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Top Colleges in Arizona

Written by Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman

Gabriel Jimenez-Ekman is a content editor and writer at Scholarships360. He has managed communications and written content for a diverse array of organizations, including a farmer’s market, a concert venue, a student farm, an environmental NGO, and a PR agency. Gabriel graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in sociology.

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Updated: May 7th, 2024

Over 600,000 students attend college in Arizona every year, and it’s not hard to see why. The state is home to unparalleled natural beauty, delicious Southwestern cuisine, and many great college options.  Arizona State University, for example, is the largest public research university in the country. If that’s not enough, they offer needy students significant financial assistance though the Arizona Financial Aid Trust Grant. Scroll down to find your match among the Arizona colleges.

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Arizona State University Campus Immersion

Tempe, AZ • Public, City

Tempe, AZ

Public, City

88% acceptance rate
64,216 undergraduate students
66% graduation rate
$12,814 average per year after aid
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University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ • Public, City

Tucson, AZ

Public, City

87% acceptance rate
36,560 undergraduate students
64% graduation rate
$15,601 average per year after aid
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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott

Prescott, AZ • Private, Non-Profit, Rural

Prescott, AZ

Private, Non-Profit, Rural

74% acceptance rate
3,015 undergraduate students
70% graduation rate
$36,270 average per year after aid
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Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, AZ • Public, City

Flagstaff, AZ

Public, City

78% acceptance rate
23,772 undergraduate students
59% graduation rate
$14,636 average per year after aid
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Prescott College

Prescott, AZ • Private, Non-Profit, City

Prescott, AZ

Private, Non-Profit, City

99% acceptance rate
383 undergraduate students
40% graduation rate
$14,226 average per year after aid
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Arizona Christian University

Glendale, AZ • Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

Glendale, AZ

Private, Non-Profit, Suburb

76% acceptance rate
1,012 undergraduate students
36% graduation rate
$31,546 average per year after aid
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Dine College

Tsaile, AZ • Public, Rural

Tsaile, AZ

Public, Rural

--% acceptance rate
1,224 undergraduate students
6% graduation rate
$10,923 average per year after aid
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Arizona State University - Cochise

Sierra Vista, AZ • Public,

Sierra Vista, AZ

Public,

--% acceptance rate
-- undergraduate students
--% graduation rate
-- average per year after aid
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About the Data

We sort colleges on our lists according to their Scholarships360 Top Colleges Index Score. This score is calculated using up-to-date information taken directly from the College Scorecard. Additional information is sourced from the colleges themselves, as well as other publicly available information. If you see an error, feel free to contact us.

State grants in Arizona

Arizona Promise Program: 

The Arizona Promise Program provides financial assistance to Arizona students who qualify for the Pell Grant, but don’t receive enough funding to cover tuition and fees. This program guarantees that qualifying students will have their tuition and fees fully covered. Make sure to check your schools financial aid office to see if they participate in this program!

The Arizona Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (AzLEAP): 

The Arizona Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (AzLEAP) is a need-based program for low-income Arizona students. On average, the amount awarded per academic year is $1,000. Many institutions in Arizona participate in this program, so make sure to check if your school is one of them through their financial aid office. 

Arizona tuition reciprocity agreements

Arizona is a part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE). This exchange program gives students the opportunity to pay discounted tuition by attending participating institutions in partner states. 

States in the WUE are listed below:

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Frequently asked questions about colleges in Arizona

What is the hardest school in Arizona to get into?

 According to our top lists of schools in Arizona, the school with the lowest acceptance rate is the University of Arizona, at 87% of students being admitted. Even when applying to schools with lower application rates, make sure to not get discouraged, as there are many things that go into admissions decisions beyond traditional performance markers like GPA and test scores.

Does Arizona have tuition reciprocity?

Yes! Because Arizona is a part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE), students from Arizona or partner WUE states can attend an out of state school in the WUE for discounted tuition.

Why should I study in Arizona?

Beyond its hotter climate, beautiful national parks, and, of course, one of the wonders of the world aka the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a lot of educational opportunities. Schools in Arizona feature great programs in many different fields of study, like crime and criminal justice, mass communication and education.

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