Arizona Western College

2020 S. Avenue 8E
Yuma, AZ 85365
Tel: (928)317-6000
8,282 students
Public institution
Arizona Western College offers educational, career, and life-long learning opportunities through innovative partnerships which enhance the lives of people in Yuma and La Paz counties. The staff's devotion to partnering with its community has enabled Arizona Western to become a nationally recognized, premier learning community college offering open access to education in southwest Arizona. The Arizona Western College/Northern Arizona University partnership is regarded as the technological learning hub for the southwest region of the United States. Through its technically advanced worldwide alternative distance learning partnership, AWC students participate in career, technical, or transfer classes offered at accessible learning centers.
School Highlights:
Arizona Western College serves 8,282 students (38% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 40:1 is higher than the community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 80% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 40%.
Arizona Western College is the only community colleges within Yuma County, AZ.
The nearest community college is Imperial Valley College (59.4 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 209 teachers has declined by 6% over five years.
Arizona Western 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 209 staff
59 staff
Arizona Western College Total Faculty (2006-2013)

Student Body

The student population of 8,282 teachers has grown by 14% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 40:1 has increased from 35:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.57 is more than the state average of 0.53. The school's diversity has grown by 7% over five years.
Total Enrollment
8,282 students
1,282 students
Arizona Western College Total Enrollment (2006-2013)
Student : Teacher Ratio 40:1
Arizona Western College student staff (2006-2013)
# Full-Time Students
3,160 students
810 students
Arizona Western College Full-Time Students (2006-2013)
# Part-Time Students 5,122 students
1,017 students
Arizona Western College Part-Time Students (2006-2013)
Arizona Western College Enrollment Breakdown Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Arizona Western College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2013)
% Asian
Arizona Western College Asian (2006-2013)
% Hispanic
Arizona Western College Hispanic (2006-2013)
% Black
Arizona Western College Black (2006-2013)
% White
Arizona Western College White (2006-2013)
% Unknown races
Arizona Western College Unknown (2006-2013)
% Non Resident races
Arizona Western College non_resident (2006-2013)
Arizona Western 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. 0.57 0.53
Arizona Western College Diversity Score (2006-2013)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $2,420 is less than the state average of $5,742. The in-state tuition has grown by 21% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $7,895 is less than the state average of $10,294. The out-state tuition has grown by 20% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,420 $5,742
Out-State Tuition Fees $7,895 $10,294
Arizona Western College Out-State Tuition Fees (2009-2012)
Total Dormitory Capacity 337 252
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 89%
Arizona Western College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2013)
Source: 2013 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes:

Arizona Western College, through its focus on an integrated enrollment management plan, has opened doors to diverse students on a local, national, and global level with enrollment soaring by 200% F.T.S.E. Aggressive statewide marketing, coupled with computerized registration, financial aid, retention and articulation programs, has resulted in increased proportions of full-time students in the AWC/NAU partnership. The Arizona Western College/Northern Arizona University in Yuma International Student Partnership represents a student population drawn from over twenty nations world wide making the college a "multi-cultural" learning center. Performance-based learning connections for men and women involved in athletics, government, music, drama, and leadership demonstrates that Arizona Western College exemplifies excellence in both team building participation and learning. Talent and education are combined to produce service oriented citizens that enhance the quality of life in southwest Arizona. Equal access for men and women in performance-based activities has opened more and more areas for national recognition and achievement for deserving Arizona Western students. Staff members are part of a highly networked team that focus on learning rather than on organizational borders or boundaries commonly encountered in colleges without AWC's vision and vitality. Arizona Western College values are rooted in the delivery of high quality comprehensive learning opportunities for the people of Yuma and La Paz Counties. The Department of Campus Life supports the College Vision by providing a variety of services, programs and activities designed to encourage growth and development in leadership, citizenship, collaboration and respect for cultural and intellectual diversity. We strive to create opportunities that emphasize healthy lifestyles, communication, critical thinking, identity development, and moral reasoning to assist students in achieving academic success and becoming responsible members of the community.

Nearby Schools:

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Imperial Imperial Valley College
    380 E. Aten Road
    Imperial, CA 92251
    59.4  Mi  |  7792  students
  • Palm Desert College of the Desert
    43-500 Monterey Ave
    Palm Desert, CA 92260
    132.4  Mi  |  9143  students
  • Avondale Estrella Mountain Community College
    3000 N Dysart Rd
    Avondale, AZ 85323
    136.2  Mi  |  8832  students
  • Cathedral City Mayfield College
    Private for-profit
    35-325 Date Palm Dr Ste 101
    Cathedral City, CA 92234
    137.7  Mi  |  313  students
  • Avondale Universal Technical Institute of Arizona Inc
    Private for-profit
    10695 West Pierce Street
    Avondale, AZ 85323
    138.4  Mi  |  2337  students
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Did You Know?
For Arizona public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,854 per year for in-state students and $7,638 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $0 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.
Arizona 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 0.57, which is higher than the national average of 0.53. The most diverse community college in Arizona is Arizona Automotive Institute. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.