Paradise Valley Community College

Tel: (602)787-6500
9,477 students
Public institution
The mission of Paradise Valley Community College is to educate the whole person and to serve our students and our communities by providing learning opportunities that are designed to help them achieve their goals.
School Highlights:
Paradise Valley Community College serves 9,477 students (28% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 37:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 37% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 40%.
Paradise Valley Community College is one of 34 community colleges within Maricopa County, AZ.
The nearest community college is Kaplan College-Phoenix (6.8 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 258 teachers has grown by 27% over five years.
Paradise Valley Community College Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification Associate of Arts Colleges Associate of Arts Colleges
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 258 staff
59 staff
Paradise Valley Community College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 9,477 teachers has grown by 10% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 37:1 has decreased from 43:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.39 is less than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 25% over five years.
Total Enrollment
9,477 students
1,282 students
Paradise Valley Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 37:1
Paradise Valley Community College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
2,680 students
810 students
Paradise Valley Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 6,797 students
1,017 students
Paradise Valley Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Paradise Valley Community College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Paradise Valley Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
Paradise Valley Community College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Paradise Valley Community College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Paradise Valley Community College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Paradise Valley Community College White (2006-2013)
% Two or more races
Paradise Valley Community College More (2010-2013)
% Unknown races
Paradise Valley Community College Unknown (2006-2013)
Paradise Valley Community College Ethnicity Breakdown Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.39 0.53
Paradise Valley Community College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $1,974 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 13% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,758 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $1,974 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,758 $10,294
Paradise Valley Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 69%
Paradise Valley Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

Paradise Valley Community College is one of ten colleges, two skill centers, and multiple satellite locations, which comprise the Maricopa County Community College District located throughout metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. The District was established in 1962, with a single college and has since grown to serve over 277,000 students in credit and non-credit programs making it the largest provider of post-secondary education in the state of Arizona. Today, the district's colleges and centers offer comprehensive educational programs in professional, occupational, special interest, and continuing education curricula to serve the needs of the rapidly growing county area. Founded in 1985, Paradise Valley Community College has grown from a per-semester enrollment in 1987 of 3,700 to over 7,800 today. PVCC provides diverse learning opportunities including University transfer education, General education, Developmental education, Continuing education, Community education, Workforce development, Student development, Honors education, Global engagement and Civic responsibility. As one of ten Maricopa County Community Colleges, PVCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association.

Nearby Schools:

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Phoenix Kaplan College-Phoenix
    Private for-profit
    13610 N Black Canyon Hwy Ste 104
    Phoenix, AZ 85029
    6.8  Mi  |  91  students
  • Phoenix Brown Mackie College-Phoenix
    Private for-profit
    13430 N Black Canyon Ste. 190
    Phoenix, AZ 85029
    6.8  Mi  |  561  students
  • Phoenix The Bryman School of Arizona
    Private for-profit
    2250 W. Peoria Ave. Suite A-100
    Phoenix, AZ 85029
    7.3  Mi  |  415  students
  • Phoenix Everest College-Phoenix
    Private for-profit
    10400 N. 25th Avenue Suite 190
    Phoenix, AZ 85021
    7.7  Mi  |  3416  students
  • Phoenix ITT Technical Institute-Phoenix
    Private for-profit
    10220 North 25th Ave Ste 100
    Phoenix, AZ 85021
    7.8  Mi  |  291  students
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For Phoenix private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $14,562 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.
Phoenix community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.64, which is higher than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Phoenix is . Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.