2022 best colleges in Arizona best-colleges

Perhaps most known for the highly respected academics and lively party scenes at the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, Arizona’s education scene is on the rise. With stunning landscapes and moderately sized cities, both public and private schools in Arizona attract students from around the country. Students can also find the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, one of only seven accredited naturopathic medicine schools in the country. The School of Architecture offers the smallest accredited graduate architecture program nationwide and focuses on organic architecture and the design philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Degree premium: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state. This is called “Vs. state average” in school profiles below.

Ranking: The payback rate is divided by the degree premium (set as a percentage), the lower the number the higher the rank. (i.e. payback=1, degree premium 20% higher than state school median: 1/120% = .883.

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#1 in Arizona

Arizona State University Campus Immersion

Tempe, Arizona

Admission rate: 89%

Grad rate: 67%

Net cost: $11,706

Payback: 1.6 Years

Earnings: $55,749

Vs. state average: + $11,031

Economic score: 1.30

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#2 in Arizona

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott

Prescott, Arizona

Admission rate: 67%

Grad rate: 68%

Net cost: $35,396

Payback: 3.0 Years

Earnings: $77,768

Vs. state average: + $33,050

Economic score: 1.71

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#3 in Arizona

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Admission rate: 86%

Grad rate: 65%

Net cost: $15,016

Payback: 2.1 Years

Earnings: $55,205

Vs. state average: + $10,487

Economic score: 1.71

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#4 in Arizona

Arizona State University Digital Immersion

Scottsdale, Arizona

Admission rate: 73%

Grad rate: 51%

Net cost: $13,971

Payback: 2.3 Years

Earnings: $55,749

Vs. state average: + $11,031

Economic score: 1.84

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#5 in Arizona

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

Admission rate: 82%

Grad rate: 59%

Net cost: $12,915

Payback: 2.5 Years

Earnings: $46,950

Vs. state average: + $2,232

Economic score: 2.37

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#6 in Arizona

Ottawa University-Surprise

Surprise, Arizona

Admission rate: 29%

Grad rate: N/A

Net cost: $31,127

Payback: 6.9 Years

Earnings: $47,355

Vs. state average: + $2,637

Economic score: 6.47

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#7 in Arizona

Arizona Christian University

Glendale, Arizona

Admission rate: 72%

Grad rate: 46%

Net cost: $21,374

Payback: 8.2 Years

Earnings: $37,531

Vs. state average: - $7,187

Economic score: 9.74

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#8 in Arizona

Prescott College

Prescott, Arizona

Admission rate: 99%

Grad rate: 49%

Net cost: $18,798

Payback: 8.8 Years

Earnings: $35,112

Vs. state average: - $9,606

Economic score: 11.19

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Ottawa University-Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona

Admission rate: N/A

Grad rate: 53%

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Earnings: $47,355

Vs. state average: + $2,637

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Phoenix Seminary

Scottsdale, Arizona

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Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine & Health Sciences

Tempe, Arizona

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Midwestern University-Glendale

Glendale, Arizona

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University of Arizona-Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista, Arizona

Admission rate: N/A

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Net cost: N/A

Payback: N/A

Earnings: $55,205

Vs. state average: + $10,487

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