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Phoenix College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

Learn what associate's degree and certificate programs Phoenix College offers. Read about its academics, admission requirements and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Phoenix College

Phoenix College (PC) is a 2-year, public institution established in 1920. The college was the first school of the Maricopa Community Colleges, the largest system of educational resources in Arizona. PC has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The school's main campus is located in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona, covering more than 50 acres of ground. The campus itself is located near two major freeways as well as in close proximity to the light-rail system. Three other locations host PC classes - the Osborn site, PC Downtown and Communiversity at Surprise.

Academics

Phoenix College is able to offer the following degrees to students - Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Business and Associate of General Studies. During the 2010-2011 school year, health professions and related programs were the most popular majors with graduates earning about 480 certificates and 220 associate's degrees. The visual and performing arts were also very popular majors in 2010-2011, with students earning roughly 340 certificates and 30 degrees.

Online classes are available; three degrees and a certificate available at the school may be earned entirely over the Internet. As part of the Maricopa County Community College District, Phoenix College has standing partnerships with more than 40 universities that allow students to continue their education past an associate's degree.

Admissions

Phoenix College maintains an open admissions policy allowing high school graduates, holders of a GED, transfer students, and individuals over the age of 18 who are able to demonstrate their ability to succeed at the college to take classes.

Individuals who desire to study at PC must first open a student account online that will be used in the registration process. The application process is satisfied by the completion of the student information form (SIF); the SIF may be submitted online or provided to the Hannelly One-Stop Enrollment Center on campus.

Students seeking financial aid should submit their FAFSA as soon as possible for maximum aid eligibility. Placement tests are required for most new students and all students attending PC full-time in pursuit of a degree or certificate. After registering and paying for classes, all students new to college must attend a new student orientation.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs vary depending on a student's residency. Residents of Maricopa County will pay $76 per credit hour during the 2012-2013 school year. In-state, but out-of-district, students will pay $317 per credit hour, the same rate for out-of-state students currently residing in Arizona. Out-of-state students attending online classes only will be charged $215 per credit hour. PC participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange; WUE transfer students pay $114 per credit hour. Tuition rates are subject to change at any time. A payment plan is available.

Scholarship opportunities are available to PC students through the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation; a general application for all scholarships can be found and submitted online. Opportunities include scholarships open to all students attending any of the Maricopa County Community Colleges District and awards available only to Phoenix College students.

PHOENIX COLLEGE QUICK FACTS
School Type Public, 2-year*
Degrees Offered Associate's degree, less than 1-year certificate, less than 2-years certificate*
Religious Affiliation Not applicable*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large city*
Student Body 12,565 undergraduates in Fall 2011*
Student Housing None available*
ACADEMICS
Programs of Study More than 180 programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 18 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies (307)
Less than 2-years certificate: Art/Art Studies, General (328)
Less than 1-year certificate: Forensic Science and Technology (88)*
Graduation Rates For students who began in Fall 2007, 10% within normal time, 17% within 150% normal time, 22% within double normal time*
ADMISSIONS
Admission Rate Open admissions policy*
Entering Class Size 1,675 first-time, degree-seeking students in Fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates From Fall 2010 to Fall 2011, 57% for full-time students and 33% for part-time students*
TUITION & FINANCIAL AID
Tuition (2011-2012) For tuition and fees, $1,854 for in-state students, and $7,638 for out-of-state students*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of New Students Receiving it) In 2010: Federal grants (75%), state and local grants (9%), institutional scholarship (9%), federal loans (29%)*
Percent of Beginning Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2010: 89%

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) College Navigator; **Phoenix College; ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 1202 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85013
  • Phone: (602) 285-7777
  • Website: www.phoenixcollege.edu

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