ONLINE COLLEGES IN Arizona

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Home to universities with massive on-campus and online student enrollment, Arizona institutions provide education for students in-state and around the world. Globally branded athletic programs and renowned research facilities draw thousands of students to this southwestern state every year. The state has three public, four-year universities. Arizona State University has roughly 55,000 students at its main Tempe campus alone, and counting satellite campuses, it enrolls nearly 100,000. The University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University are the state’s second and third-largest schools, respectively. The state is also home to more than 20 public two-year colleges, including ten that fall under the umbrella of the Maricopa County Community College District in the Phoenix metro area. There are also a range of private, nonprofit universities, colleges, religious institutions and tribal institutions.

Arizona is considered leaps and bounds ahead of many other states in the arena of distance learning. ASU has an online university program that harnesses the infrastructure from all of its scattered satellite campuses. Among the campuses in sprawling Maricopa County, Rio Salado College is dedicated primarily to distance learning. Arizona students have access to both Phoenix College — a public two-year community college — and the University of Phoenix, an independent for-profit institution providing on-campus and online opportunities, which describes itself as the largest private university in the U.S.

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Arizona State University (ASU Online)

ASU was among the first schools in the nation to partner with Google to offer students Apps for Education. Google’s calendar system is fully integrated with ASU’s distance-learning software. Students are allowed to enroll in up to 18 credits for the fall and spring semesters, and up to seven credits for each summer session, allowing them to earn degrees with more flexible scheduling. The same faculty and staff typically teach on-campus and online classes.

Including graduate, undergraduate and certificate programs, there are roughly a hundred full degree programs offered through ASU Online. ASU Online takes pride in an extensive network of alumni, job- search tools and post-grad resources, which are available to graduates for the rest of their lives.

Visit the ASU Online at: http://asuonline.asu.edu

Accreditation in Arizona

Public and nonprofit universities and colleges in Arizona are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, which is one of the bodies associated with the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This organization is private and independent, and accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental process designed to improve academic standards and maintain integrity. In addition to regional accreditation, Arizona colleges may apply for accreditation for a specific program, often from an association specializing in that field. Arizona is also a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, an organization created to improve higher education in the Western states.

Accreditation for Arizona’s Online Schools

The Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education is responsible for nonprofit learning institutions in the state — including their distance learning programs. This allows Arizona to strive for continuity, consistency and affordability throughout its nonprofit distance learning networks.

Private for-profit providers of distance learning serve students outside the state and the region, and these independent online colleges often seek national rather than regional accreditation. National accreditation agencies establish different criteria than regional accreditors, and students can confirm an online school’s accreditation status using the list of schools approved by the National Distance Learning Association.

Visit the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education: http://www.wiche.edu/az

Visit the Higher Learning Commission: http://www.ncahlc.org

Compare Universities and Colleges

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SCHOOL NAME TUITION ACCEPTANCE RATE AVERAGE SAT SCORE STUDENT POPULATION CRIME RATING

Everest College Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona Private for-profit
$12,420
NR
NR
3,231
NR

Collins College

Phoenix, Arizona Private for-profit
$14,880
NR
NR
1,255
NR

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Glendale, Arizona Private not-for-profit
NR
NR
NR
1,410
NR

American Indian College of the Assemblies of God Inc

Phoenix, Arizona Private not-for-profit
$11,700
NR
NR
96
NR

Arizona Automotive Institute

Glendale, Arizona Private for-profit
N/A
NR
NR
2,002
NR

Brookline College-Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona Private for-profit
N/A
NR
NR
2,442
NR

Arizona State University

Tempe, Arizona Public
$9,208
88.9%
NR
81,789
Safe

Arizona Western College

Yuma, Arizona Public
$1,728
NR
NR
12,813
NR

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona Public
$9,114
71.4%
1635
43,038
Very Safe

Central Arizona College

Coolidge, Arizona Public
$2,160
NR
NR
14,408
NR

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