Arizona Colleges & Universities

Arizona Schools

The state’s three public universities are Arizona State University, with campuses in Glendale, Tempe, and Mesa, the University of Arizona (Tucson), and Northern Arizona University with its main campus in Flagstaff and with 36 satellites.  Arizona State enrolls more than 80,000 students, University of Arizona enrolls about half that number, and Northern Arizona serves about 27,000.  Many of the 150,000 students in the aforementioned institutions come from neighboring states which are members of the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program.  That entitles them to a far lower tuition rate than they would otherwise pay.

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Arizona has several institutions which have campuses…usually main campuses…in other states.  Two out-of-state colleges, Wilkes University (PA) and Upper Iowa University, offer degree programs in Mesa.  Embry Riddle Aeronautical University is the second campus of a well known specialty university in Florida, Midwestern University’s main campus is in Illinois, and Ottawa University and Southwestern University have main campuses in Kansas.

Multi-campus for-profit colleges in Arizona include the University of Phoenix, one of the first universities in the United States to offer degrees online, Keller Graduate School, which also offers campus-based and online degree programs to students throughout the U.S., Argosy University, a national university offering traditional and distance education in business, education, and psychology, and DeVry University, which offers traditional and Internet-based degree programs with a primary focus on technology, electronic, and business training.

Other specialty institutions in Arizona include A.T. Still University, which features a school of osteopathic medicine and several health specialty programs, Brookline College, which offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and allied health care, and Thunderbird School of Global Management, which is perpetually rated among the top business schools in the country.

Traditional Universities

Arizona State University 480-727-7013

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 800-888-3728

Grand Canyon University 800-800-9776 ext. 2855

Midwestern University 888-247-9277

Northern Arizona Univ.

Prescott College

Southwestern College

University of Advancing Technology

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University of Arizona

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Community & Technical Colleges in Arizona

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Arizona Western College

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  • Phone – (928) 317-6000
  • Address – 2020 S Ave 8 E, Yuma, AZ 85365

Central Arizona College

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  • Phone – (800) 237-9814
  • Address – 8470 N Overfield Rd, Coolidge, AZ 85128

Chandler-Gilbert Community College

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  • Phone – (480) 732-7000
  • Address – 2626 E Pecos Rd, Chandler, AZ 85225

Cochise College

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  • Phone – (520) 364-7943
  • Address – 4190 West Highway 80 Douglas, AZ 85607-6190

Coconino Community College

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  • Phone – (928) 527-1222
  • Address – 2800 S Lone Tree Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86005

Diné College

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  • Phone – (928) 724-6600
  • Address – 1 Circle Dr, Tsaile, AZ 86556

Eastern Arizona College

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  • Phone – (928) 428-8472
  • Address – 615 N Stadium Ave, Thatcher, AZ 85552

Estrella Mountain Community College

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  • Phone – (623) 935-8000
  • Address – 3000 N Dysart Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392

GateWay Community College

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  • Phone – (602) 286-8000
  • Address – 108 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ USA 85034

Glendale Community College

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  • Address – 6000 W Olive Ave, Glendale, AZ 85302

Mesa Community College

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  • Phone – (480) 461-7000
  • Address – 1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ 85202

Mohave Community College

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  • Address – 480 Central St, Colorado City, AZ 86021

Northland Pioneer College

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  • Address – 1001 W Deuce of Clubs, Show Low, AZ 85901

Paradise Valley Community College

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  • Address – 18401 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Phoenix College

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  • Address – 1202 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013

Pima Community College

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  • Address – 1255 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85709

Rio Salado College

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  • Address – 2323 W 14th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

Scottsdale Community College

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  • Address – 9000 E Chaparral Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

South Mountain Community College

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  • Address – 7050 S 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85042

Tohono O’odham Community College

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  • Address – AZ-86, Sells, AZ 85634

Yavapai College

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  • Address – 1100 E Sheldon St, Prescott, AZ 86301

Online Colleges In Arizona

Sixty-one of the fully accredited colleges and universities that call Arizona home also offer online degree programs of some kind. Prospective students will find a wide variety of programs available throughout these institutions, but will also find that the programs are often more expensive than many other states in the West and Midwest. The least expensive institution in the state offering online degree programs is Northern Arizona University, which offers degree programs at an annual tuition rate at around $5,000. The per credit cost, however, is much higher in comparison, at over $360 per credit. The next least expensive program can be found at Arizona State University, which offers degrees at an annual tuition rate of over $11,500, a steep jump from Northern Arizona University. The per credit cost is around $480, offering a great value for those that do not wish to be fully enrolled into a degree program.

As a state, Arizona is home to an extremely high population of students taking online degree programs. According to a 2012 report from the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly 50% of the students enrolled in Title IV institutions were taking their degree programs completely online. This number makes Arizona one of the best states for students desiring an online educational experience. Many of the universities in the state are participating in the Internet Course Exchange Program, a Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education program that allows students to take online degrees from any college and university that is participating in the program, regardless of which state that college is in.

The best programs in the state can be found at Northern Arizona University, University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Ottawa University at Phoenix and Thunderbird School of Global Management. Arizona State University ranks well on the U.S. News and World Report’s annual college rankings, landing at #131 among Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and #100 for Best Online Graduate Education Programs. Prospective students will find an excellent variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees. These include Bachelor’s degree programs in Applied Science, Comparative Cultural Studies, Health Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, Parks and Recreation Management, Public Administration and Sociology Online graduate degree options include degrees in Administration, Early Childhood Education, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Mathematics Education, Nursing and Science Teaching.

Arizona State University offers some of the most highly ranked online degree options in the country. U.S. News and World Report places the school very highly in a several areas, including Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (#2), Best Online MBA Programs (#4), Best Online Graduate Business Programs (#3), Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs (#2), Best Online Graduate Education Programs (#23), Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs (#14) and Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs (#74). There are a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate degree programs available through the state’s online degree service, including Justice Studies, Internet and Web Development, Nutrition Communication, Organizational Leadership, Graphic Information and Technology and Global Health, among many others. The graduate degree program offerings are even more extensive, with degree options available in Engineering: Embedded Systems, English, Health Innovation and many more.