Arizona Western College

2020 S. Avenue 8E
Yuma, AZ 85365-8834
Tel: (928)317-6000
  • 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 7,702 students (33% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 33:1 is lower than the state community college average of 38:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 72% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 48%.
  • Arizona Western College is the only community colleges within Yuma County, AZ.
  • The nearest community college is Imperial Valley College (59.40 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 230 teachers has declined by 6% over five years.
Arizona Western College (AZ) Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control Public Pivate, for profit
Total Faculty 230 staff 57 staff
Arizona Western College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 7,702 has declined by 8% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 33:1 has decreased from 38:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.63 is less than the state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has grown by 36% over five years.
Total Enrollment 7,702 students 5,667 students
Arizona Western College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 33:1 38:1
Arizona Western College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 2,562 students 1,082 students
Arizona Western College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 5,140 students 4,585 students
Arizona Western College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Arizona Western College Enrollment Breakdown AZ All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
337 337
Arizona Western College Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% American Indian/Alaskan
Arizona Western College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Arizona Western College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Arizona Western College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Arizona Western College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Arizona Western College White (2007-2016)
% Non Resident races
Arizona Western College Non Resident (2007-2016)
% Unknown races
Arizona Western College Ethnicity Breakdown AZ All Ethnic Groups 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. 0.63 0.65
Arizona Western College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Arizona Western College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $30,400 $31,400
Arizona Western College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $2,480 is more than the state average of $1,833. The in-state tuition has grown by 7% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $8,085 is more than the state average of $7,109. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $2,480 $1,833
Arizona Western College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,085 $7,109
Arizona Western College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 89% 84%
Arizona Western College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $5,500 $9,500
Arizona Western College Median debt for students who have completed (2012-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $4,000 $5,022
Arizona Western College Median debt for students who have not completed (2012-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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.

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Did You Know?
For Arizona public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,833 per year for in-state students and $7,109 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $16,052 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Arizona is 95%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

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 0.65, which is lower than the national average of 0.66. The most diverse community college in Arizona is Brookline College-Tempe. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.