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Online Colleges in
ARIZONA

Online schools in Arizona

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Wherever in the country you live, you've probably heard of a least a few of the online colleges in Arizona. Institutions in the Grand Canyon State have been breaking new ground in online education for more than a decade, and some of the most widely known and well-regarded programs are headquartered in the cities of the desert West.

Reference libraries, tutoring centers and other helpful elements of scholastic infrastructure can make life easier for students at campus-based and online schools in Arizona, and cities with considerable student populations tend to support development of such resource networks. The six metro areas in Arizona where the largest numbers of students live, according to enrollment data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), are Tempe, Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Mesa and Glendale. The home cities of Arizona's two main research universities — Arizona State in Tempe and the University of Arizona in Tucson — take the top spots for student population.

City Total estimated population
(U.S. Census, 2015)
No. of enrolled students
(NCES, 2016)
No. of students as a percentage of total population % of residents with bachelor's degrees
(U.S. Census, 2015)
Phoenix1,514,208100,2646.62 percent 26.7 percent
Tucson528,37463,18111.96 percent 25.2 percent
Tempe169,81642,61625.10 percent 41.9 percent
Mesa458,86034,6557.55 percent 24.9 percent
Flagstaff68,37520,17929.51 percent 43.6 percent
Chandler250,20219,6367.85 percent 40.9 percent
Glendale234,84417,9087.63 percent 21.6 percent
Institution type No. offering bachelor's degrees No. offering associate's degrees No. offering certificates and other non-degree awards No. offering advanced degrees (master's, Ph.D., etc.)
Private nonprofit9648
Public10223510
Private for-profit24377312

Featured schools in Arizona

Students interested in a more complete list of Arizona-based institutions offering online degrees can start by exploring this map, which shows the location of all colleges with online offerings in the state, based on 2014 data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Once you identify schools that are located nearby, it's easy to explore what online degrees might be offered near you.

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Online colleges in Arizona

Whether they're traditional campuses with distance education programs or fully digital institutions without a single brick-and-mortar class requirement, online schools in Arizona work to offer degree programs that help students reach their academic and professional goals. The flexibility of location and scheduling available to online students can be a big plus, and the benefits of moving from lecture to lecture without subjecting yourself to the punishing sun of the desert climate can be more valuable than you might think.

Institution type No. offering 4-year degrees No. offering 2-year degrees No. offering certificates and other non-degree awards No. offering advanced degrees (master's, Ph.D., etc.)
Private nonprofit4 - 24
Private for-profit5552
Public410144

One campus-based school that has wholeheartedly embraced online education is Arizona State University in Tempe, where highly regarded graduate programs in business, education, engineering, public administration and law have been offered on campus for years. Several online offerings at Arizona State cracked the top 25 in their fields in 2015, according to U.S. News and World Report, and the digital graduate programs in business and criminal justice are not only tops among online colleges in Arizona — they're ranked among the five best in the U.S.

The University of Arizona has also had considerable success with its online programs, particularly those in administration, management and other business disciplines at the master's level. The Tucson school's graduate degrees in nursing and engineering also placed highly on the U.S. News rolls in 2015, each ranking among the top 40 nationwide, and the school as a whole came in at No. 64 among global universities.

Online-focused schools in Arizona

There are also a few dedicated online colleges in Arizona that offer degrees in the virtual classroom as their primary focus. Northcentral University, for example, headquartered in Prescott, Arizona, delivered regionally accredited coursework to more than 13,000 full- and part-time students in 2014 without maintaining a single traditional campus location. Its online bachelor's degrees made the 2015 U.S. News ranking list, at No. 158.


Online-focused Northcentral University served more than 13,000 students in 2014 without any traditional campus locations.


Other great options for online bachelor's degrees

Arizona students don't have to stay in-state when seeking an online degree, either. Many traditional institutions in other states make provisions for non-resident students applying to their distance education programs, sometimes offering rates equivalent to or only a few dollars steeper than their in-state tuition and fee charges.

The best online bachelor's degrees in the country are available at Pennsylvania State University, according to U.S. News, and students at Penn State World Campus pay flat tuition rates by program regardless of their residency status. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, which operates a satellite campus in Prescott, also features online undergraduate degrees that placed in the top five for 2015.

Best degrees to get in Arizona

Arizona has one of the fastest growing economies in the U.S., according to analysis by the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES). Overall employment growth in the state is projected at nearly 22 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is approximately double the average growth expected at the national level.

Even in such a favorable job market, some careers show better prospects for educated students than others. Here are a few of the best degrees for students at online schools in Arizona, determined by cross-referencing regional workforce data with occupational information provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

    • Among the fastest-growing fields both statewide and nationwide is diagnostic medical sonography, which is projected to grow 55 percent at the state level by 2022 and create around 700 brand-new jobs in the regional career market. Sonographers in Arizona earned a mean annual income of $77,000 in 2014, well above the state average of $44,580. Employers often prefer candidates with an associate degree or postsecondary certificate in sonography, and professional certification may also be required for some positions.
      • Digital distance learning can be great for prospective students with a busy professional schedule, and the master of science in nursing degrees available at online colleges in Arizona have scarcely ever faced occupational demand as high as exists today. Jobs for nurse practitioners and nursing educators are expected to increase 40 and 42 percent respectively by 2022, and Arizona nurse practitioner salaries averaged $102,720 in 2014.

      If your skills and experience are more business-inclined, a degree in finance can help you capitalize on the needs of Arizona's current labor market.


      • If your skills and experience are more business-inclined, a degree in finance can help you capitalize on the needs of Arizona's current labor market. Job growth of 37 percent is expected for personal financial advisers in Arizona by 2022, and the mean annual salary in the field came to $77,020 statewide in 2014. Depending on the segment of finance in which you're looking to specialize, employers also may consider candidates with degrees in economics, accounting, business administration or law.
        • Arizona is also one of the states where a degree in mathematics or statistics can be put to effective use in multiple sectors the workforce, thanks to expectations of robust employment growth among cost estimators, statisticians and market research analysts. Mean annual salaries for all three fields produced above-average figures in 2014 — each falling between $58,000 and $80,000 for the year — and job growth projections in the three fields average to about 40 percent between 2012 and 2022.
          • Degrees in computer science and information technology are finding themselves applicable in a rising number of professional contexts, as computing technology becomes increasingly essential to modern business practices. Jobs for computer systems analysts and information security analysts are projected to see respective increases of 28 and 37 percent between 2012 and 2022, leading to nearly 1,000 new jobs for tech-savvy Arizona residents. Mean annual salary figures for both professions topped $83,000 in 2014, with average pay for systems analyst positions nearly doubling the statewide occupational average for the year.

            While there's no degree anywhere in the country that can serve as a guarantee of employment upon graduation, taking the time to focus your education on the needs of a growing industry might give employers an easier time of recognizing your value when you're applying for that first job in your chosen field.

            Arizona colleges

            Getting the right degree at the right school can make a lot of difference when it comes to your prospects in the workforce and your enjoyment of the university experience. Here are a few details about some of the traditional and online schools in Arizona, including a list of notable degree programs available at each:

            Institution Name
            Online Degrees?
            Top Programs
            University of Arizona

            Entrepreneurship, earth sciences, information systems, graduate education (online), graduate business (online), graduate engineering (online), medicine, law, nursing, public health, social psychology, rehabilitation counseling, mathematics, physics, pharmacy, economics, public affairs

            Arizona State University

            MBA (online), graduate criminal justice (online), graduate education (online), graduate engineering (online), graduate business (online), city management, supply chain management, nursing, law, photography, ceramics, public affairs

            Northern Arizona University

            Physical therapy, graduate education (online), nursing, graduate nursing (online), biological sciences, speech-language pathology, history, political science, engineering

            Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Prescott

            Aerospace engineering, aeronautical science, astronomy, meteorology, cybersecurity, forensic biology, computer engineering, intelligence studies, industrial psychology

            Southwest University of Visual Arts

            Illustration, animation, advertising, photography, interior design, graphic design, landscape architecture

            Northcentral University

            MBA (online), graduate education (online), marriage and family therapy (online)

            As technology advances, more institutions may join the ranks of online schools in Arizona. The result may be increased opportunities for students from all walks of life to earn an advanced education regardless of whether they are able to attend classes on campus.

            However, there's no reason to wait to get started on your degree. You can request more information from the online colleges in Arizona listed below to learn more about your learning options.

            Article Sources
            Methodology

            To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

            • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
            • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
            • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
            • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
            • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
            • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
            • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
            • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
            • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
            • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
            • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
            • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
            • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
              • Dual credit
              • Credit for life experience
              • Advanced Placement credit
              • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
              • Remedial services
              • Academic and career counseling
              • Job placement services for graduates
              • Guaranteed tuition plan
              • Tuition payment plan
              • Any other alternative tuition plan
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            21st Century eSchool
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            7106 South Avenue
            City
            Middleton
            State
            WI
            Zip Code
            53562
            Website
            http://www.21eschool.com/index.html
            Test Scores
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            School Type
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            0
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $
            Admissions Rate
            0%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $0
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            0
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            -
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            0%
            21st Century Virtual Academy
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            1829 Denver West Drive #27
            City
            Golden
            State
            CO
            Zip Code
            80401
            Website
            http://www.jeffcopublicschools.org/online/
            Test Scores
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            School Type
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            0
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $
            Admissions Rate
            0%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $0
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            0
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            -
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            0%
            Academy Online High School
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            1110 Chapel Hills Drive
            City
            Colorado Springs
            State
            CO
            Zip Code
            80920
            Website
            http://www.asd20.org/education/school/school.php?sectionid=3858
            Test Scores
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            School Type
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            0
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $
            Admissions Rate
            0%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $0
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            0
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            -
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            0%
            ACCESS Distance Learning
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            5351 Gordon Persons Building PO Box 302101
            City
            Montgomery
            State
            AL
            Zip Code
            36130
            Website
            http://accessdl.state.al.us/
            Test Scores
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            School Type
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            0
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $
            Admissions Rate
            0%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $0
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            0
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            -
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            0%
            Alabama A & M University
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            4900 Meridian Street
            City
            Normal
            State
            AL
            Zip Code
            35762
            Website
            www.aamu.edu/
            Test Scores
            Required
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            383-470
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            360-480
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            370-457
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            16-19
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            City: Midsize
            School Type
            Public
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            4,505
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $30
            Admissions Rate
            65%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            1
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $9,366
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            19
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            2
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            15%
            University of Alabama at Birmingham
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            Administration Bldg Suite 1070
            City
            Birmingham
            State
            AL
            Zip Code
            35294
            Website
            www.uab.edu
            Test Scores
            Required
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            520-630
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            520-668
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            22-28
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            City: Midsize
            School Type
            Public
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            11,511
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $30
            Admissions Rate
            60%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            1
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $7,766
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            13
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            6
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            67%
            Amridge University
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            1200 Taylor Rd
            City
            Montgomery
            State
            AL
            Zip Code
            36117
            Website
            www.amridgeuniversity.edu
            Test Scores
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            City: Midsize
            School Type
            Private not-for-profit
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            308
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $50
            Admissions Rate
            0%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            0
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $10,860
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            10
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            22
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            100%
            University of Alabama in Huntsville
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            301 Sparkman Dr
            City
            Huntsville
            State
            AL
            Zip Code
            35899
            Website
            www.uah.edu
            Test Scores
            Required
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            520-650
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            550-680
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            24-30
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            City: Midsize
            School Type
            Public
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            6,013
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $30
            Admissions Rate
            81%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            1
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $9,128
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            20
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            15
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            12%
            Alabama State University
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            915 S Jackson Street
            City
            Montgomery
            State
            AL
            Zip Code
            36104
            Website
            www.alasu.edu
            Test Scores
            Required
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            370-450
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            360-460
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            16-19
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            City: Midsize
            School Type
            Public
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            4,764
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $25
            Admissions Rate
            46%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            1
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $8,720
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            18
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            4
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            13%
            University of Alabama System Office
            Basic Information
            Test Score Data
            Address
            500 University Blvd. East
            City
            Tuscaloosa
            State
            AL
            Zip Code
            35401
            Website
            www.uasystem.ua.edu
            Test Scores
            SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
            -
            Campus/School Overview
            Campus Environment
            School Type
            Public
            Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
            0
            UnderGraduate Application Fee
            $
            Admissions Rate
            0%
            Offers On-Campus Housing
            -1
            In-State Tution & Fees
            $0
            Student-to-Faculty Ratio
            0
            Number of Online Programs Offered
            -
            Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
            0%
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