Find the Best Colleges in Arizona
Arizona has dozens of accredited schools of higher education. Most of these colleges and universities are private, and most are run for profit. Just a few private schools in Arizona are not-for-profit institutions. However, Arizona has three public universities — Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona — and 21 community college districts.
Good to know: Residents of Arizona get discounts at many public colleges and universities in other states. Instead of paying the full out-of-state tuition, Arizonans are charged no more than 1.5 times the in-state price at participating public schools in other western states. See below for details.
Arizona College Overview
How much do Arizona degree programs cost? Which schools offer reputable online degrees? Here are some facts to help with your college search.
- Arizona community colleges have low tuitions compared with those in other states. For the 2012-2013 school year the average tuition at public two-year colleges in Arizona was $1842. Nationwide it was $2792.
- Four-year degree programs at Arizona’s public universities are priced a bit high on average compared with those at other state’s public schools. For the 2012-2013 school year the average tuition at public universities in Arizona was $9694. Nationwide it was $8070.
- Studying out-of-state, whether online or on campus, is made more affordable for Arizona residents by the Western Undergraduate Exchange. States that offer Arizonans special rates at their public schools are Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
- Four-year degree programs at Arizona’s private schools cost less on average than those found at private colleges and universities in other states. For the 2012-2013 school year the average tuition at public universities in Arizona was $11,650. Nationwide it was $24,525. However, students at Arizona’s private for-profit schools were less likely than others to complete their degree programs.
- Online learning is more popular in Arizona than in many other states. Look for online degree programs from the state’s public universities, community colleges and accredited private schools. Be sure to check the graduation rate for any online or traditional degree program when deciding whether to enroll.
See our list of top Arizona colleges below.
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More Education Statistics & Fun Facts about Arizona
Here are some serious and fun facts to consider about learning and living in Arizona.
- About 85% of days in Arizona are sunny. The state is sunnier than Hawaii and Florida.
- Graduation rates at public colleges and universities in Arizona are slightly above average. In 2013 about 59 percent of students at public universities in Arizona completed their programs within the expected timeframe. Nationwide the figure was about 57 percent.
- Graduation rates at Arizona’s private colleges and universities are very low on average. In 2013 the rate was just 29 percent, which means that Arizona tied with Alaska for the lowest private school graduation rates in the country. The numbers were pulled down by the for-profit schools.
- Arizona’s Maricopa County Community College District has 11 community colleges. It’s one of the largest and most affordable community college systems in the nation.
- Arizona is nicknamed the Grand Canyon State. The Grand Canyon stretches across 277 miles, is more than a mile deep in some areas, and is Arizona’s best-known landmark… It’s a classic college road trip destination.
- Arizona has nearly 4000 mountain peaks. It has more mountains than Switzerland and more than any other US state.
- Arizona has more national monuments and parks than any other US state.
- Although Southern Arizona has a desert climate, the state has more golf courses than Scotland. It also has more than 11 million acres of forest.
- The economy in Arizona is diverse and healthy. The state unemployment rate tends to mirror the national average. Some top industries are mining (especially copper), tourism and manufacturing.
Eager to start school? Choose the best degree program with help from up-to-date facts about colleges and universities in Arizona and across the US.