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2023 Best Colleges in Arizona

26 Colleges
$41,994 Avg Salary*
29% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

There are lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. College Factual has developed its Top Arizona Colleges ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 26 schools in Arizona, we came up with our list of those that offered the highest quality education. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on over 20 objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as student-to-faculty ratio, average graduate earnings, and graduation rate.

See what other factors we include in our ranking methodology.

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Top Colleges in Arizona

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Our analysis found University of Phoenix - Arizona to be the best school for overall quality in Arizona in this year’s ranking. UOPX - Arizona is a private for-profit institution located in Tempe, Arizona. The school has a large population, and it awarded 29,877 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UOPX - Arizona go into careers with an average salary of $39,382 during the early years of their career.

Full University of Phoenix - Arizona Report

A rank of #2 on our Best Colleges in Arizona list means Arizona State University - Tempe is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Tempe, Arizona, the large public school awarded 21,156 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2020-2021.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.5%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $55,749 during the early years of their career..

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#3

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

A rank of #3 on our Best Colleges in Arizona list means University of Arizona is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Tucson, Arizona, the large public school awarded 11,808 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2020-2021.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from University of Arizona make an average of $55,205 per year during the early years of their career.

Full University of Arizona Report

#4

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Grand Canyon University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in Arizona. Grand Canyon University is located in Phoenix, Arizona and has a large student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 29,176 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Grand Canyon University make an average of $39,783 a year.

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Out of the 26 schools in Arizona that were part of this year’s ranking, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott landed the #5 spot on the list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Prescott, Arizona, and it awarded 628 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.1%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Prescott make an average of $77,768 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott Report

#6

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

Northern Arizona University landed the #6 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Arizona ranking. NAU is located in Flagstaff, Arizona and has a large student population. In 2020-2021, this school awarded 8,583 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The school has an impressive student loan default rate. It’s only 4.6%, which is much lower than the national rate of 10.1%. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from NAU go into careers with an average salary of $46,950 during the early years of their career.

Full Northern Arizona University Report

#7

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona

Arizona State University - Skysong ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges in Arizona list. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, the large public school awarded 12,598 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2020-2021.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.5%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% During the early years of their career, graduates from ASU - Skysong make an average of $55,749 a year.

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#8

Rio Salado College

Tempe, Arizona

Rio Salado College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Arizona ranking.Tempe, Arizona is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,161 students in 2020-2021.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Rio Salado College is $40,941 during the early years of their career.

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#9

GateWay Community College

Phoenix, Arizona

GateWay Community College landed the #9 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Arizona ranking. GateWay Community College is a small public school located in Phoenix, Arizona that handed out 1,313 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from GateWay Community College go into careers with an average salary of $42,020 during the early years of their career.

Full GateWay Community College Report

American InterContinental University - Online came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Arizona ranking.Schaumburg, Arizona is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 4,440 students in 2020-2021.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from AIU Online go into careers with an average salary of $36,551 during the early years of their career.

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#11

Pima Community College

Tucson, Arizona

With a ranking of #11, Pima Community College did quite well on the 2023 Best Colleges in Arizona list. Located in Tucson, Arizona, the fairly large public school awarded 3,708 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2020-2021.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $35,828 during the early years of their career..

Full Pima Community College Report

#12

Central Arizona College

Coolidge, Arizona

Central Arizona College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Arizona ranking. Located in Coolidge, Arizona, the small public school handed out 1,164 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Pinal County Community College go into careers with an average salary of $34,165 during the early years of their career.

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Cochise County Community College District came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Arizona ranking. This small public school is located in Sierra Vista, Arizona, and it awarded 1,952 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The low student loan default rate of 4.9% is a good sign that students have an easier time paying off their loans than they might at other schools. For comparison, the national default rate is 10.1% During the early years of their career, graduates from Cochise College make an average of $32,656 a year.

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#14

Mesa Community College

Mesa, Arizona

Mesa Community College did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Arizona ranking, coming in at #14. This fairly large public school is located in Mesa, Arizona, and it awarded 3,084 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Mesa Community College is $40,763 during the early years of their career.

Full Mesa Community College Report

#15

Phoenix College

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix College ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges in Arizona list. Phoenix College is a public institution located in Phoenix, Arizona. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,943 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Phoenix College make an average of $36,477 per year during the early years of their career.

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#16

Eastern Arizona College

Thatcher, Arizona

Eastern Arizona College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Arizona ranking. This small public school is located in Thatcher, Arizona, and it awarded 734 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Eastern Arizona College make an average of $34,529 a year.

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Chandler-Gilbert Community College landed the #17 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Arizona ranking. Chandler-Gilbert Community College is a fairly large public school located in Chandler, Arizona that handed out 2,366 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Chandler-Gilbert Community College go into careers with an average salary of $44,705 during the early years of their career.

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#18

Scottsdale Community College

Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale Community College landed the #18 spot on the 2023 Best Colleges in Arizona ranking. Scottsdale Community College is a medium-sized public school situated in Scottsdale, Arizona. It awarded 1,350 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Scottsdale Community College make an average of $43,007 a year.

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#19

Mohave Community College

Kingman, Arizona

Mohave Community College came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Arizona ranking. This small public school is located in Kingman, Arizona, and it awarded 919 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from MCC make an average of $31,007 per year during the early years of their career.

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Estrella Mountain Community College did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Arizona ranking, coming in at #20. This medium-sized public school is located in Avondale, Arizona, and it awarded 2,295 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $37,580 during the early years of their career..

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#21

Arizona Western College

Yuma, Arizona

With a ranking of #21, Arizona Western College did quite well on the 2023 Best Colleges in Arizona list. Located in Yuma, Arizona, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,637 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $32,346 during the early years of their career..

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#22

Glendale Community College

Glendale, Arizona

Glendale Community College ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges in Arizona list. This fairly large public school is located in Glendale, Arizona, and it awarded 3,667 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Glendale Community College make an average of $40,144 a year.

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#23

Ottawa University - Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona

Ottawa University - Phoenix did quite well in the 2023 Best Colleges in Arizona ranking, coming in at #23.Phoenix, Arizona is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 343 students in 2020-2021.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty rate of 6 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University - Phoenix go into careers with an average salary of $47,355 during the early years of their career.

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#24

Yavapai College

Prescott, Arizona

Yavapai College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Arizona ranking. Yavapai College is a medium-sized public school located in Prescott, Arizona that handed out 1,950 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Yavapai College make an average of $34,014 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Yavapai College Report

#25

Coconino Community College

Flagstaff, Arizona

Coconino Community College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges in Arizona list. This small public school is located in Flagstaff, Arizona, and it awarded 687 bachelor’s degrees in 2020-2021.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Coconino Community College go into careers with an average salary of $35,173 during the early years of their career.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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