Arizona Western College

  • 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).

Top Placements

Arizona Western College places among the top 20% of community colleges in Arizona for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 230 teachers has stayed relatively flat 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
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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 stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment7,702 students6,476 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio33:139:1
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# Full-Time Students2,562 students1,336 students
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# Part-Time Students5,140 students5,140 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
337337
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
4%
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% Asian
2%
3%
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% Hispanic
53%
27%
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% Black
6%
6%
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% White
28%
52%
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% Non Resident races
5%
1%
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% Unknown races
5%
5%
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Diversity Score0.630.65
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College Completion Rate
16%
18%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$30,400$31,100
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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
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Out-State Tuition Fees$8,085$7,111
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid89%81%
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Median Debt for Graduates$5,500$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$4,000$5,022
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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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