Arizona

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.