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Colleges in Arizona

25 colleges
164,380 yearly degrees
$5,486 average yearly in-state tuition
$20,806 average 4-year student loan

There are fewer schools than is typical in this state, but students should remember quality is more important than quantity. The average in-state tuition for students attending college in Arizona is $5,486, while the average out-of-state tuition is $12,891.

An estimated 31% of college students in Arizona take out loans, with the average loan amount being $5,201.

The list below includes some of the biggest schools in the state ranked in order of popularity:

Private for-profit public vs private
31,350 yearly awards
$15,023 net cost

The total student population at University of Phoenix - Arizona is 103,975, of which 80,898 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average UOPX - Arizona undergraduate about 5.3 years to complete their degree.

Roughly, 77% of students at UOPX - Arizona take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $8,830. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 12.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UOPX - Arizona earns $47,100.

#2

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona
Private for-profit public vs private
22,310 yearly awards
$20,570 net cost

There are approximately 83,284 students at Grand Canyon University in total, 15,998 of which are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Grand Canyon University undergraduate about 4.2 years to complete their degree.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 67%. Of the accepted students, 33% are men and 65% are women.

Approximately 69% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $7,266. The student loan default rate of 6.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Grand Canyon University is $52,700.

Public public vs private
14,140 yearly awards
$11,163 net cost

There are 38,814 full-time undergraduates at ASU - Tempe, and 51,164 students altogether. It takes the average ASU - Tempe undergraduate about 4.3 years to complete their degree.

84% of students who apply get accepted. Around 52% of accepted students are men, and 48% are women.

37% of ASU - Tempe students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,430. ASU - Tempe has a 6.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $47,700.

#4

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona
Public public vs private
10,810 yearly awards
$14,744 net cost

The total student population at University of Arizona is 43,751, of which 29,325 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at Arizona. The freshman retention rate is 83%.

84% of students who apply get accepted. Of the accepted students, 43% are men and 57% are women.

Roughly, 37% of students at Arizona take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $7,262. The student loan default rate of 5.8% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

$47,300 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Arizona earns.

#5

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona
Public public vs private
8,260 yearly awards
$14,789 net cost

There are 21,990 full-time undergraduates at NAU, and 31,051 students altogether. It takes the average NAU undergraduate about 4.4 years to complete their degree.

81% of students who apply get accepted. Around 36% of accepted students are men, and 64% are women.

50% of NAU students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,202. The student loan default rate of 7.4% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

Students who graduate for NAU with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $40,100 after graduation.

#6

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona
Public public vs private
7,080 yearly awards
$11,732 net cost

There are approximately 31,702 students at ASU - Skysong in total, 9,703 of which are full-time undergraduates.

About 63% of students who apply get accepted. Around 44% of accepted students are men, and 56% are women.

Approximately 53% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $7,392. The student loan default rate of 6.5% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

$47,700 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from ASU - Skysong earns.

#7

Pima Community College

Tucson, Arizona
Public public vs private
5,480 yearly awards
$4,288 net cost

There are approximately 24,347 students at Pima County Community College District in total, 7,841 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 11% of students at Pima County Community College District take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $4,257. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Pima County Community College District earns $30,900.

#8

Glendale Community College

Glendale, Arizona
Public public vs private
4,990 yearly awards
$6,965 net cost

There are 6,117 full-time undergraduates at Glendale Community College, and 19,033 students altogether.

10% of Glendale Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $3,190. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $34,500.

#9

Mesa Community College

Mesa, Arizona
Public public vs private
4,430 yearly awards
$8,020 net cost

The total student population at Mesa Community College is 20,424, of which 6,223 students are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 16% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $3,467. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Mesa Community College is $36,000.

#10

Rio Salado College

Tempe, Arizona
Public public vs private
4,350 yearly awards
$7,200 net cost

The total student population at Rio Salado College is 17,635, of which 2,210 students are full-time undergraduates.

56% of Rio Salado College students take out loans to afford college costs. The typical loan amount is $2,940. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for Rio Salado College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $39,500 after graduation.

Public public vs private
3,870 yearly awards
$10,936 net cost

There are 7,956 full-time undergraduates at ASU - Downtown Phoenix, and 11,465 students altogether. Students tend to stick around at ASU - Downtown Phoenix. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 77%. Of the accepted students, 26% are men and 74% are women.

Roughly, 46% of students at ASU - Downtown Phoenix take out loans to pay for college. The average amount of these loans is $6,641. ASU - Downtown Phoenix has a 6.5% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $47,700.

Public public vs private
2,660 yearly awards
$7,959 net cost

There are approximately 14,906 students at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in total, 4,141 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 13% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $3,587. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 14.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for Chandler-Gilbert Community College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $38,600 after graduation.

Public public vs private
2,340 yearly awards
$6,901 net cost

There are approximately 9,788 students at Estrella Mountain Community College in total, 3,137 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 14% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The typical loan amount is $3,224. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.6% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Estrella Mountain Community College earns $33,800.

Public public vs private
2,190 yearly awards
$5,768 net cost

There are 1,511 full-time undergraduates at Cochise College, and 3,907 students altogether.

8% of Cochise College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $4,780. The student loan default rate of 7.1% means most graduates are not struggling to pay off their loans.

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Cochise College is $28,500.

#15

Phoenix College

Phoenix, Arizona
Public public vs private
2,170 yearly awards
$7,184 net cost

The total student population at Phoenix College is 11,428, of which 3,015 students are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 13% of students at Phoenix College take out loans to pay for college. Most of these students take out loans totaling $3,200. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 21.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$31,900 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Phoenix College earns.

#16

Arizona Western College

Yuma, Arizona
Public public vs private
2,090 yearly awards
$9,644 net cost

There are approximately 7,557 students at AWC in total, 2,221 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Approximately 4% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $2,754. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 22.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from AWC earns $27,700.

Public public vs private
1,900 yearly awards
$7,331 net cost

The total student population at Paradise Valley Community College is 8,447, of which 2,354 students are full-time undergraduates.

10% of Paradise Valley Community College students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $3,249. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 17.2% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Paradise Valley Community College is $35,600.

#18

Eastern Arizona College

Thatcher, Arizona
Public public vs private
1,840 yearly awards
$7,755 net cost

There are 1,957 full-time undergraduates at Eastern Arizona College, and 6,365 students altogether.

Roughly, 1% of students at Eastern Arizona College take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $6,286.

Students who graduate for Eastern Arizona College with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $29,200 after graduation.

#19

Scottsdale Community College

Scottsdale, Arizona
Public public vs private
1,720 yearly awards
$7,579 net cost

There are approximately 9,458 students at Scottsdale Community College in total, 2,464 of which are full-time undergraduates.

Roughly, 13% of students at Scottsdale Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $3,667. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.8% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

$35,600 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Scottsdale Community College earns.

#20

Yavapai College

Prescott, Arizona
Public public vs private
1,550 yearly awards
$6,799 net cost

The total student population at Yavapai College is 7,370, of which 1,692 students are full-time undergraduates.

14% of Yavapai College students take out loans to afford college costs. Most of these students take out loans totaling $5,298. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 20.4% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $28,800.

#21

GateWay Community College

Phoenix, Arizona
Public public vs private
1,460 yearly awards
$8,245 net cost

There are 1,217 full-time undergraduates at GateWay Community College, and 5,087 students altogether.

Approximately 10% of the students who attend this school take out loans. The average amount of these loans is $3,699. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 18.1% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The typical graduate with a bachelor’s degree from GateWay Community College earns $34,100.

Private for-profit public vs private
1,340 yearly awards
$27,620 net cost

The total student population at Argosy University - Phoenix Online Division is 5,791, of which 2,319 students are full-time undergraduates. It takes the average Argosy University - Phoenix Online Division undergraduate about 4.8 years to complete their degree.

Approximately 84% of the students who attend this school take out loans. Most of these students take out loans totaling $6,770. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 15.5% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

Students who graduate for Argosy University - Phoenix Online Division with a bachelor’s degree make an average of $41,400 after graduation.

Private for-profit public vs private
1,310 yearly awards
$21,859 net cost

There are approximately 2,300 students at Pima Medical Institute - Tucson in total, 2,300 of which are full-time undergraduates.

66% of Pima Medical Institute - Tucson students take out loans to afford college costs. The average amount of these loans is $8,981. Pima Medical Institute - Tucson has a 7.9% student default rate. This is excellent when you compare it to the national rate of 10.8%.

$28,800 is the average amount a bachelor-degree holder from Pima Medical Institute - Tucson earns.

#24

Central Arizona College

Coolidge, Arizona
Public public vs private
1,280 yearly awards
$5,409 net cost

There are 1,813 full-time undergraduates at Pinal County Community College, and 5,405 students altogether.

Roughly, 15% of students at Pinal County Community College take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $4,342. Students should know that the student default rate at this school is 19.3% which is higher than the national average of 10.8%!

The average earnings of bachelor-degree holders from Pinal County Community College is $26,500.

Public public vs private
1,250 yearly awards
$11,059 net cost

The total student population at Arizona State University - Polytechnic is 4,809, of which 3,683 students are full-time undergraduates. Students tend to stick around at ASU - Polytechnic. The freshman retention rate is 85%.

The school doesn’t accept everyone: It has an acceptance rate of 76%. Of the accepted students, 65% are men and 35% are women.

Roughly, 41% of students at ASU - Polytechnic take out loans to pay for college. The typical loan amount is $6,323. The school reports a student loan default rate of 6.5% which is much lower than the average rate of 10.8%!

A typical bachelor-degree holder from this school earns $47,700.

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