Paradise Valley Community College, located in Phoenix, Arizona, was founded in 1985 as a satellite campus for Scottsdale Community College. The school originally lacked a permanent location and was housed in a high school as the campus was being built. In 1986 construction began for the school's facilities and the residents of the service area gave it its current name.
PVCC became an independent member of the Maricopa County Community College District in 1990. Today the school serves over 15,000 students yearly, approximately 9000 of which are full time credit students. Paradise Valley CC has added and constructed new facilities to accommodate student needs and activities, including a performing arts center, a new life sciences facility and the addition of the George L. Campbell LIbrary, which was once part of Maricopa County Library District.
Paradise Valley Community College offers a large number of programs, ensuring that students will be able to choose one that best suits their academic or career goals. The school offers certificate and associate degrees to graduates, with programs taking between one and two years to complete.
Academic transfer programs are designed to offer student the opportunity to complete the first two years of a four year education, at a much lower cost, then transfer to a college or university to pursue their bachelor's degree. Students may apply for transfer to any college or university, though the requirements will vary from one to another, and thus it is suggested students form a curriculum with the help of an advisor or counselor that will provide the best chances for admission to their school or schools of choice.
Career training programs provide individuals with the training and skills necessary to enter the workforce as a professional in their field of study. Students will take general education courses during the pursuit of an associate's degree. During the associate's degree program, students will take classes that include both hands-on and classroom-based settings. These programs result in a diploma or certificate, demonstrating competency and allowing for the procurement of work at the entry level.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
As an open enrollment institution, Paradise Valley Community College will admit any student who meets the minimum requirements for admission. Students wishing to enroll must complete the application for admission, submit their transcripts and supply standardized test scores if taken. Students may be required to take a placement exam to determine which general education courses they will begin with.
It is advised that new students participate in orientation and meet with a counselor to discuss goals, program enrollment and curriculum. Registration takes place shortly prior to the start of each semester.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs. Students in need of financial assistance must obtain a federal PIN and submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting information from which will be used to determine financial need, program eligibility, and monetary awards. Students may be asked to provide additional information to the financial aid office prior to the disbursement of funds to ensure the FAFSA is true and accurate. Financial aid must be applied for prior to the start of each academic year.
The Paradise Valley Community College Pumas participate in a number of intercollegiate athletics through the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). The school encourages participation in intercollegiate athletics as it broadens one's horizons, promotes teamwork, requires self-discipline and requires good health habits.
Additionally, students will share their successes and failures with their teammates, developing a camaraderie that is unique among individuals working together to achieve a goal.
Athletic programs offered:
- Baseball (Men Only)
- Softball (Women Only)
- Track and Field
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $7,800. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- State Residents: $2,000-$2,400
- Out-of-State: $7,800-$9,360
- Charges per unit:
- In-State: $84-$100 per unit
- Out-of-State: $330-$390 per unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||64%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||59%||$3,681|
|Receiving Student Loans||13%||$3,693|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and alumni, Paradise Valley Community College may offer student services including:
- Online course work available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Career path counseling
- Employing students to lower education costs
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges often times offer both career training courses and curriculum to help students transfer out to a 4-year college or university, that is why we include how this school compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in Maricopa County and community colleges in Arizona in total.
|Paradise Valley Community College||Maricopa County||Arizona|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Dietetic Technician Program
- Accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (since 2001)
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1966)
- Find all the other nursing programs in Arizona
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Paradise Valley Community College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Natural Resources and Conservation
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Paradise Valley Community College.
- Glendale Community College in Glendale, AZ (12 miles away)
- Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, AZ (12 miles away)
- Phoenix College in Phoenix, AZ (13 miles away)
- GateWay Community College - Phoenix in Phoenix, AZ (14 miles away)
- South Mountain Community College in Phoenix, AZ (19 miles away)