Accredited colleges and universities have had their educational programs and faculty evaluated by an outside agency. Those agencies ensure that the school provides a high-quality education to its students, so to have your degree recognized by employers, it’s critical to attend an accredited institution. Below you’ll find information on higher education in the state and helpful resources on online colleges in Arizona.
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Accredited Online Colleges Database
The following agencies accredit schools in Arizona. This list, however, only includes agencies that provide whole-institution accreditation, not those that provide program-specific accreditation. For program accreditation information, see our subject-specific guides.
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (NCAHLC)
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET)
- Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
- Council on Occupational Education (COE)
- Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
Higher Education Links
For more information on higher education and school accreditation in Arizona, see the state board of education’s website. The links below can also provide you with general information about the educational programs in the state.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of institutions in the state. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for online colleges in Arizona. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable accredited online and campus-based schools in the state to help you begin your school search.
Arizona is home to several expansive public universities that provide students with a number of scholastic choices. We’ve reviewed the standout public programs in the state.
Arizona State University
ASU, founded in 1885, is both a long-established and highly prestigious public university. With 73,378 students in 2013, it’s not only Arizona’s largest school, but the largest school in the entire country. To that end, students have a huge range of options; the school boasts 275 majors, 500 different clubs, and 300 study abroad options. The school’s Institute of Human Origins was founded by Donald Johanson, the paleoanthropologist who discovered the world’s oldest fossil, “Lucy.”
University of Arizona
While not as large as ASU, the U of A still plays host to 40,223 students. It’s known for its extensive research facilities, as well as its role as one of the state’s largest employers. High-quality graduate schools include the Eller College of Management, the James E. Rogers College of Law, and a strong College of Medicine. Notable alumni are director Jerry Bruckheimer and Bennett Dorrance, the heir to the Campbell Soup Corporation.
Northern Arizona University
NAU is another strong research university in Arizona. The school enrolled 25,991 students during the fall of 2013, offering those students 78 undergraduate degrees and 58 graduate degrees. However, it’s worth noting that the the school’s mission is to focus on its larger undergraduate population. Students from the western United States can enroll at a lower tuition rate, since NAU participates in the Western Undergraduate Exchange Program.
Arizona has a diverse set of private 4-year institutions, including numerous schools that are strong in technical fields. Three standouts are below.
Though it’s a college, Prescott offers not only bachelors degrees, but masters and doctorate degrees, as well. During the fall of 2013, the school enrolled a total of 1,065 students at its urban campus in Prescott. The school prides itself on having a student to faculty ratio of 8:1 and providing an individualized education to each student. Popular majors include education, natural resources and conservation, and psychology.
Ottawa University enrolled 738 students for the current year, with over half of those in masters or post-masters certificate programs. It offers students a number of ways to get a degree, mixing on-campus classes with a variety of online options, and it focuses especially on education, health, and business. Notable alumni include DNA repair and cancer researcher Leonard Erickson.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University– Prescott
Embry-Riddle is another strong private school in Prescott. Of its 1,724 students, almost all are undergraduates pursuing a degree in an aeronautical science or engineering field. The school’s curriculum covers all the aspects of flight, providing students with one of the best aeronautical educations in the United States, and students can take additional classes at residential campuses in Florida. Among the school’s graduates are Gregory Biscone, the United States Air Force Brigadier General, and Daniel Burbank, an American astronaut.