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 39:1.
  • 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 to Arizona Western College is Imperial Valley College (59.4 miles away).

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 230 teachers has grown by 5% over five years.
Arizona Western College(AZ) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPublicPrivate, non-profit
Total Faculty230 staff66 staff
Arizona Western College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Arizona Western College has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 33:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Arizona Western College diversity score of 0.63 is less than the state average of 0.65. The school's diversity has grown by 11% over five years.
Total Enrollment7,702 students6,476 students
Arizona Western College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio33:139:1
Arizona Western College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students2,562 students1,336 students
Arizona Western College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students5,140 students5,140 students
Arizona Western College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Arizona Western College Enrollment Breakdown AZ All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
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 Score0.630.65
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 $1,830. 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 $7,111. The out-state tuition has grown by 8% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,480$1,830
Arizona Western College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$8,085$7,111
Arizona Western College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid89%81%
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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For Arizona public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,830 per year for in-state students and $7,111 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $15,559 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

Arizona community colleges have a diversity score of 0.65, which is equal to the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Arizona is The Refrigeration School. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.