Arizona’s Most Affordable Colleges & Universities of 2021

Here are the most affordable colleges and universities in Arizona. Our list will help you find the right kind of school for you, at a price you can afford.

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The following list of the most affordable colleges and universities in Arizona is composed entirely of schools offering four-year undergraduate degree programs. We’ve identified 9 colleges and universities that satisfy the following three conditions:

  1. It must be fully accredited.
  2. It must offer bachelor’s degrees
  3. Its stated tuition and fees must be under $20,000/year.

How do we determine Arizona's best colleges and universities?

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Find out more about our ranking methodology here.

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Arizona’s Most Affordable Colleges & Universities

  1. #1

    Diné College

    #5943 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $1K

    Graduation

    20%

    Student body

    <1K

    Tsaile, AZ

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    What is Diné College known for?

    Diné College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Psychology
  2. #2

    National Paralegal College

    #9315 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    <1K

    Phoenix, AZ

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    What is National Paralegal College known for?

    National Paralegal College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
  3. #3

    Northern Arizona University

    #992 institution's historical influence
    #303 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    27K

    Flagstaff, AZ

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    What is Northern Arizona University known for?

    Northern Arizona University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Literature
    • Communications
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • History
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. #4

    Arizona State University

    #138 institution's historical influence
    #1312 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    51K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    Tempe, AZ

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    What is Arizona State University known for?

    Arizona State University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Engineering
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • Physics
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    International Baptist College

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    <1K

    Chandler, AZ

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    What is International Baptist College known for?
  6. #6

    University of Arizona

    #85 institution's historical influence
    #605 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    39K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/25

    Tucson, AZ

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    What is University of Arizona known for?

    University of Arizona’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Literature
    • Computer Science
    • Philosophy
    • Medical
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Psychology
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #7

    University of Advancing Technology

    #4086 institution's historical influence
    #869 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    <1K

    Tempe, AZ

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    What is University of Advancing Technology known for?

    University of Advancing Technology’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Computer Science
    • Engineering
    • Business
  8. #8

    Grand Canyon University

    #2492 institution's historical influence
    #336 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    82K

    Phoenix, AZ

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    What is Grand Canyon University known for?

    Grand Canyon University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Religious Studies
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Literature
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. #9

    The Art Institute of Phoenix

    #15966 institution's historical influence
    What is The Art Institute of Phoenix known for?

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