Colleges in Phoenix: Universities, Trade and Technical Schools

Phoenix is known for its pleasant weather year-round. Students attending colleges in Phoenix can easily get around town on bicycle or public transit. In fact, Phoenix was named a bike-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists (2014-18). The Phoenix light rail system stops at Arizona State University and at museums, sports fields and arenas, and more.

The public universities in Phoenix (and throughout Arizona) have transfer agreements set up with some community colleges there. For example, Arizona State University has a Transfer Admission Guarantee with many public community colleges in Phoenix.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Phoenix

Established in 1920, Phoenix College offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs, ranging from accounting, Chicana and Chicano Studies, health information management, massage therapy and media arts. It's considered the flagship of the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Keeping things cool in Phoenix since 1965, the Refrigeration School, Inc., trains students in HVAC and electromechanical technology/electromechanical engineering technology.

The American Institute of Trucking, established in 1981, continuously adapts its training according to changes in state laws, company procedures and technologies.

Fun Facts about Phoenix Colleges and Universities

Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix, is by far the largest of all colleges in Phoenix. U.S. News & World Report in 2018 named ASU the nation's most innovative school, in large part due to the work ASU students and faculty do with NASA.

Arizona Christian University, a conservative liberal arts college, is the only Christian university in Arizona ranked among the nation's best Christian colleges and universities. ACU's Firestorm football team is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Both men and women students have a range of competitive and club sports to choose from.

Graduate Schools in Phoenix

Arizona Summit Law School, in downtown Phoenix, takes a more comprehensive approach to teaching law. Students engage in various activities, such as Law School Competition Teams in mediation, arbitration, negotiation and client counseling.

Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture is the state's first educational program that meets nationally recognized standards in those fields.

For additional information about postsecondary schools in the state, view the extensive list of Arizona Colleges.


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Education Institutes in Phoenix
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 Phoenix
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 Phoenix
SchoolTotal EnrollmentInstitution LevelAvg. In-State Tuition & FeesNumber of Programs Offered
GateWay Community College5,081At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,070121
Phoenix College10,959At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,070133
Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery20Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
South Mountain Community College4,075At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,07070
Empire Beauty School-NW Phoenix87Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A2
Ottawa University-Phoenix809Four or more yearsN/A51
National Paralegal College806Four or more years$7,9957
Allen School-Phoenix41Less than 2 years (below associate)N/A1
Paradise Valley Community College8,115At least 2 but less than 4 years$2,07074
Arizona Board of RegentsN/AFour or more yearsN/AN/A
Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture88Four or more yearsN/A1
Arizona Summit Law SchoolN/AFour or more yearsN/A1
Carrington College-Phoenix North475At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A9
Brookline College-Phoenix1,251Four or more yearsN/A20
Universal Technical Institute of Arizona Inc-Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Division952At least 2 but less than 4 yearsN/A2
Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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