2022 best colleges in Arizona

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.

Earningsplus: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state.

Rankings: The ranking order is based on the economic score. The economic score is calculated using a school’s payback and earningsplus performance.

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Payback
Earnings
EarningsPlus
Rankings
Ranking methodology
#1 in Arizona | #61 in National Universities

Arizona State University Campus Immersion

Tempe, Arizona

Economic score: 1.30

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $11,706

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.6 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $55,749

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $11,031

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 89%
Graduation rate: 67%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#2 in Arizona

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott

Prescott, Arizona

Economic score: 1.71

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $35,396

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 3 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $77,768

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $33,050

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 67%
Graduation rate: 68%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#3 in Arizona | #95 in National Universities

University of Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Economic score: 1.71

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $15,016

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.1 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $55,205

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $10,487

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 86%
Graduation rate: 65%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#4 in Arizona | #104 in National Universities

Arizona State University Digital Immersion

Scottsdale, Arizona

Economic score: 1.84

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $13,971

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.3 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $55,749

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $11,031

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 73%
Graduation rate: 51%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#5 in Arizona | #168 in National Universities

Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

Economic score: 2.37

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $12,915

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 2.5 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $46,950

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $2,232

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 82%
Graduation rate: 59%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#6 in Arizona

Arizona Christian University

Glendale, Arizona

Economic score: 9.74

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $21,374

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 8.2 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $37,531

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $7,187

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 72%
Graduation rate: 46%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#7 in Arizona

Prescott College

Prescott, Arizona

Economic score: 11.19

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $18,798

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 8.8 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $35,112

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $9,606

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 99%
Graduation rate: 49%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

Ottawa University-Surprise

Surprise, Arizona

Economic score: 6.47

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $31,127

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 6.9 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $47,355

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $2,637

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 29%
Graduation rate: N/A

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

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