Small umbrellas
  • The following is a list of bags that will be accepted for entry:
    • Bags that are clear plastic or vinyl and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”
    • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar)
    • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, after being searched
    • Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection, including but not limited to oxygen tanks, diabetes kits, allergy pens, etc.
  • Water bottles (may be asked to dispose of liquid before entry)
  • Small hand-held still cameras and video cameras (no tripods)
  • Binoculars
  • Kleenex

Tucson, AZ is located in the Sonoran Desert. What does this mean? It’s HOT! Especially this time of year. Be sure that you dress accordingly and don’t leave the water bottle behind. In this heat, it’s important to stay hydrated and take care of yourself.

Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O'odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.