Arizona Online Colleges and Universities
Online courses are offered by public and private universities, as well as community colleges, including Arizona State University, Rio Salado College and Grand Canyon University. Arizona State’s online component, called ASU Online, offers undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs. Online students can earn degrees in criminal justice, English, film or any of dozens of other options. Rio Salado College has offered online classes for more than 15 years. Grand Canyon University offers about 100 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs geared toward working professionals. Students can study subjects such as sociology, health care administration, addiction counseling and sports management. Students in Arizona can also choose from the many online options offered through private schools, religious colleges, and specialty schools around the state.
Community colleges offer degrees or certifications in a variety of subject areas, such as nursing, communication, Web design and music business. After graduation, students may decide to head to the working world to start a career, or to transfer to a four-year online school in Arizona to continue their education.
There are 21 community colleges in Arizona, including Arizona Western in Yuma, Central Arizona in Coolidge, Cochise College in Cochise County, Coconino County College, Eastern Arizona in Thatcher, Mohave Community College in Kingman, Northland Pioneer in Navajo County, Pima in Tucson and Yavapai in Prescott.
Ten of the state’s community colleges are connected to Maricopa Community Colleges, which is one of the largest community college districts in the United States. Tuition for these schools is $81 per credit hour for residents and $317 per credit hour for non-residents. Admission is offered to anyone who is at least 18 years old and/or has a high school diploma or the equivalent.
The 10 colleges that make up Maricopa Community College are Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale and South Mountain.
|SCHOOL NAME||ADDRESS||CITY||SEE PROGRAMS|
|Phoenix College||1202 W Thomas Rd||Phoenix||+|
|Mesa Community College||1833 W Southern Ave||Mesa||+|
|Yavapai College||1100 E Sheldon St||Prescott||+|
|Mohave Community College||1971 Jagerson Ave||Kingman||+|
|Rio Salado College||2323 W 14th St||Tempe||+|
Arizona’s state universities offer four-year or graduate degrees in various programs. One of these schools is the University of Arizona. Established in 1885, the state’s oldest university sits on 391 sprawling acres in Tucson. Students at the University of Arizona can enroll in five types of academic programs: bachelor’s, master’s, research scholarship, specialist and professional practice programs.
Another state university is Northern Arizona University. Its main campus is in Flagstaff, but there are 34 other campuses throughout the state, including Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma. This university has 87 undergraduate degree programs and 58 graduate degree programs.
There are a number of private colleges in Arizona, including A.T. Still University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical Institute, Grand Canyon University, Midwestern University and Prescott College.
Private colleges have their own governing boards, which allows for independent decisions and promotes a unique school environment. For example, some private colleges have a strong focus on religion. Like state schools, they offer a variety of programs and degrees in areas of study, such as elementary education, family studies, space physics and software engineering.