Arizona Colleges Summary

There are numerous reasons for thinking about attending one of the colleges or universities in Arizona. One is the state's abundance of choices — more than 80 schools serve residents either on campus or online. Students looking for colleges in Arizona that offer two- or four-year degree programs may be interested in the options at its three public universities or its 21 community colleges. These schools, in addition to private colleges, such as Prescott College and Western International University, offer students a variety of programs when it comes to undergraduate, graduate, career-oriented and online education.

Arizona's Credit and Transfer Agreements

Like public schools in other states, the universities in Arizona offer college credit for high school exams, including for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests.

The public universities in the state also have certain transfer agreements set up with specific community colleges there. For example, Arizona State University, in Phoenix, has established a Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) with numerous public community colleges, including the community colleges in Maricopa County, where Phoenix is located.

Arizona Colleges: A Few Highlights

Northern Arizona University is well-known for its location in Flagstaff, but also for numerous campus sites and options for online learning. Of note, the school was awarded a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to inspire rural Native Americans to pursue STEM education. Arizona State University, in Tempe, has six different campuses and is notable for producing 185 Fulbright scholar winners in the past 10 years.

For more details on public institutions of higher education in Arizona, see https://highered.az.gov/

Sources:

  • ASU a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars, Accessed March 2018, https://www.asu.edu/
  • http://aztransfer.com/
  • Board of Regents, Arizona's Public Universities, Accessed March 2018, http://www.azregents.edu/arizonas-public-universities/arizona-state-university
  • Points of Pride, Northern Arizona University, Accessed March 2018, https://nau.edu/about/points-of-pride

Education Institutes in Arizona
Total Number of Educational Institutes
120
Total Enrollment in all institutes
585,595
Number of Public Educational Institutes
33
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
70
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
12
Graduation Rate
8.47%
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
12,268
On Campus and Online Programs in Arizona
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
9
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
26
Number of Institutes Offering both
85
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Colleges and Universities in Arizona
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of Phoenix-ArizonaTempe103,975Four or more years$9,608143
Grand Canyon UniversityPhoenix83,284Four or more years$17,050121
Arizona State University-TempeTempe51,164Four or more years$10,792337
University of ArizonaTucson43,751Four or more years$11,877595
Arizona State University-SkysongScottsdale31,702Four or more years$9,22291
Northern Arizona UniversityFlagstaff31,051Four or more years$11,059240
Pima Community CollegeTucson24,347At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,118283
Mesa Community CollegeMesa20,424At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,094143
Glendale Community CollegeGlendale19,033At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,09492
Rio Salado CollegeTempe17,635At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,094102
Chandler-Gilbert Community CollegeChandler14,906At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,09467
Phoenix CollegePhoenix11,428At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,094119
Estrella Mountain Community CollegeAvondale9,788At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,09477
Scottsdale Community CollegeScottsdale9,458At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,09491
Paradise Valley Community CollegePhoenix8,447At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,09468