If you’re looking for a large selection of higher education opportunities, then Arizona is the right state for you. Arizona is home to over 150 post-secondary and higher education institutions. Additionally, many of the universities in Arizona are some of the top-ranked in the nation. Arizona State University, located in downtown Phoenix, and the University of Arizona were recently recognized by US News & World Report as two of the “Best Colleges” in the nation. Other top Arizona colleges include Phoenix College and Northern Arizona University.
The majority of colleges and universities in Arizona are located in the capital city of Phoenix, or in one of the nearby suburbs Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, and Yuma. Tucson, the second largest city in the state, located in southern Arizona just 60 miles north of Mexico, is home to another 25 colleges and universities. A few more colleges are located in Flagstaff, the state’s northernmost city near the Grand Canyon National Park.
Before enrolling in a college or university, you’ll want to check into its accreditation status. Accreditation ensures that a college meets the highest level of education standards–and ultimately that you receive the education you’re paying for. There are two types of accreditation: national and regional. Both national and regional accreditation agencies must be approved by the Department of Education, but they vary in the level of oversight they provide. National accrediting agencies are able to accredit higher education institutions anywhere in the United States, and as such, they tend to have less oversight of the institutions they monitor. Regional accrediting agencies on the other hand only accredit schools within a limited geography or region. Consequently, regional accrediting agencies have much greater oversight over the institutions they accredit. Regional accreditation is considered to be more reputable than national accreditation. As such, it’s usually in the best interest of students to attend a regionally accredited college.
The U.S. is divided up into six geographic regions each represented by a single regional accreditor. All of these regional accreditors are responsible for accrediting both the public and private elementary, secondary, and post-secondary education institutions. Education institutions within the state of Arizona are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Below you’ll find a comprehensive directory of accredited, 4-year colleges and universities located in Arizona. To learn more about a specific school simply click on its name. To explore colleges in a specific region select a city below. To explore 2-year colleges and technical schools offering diploma, certificate and associate degrees visit the Arizona community colleges section.
- American Indian College of the Assemblies of God
- Argosy University
- Arizona State University
- Brookline College-Tucson
- Brookline College-Phoenix
- Brookline College-Tempe
- Brown Mackie College-Phoenix
- Brown Mackie College-Tucson
- College America
- Collins College
- Dine College
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
- Everest College – Mesa
- Everest College – Phoenix
- Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture
- Grand Canyon University
- International Baptist College
- ITT Technical Institute – Tempe
- ITT Technical Institute – Tuscon
- ITT Technical Institute – Phoenix
- Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
- Midwestern University
- Northcentral University
- Northern Arizona University
- Ottawa University – Phoenix
- Phoenix School of Law
- Phoenix Seminary
- Pima Medical Institute
- Prescott College
- Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences
- Southwest Institute of Healing Arts
- Southwestern College
- The Art Center Design College-Tucson
- The Art Institute of Phoenix
- The Art Institute of Tucson
- Thunderbird School of Global Management
- UEI College-Phoenix
- University of Advancing Technology
- University of Arizona
- Western International University
With exception of schools listed in Flagstaff and Tuscon, nearly every other school listed in one of the cities below is within commuting distance from anywhere in the Greater Phoenix Metro Area (Phoenix, Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa Chandler, and Tempe).