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Collins College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what degree programs Collins College offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Collins College

Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Collins College offers degrees relating to media, fashion and visual arts. Its new facility offers two sound stages and a 200-seat movie theater, and film students can get hands-on experience with professional-quality cameras like the Sony CineAlta 900 HD Cam and the Panasonic Varicam. Collins College is part of the Career Education Corporation (CEC), and it's accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).


In 2007, the student services department of Collins College was presented with the 'Best Practices' award by the Arizona Private School Association. The school offers various services to help students succeed, including tutoring and mentoring programs. Students can also access a library and resource center with career-oriented magazines, books and online databases.

The college offers both associate's and bachelor's degrees for students who are pursuing careers in film and television. You can also pursue an associate's or bachelor's degree in information technology, and a bachelor's degree in game production is available as well. Graphic design programs are offered at both the associate's and bachelor's degree levels, and you can also study interior design or fashion design and merchandising at Collins.


Prospective students must arrange personal interviews with one of Collins College's admissions representatives, and proof of high school completion or the equivalent is also required for matriculation. There is a $50 application fee, which can be waived for previous CEC applicants, students and graduates. Military students and their spouses and dependents, as well as eligible Native American tribal students, are also excluded from this requirement. To be enrolled, all prospective students should score at least a 13 on their Wonderlic entrance examinations, a 17 or higher on the ACT or a 420 on each of the SAT math, reading and writing sections. Some degree programs have special application requirements, such as portfolio presentations.

International students must maintain their current visas and submit an affidavit of financial support along with their transcripts. To demonstrate English proficiency, international students or students whose native language is not English should submit passing scores of 500 (paper-based), 173 (computer-based), or 61 (Internet-based) from the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 5.5 from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is also acceptable.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition and fees may vary by program, but the typical annual cost to attend Collins College was about $12,650 for 2011-2012. Books and supplies cost about $5,250 for that academic year, and the estimated off-campus living expenses were around $7,680 for room and board. Student housing was not offered.

Students at Collins College can apply for federal grants, including the Pell grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant. Federal work-study assistance is also available. In addition, students may apply for federal loans, including Stafford and Plus loans. Veteran students and their dependents can apply their educational benefits, such as the Yellow Ribbon Grant, toward tuition. State aid programs are also available, including the Arizona LEAP program.

School Type 4-year, private for-profit*
Degrees Offered Associate's and bachelor's*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Quarters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body Almost 900 undergrads in 2011*
Student Housing None*
Programs 10 degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 14 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate's: Cinematography and Film/Video Production (84)
Bachelor's: Game and Interactive Media Design (118)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Students who started in 2003:
17% in 4 years
39% in 6 years
40% in 8 years*
First-Year Retention Rates 55% for full-time students and 49% for part-time students (2010-2011)*
Tuition About $12,650 for 2011-2012,* but may vary by program**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) Grants or scholarship aid (84%), federal grants (79%), Pell grants (79%), institutional grants and scholarships (16%), federal student loans (94%) for 2010-2011*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 98% for 2010-2011*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Collins College.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Collins College, 4750 South 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85040
  • Phone: (480) 966-3000
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