Arizona Private Colleges and Universities

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Arizona Private Colleges and Universities: Midwestern University - Glendale

Whether you want to study history or biomedical engineering, Arizona private colleges have excellent programs to suit your needs. In fact, when it comes to history, few states have taken comparable steps to preserve the rich Native American history that, many scholars would agree, constitute to the "true" American history. And when it comes to science and medicine, few states have the space and resources to house the large technology parks, medical labs, and science facilities that Arizona colleges enjoy.

Private Colleges in Arizona

Arizona private colleges and universities offer a wide range of education programs with degrees and certificates up to the doctoral level, as well as professional degrees such as law and medicine. In Arizona there are twenty-two accredited private four-year colleges. Similar to public schools, private colleges and universities offer bachelor's or higher level programs and research opportunities, although they usually have smaller classes and higher tuition.

These Arizona private colleges are diverse in character, academic emphasis, and origins. Some private colleges or schools have a religious affiliation; others are secular. Arizona private colleges and universities may be profit or non-profit institutions. Typically, Arizona independent colleges or private schools give weight to personal characteristics and activities in addition to considering GPA and test scores.

Private Colleges and Universities in Arizona includes:

  • The Art Center Design College (Tucson)
  • Midwestern University (Glendale)
  • University of Phoenix (Phoenix)
  • A. T. Still University (Mesa)
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ
  • Grand Canyon University (GCU) in Phoenix, AZ
  • Western International University (Phoenix)

The largest being Western International University with 3,223 full time students. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott is the most expensive with an in-state tuition of $29,520.The Arizona-based University of Phoenix is known for its many online programs, as well as offering on-campus education at locations around the country

Why an Arizona Private College

In addition to holding regional accreditation, schools are degree-granting institutions, undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in a vast array of academic disciplines including health sciences and medicine, education, electronics and technology, aeronautics, business administration and management, professional counseling, environmental studies, Christian education and liberal arts.

Beyond a wide disciplinary menu of academic programs, the learning environment of independent postsecondary institutions typically provide some, or all, of the following characteristics: small classes and flexible class scheduling; individualized degree planning; varied modes of instructional delivery; and instructors and fellow students bringing professional experience to the classroom.

Independent College and Universities of Arizona (ICUA)

The Independent College and Universities of Arizona (ICUA) is the association representing regionally accredited, independent (non-public) colleges and universities within the state of Arizona. :

  • Enhance awareness of the value of and the contribution made by independent colleges and universities within the state;
  • Promote educational diversity, ensure educational excellence, and identify and meet unmet higher education needs of Arizona; and
  • Serve as a liaison with the public universities of Arizona.

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