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Colleges in Arizona

Arizona is home to approximately 136 accredited colleges and universities. If you choose to attend school in Arizona, you'll not only be able to take advantage of its abundant natural beauty, such as the Grand Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend, but also of a wide variety of educational options. Arizona is home to 4 four-year public universities, 23 one to two-year public colleges, 11 private non-profit universities, and 98 private for-profit colleges.

This Corner State's public university system is made up of the following three institutions: Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University. Dine College is the fourth public four year school in Arizona, serving the residents of the Navajo Nation.

The state's most populated college system, Arizona State University, has 4 campus locations. They are all in or near the Phoenix area.

In the fall of 2011, 136,501 students were enrolled in four-year public institutions in Arizona. In the fall of 2011; 136,501 students were enrolled in four-year public institutions in Arizona.

Public enrollment data, totals for Fall 2011:

  • Arizona State University - 72,254

  • University of Arizona - 39,236

  • Northern Arizona University - 25,011

Arizona Graduation Rate

70 percent of Arizona freshmen returned for their second year of their undergraduate degree in 2010. However retention rates for private and public schools differed greatly: 77.7 percent of public school students came back for their second year, while only 40.3 percent of private school students returned.

In 2009, 39.3 percent of students seeking an associate degree had graduated within three years of entering their programs back in 2006. 54.1 percent of students graduated with a bachelor's degree within six years of beginning their programs. Nationally, an average of 29.2 percent of students completed their associates degree programs within three years, and 55.5 percent finished their bachelor's within six years.

SAT and ACT Test Scores

28 percent of Arizona high school students in the class of 2011 took the SAT, while 34 percent tested for the ACT.

The state average SAT critical reading score was 517, the average mathematics score was 523, and the average writing section score was 499. The average composite ACT score was 19.7. Each section of the SAT is worth 800 points, for a total possible of 2400, and the highest possible composite ACT score is 36.

Arizona SAT Percentiles - 2011
Percentile Critical Reading Mathematics Writing

75th

610

610

580

50th

540

540

510

25th

470

470

450


National SAT Percentiles - 2011
Percentile Critical Reading Mathematics Writing

75th

570

600

560

50th

490

510

480

25th

420

430

410


Arizona Average ACT Scores - 2011
English Math Reading Science Composite

18.6

20.3

19.9

19.6

19.7


National Average ACT Scores - 2011
English Math Reading Science Composite

20.6

21.1

21.3

20.9

21.1


College Tuition in Arizona

For the school year of 2010-2011, students attending four-year, public institutions in Arizona paid an average of $17,084. This total includes tuition, books, and on-campus room and board. Students from out-of-state paid approximately $12,500 more than residents at $29,609. These figures are for full-time students who are enrolled for both fall and spring semesters.

Students enrolled in private universities in Arizona during the 2010-2011 academic year paid approximately $4,000 more than in-state students at public institutions. Residents and nonresidents alike who are full time dependent students spent an average of $20,980 in yearly tuition at private institutions.

Average Arizona University Costs - 2010-2011
Public Universities (Resident) Public Universities (Nonresident) Independent Universities (Resident & Nonresident) Public 2 Year Colleges (Resident) Public 2 Year Colleges (Nonresident)

Tuition & Fees

$7,685

$20,210

$12,261

$1,671

$7,425

Room

$5,559

$5,559

$4,884

N/A

N/A

Board

$3,840

$3,840

$3,835

N/A

N/A

Total Cost

$17,084

$29,609

$20,980

$1,671

$7,425


Arizona 529 College Savings Plans

Arizona offers three distinct 529 Savings Plan choices. The 529 Plan is a method for families of potential college and university students to save money for college by making contributions that are tax advantaged.

The three 529 Plans offered in Arizona include the College Savings Bank CollegeSure® CD, Fidelity Arizona College Savings Plan, and InvestEd.

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics, Arizona Board of Regents, Arizona State University, National Information Center for Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis, ACT, Inc., The College Board

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