Tucson, Arizona (AZ) Colleges and Universities

There are 37 colleges and universities are located within a 100-mile radius of Tuscon, Arizona. Read about the top traditional schools in several categories, including campus location and lowest net price, to find the school for you.

The limited options for a traditional postsecondary experience in the Tucson area still allow for a quality education--Tucson is located within 25 miles of one major state university, a state college and a few community colleges. The information used in these school comparisons has been taken from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), to provide students with the best information when making a choice concerning their academic future.

Closest Schools to Tucson, Arizona

The area surrounding Tucson, Arizona is somewhat sparse, but determined students can still find several options for postsecondary education if they desire to study here. The traditional schools with campuses closest to the city of Tucson are:

  • University of Arizona (6.4 miles from downtown)
  • Pima Community College (6.7 miles from downtown)
  • Brown Mackie College - Tucson (9.3 miles from downtown)
  • Tohono O'Odham Community College (55.7 miles from downtown)
  • University of Arizona - South (59.8 miles from downtown)

Largest Schools near Tucson, Arizona

Giving the relative scarcity of schools near Tucson, it's no surprise that the schools in this area also display a great variety of student populations, ranging from a few hundred to over 40,000. The following schools have the largest student bodies in the Tucson area:

  • University of Arizona (42,236 students)
  • Pima Community College (28,070students)
  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College (14,654 students)
  • Eastern Arizona College (6,320 students)
  • Central Arizona College (5,849 students)

Schools with Lowest Net Price

The NCES calculates a school's net price for a given year by subtracting the average amount of financial aid awarded to full-time undergrads from the average cost of attendance. In the 2014-2015 academic year, these schools have the lowest net prices of any non-specialty institutions near Tucson:

  • Pima Community College ($2,662)
  • Central Arizona College ($4,423)
  • Tohono O'Odham Community College ($5,395)
  • Eastern Arizona College (7,149)
  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College ($8,128)

Schools with Highest Graduation Rates

A particular school's graduation rate refers to the percentage of its full-time undergraduate population who complete their degree programs within 150% of the average length of time for that degree. In 2015, the schools near Tucson with the highest graduation rates were:

  • University of Arizona (61% graduation rate)
  • Arizona State University-Polytechnic (58% graduation rate)
  • Tohono O'Odham Community College (38% graduation rate)
  • Brown Mackie College-Tucson (36% graduation rate)
  • Eastern Arizona College (31% graduation rate)

Even in areas that don't have as many educational options as more populated areas of the country, it's still a good idea for prospective students to look into factors like location, size, price and graduation rates to arm themselves with all necessary facts before submitting any applications.

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