The University of Arizona

A Guide to Spring Fling and Admitted Student Day 2018

This Saturday is shaping up to be one of the most memorable days in University of Arizona history. In addition to holding its 45th Annual Spring Fling, the largest student-run carnival in the nation, Arizona will also host its first inaugural Admitted Student Day to give admitted students and their families a first-hand experience of Wildcat life.

More than 6,000 students and guests are estimated to attend Admitted Student Day, in addition to the thousands of thrill-seekers and food connoisseurs in attendance for Spring Fling. With so many options and festivities to enjoy, you may be wondering, what should I do first? Here’s our guide to Spring Fling and Admitted Student Day:

5. Try the Zona Zoo Virtual Reality Experience

Arizona is home to great sports and an amazing student fan section! In fact, Zona Zoo is the biggest student section in the Pac-12 and was recently named the 2018 National Collegiate Student Section Association ‘Student Section of the Year’. If you get the chance, be sure to experience the spirit of Arizona with Zona Zoo’s VR experience.

4. Try All the Food!

We recently asked 200 Wildcats to give their best advice for people that have never been to Spring Fling, and to no one’s surprise, trying all the food was the top response. If you’re looking for food recommendations, here’s what they had to say:

“I’d definitely recommend buying some fries from the UA SMORES booth, and not just because I’m a part of the organization!”

“If you’ve never been, you should definitely eat yourself into comatose with the funnel cakes.”

3. Do an Escape Room with Leadership Programs

The UA is home to amazing leadership development programs. What better ways to showcase your ability to lead, communicate, and problem solve (three of the top skills employers look for)  than with an escape room? Who knows, you might even make some new friends!

2. Go on the Zipper and the Drop Tower

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, then you’ll be happy to hear that Spring Fling will feature over 35 rides. But you may be wondering, which are the best ones? Here’s what our students had to say:

“Ride every ride, but especially the zipper and the bungee jump.”

“Do the drop tower for sure!”

1. Don’t Miss the Commitment Tunnel! 

If you’ve walked around the UA Mall this week, you may have found yourself wondering, what’s with the big tent? The tent will be a part of the UA commitment tunnel, which will officially welcome students to the Wildcat family. You won’t want to miss it!

For more information about Spring Fling, visit And for more information about Admitted Student Day, including the wide range of lectures, tours, and social experiences that are available, visit