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.
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.
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/
|School||City||Total Enrollment||Institution Level||Avg. In-State Tuition & Fees||Number of Programs Offered|
|University of Phoenix-Arizona||Tempe||95,777||Four or more years||$9,552||146|
|Grand Canyon University||Phoenix||90,253||Four or more years||$17,050||126|
|Arizona State University-Tempe||Tempe||51,585||Four or more years||$10,822||346|
|University of Arizona||Tucson||44,097||Four or more years||$12,467||481|
|Arizona State University-Skysong||Scottsdale||38,540||Four or more years||$10,317||103|
|Northern Arizona University||Flagstaff||31,066||Four or more years||$11,564||237|
|Mesa Community College||Mesa||20,387||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$2,070||166|
|Pima Community College||Tucson||19,594||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$2,142||287|
|Rio Salado College||Tempe||18,304||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$2,070||104|
|Glendale Community College||Glendale||17,942||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$2,070||101|
|Chandler-Gilbert Community College||Chandler||14,728||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$2,070||70|
|Phoenix College||Phoenix||10,959||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$2,070||133|
|Estrella Mountain Community College||Avondale||9,976||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$2,070||78|
|Scottsdale Community College||Scottsdale||8,744||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$2,070||98|
|Paradise Valley Community College||Phoenix||8,115||At least 2 but less than 4 years||$2,070||74|
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/