Best Colleges in Arizona

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Temperatures in Arizona might be hot, but so are the college opportunities. Arizona’s 3 public four-year universities offer booming programs in manufacturing sciences, technology, business, and hospitality. The Copper State has private universities covered as well, with 7 four-year universities and 7 religious institutions that pepper Arizona’s desert landscape. These include schools housed in Phoenix, Mesa, and Scottsdale. Interested in military sciences or engineering? Arizona’s Fort Huachuca, Luke, and Davis-Monthan Air Force bases and the Yuma Proving Grounds provide potential employment opportunities in testing and training. And with income tax rates as low as 2-5%, your money will go further in the Grand Canyon State.

One of the Four Corners states, Arizona’s temperate climate and diverse topography make it a landmine for outdoor sports. Hiking in Grand Canyon National Park, hitting a few rounds on the sunny golf courses, or relaxing at the spas are common past times here in the desert. The state’s Native American history is heavily folded into its robust art scene—Southwestern and Native American art reigns supreme in Arizona’s largest art museums and in the up-and-coming artist communities popping up throughout the desert state. Festivals, cultural performances and public educational programs are at your fingertips when you choose Arizona.* What more do you need than gorgeous weather, sprawling landscapes, and abundant opportunities to get in the zone in Arizona?

*Wikipedia, “Arizona”, “Colleges and Universities in Arizona” *www.GPEC.org

Best Four Year Universities in Arizona

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Arizona State University-Tempe Tempe, AZ

Arizona State University-Tempe offers 371 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a mid sized city. In 2015, 15,064 students graduated with students earning 9,906 Bachelor's degrees, 3,377 Master's degrees, 997 Certificates degrees, and 784 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 152 Reviews
2 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ

University of Arizona offers 449 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 10,311 students graduated with students earning 7,345 Bachelor's degrees, 1,767 Master's degrees, 966 Doctoral degrees, and 233 Certificates degrees.

Based on 48 Reviews
3 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ

Northern Arizona University offers 372 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a small city. In 2015, 7,464 students graduated with students earning 5,324 Bachelor's degrees, 1,269 Master's degrees, 676 Certificates degrees, and 195 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 48 Reviews
4 Arizona Christian University Phoenix, AZ

Arizona Christian University offers 55 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 124 students graduated with students earning 123 Bachelor's degrees, and 1 Associate's degree.

5 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott Prescott, AZ

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott offers 24 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a outlying rural. In 2015, 378 students graduated with students earning 368 Bachelor's degrees, and 10 Master's degrees.

6 Prescott College Prescott, AZ

Prescott College offers 103 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a small city. In 2015, 228 students graduated with students earning 112 Bachelor's degrees, 80 Master's degrees, 21 Certificates degrees, and 15 Doctoral degrees.

7 Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ

Grand Canyon University offers 125 Degree programs. It's a large private university in a large city. In 2015, 17,005 students graduated with students earning 9,574 Bachelor's degrees, 7,173 Master's degrees, 184 Certificates degrees, and 74 Doctoral degrees.

Based on 8 Reviews
8 Pima Medical Institute-Tucson Tucson, AZ

Pima Medical Institute-Tucson offers 25 Degree programs. It's a small private university in a large city. In 2015, 1,502 students graduated with students earning 757 Certificates degrees, 381 Bachelor's degrees, and 364 Associate's degrees.

9 Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix Phoenix, AZ

Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix offers 90 Degree programs. It's a large public university in a large city. In 2015, 3,905 students graduated with students earning 2,824 Bachelor's degrees, 676 Master's degrees, 304 Certificates degrees, and 101 Doctoral degrees.

10 Arizona State University-Polytechnic Mesa, AZ

Arizona State University-Polytechnic offers 62 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public university in a large city. In 2015, 863 students graduated with students earning 706 Bachelor's degrees, 150 Master's degrees, 6 Doctoral degrees, and 1 Certificates degree.

Best Community Colleges in Arizona

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 Eastern Arizona College Thatcher, AZ

Eastern Arizona College offers 109 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a remote town. In 2015, 1,849 students graduated with students earning 1,396 Certificates degrees, and 453 Associate's degrees.

2 Pima Medical Institute-Mesa Mesa, AZ

Pima Medical Institute-Mesa offers 19 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a large city. In 2015, 1,246 students graduated with students earning 931 Certificates degrees, and 315 Associate's degrees.

3 Central Arizona College Coolidge, AZ

Central Arizona College offers 108 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a outlying rural. In 2015, 1,180 students graduated with students earning 611 Associate's degrees, and 569 Certificates degrees.

4 Yavapai College Prescott, AZ

Yavapai College offers 128 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 1,916 students graduated with students earning 1,333 Certificates degrees, and 583 Associate's degrees.

5 Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ

Chandler-Gilbert Community College offers 72 Degree programs. It's a large public college in a large suburb. In 2015, 2,608 students graduated with students earning 1,409 Certificates degrees, and 1,199 Associate's degrees.

6 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ

Pima Community College offers 227 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large city. In 2015, 6,383 students graduated with students earning 3,297 Certificates degrees, and 3,086 Associate's degrees.

7 Cochise County Community College District Douglas, AZ

Cochise County Community College District offers 106 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a far away rural. In 2015, 2,437 students graduated with students earning 1,446 Associate's degrees, and 991 Certificates degrees.

8 Southwest Institute of Healing Arts Tempe, AZ

Southwest Institute of Healing Arts offers 28 Degree programs. It's a small private college in a mid sized city. In 2015, 764 students graduated with students earning 574 Certificates degrees, and 190 Associate's degrees.

9 Arizona Western College Yuma, AZ

Arizona Western College offers 149 Degree programs. It's a medium sized public college in a small city. In 2015, 2,709 students graduated with students earning 1,713 Certificates degrees, and 996 Associate's degrees.

10 Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ

Mesa Community College offers 150 Degree programs. It's a very large public college in a large city. In 2015, 4,623 students graduated with students earning 2,460 Certificates degrees, and 2,163 Associate's degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
Arizona State University-Tempe Arizona State University-Tempe Tempe, AZ
3/5
27 : 1 51,984
University of Arizona University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
3/5
22 : 1 42,595
Northern Arizona University Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
3/5
24 : 1 29,021
Arizona Christian University Arizona Christian University Phoenix, AZ
4/5
20 : 1 779
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott Prescott, AZ
5/5
20 : 1 2,265
Prescott College Prescott College Prescott, AZ
5/5
12 : 1 819
Grand Canyon University Grand Canyon University Phoenix, AZ
4/5
39 : 1 69,444
Pima Medical Institute-Tucson Pima Medical Institute-Tucson Tucson, AZ 44 : 1 2,023
Eastern Arizona College Eastern Arizona College Thatcher, AZ
2/5
37 : 1 6,320
University Logo Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix Phoenix, AZ
3/5
25 : 1 10,952
Arizona State University-Polytechnic Arizona State University-Polytechnic Mesa, AZ
3/5
21 : 1 4,078
University Logo Arizona State University-West Glendale, AZ
3/5
15 : 1 3,619
University Logo University of Phoenix-Arizona Tempe, AZ
3/5
41 : 1 165,743
Pima Medical Institute-Mesa Pima Medical Institute-Mesa Mesa, AZ 27 : 1 1,066
Central Arizona College Central Arizona College Coolidge, AZ
2/5
29 : 1 5,849
Yavapai College Yavapai College Prescott, AZ
2/5
58 : 1 7,385
Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler-Gilbert Community College Chandler, AZ
2/5
49 : 1 14,654
Argosy University, Phoenix Online Division Argosy University, Phoenix Online Division Phoenix, AZ
4/5
24 : 1 8,657
Pima Community College Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
1/5
45 : 1 26,880
Cochise County Community College District Cochise County Community College District Douglas, AZ
1/5
27 : 1 4,437
Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences Tempe, AZ 23 : 1 655
Southwest Institute of Healing Arts Southwest Institute of Healing Arts Tempe, AZ 21 : 1 690
Arizona Western College Arizona Western College Yuma, AZ
2/5
34 : 1 7,514
Mesa Community College Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ
2/5
39 : 1 21,491
Phoenix College Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ
2/5
35 : 1 11,865

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