Paradise Valley Community College

  • The mission of Paradise Valley Community College is to educate the whole person and to serve our students and our communities by providing learning opportunities that are designed to help them achieve their goals.

School Highlights

Paradise Valley Community College serves 8,115 students (27% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 33:1 is lower than the state community college average of 34:1.
Minority enrollment is 44% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 57%.

Top Rankings

Paradise Valley Community College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in Arizona for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 248 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Paradise Valley Community College(AZ) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate's Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/NontraditionalAssociate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty248 staff140 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Paradise Valley Community College has declined by 8% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 33:1 has decreased from 47:1 over five years.
The Paradise Valley Community College diversity score of 0.63 is less than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has grown by 30% over five years.
Total Enrollment8,115 students5,342 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio33:134:1
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# Full-Time Students2,157 students1,285 students
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# Part-Time Students5,958 students4,057 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
4%
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% Asian
3%
3%
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% Hispanic
22%
32%
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% Black
4%
6%
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% White
56%
43%
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% Two or more races
3%
3%
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% Non Resident races
3%
3%
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% Unknown races
8%
6%
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Diversity Score0.630.70
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College Completion Rate
22%
22%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$38,100$31,100
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Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $2,046 is more than the state average of $1,835. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $7,830 is more than the state average of $7,133. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$2,046$1,835
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Out-State Tuition Fees$7,830$7,133
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid65%75%
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Median Debt for Graduates$7,175$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$4,140$4,750
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Source: 2019 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Paradise Valley Community College is one of ten colleges, two skill centers, and multiple satellite locations, which comprise the Maricopa County Community College District located throughout metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona. The District was established in 1962, with a single college and has since grown to serve over 277,000 students in credit and non-credit programs making it the largest provider of post-secondary education in the state of Arizona. Today, the district's colleges and centers offer comprehensive educational programs in professional, occupational, special interest, and continuing education curricula to serve the needs of the rapidly growing county area. Founded in 1985, Paradise Valley Community College has grown from a per-semester enrollment in 1987 of 3,700 to over 7,800 today. PVCC provides diverse learning opportunities including University transfer education, General education, Developmental education, Continuing education, Community education, Workforce development, Student development, Honors education, Global engagement and Civic responsibility. As one of ten Maricopa County Community Colleges, PVCC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a commission of the North Central Association.

Nearby Schools

The nearest community college to Paradise Valley Community College is Brown Mackie College-Phoenix (7.0 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Brown Mackie College-Phoenix
    Private, for profit
    648 students | 7.00 Mi13430 N Black Canyon Ste. 190
    Phoenix, AZ 85029
    (602) 337-3044
    7.00648
  • Brookline College-Phoenix
    Private for-profit
    1,251 students | 8.30 Mi2445 W. Dunlap Ave., Ste. 100
    Phoenix, AZ 85021
    (602) 242-6265
    8.301,251
  • 475 students | 8.70 Mi8503 N. 27th Ave.
    Phoenix, AZ 85051
    (602) 393-5900
    8.70475
  • Arizona College-Glendale
    Private for-profit
    428 students | 10.10 Mi4425 W Olive Avenue Suite 300
    Glendale, AZ 85302
    (602) 222-9300
    10.10428
  • 1,567 students | 11.70 Mi8100 E Camelback Rd, Suite 1001
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251
    (480) 425-3000
    11.701,567
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