Arizona (AZ): Colleges, Schools, Universities and General Facts

An abundance of postsecondary institutions exist in Arizona, particularly in the major metropolitan area surrounding Phoenix. We examine private, non-profit and public colleges and universities all over the state, including those in places like Prescott, Flagstaff and Tucson. The data comes from the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES).

Arizona Schools Near Large Cities

Arizona has plenty of schools near large cities from which to choose. Most of these are public schools, where students can work towards undergraduate and graduate degrees.

  • Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix (Phoenix)
  • GateWay Community College (Phoenix)
  • Arizona State University-Polytechnic (Mesa)
  • Pima Community College (Tucson)
  • University of Arizona (Tucson)

Largest Schools in Arizona

The largest schools in Arizona offer potential students the opportunity to attend very large institutions with enrollments of more than 40,000 students, as of Fall 2015. The majority of the largest schools in the state are public schools.

  • Arizona State University-Tempe (51,984 students)
  • University of Arizona (42,595 students)
  • Northern Arizona University (29,021 students)
  • Pima Community College (26,880 students)
  • Mesa Community College (21,491 students)

Lowest Net Price

The net price is determined by taking the amount of government and institutional aid and subtracting it from the cost of attendance. The NCES lists the net price for each school in the state of Arizona for the 2014-2015 academic year for full-time undergraduates. The following schools had the lowest net price in the state.

  • Pima Community College ($2,662)
  • Dine College ($3,841)
  • Central Arizona College ($4,423)
  • Cochise County Community College District ($4,728)
  • Tohono O'Odham Community College ($5,395)

Highest Graduation Rate

Graduation rates demonstrate how many students complete their programs. The NCES reports graduation rates for students who completed their program within 150% of normal time, which is three years for associate's degrees and six years for bachelor's degrees. The 150% graduation rate is called the 'overall graduation rate' by NCES. The following schools had the highest graduation rates for full-time undergraduates who graduated in 2015.

  • Arizona State University-West (71% graduation rate)
  • Arizona State University-Tempe (66% graduation rate)
  • Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix (64% graduation rate)
  • University of Arizona (61% graduation rate)
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott (59% graduation rate)

We've placed the many public and private non-profit schools into four categories based on location, student enrollment, net price, and graduation rates to help you decide on which one would suit you best.

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