Phoenix, Arizona (AZ) Colleges and Universities

Within 25 miles of Phoenix, you can find about 90 colleges or universities. We are going to dive into information about some of these schools and categorize them in terms of location, size, cost and graduation rates to help you make the best decision for your educational goals.

In this review, we look at only those public and private institutions near Phoenix that offer a variety of traditional college programs. To help students make an informed academic choice, we categorize these schools based on high-level criteria using data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Closest Schools to Phoenix, Arizona

The greater Phoenix, AZ, region is home to quite a few postsecondary institutions, including 4-year universities, 2-year community colleges, vocational centers, and specialized healthcare training schools. Several more traditional colleges in and around Phoenix offer certificate and degree programs in a variety of subjects. Those hoping to remain close to the downtown area should investigate the following schools:

  • Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix (0.4 miles)
  • Gateway Community College (3.0 miles)
  • Maricopa Skill Center (3.0 miles)
  • Phoenix College (4.2 miles)
  • Grand Canyon University (5.1 miles)

Largest Schools Near Phoenix Arizona

The top five largest schools in terms of student population include two for-profit universities, one public university and two community colleges offering students many options in term of programs and degrees. Large schools may also feature more extracurricular opportunities and campus involvement activities.

  • University of Phoenix - Arizona (195,059)
  • Grand Canyon University (62,304)
  • Arizona State University - Tempe (50,320)
  • Mesa Community College (22,711)
  • Glendale Community College (20,506)

Lowest Net Price

A school's net price can be calculated by subtracting the amount of average financial aid students receive from the total cost of attendance. The Phoenix area is home to many community colleges and technical schools that have net prices under $10,000. As of 2014-2015, five 2-year schools had the lowest average net prices in the region for full-time undergraduate students, according to NCES.

  • Rio Salado College ($7,006)
  • Glendale Community College ($7,034)
  • South Mountain Community College ($7,191)
  • Estrella Mountain Community College ($7,214)
  • Phoenix College ($7,299)

Highest Graduation Rate

NCES determines a school's overall graduation rate by calculating the percentage of students who complete their program within 150% of the normal time it takes to complete the program (for example, completing a bachelor's degree within six years). The five schools with the highest graduation rates in this category may offer a higher quality of education.

  • Arizona State University - West (71%)
  • Arizona State University - Tempe (66%)
  • Arizona State University - Downtown Phoenix (64%)
  • Arizona Christian University (38%)
  • Grand Canyon University (34%)

There are many schools in the greater Phoenix area for prospective students, and the aforementioned lists are based on criteria important to most students trying to make a decision.

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