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2022 Best Colleges in Arizona

30 Colleges
$38,654 Avg Salary*
28% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

There are lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Top Arizona Schools ranking.

After analyzing 30 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.

Learn more about our ranking methodology.

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Top Colleges in Arizona

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#1

University of Arizona - Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista, Arizona

Our 2022 rankings named University of Arizona - Sierra Vista the best school in Arizona in terms of overall quality for students working on their bachelor’s degree. UA Sierra Vista is located in Sierra Vista, Arizona and has a small student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 171 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The student-to-faculty rate of 7 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one.

Full University of Arizona - Sierra Vista Report

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools in Arizona. Embry-Riddle Prescott is a private not-for-profit institution located in Prescott, Arizona. The school has a small population, and it awarded 618 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The student loan default rate at the school is 4.7%, which is quite low when compared to the national default rate of 10.1% Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $66,200 during the early years of their career..

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A rank of #3 on our Best Colleges in Arizona list means University of Phoenix - Arizona is a great place for students working on their bachelor’s degree. UOPX - Arizona is a large private for-profit school situated in Tempe, Arizona. It awarded 21,673 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from UOPX - Arizona make an average of $47,100 a year.

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You’ll join some of the best and brightest minds around if you attend Arizona State University - Tempe. The school came in at #4 in Arizona on this year’s overall quality ranking. Arizona State University - Tempe is a large public school located in Tempe, Arizona that handed out 19,593 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Tempe make an average of $47,700 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Arizona State University - Tempe Report

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Cochise County Community College District. It ranked #5 on our 2022 Best Colleges in Arizona list. Cochise College is a public institution located in Sierra Vista, Arizona. The school has a small population, and it awarded 1,360 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Cochise College make an average of $28,500 a year.

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#6

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

University of Arizona came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Arizona ranking. University of Arizona is a large public school located in Tucson, Arizona that handed out 10,843 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $47,300 during the early years of their career..

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#7

Mesa Community College

Mesa, Arizona

With a ranking of #7, Mesa Community College did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Arizona list. Located in Mesa, Arizona, the fairly large public school handed out 2,131 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $36,000 during the early years of their career..

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#8

GateWay Community College

Phoenix, Arizona

GateWay Community College came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Arizona ranking. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the small public school awarded 648 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from GateWay Community College go into careers with an average salary of $34,100 during the early years of their career.

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#9

Arizona State University - Skysong

Scottsdale, Arizona

With a ranking of #9, Arizona State University - Skysong did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Arizona list. This large public school is located in Scottsdale, Arizona, and it awarded 9,821 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Skysong is $47,700 during the early years of their career.

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#10

Glendale Community College

Glendale, Arizona

Glendale Community College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Arizona ranking. Glendale Community College is a fairly large public school situated in Glendale, Arizona. It awarded 2,080 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Glendale Community College make an average of $34,500 per year 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 2022 Best Colleges in Arizona list. Pima County Community College District is a fairly large public school situated in Tucson, Arizona. It awarded 2,050 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Pima County Community College District make an average of $30,900 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Pima Community College Report

#12

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona

With a ranking of #12, Grand Canyon University did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Arizona list. Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit institution located in Phoenix, Arizona. The school has a large population, and it awarded 25,539 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Grand Canyon University is $52,700 during the early years of their career.

Full Grand Canyon University Report

#13

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

Northern Arizona University did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Arizona ranking, coming in at #13. Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, the large public school awarded 7,892 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from NAU is $40,100 during the early years of their career.

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#14

Phoenix College

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix College landed the #14 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Arizona ranking. Phoenix College is a medium-sized public school situated in Phoenix, Arizona. It awarded 1,112 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $31,900 during the early years of their career..

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#15

Northland Pioneer College

Holbrook, Arizona

Northland Pioneer College ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges in Arizona list.Holbrook, Arizona is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 174 students in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from NPC make an average of $25,200 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Northland Pioneer College Report

Chandler-Gilbert Community College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Arizona ranking. Chandler-Gilbert Community College is a public institution located in Chandler, Arizona. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,271 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Chandler-Gilbert Community College is $38,600 during the early years of their career.

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Estrella Mountain Community College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Arizona ranking. Estrella Mountain Community College is located in Avondale, Arizona and has a medium-sized student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 1,111 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Estrella Mountain Community College is $33,800 during the early years of their career.

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#18

DeVry University - Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

DeVry University - Arizona came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Arizona ranking. DeVry University - Arizona is a small private for-profit school situated in Phoenix, Arizona. It awarded 115 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $44,100 during the early years of their career..

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#19

Prescott College

Prescott, Arizona

Prescott College did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Arizona ranking, coming in at #19.Prescott, Arizona is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 251 students in 2019-2020.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty rate of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Prescot College make an average of $33,200 per year during the early years of their career.

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#20

Scottsdale Community College

Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale Community College ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges in Arizona list. Scottsdale Community College is a medium-sized public school located in Scottsdale, Arizona that handed out 883 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Scottsdale Community College make an average of $35,600 a year.

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With a ranking of #21, American InterContinental University - Online did quite well on the 2022 Best Colleges in Arizona list. AIU Online is a private for-profit institution located in Schaumburg, Arizona. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,091 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $37,300 during the early years of their career..

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#22

Rio Salado College

Tempe, Arizona

Rio Salado College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges in Arizona ranking. Rio Salado College is a fairly large public school located in Tempe, Arizona that handed out 866 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Rio Salado College make an average of $39,500 per year during the early years of their career.

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#23

Central Arizona College

Coolidge, Arizona

Central Arizona College landed the #23 spot on the 2022 Best Colleges in Arizona ranking. Pinal County Community College is located in Coolidge, Arizona and has a small student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 523 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Pinal County Community College is $26,500 during the early years of their career.

Full Central Arizona College Report

#24

Arizona Western College

Yuma, Arizona

Arizona Western College did quite well in the 2022 Best Colleges in Arizona ranking, coming in at #24. AWC is located in Yuma, Arizona and has a medium-sized student population. In 2019-2020, this school awarded 1,108 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from AWC is $27,700 during the early years of their career.

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#25

Ottawa University - Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona

Ottawa University - Phoenix ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges in Arizona list. Ottawa University - Phoenix is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Phoenix, Arizona. It awarded 276 bachelor’s degrees in 2019-2020.

The impressive student-to-faculty rate of 6 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Ottawa University - Phoenix go into careers with an average salary of $41,500 during the early years of their career.

Full Ottawa University - Phoenix Report

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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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