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2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona

28 Colleges
$34,948 Avg Salary*
42% Avg Grad Rate*

Non-traditional students have to weigh their education options carefully. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make a wise decision.

After analyzing 28 schools in Arizona, we came up with our list of those that offered the highest quality education to non-traditional students, including part-time and adult learners. Our ranking methodology focuses on over 20 different objective factors - such as degree completion, loan default rate, post graduate earnings, as well as factors important to non-traditional students such as distance learning and flexible learning options.

If you fall into the category of non-traditional, you are a part-time student, a returning or transfer student, or older than 24. We designed this ranking to meet your unique needs.

See what other factors we include in our ranking methodology.

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Top Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona

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#1

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Our 2021 rankings named University of Arizona the best school in Arizona for non-traditional students working on their bachelor’s degree. University of Arizona is located in Tucson, Arizona and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,231 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $785. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from University of Arizona make an average of $47,300 per year during the early years of their career.

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#2

Prescott College

Prescott, Arizona

The excellent bachelor’s degree programs at Prescott College helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for non-traditional learners in Arizona. Located in Prescott, Arizona, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 104 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $1,287. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Prescot College go into careers with an average salary of $33,200 during the early years of their career.

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#3

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

Out of the 28 schools in Arizona that were part of this year’s ranking of the best schools for adult learners and non-traditional students, Northern Arizona University landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, the large public school awarded 6,248 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The school charges $761 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $40,100 a year.

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Out of the 28 schools in Arizona that were part of this year’s ranking of the best schools for adult learners and non-traditional students, Arizona State University - Tempe landed the #4 spot on the list. Tempe, Arizona is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 10,401 students in 2018-2019.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $765 per credit hour. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from ASU - Tempe is $47,700 during the early years of their career.

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Out of the 28 schools in Arizona that were part of this year’s ranking of the best schools for adult learners and non-traditional students, University of Phoenix - Arizona landed the #5 spot on the list. UOPX - Arizona is a private for-profit institution located in Tempe, Arizona. The school has a large population, and it awarded 12,453 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UOPX - Arizona make an average of $47,100 per year during the early years of their career.

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#6

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, Arizona

Grand Canyon University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona ranking. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the large private for-profit school handed out 11,319 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The school charges $460 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Grand Canyon University make an average of $52,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#7

Mohave Community College

Kingman, Arizona

With a ranking of #7, Mohave Community College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona list.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $81 per credit hour. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from MCC make an average of $27,500 per year during the early years of their career.

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#8

Rio Salado College

Tempe, Arizona

Rio Salado College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona list.

The school charges $85 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $39,500 a year.

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Cochise County Community College District ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona list.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $88 per credit hour. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Cochise College go into careers with an average salary of $28,500 during the early years of their career.

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#10

Mesa Community College

Mesa, Arizona

With a ranking of #10, Mesa Community College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona list.

The school charges $85 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Mesa Community College is $36,000 during the early years of their career.

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Chandler-Gilbert Community College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona ranking, coming in at #11.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $85. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Chandler-Gilbert Community College go into careers with an average salary of $38,600 during the early years of their career.

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#12

Yavapai College

Prescott, Arizona

Yavapai College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona ranking, coming in at #12.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $104. During the early years of their career, graduates from Yavapai College make an average of $28,800 a year.

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With a ranking of #13, Estrella Mountain Community College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona list.

The school charges $85 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Estrella Mountain Community College make an average of $33,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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#14

Glendale Community College

Glendale, Arizona

Glendale Community College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona ranking, coming in at #14.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $85 per credit hour. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Glendale Community College is $34,500 during the early years of their career.

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Paradise Valley Community College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona ranking.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $85. During the early years of their career, graduates from Paradise Valley Community College make an average of $35,600 a year.

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#16

Central Arizona College

Coolidge, Arizona

Central Arizona College landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona ranking.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $86 per credit hour. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $26,500 a year.

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#17

Scottsdale Community College

Scottsdale, Arizona

With a ranking of #17, Scottsdale Community College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona list.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $85. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Scottsdale Community College go into careers with an average salary of $35,600 during the early years of their career.

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#18

Phoenix College

Phoenix, Arizona

With a ranking of #18, Phoenix College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona list.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $85 per credit hour. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Phoenix College go into careers with an average salary of $31,900 during the early years of their career.

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GateWay Community College - Phoenix came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona ranking.

Part-time students in-state can expect to be charged $85 per credit hour. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to earn average salaries of $34,100 a year.

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#20

Pima Community College

Tucson, Arizona

Pima Community College landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona ranking.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $85. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Pima County Community College District is $30,900 during the early years of their career.

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#21

Arizona Christian University

Phoenix, Arizona

Arizona Christian University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona list. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 138 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $1,100. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Arizona Christian University is $32,200 during the early years of their career.

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#22

Coconino Community College

Flagstaff, Arizona

With a ranking of #22, Coconino Community College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona list.

The school charges $122 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Coconino Community College go into careers with an average salary of $28,500 during the early years of their career.

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#23

Northland Pioneer College

Holbrook, Arizona

Northland Pioneer College ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona list.

The school charges $77 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. During the early years of their career, graduates from NPC make an average of $25,200 a year.

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#24

Arizona Western College

Yuma, Arizona

Arizona Western College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona ranking.

The school charges $86 per credit hour for part-time students in-state. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from AWC go into careers with an average salary of $27,700 during the early years of their career.

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#25

South Mountain Community College

Phoenix, Arizona

South Mountain Community College landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Arizona ranking.

The per credit hour charge for part-time students in state is $85. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from South Mountain Community College is $30,200 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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