2022 Top Private Universities in Arizona

Private universities frequently top the lists of the best schools in the U.S. These institutions offer rigorous academic programs for students looking for a personalized college experience.

Private universities generally cost more than their public counterparts, but students often receive the benefits of smaller class sizes, strong alumni networks, and generous financial aid opportunities.

Unlike public universities, private institutions do not differentiate between in-state and out-of-state tuition. This means students from anywhere can enroll in Arizona’s private universities without paying higher out-of-state rates.

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    #1

    Arizona College-Tempe

    Tempe, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    710

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $19962

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $19962

    Located in Tempe, Arizona, Arizona College-Tempe awards degrees and certificates as a private institution. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. The percent of students who graduate is unavailable. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Applicants can reach out to the admission department to learn more about enrolling. The school's accreditation status is unknown at this time.

    #2

    International Baptist College and Seminary

    Chandler, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    90%

    Enrollment

    74

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $11850

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11850

    From its campus in Chandler, Arizona, International Baptist College and Seminary enrolls students in programs as a private institution. The school offers programs that prepare graduates for careers and professional advancement. The institution provides academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, an independent accrediting body.

    #3

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott

    Prescott, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    69%

    Enrollment

    2,946

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $36708

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $36708

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott, located in Prescott, Arizona, enrolls students in 25 programs. The institution's programs offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-teacher ratio is unknown. How much aid students receive on average is not currently known. The school reports a 69% graduation rate. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps graduates become more competitive in the job market. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs waive the test score requirement for qualified applicants. Prospective applicants can contact the admission department for more information about applying.

    #4

    Arizona Christian University

    Glendale, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    50%

    Enrollment

    870

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $27890

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $27890

    Located in Glendale, Arizona, Arizona Christian University often ranks among the best schools. Students study with experts in many different fields. The school's academic and technical tracks help learners meet diverse career goals. Depending on the degree or certificate type, enrollees can spend anywhere from a few months up to as many as seven years completing a program. Applicants may qualify for a test score waiver. These policies make it easier to enroll. The admissions department provides additional resources on submitting an application. Enrollees at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. Arizona Christian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    #5

    Arizona College-Mesa

    Mesa, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    70%

    Enrollment

    246

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $15841

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15841

    From its campus in Mesa, Arizona, Arizona College-Mesa offers multiple programs as a private institution. Graduates leave the school prepared for the workforce. Learners enroll in academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. The school's cost per credit is unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Depending on their program, enrollees complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Arizona College-Mesa holds accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

    #6

    Arizona College-Glendale

    Glendale, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    73%

    Enrollment

    479

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $15841

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $15841

    Arizona College-Glendale, located in Glendale, Arizona, offers 6 programs for degree-seekers. Degree-seekers enroll in top-ranked programs that offer a rigorous course of study. The average student-to-instructor ratio is unavailable. How much aid students receive on average is currently unknown. Learners graduate from the school at a rate of 73%. Job seekers often benefit from hands-on experience, which makes them more competitive job candidates. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Some students qualify for test-optional admissions. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements and start dates.

    #7

    Bryan University

    Tempe, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    20%

    Enrollment

    1,115

    Format

    Online

    In-State Tuition

    $10075

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $10075

    A private institution located in Tempe, Arizona, Bryan University enrolls students in several programs. The school offers accredited programs that prepare learners for the workforce. The institution offers affordable programs that do not sacrifice academic rigor. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Bryan University has received accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, an independent accrediting body.

    #8

    Sessions College for Professional Design

    Tempe, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    60%

    Enrollment

    185

    Format

    Online

    In-State Tuition

    $9060

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $9060

    Sessions College for Professional Design, located in Tempe, Arizona, enrolls students as a private institution. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for a successful career. The cost per credit is unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Students earn their bachelor's degree from the school at a rate of 60%. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Prospective students can contact an admission advisor to learn more about applying. Sessions College for Professional Design holds accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.

    #9

    Ottawa University-Surprise

    Surprise, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    806

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $29975

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $29975

    A private institution located in Surprise, Arizona, Ottawa University-Surprise educates students through multiple programs. Graduates leave the school prepared for the workforce. Learners benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school boasts several programs that appear in national rankings. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. Students attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners at the institution choose from academic and technical programs. The school offers foundational courses, technical classes, and general education courses in multiple majors. Ottawa University-Surprise holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #10

    DeVry University-Arizona

    Phoenix, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    33%

    Enrollment

    328

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $17803

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $17803

    A private institution, DeVry University-Arizona educates students on its campus in Phoenix, Arizona. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their career goals. Students complete coursework to prepare them for advanced roles. Some programs may no longer require standardized tests for admission. A waiver makes it easier to apply. The school supports learners with tutoring and career services. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. DeVry University-Arizona is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #11

    Grand Canyon University

    Phoenix, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    41%

    Enrollment

    96,211

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $17800

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $17800

    Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Grand Canyon University often ranks among the best schools. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for students with a variety of professional goals. Academic programs can take anywhere from a few months to several years to complete, depending on degree or certificate type. Many schools no longer require admissions tests such as ACT or SAT. Test-optional policies make it easier to apply. Admission advisors can provide more information on the application process. Enrollees at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. The school holds accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

    #12

    Sonoran Desert Institute

    Tempe, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    59%

    Enrollment

    1,782

    Format

    Online

    In-State Tuition

    $9440

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $9440

    A private institution located in Tempe, Arizona, Sonoran Desert Institute enrolls students in several programs. The school offers programs that prepare graduates for careers and professional advancement. Degree-seekers benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Multiple programs at the school appear in national rankings. The school's cost per credit is unknown. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Learners at the school choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Sonoran Desert Institute is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.

    #13

    National Paralegal College

    Phoenix, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    39%

    Enrollment

    770

    Format

    Online

    In-State Tuition

    $7995

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $7995

    National Paralegal College offers programs from its campus in Phoenix, Arizona. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for learners with a variety of professional goals. Enrollees earn their degree or certificate in as little time as a few months or as much time as seven years depending on program type and enrollment status. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to enroll. The admissions department can provide more information on the process. At the accredited institution, enrollees also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. National Paralegal College has received accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #14

    Southwest University of Visual Arts-Tucson

    Tucson, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    17%

    Enrollment

    93

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $23069

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $23069

    From its campus in Tucson, Arizona, Southwest University of Visual Arts-Tucson grants college degrees as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their educational goals. Students complete coursework to prepare them for advanced roles. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. This makes it easier to enroll. Learners benefit from support services like tutoring and career counseling. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Learners attending the accredited school also qualify for federal financial aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The school's accreditation is unknown.

    #15

    Prescott College

    Prescott, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    33%

    Enrollment

    993

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $32553

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $32553

    Prescott College, located in Prescott, Arizona, welcomes students with 56 program options. The institution's programs offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-instructor ratio is unavailable. Data on the average amount of aid students receive is unavailable. The private institution reports a graduation rate of 33%. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps students enter the workforce. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Some programs waive the test score requirement for qualified applicants. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates.

    #16

    University of Advancing Technology

    Tempe, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    45%

    Enrollment

    789

    Format

    Online

    In-State Tuition

    $17322

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $17322

    From its Tempe, Arizona campus, University of Advancing Technology enrolls students in 43 programs. Degree-seekers enroll in rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. Information on the student-to-teacher ratio is unavailable. Data on the average amount of aid students receive is unavailable. The private institution reports a 45% graduation rate. The institution understands that hands-on experience makes graduates more competitive in the job market. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs no longer require standardized tests for admission. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates.

    #17

    CollegeAmerica-Flagstaff

    Flagstaff, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    33%

    Enrollment

    36

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14585

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14585

    A private institution located in Flagstaff, Arizona, CollegeAmerica-Flagstaff offers multiple programs. Students complete programs that prepare them for careers and professional advancement. Degree-seekers benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school's programs appear in national rankings. The school's cost per credit is unknown. Students attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners at the institution choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their major, learners complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

    #18

    Chamberlain University-Arizona

    Phoenix, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    40%

    Enrollment

    641

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $19375

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $19375

    From its Arizona campus, Chamberlain University-Arizona offers 1 academic programs. The institution's programs offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-faculty ratio is unknown. The average amount of aid awarded per student is not available. Students in the school's programs graduate at a rate of 40%. Real-world experience helps candidates stand out on the job market. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. Some programs offer test-optional admission policies. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements and start dates.

    #19

    CollegeAmerica-Phoenix

    Phoenix, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    42%

    Enrollment

    392

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $14585

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $14585

    CollegeAmerica-Phoenix, located in Phoenix, Arizona, grants degrees and certificates as a private institution. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. Students who complete an academic or technical program often enter the workforce right away. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. The private institution reports a graduation rate of 42%. We do not currently have data on the school's admission rate. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements. The school holds accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, an independent accrediting body.

    #20

    University of Phoenix-Arizona

    Phoenix, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    15%

    Enrollment

    94,724

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $9552

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $9552

    Located in Phoenix, Arizona, University of Phoenix-Arizona is a private institution that offers multiple programs. The school offers accredited programs that prepare students for a successful career. Learners enroll in academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Students can enroll in nationally ranked programs. Students can expect to spend 470 per credit at the school. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Depending on their program, enrollees complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #21

    American InterContinental University

    Chandler, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    20%

    Enrollment

    9,952

    Format

    Online

    In-State Tuition

    $11965

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $11965

    A private institution, American InterContinental University grants degrees from its campus in Chandler, Arizona. The school's academic and technical programs help learners reach a variety of professional goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that allows students to strengthen their skills. Applicants may qualify for a test score waiver. Applicants may find it easier to enroll without a test score requirement. Enrollees receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. The cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs. American InterContinental University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.