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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Arizona State University, located in Tempe, Arizona, is a large public university founded in 1886, making it the first higher education institution in the state. ASU also has campuses in downtown Phoenix, in Glendale, a Polytechnic in Mesa, in Lake...

“…Arizona State University is a great school. I attend the Walter Cronkite School for students of Mass Communication and Journalism and I love the experience I have gained from the college. I feel prepared for future jobs and work experience. ” – Kirsten from Phoenix, AZ

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...

“…Grand Canyon University is a interesting school.There are swimming pools, bowling allys and really yummy food.It feels like an alternate world where only college buildings surround you. ” – Anonymous from Tucson, AZ

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...

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....

“…mesa community college is one of the largest community colleges in the nation and it is located in a busy area. but it still manages to have classes that are small enough that they can deliver a personal, meaningful student-teacher experience. on top...” – Charles from Chandler, 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...

“…university of phoenix is a wonderful school. uop is very helpful and understanding of their students needs. uop offer classes to fit your lifestyle.” – Meloldy from Bradenton, FL

Arizona State University Online courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on ASU’s physical campuses, so online students learn the same material as on-campus students. Online learners also receive access to resources from all ASU libraries,...

“…Extremely friendly and helpful staff. Very budget friendly. Easy to use online program. ” – Melissa from Bakersfield, CA

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...

“…the campus is beautiful and clean. the staff and teachers are nice and friendly. i like attending classes at estrella mountain community college.” – Faye from Phoenix, 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 would rate GCC a 9.5 because of the extraordinary teachers they have! Overall, I am challeneged and encouraged here!” – Brandi 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...

“…The parking at this school is wonderful. You are always near your classes. I feel that many of the teachers here are worn out on instructing. They simply are not very excited about teaching anymore nor answering questions. ” – AZ Heat

Universal Technical Institute is a for-profit technical institution that offers two-year educational programs. UTI offers several career-oriented programs in the automotive, marine tech, and motorcycle industries. The school operates multiple...

“…A top notch school that is for those individuals who are truly interested in pursuing a career in automotive mechanics. The amount of time spent in the shop obtaining hands on experience is worth it all. I have already learned a vast amount of...” – Anthony from Mooresville, NC

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...

“…The campus is very neat and clean. When walking around, it stays quiet and isn't bustling with tons of students. The faculty is extremely helpful and informative.” – Tyler 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...

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...

“…it is a constantly growing and improving university that has captured the hearts of many as well as trained (and continues to train) many to be spiritually active and grow up well-balance spiritually, emotionally, and even sometimes physically.” – Nicholas from Peroia, 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...

“…paradise valley is a school with many different types of ethnic groups and they find a way to adapt to all the needs. their safety department is very useful and quick. thus, the flexibility in its class hours makes it easy for anyone to adapt and...” – Mariel 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...

“…overall the college has been a great choice! from the day i registered i had help from the students to administration. i feel secure and i am not afraid to ask questions ” – Chrystal from Phoenix, AZ

Benedictine University at Mesa is a Roman Catholic institution in the Phoenix metro area and a branch campus in the Benedictine University system. As a religious school, BenU Mesa offers a theology degree centered around the foundational principles...

“…Definitely shows that it is indeed all about MIND, BODY, SPIRIT, as quoted from William J. Carroll. The sense of unity is there. Plus, it is in the perfect location in downtown Mesa.” – Laura from Mesa, 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...

“…great college for students who do not have the schedule that will allow for on-site classes. the teachers are all very good at answering questions or concerns, and stay in close contact with the students. ” – Daniel from Phoenix, 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...

“…It's amazing! The small campus makes for great community and the professors are very accessible. One of my favorite parts is the shuttle system that allows travel between all 4 campuses, so you're never stuck on west. ” – Ayanna from Parker, CO

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...

“…ASU's Downtown campus feels more like a group of business buildings than a college town. I personally prefer this over the layout of most other universities. It is near several different types of public transportation (ASU's inter-campus shuttle,...” – Rebecca from Glendale, AZ

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...

Brookline College is a career-focused institution for adult and working students with four campuses in Phoenix, Tucson, Tempe, and Albuquerque. Brookline is home to academic programs in Nursing, Business, Healthcare, and Criminal Justice offering...

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...