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


  • ASU a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars, Accessed March 2018,
  • Board of Regents, Arizona's Public Universities, Accessed March 2018,
  • Points of Pride, Northern Arizona University, Accessed March 2018,

Education Institutes in Arizona
Total Number of Educational Institutes
Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
Number of Private Non-Profit Institutes
Graduation Rate
Total Graduates With Bachelors Degree
On Campus and Online Programs in Arizona
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
Number of Institutes Offering both

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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Colleges and Universities in Arizona
SchoolCityTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
University of Phoenix-ArizonaTempe95,777Four or more years$9,552146
Grand Canyon UniversityPhoenix90,253Four or more years$17,050126
Arizona State University-TempeTempe51,585Four or more years$10,822346
University of ArizonaTucson44,097Four or more years$12,467481
Arizona State University-SkysongScottsdale38,540Four or more years$10,317103
Northern Arizona UniversityFlagstaff31,066Four or more years$11,564237
Mesa Community CollegeMesa20,387At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,070166
Pima Community CollegeTucson19,594At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,142287
Rio Salado CollegeTempe18,304At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,070104
Glendale Community CollegeGlendale17,942At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,070101
Chandler-Gilbert Community CollegeChandler14,728At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,07070
Arizona State University-Downtown PhoenixPhoenix11,584Four or more years$10,82293
Phoenix CollegePhoenix10,959At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,070133
Estrella Mountain Community CollegeAvondale9,976At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,07078
Scottsdale Community CollegeScottsdale8,744At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,07098

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,