Students looking for colleges in Arizona have more than 150 post-secondary education institutions to choose from in the desert state. Both major public Arizona colleges Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix and the University of Arizona have received honors, with a spot on US News and World Report’s list of Best Colleges in the Southwest. Other public universities include Northern Arizona University and Phoenix College. The Grand Canyon State has one of the best community college systems in the United States including 10 campuses of the Maricopa Community Colleges. Many Arizona colleges are located in capital city Phoenix or one of its nearby offshoots Scottsdale, Yuma and Glendale. The second largest city in the state Tucson, which is just 60 miles from Mexico, is home to nearly two dozen colleges and universities. Flagstaff is the northernmost metropolitan area located near the Grand Canyon National Park.
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Arizona College and Degree Offerings
No matter what type of degree you wish to obtain, chances are you’ll find a reputable program at one of the many colleges in Arizona. Bachelors degree and masters degree seekers alike can choose from over 50 colleges and universities, both public and private. A long list of community colleges are available to prepare students to enter the workforce or to transfer to another college degree program. Career-oriented schools such as the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Scottsdale and the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, Avondale offer 2-year career training degrees and the skills needed to succeed with specific job goals. You’ll also find several Arizona colleges offering a certificate program in flying such as Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott thanks to the diverse terrain and predictable weather that make the state an ideal setting for flight school.
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- Arizona State University, Tempe
- University of Arizona
- Northern Arizona University
- Grand Canyon University
- University of Phoenix, Southern Arizona Campus
- Midwestern University, Glendale
- DeVry University, Phoenix
- Ottawa University, Phoenix
- Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott
- Prescott College
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Arizona Career Opportunities
The job markets for Health & Medical Services and Education careers in Arizona are expected to grow most quickly in the coming years. In fact, teachers specializing in Environmental Studies, health, Chemistry, Economics, Art, Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts and Music are projected to be one of the top ten fastest growing jobs through 2016. Students intending to stay in state after graduation may wish to look for Early Childhood Education, Education and Teaching and Medical/Clinical Assistant and Health/Medical Assisting Services programs at Arizona colleges. Prospective Nursing students often consider the Chamberlain College of Nursing, Phoenix. Many Native American Nations are found in Arizona as well. These areas need healthcare and education workers and hotels and resorts there provide opportunities to those with degrees in Tourism & Travel Management, Hospitality & Restaurants and Management. Business careers don’t stop there though, entrepreneurs can take advantage of business ownership opportunities. Both Arizona State University and the University of Arizona have impressive business schools that will help you succeed with a college degree in Business Administration and Management.