9 Most Popular Colleges in Arizona

Find out which Arizona schools have the most students.

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Thanks to the warm weather and beautiful landscapes, this state is a popular college destination for college students.

Arizona is lucky to have so many well-known and respected colleges and universities. Thanks to the warm weather and beautiful landscapes, this state is a popular college destination for college students. We’ve gathered all the details on this Southwest state’s most popular schools, including everything from their tuition rates to their best academic programs.

9. Phoenix College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 11,097

Cost: $6,462 (in-state), $6,750 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Health professions – Phoenix College has 10 different areas of study within this program, such as therapeutic massage and medical assisting.

Fun Fact: Phoenix College is one of the oldest community colleges in the country.

8. Grand Canyon University

Type of College: Private university

Enrollment: 13,415

Cost: $14,320

Best Program: 20 percent of GCU students are enrolled in the nursing program.

Fun Fact: Grand Canyon University is located in Phoenix, which is about four hours away from the Grand Canyon.

7. Rio Salado College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 18,331

Cost: $6,462 (in-state), $6,750 (out-of-state)

Best Program: Dental hygiene — Rio Salado has the highest accredited dental hygiene program in Arizona.

Fun Fact: Rio Salado College has won awards for being a “Campus Technology Innovator” and a “Top 10 Digitally Savvy College.”

6. Glendale Community College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 18,444

Cost: $6,462 (in-state), $6,750 (out-of-state)

Best Program: Information technology — Glendale offers seven different areas of specialty within this subject.

Fun Fact: While students range from age 15 to 60, the average Glendale student is 26 years old.

5. Northern Arizona University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 21,347

Cost: $4,964 (in-state), $14,646 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Education, business, management, marketing and related support services — 34 percent of students at this school are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Since NAU location in Flagstaff offers climate which students might not associate with the Southwest U.S. The university gets a significant snowfall each year and is located within a few miles of excellent ski resorts.

4. Mesa Community College

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 24,470

Cost: $6,462 (in-state), $6,750 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Dental hygiene and veterinary technician — these programs have a 100 percent pass rate for certification tests.

Fun Fact: The average class size at Mesa is 22, which allows for more one-on-one time with your professor.

3. Pima Community College, Tucson

Type of College: Community college

Enrollment: 32,982

Cost: $1,256 (in-state), $5,792 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Nursing, business and education

Fun Fact: Pima offers several options for flexible class times, including online classes, express degree programs, self-paced programs weekend-only schedules.

2. University of Arizona

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 37,217

Cost: $5,048 (in-state), $16,282 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management, marketing and related support services — 16 percent of students at this school are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: Some of the notable alumni of the University of Arizona include former presidential candidate Bob Dole, journalist Geraldo Rivera and reality television stars Nicole Richie and Kourtney Kardashian.

1. Arizona State University

Type of College: Public university

Enrollment: 51, 481

Cost: $4,971 (in-state) $17,003 (out-of-state)

Best Programs: Business, management, marketing and related support services — 16 percent of students at this school are enrolled in one of these programs.

Fun Fact: ASU offers an incredible 275 major options along with over 500 clubs and students organizations.

Quick Tips

  • When selecting a major, keep in mind that the Arizona job markets for careers in health and medical services and education are expected to grow in the coming years.
  • Although it’s been known as a party school in the past, Arizona State has been off most major party-school lists for several years.

Source stats: CollegeStats.

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