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While endless desert and cactus first come to mind, Tucson is so much more. Surrounded by 5 beautiful mountain ranges in the Sonora desert, The Old Pueblo's scenic beauty is mirrored by its rich historic attractions, abundant wineries, and dynamic nightlife scene. In addition to the gorgeous scenery, Tucson offers over 18 colleges, universities, trade and vocational schools. and with countless majors, including film & science or even environmental hydrology, there are plenty of opportunities to put your degree to use. Plenty of employers like Raytheon Missile Systems, IBM, and Union Pacific Rail operate locally, and ManPowerGroup's national employment outlook survey projected job increases of 20%.

With its 215 art groups, 35 art galleries, and renown ballet company, it is impossible for you to not be inspired by the city named a "mini-mecca for the arts". But it's not just about the impeccable art scene. Explore the caves of Kartchner Caverns State Park; make 200 new friends and get a work out at the weekly Meet Me at Maynards 2-6 mile walk/run, or tap into your wild side with a visit to the Reid Park Zoo. With an average of 350 sunny days a year and 70 degree temperatures, you'll be gaining an unbeatable collegiate experience inside and outside the classroom. If you're looking for a city that keeps up with your thirst for nature and pulsing cultural spirit, Tucson is calling you.

*visittucson.com *government.tucsonaz.gov *tucsonguidemagazine.com *Wikipedia, "Tucson" *forbes.com

Best Four Year Universities in Tucson

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 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.

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2 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.

3 Southwest University of Visual Arts-Tucson Tucson, AZ

Southwest University of Visual Arts-Tucson offers 9 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 58 students graduated with students earning 52 Bachelor's degrees, and 6 Master's degrees.

4 Brookline College-Tucson Tucson, AZ

Brookline College-Tucson offers 17 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 389 students graduated with students earning 329 Certificates degrees, 47 Associate's degrees, and 13 Bachelor's degrees.

5 ITT Technical Institute-Tucson Tucson, AZ

ITT Technical Institute-Tucson offers 16 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large suburb. In 2015, 139 students graduated with students earning 95 Associate's degrees, and 44 Bachelor's degrees.

6 Brown Mackie College-Tucson Tucson, AZ

Brown Mackie College-Tucson offers 30 Degree programs. It's a very small private university in a large city. In 2015, 239 students graduated with students earning 168 Associate's degrees, 52 Certificates degrees, and 19 Bachelor's degrees.

Best Community Colleges in Tucson

Rank School Name Location Description   Rating
1 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.

2 Tohono O'Odham Community College Sells, AZ

Tohono O'Odham Community College offers 23 Degree programs. It's a very small public college in a remote rural. In 2015, 21 students graduated with students earning 11 Associate's degrees, and 10 Certificates degrees.

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School Logo School Name Average tuition Student Teacher Ratio Enrolled Students
University of Arizona University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
3/5
22 : 1 42,595
Pima Medical Institute-Tucson Pima Medical Institute-Tucson Tucson, AZ 44 : 1 2,023
Pima Community College Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
1/5
45 : 1 26,880
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Tucson Southwest University of Visual Arts-Tucson Tucson, AZ
4/5
9 : 1 139
Cortiva Institute-Tucson Cortiva Institute-Tucson Tucson, AZ 34 : 1 133
HDS Truck Driving Institute HDS Truck Driving Institute Tucson, AZ 19 : 1 148
Pure Aesthetics Pure Aesthetics Tucson, AZ 15 : 1 29
University Logo Tucson College of Beauty Tucson, AZ 11 : 1 44
Brookline College-Tucson Brookline College-Tucson Tucson, AZ 44 : 1 393
University Logo Empire Beauty School-Tucson Tucson, AZ 20 : 1 115
University Logo Regency Beauty Institute-East Tucson Tucson, AZ 16 : 1 80
Tucson College Tucson College Tucson, AZ 15 : 1 279
University Logo Regency Beauty Institute-North Tucson Tucson, AZ 16 : 1 61
ITT Technical Institute-Tucson ITT Technical Institute-Tucson Tucson, AZ
4/5
25 : 1 342
University Logo Arizona Academy of Beauty-East Tucson, AZ 11 : 1 33
Brown Mackie College-Tucson Brown Mackie College-Tucson Tucson, AZ
3/5
30 : 1 450
Tohono O'Odham Community College Tohono O'Odham Community College Sells, AZ
1/5
11 : 1 212
University Logo Arizona Academy of Beauty-North Tucson, AZ 24 : 1 47
Aveda Institute-Tucson Aveda Institute-Tucson Tucson, AZ 20 : 1 157
Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Tucson, AZ 5 : 1 32
University Logo Empire Beauty School-North Tucson Tucson, AZ

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Questions About Going to College in Tucson

How are the career opportunities for college graduates in this city?

Educational institutions, military operations, high-tech companies, medical and research facilities, and aerospace industries contribute to Tucson’s diverse economy. A CareerBuilder/EMSI study projects the metro area will see a 6.8 percent increase in jobs between 2013 and 2017. In-demand positions include telemarketers, customer service reps, nurses, and personal care aides.

What major companies/industries are hiring what type of graduates/skills in Tucson?

With more than 12,000 employees, the University of Arizona is Tucson’s largest employer. The University of Arizona Health Network, Carondelet Health Network, and TMC Healthcare hire health science graduates. Significant tech, security, and governmental employers include Raytheon Missile Systems, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, U.S. Border Patrol, and the State of Arizona.

Is Tucson more of a college town or a great place to start a career and family?

The area around the University of Arizona definitely has a collegiate vibe. Remember, though, that Tucson is a city of more than 520,000 residents. AARP chose Tucson as one of the best places for seniors to live the simple life, while Businessweek magazine named it one of the best places to raise kids. With affordable housing, good public transportation, top-notch medical facilities, promising job prospects, and more than 100 parks, you may find yourself settling down in this city.

What do the locals in Tucson like to do for fun?

With some 350 days of sunshine each year, residents can’t help but want to get outdoors. Golfers head to one of Tucson’s more than 40 courses, while hikers and cyclist enjoy the scenic Arizona Trail. The twice-yearly 4th Avenue Winter and Spring Street Fairs bring the community together for live entertainment, food, and hundreds of arts and crafts booths. Congress Street in downtown Tucson holds a free, family-friendly music festival on the second Saturday of every month.

What's the dating scene like in Tucson? Will I meet my perfect mate?

Well for the students, with an enrollment of roughly 40,000 students and nearly equal gender distribution, the U of A is brimming with singles. Get social at events such as the annual Spring Fling, the largest student-run carnival in the country; you might just go home with a special prize. After graduation, singles can take advantage of several groups in Tucson dedicated to helping you meet your match. Try “It’s Just Lunch,” a dating service for busy professionals.

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