List of Private Universities & Colleges in Arizona

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The private colleges and universities you will find in the State of Arizona will include a number of large and small institutions. Top ranked private colleges in Arizona include specialized schools such as the Embry Riddle Aeronautical University to The Art Institute to Grand Canyon University. Each private college is dramatically different from the other with varying teaching pedagogy and areas of emphasis to reach a diverse student population.

Arizona Private School Majors and Online Degree Programs

The degree programs and majors offered by private colleges in Arizona will vary greatly from school to school. For example, the aeronautics program offered at Embry Riddle is a one of a kind program that cannot be easily replicated at a state university or trade school. Likewise, the degrees offered by Grand Canyon span from marketing and psychology to respiratory care therapy and nursing. On the other hand, the Art Institute prepared students for a vibrant career in digital arts and/or studio arts that are unmatched by other private colleges.

List of Large 4-Year Private Universities in Arizona

There are 3 large private universities in our database for Arizona. Follow the links below to get more details about each school.

Large Universities with Research Facilities or Faculty

The universities listed below offer many diverse academic programs, have a large student body, and usually have research facilities or faculty involved with research. These schools very often have graduate and professional programs as well.

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  • More Than 20,000 Undergraduate Students Enrolled
  • Estimated tuition & fees: $11,000 per year

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  • More Than 20,000 Undergraduate Students Enrolled
  • Estimated tuition & fees: $18,000 per year

Large Primarily Academic Universities

Each university listed below offers a diverse set of degrees and programs, unlike the research universities listed above, these schools contain little to no research activity on campus and are primarily academic.

Small to Medium Sized 4-Year Universities

The 4-year schools listed below have a small to medium sized student body and may offer a wide range of associate and bachelor's degrees. Get more information about each school by clicking the links below.

4-Year Colleges with a Special Focus on an Area of Study

The schools below are grouped by their special area of focus. To learn about admissions, tuition & fees, programs offered, and more click on the school names below.

Health Professions Schools

Technology-Related Schools

Schools of Art, Music, and Design

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both Arizona in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.