Choices for Postsecondary Studies in Prescott

Prescott’s community college, Yavapai College, offers associate degree programs in more than 25 academic disciplines including accounting, computer networking technology, elementary education, fire service and nursing. The college also has a wealth of certificate programs such as diesel technician, fitness trainer/instructor and video game developer, targeting adult lifelong learners and those in pursuit of occupational training.

Prescott is home to four-year institutions such as Prescott College, originally envisioned as the Harvard of the West. The school is committed to educating individuals who are concerned about social inequity as well as the environmental needs of the community. Some common areas of interest include ecology, adventure education and creative writing, and students can take advantage of a semester studying in the Grand Canyon area.

Other four-year institutions within Prescott include an extended campus of North Arizona University (NAU) located on the grounds of Yavapai College. The school offers nine bachelor degree programs in such disciplines as emergency management and public administration and two master’s degrees in education.

Below is an overview of a few of Prescott’s colleges and universities:

Institution Type Training/Degrees Offered
North Arizona University Public Bachelor’s and master’s degrees and certificates
Yavapai College Public Certificates, associate degrees, career & technical education
Prescott College Not for profit private Undergraduate and graduate degrees for residents and limited residents

Online Learning in Prescott

Prescott’s postsecondary institutions provide a multitude of online learning programs and courses as a means of offering degree attainment to a diverse student population. Yavapai College offers fully online associate degree programs including business, health information technology and paralegal studies. The college also features 18 certificate programs online such as justice studies and pharmacy technician training.

Among the public institutions serving Prescott, NAU has a large selection of web-based programs including 64 fully online programs for bachelor’s degrees, 19 at the master’s level, one doctorate program and 17 certificate programs.

Prescott College maintains limited residency undergraduate and graduate degree programs for adult professionals, including master's-level studies in education and counseling. These individualized learning programs offer the working student the opportunity to complete a degree program outside of the traditional campus environment. Students who are enrolled in these programs must attend a three-day residency on-campus among other potential requirements.

Prescott's Top Careers and Employers

As a hub for trade in the region, Prescott’s six major industrial sectors include:

  • Agriculture
  • Mining
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade
  • Transportation

May 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that these activities are common in the Prescott metropolitan area:

  • Business and Finance
  • Transportation and Moving
  • Production
  • Personal Care and Service
  • Food Service
  • Health Care Practitioners and Technical Occupations

According to the City of Prescott, the five largest employers are:

  • Yavapai County
  • Yavapai Regional Medical Center
  • Veterans Administration Health Center
  • Prescott Unified School District
  • Prescott City Government

Major Prescott industries such as government, health care and education tend to seek job applicants with the appropriate training and academic qualifications.

Colleges & Universities in Prescott

Colleges & Universities in Prescott

Prescott College 1,526 $26,208 Not For Profit (Private)

Community Colleges and Vocational Schools in Prescott

Yavapai College 12,973 $1,608 Public

Online Colleges in Prescott