Colleges in Phoenix

Colleges in Phoenix

Phoenix is the capital of Arizona, the only state capital with more than one million residents, and 19 postsecondary institutions within the city limits. Also at home in the seat of Maricopa County are numerous performing arts venues, museums, and the Luke Air Force Base in the western suburbs. The Valley of the Sun is a hub for architecture, lured to the fifth most populous city in the nation by Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and subsequent school, The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. The city is also one of only 13 US metropolitan areas boasting representatives in all four major professional sports leagues.

Phoenix has a number of for-profit and religious institutions, as well as two-year institutions, which include Phoenix College, the oldest community college in the state and one of the oldest in the country. There are three private, non-profit institutions for undergraduate students in Phoenix: Arizona Christian University, Ottawa University, and Grand Canyon University. All three are religious institutions, as well, a category that also includes the Fuller Theological Seminary, Phoenix Seminary, and the Assemblies of God Bible College.

The city’s array of for-profit institutions include Argosy University, the Art Institute of Phoenix, Chamberlain College of Nursing, CollegeAmerica, Carrington College, Brookline College, Devry College, and, of course, the headquarters of the University of Phoenix, the largest for-profit network in the nation. Arizona State University, the largest postsecondary school in the region, has two campuses in the capital, in northwest and downtown Phoenix.

As part of the International Sister City movement, Phoenix has ten sister cities which foster the exchange of cultural, commercial, educational, and artistic opportunities for residents. Sister cities include Calgary in Canada, Catania in Italy, Prague in the Czech Republic, and Hermosilla in Mexico. Phoenix also hosts one of the ten busiest airports in the US, the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

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Grand Canyon University is a 4-year interdenominational private school in Phoenix and the largest Christian university on the planet. GCU hosts eight colleges conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an honors college. The university is also home...

The University of Phoenix is a private, open-enrollment institution established in the state of Arizona. The college is home to over sixty campuses around the country, as well as a heavily populated online campus. Students attending this for-profit...

“…I have received unique skills out of my college experience; it has equipped me for the possibilities of life and given me reasonable sources. My University of Phoenix experience has showed me that it is important to communicate and receive...” – paquita from Urbanna, VA

Mesa Community College is a public institution with an open admissions policy based in Mesa, Arizona, conferring associate and professional certifications. The school operates two campuses, Red Mountain as well as the Southern and Dobson location....

“…Most of the teachers at MCC are really educated and know what they are teaching. I think that they give the student everything they need to do well in whichever class they are taking and it is up to the student to grasp, memorize, or let it go. I...” – Diondre from Mesa, AZ

Established in 1920, Phoenix College is the flagship of the Maricopa Community Colleges, the largest provider of higher education and career training in Arizona. Phoenix College offers a variety of facilities for students, including a dental clinic...

“…The courses available really stretch your mind to new levels.” – Jessica from Fernley, NV

Established in 1992, Estrella Mountain Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in Avondale, Arizona, with satellite facilities also located in Buckeye. EMCC is a member of the Maricopa Community College District, serving a student...

“…EMCC is a great location and very easy to get to. Although there is no on campus housing there are several apartments very close by. It has everything you need from food to a bookstore!” – dave from Avondale, AZ

Glendale Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in the state of Arizona. GCC primarily serves students in the northwestern region of Maricopa County. Students can enroll in classes in the daytime, evening, or online, and can take...

“…I didn't really seem to be challenged too much in my time here. It almost seemed like I was learning a little bit more in depth information about the same topics as high school but this could have easily been condensed into maybe a maximum of a...” – Jacob from Glendale, AZ

Chandler-Gilbert Community College is a public, 2-year institution located in the state of Arizona. Along with its main campus in Chandler, the college also maintains satellite locations in Mesa, Sun Lakes, and Queen Creek. The Student Life at CGCC...

“…chandler-gilbert community college is a well rounded school with many different opportunities. it has a wonderful leadership and student based help program and it has a student life group that helps many different people. overall, cgcc is a school...” – Kelsey from Chandler, AZ

Universal Technical Institute is a for-profit technical and vocational school with 12 campuses throughout the United States. UTI offers two-year career-oriented programs in seven technical fields of study. In addition, UTI holds partnerships with...

Scottsdale Community College is a 2-year community college. SCC awards degrees in over 100 fields of study and 60 certificates. In addition to the regular offerings on its Scottsdale campus, SCC courses are also available as online, hybrid, and 8...

“…I am currently attending Scottsdale Community College and love it. The teachers I have experienced in the Music program are passionate, helpful, and motivational. My English teach Professor Eric Loring has been an amazing teacher, he loves his work...” – Allison from Phoenix, AZ

The University of Advancing Technology is a private, 4-year institution established in Tempe, Arizona. UAT offers 20 undergraduate programs, as well as four master’s degree programs in Cyber Security, Game Production, Software Engineering, and...

“…A lot of the staff are extremely helpful, with a smaller group of students, each one is guaranteed individual attention.” – M

Arizona Christian University is a non-denominational Christian liberal arts college in Phoenix. Arizona Christian offers bachelor’s degrees in 15 academic majors and all degrees include a minor in Bible. Additionally, ACU features a CORE academic...

“…I feel safe on campus. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. It seems like a great experience from everyone I've spoke to about the school, including girls on the softball team!” – Shae from Tucson, AZ

Paradise Valley Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in Phoenix, Arizona, with a satellite facility located in Scottsdale. The college offers over 60 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree and Certificate of Completion...

“…I know many preconceptions about community colleges revolve around them not providing the same quality of education as the big universities do, but I'm happy to report that those judgements are sadly incorrect. From learning how to successfully...” – Stephanie from Phoenix, AZ

South Mountain Community College is a 2-year institution in Phoenix. Over 70 percent of its enrollment is made up of first-generation college students and SMCC is federally designated as an Hispanic-Serving Institution. SMCC is home to five academic...

“…south mountain community college is an awesome school. it is safe and a well rounded of staff. i would not choose any other college! ” – michelle from phoenix, az

Rio Salado College is a public, 2-year institution established in Tempe, Arizona, with satellite education centers throughout the region. Rio Salado primarily serves students through online programs, though it offers in-person and hybrid options as...

“…Love, Love, Love this school. I can work at my own pace. Learning new things every day, and the teachers? They are amazing, they care about if you are struggling to need an extension.” – Kasie from Apache Junction, AZ

Arizona State University-West is a 4-year public school in the Phoenix metro area and part of the ASU System. ASU West is home to seven colleges and schools conferring bachelor’s degrees in over 50 academic programs as well as the first undergrad...

“…Despite taking numerous classes on subjects which I am quite familiar with, I have learned more than I'd imagined upon enrolling. There are often free information/educational events around campus as well, and numerous support services to help...” – Nomad

Arizona State University-Downtown Phoenix is a 4-year public university and a campus in the ASU system located in Arizona’s capital city. ASU Downtown is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in 69 fields of study. The...

“…They use the blue light system” – Sophia from Morton, PA

GateWay Community College Arizona is a public, 2-year institution established in Phoenix, and it is a member of the Maricopa County Community College District. GateWay offers over 150 academic programs, including associate’s degree and certificate...

“…I love Gateway! Everyone is friendly and helpful. The campus is nice and easy to find your way around.” – Renee from Scottsdale, AZ

Midwestern University is a private medical education institution, established in 1900. The Glendale campus is located in the state of Arizona, approximately 15 minutes from downtown Phoenix. The Glendale campus is home to a wide variety of facilities...

“…It is a great private, graduate school. The people here are open and friendly to differing backgrounds. It has brand new buildings and facilities with up-to-date technology which keeps students in the loop. ” – Julie from South Dakota

From its main campus in downtown Phoenix, the Thunderbird School of Global Management is an international business school affiliated with Arizona State University. Thunderbird offers two bachelor’s degrees in Global Management and Science in...

Ottawa University-Phoenix is a private, Christ-centered institution established in 1865. The Phoenix campus is an adult learning facility, offering more than 90 different graduate and undergraduate degree and certificate programs, many of which can...

“…This is an awesome school. The academic structure is great! The professors work very hard to help you do well and they give positive feedback.” – Tonya from Durham, NC

From its campus featuring Frank Lloyd Wright’s former winter home in Scottsdale, The School of Architecture at Taliesin is an institute originally founded by Wright himself as an apprentice program. The SOAT offers a 3-year Master of Architecture...

Established in 1988, Phoenix Seminary is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Scottsdale, Arizona. The college offers seven graduate degree and certificate programs, with fields of study including Ministry, Theology, Divinity, Counseling...

Established in 1993, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences is a private, medical education institution located in Tempe, Arizona. SCNM offers a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree program, with two additional dual degree...

Arizona State University at Skysong is an innovation center affiliated with ASU in Scottsdale. ASU Skysong combines academia with local industry by providing university programs to support entrepreneurs from area businesses. Skysong also facilitates...

Established in 1981, International Baptist College and Seminary is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Chandler, Arizona. IBCS offers a certificate in Biblical Studies, an associate’s degree in Bible and Christian Service, a bachelor’s...

CollegeAmerica-Phoenix is a private, 4-year institution located in Arizona. The college offers 11 associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in Business, Healthcare, and Technology, as well as 26 undergraduate and graduate programs online through...