2020 S. Avenue 8E
Yuma, AZ 85365
Top Ranked (2023): View Rankings
  • 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 6,487 students (26% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 9:1 is lower than the state community college average of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 76% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 55%.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 6,487 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,480
  • Out-state tuition: $8,085
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 76%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Arizona Western College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Arizona for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 700 teachers has grown by 204% over five years.
Arizona Western College
(AZ) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
700 staff
296 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Arizona Western College has declined by 14% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 9:1 has decreased from 11:1 over five years.
The Arizona Western College diversity score of 0.56 is less than the state average of 0.67. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
6,487 students
4,392 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
9:1
14:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,710 students
1,301 students
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# Part-Time Students
4,777 students
3,091 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
497 students
343 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,710 students
1,301 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
n/a
7 students
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
4,777 students
3,091 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
n/a
11 students
Total Dormitory Capacity
343 students
250 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
3%
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% Asian
1%
3%
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% Hispanic
62%
34%
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% Black
5%
6%
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% White
24%
45%
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% Two or more races
1%
4%
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% Non Resident races
2%
1%
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% Unknown races
3%
4%
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Diversity Score
0.56
0.67
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
24%
20%
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
n/a
3.28%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$30,400
$32,900
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,480 is more than the state average of $1,844. The in-state tuition has declined by 6% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,085 is more than the state average of $7,206. The out-state tuition has declined by 16% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$2,480
$1,844
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$8,085
$7,206
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
91%
79%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$5,151
$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$3,750
$4,750
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Arizona Western College cost?

Arizona Western College's tuition is approximately $2,480 for In-State students and $8,085 for Out-State students.

What is Arizona Western College's ranking?

Arizona Western College ranks among the top 20% of community college in Arizona for: Average community college minority breakdown, Percent of students receiving financial aid and Least debt for graduating students.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Enrollment: 6,487 students
  • In-state tuition: $2,480
  • Out-state tuition: $8,085
  • Student:teacher ratio: 9:1
  • Minority enrollment: 76%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Arizona public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,844 per year for in-state students and $7,206 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $13,065 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Arizona community colleges have a diversity score of 0.67, which is lower than the national average of 0.70. The most diverse community college in Arizona is Bryan University. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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