Best Online Colleges in Arizona

By OnlineU Staff | Updated 2/18/2020
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These schools offer the best online bachelor's degrees in Arizona, based on their tuition rates and reported alumni salaries. Ranked #1, Arizona State University has the highest alumni salary, at $87,600. Students at ASU can choose from 103 different online bachelor's programs, 105 different online master's programs, and 11 different online doctoral programs. Arizona Christian University offers the lowest tuition rate, at only $10,200 per year.

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RankSchool Annual Tuition Mid-Career Salary
# 1 #1 Arizona State University $10,710 $87,600
# 2 #2 Ottawa University-Phoenix $27,350 $59,200
# 3 #3 Prescott College $17,940 $53,000
# 4 #4 Arizona Christian University $10,200 $51,500
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2020 Online Colleges in Arizona Ranking Details

For each school, we conducted manual research to provide prospective students with more details about the schools' online programs. Explore online degrees offered and accreditation information below.

#1 Arizona State University

  • Annual Tuition: $10,710
  • Median Salary: $87,600
  • Locations: Tempe (and 4 others)
  • Accreditation: HLC

Spread across five campuses throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, Arizona State University is a public research university with an online enrollment of approximately 30,000 students. The comprehensive online program at ASU includes more than 200 degrees and certificates. Many subjects are offered, including art history, business, computer science, film and media studies, geography, nursing, psychology, speech and hearing science, emergency management & homeland security, and many more. Coursework is 100 percent online, and six start dates per year give students more flexibility in choosing when to start their degree. Each online student at ASU is assigned a financial aid adviser, enrollment counselor, academic adviser, and success coach. Tech support is available 24/7.

#2 Ottawa University-Phoenix

  • Annual Tuition: $27,350
  • Median Salary: $59,200
  • Locations: Phoenix
  • Accreditation: HLC

Founded in 1865 and affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA, Ottawa University is a private Baptist liberal arts university. It has campuses throughout the Midwest and Southwest, including one in Phoenix. The university comprises three schools: the School of Business, School of Arts and Sciences, and School of Education. A wide variety of online undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered at OU. Popular subjects include business administration, addiction counseling, English, health care management, nursing, psychology, counseling, human resources, and leadership and management. Classes are eight weeks and are 100 percent online. Coursework is delivered via the Blackboard online learning management system and is available 24/7. A sample class is available from the university’s website where students can try out all the aspects of the virtual classroom.

#3 Prescott College

  • Annual Tuition: $17,940
  • Median Salary: $53,000
  • Locations: Prescott
  • Accreditation: HLC

Founded in 1966, Prescott College is a private liberal arts college located in Prescott, Arizona. The institution offers over 20 online college degrees and a variety of certificate programs. Popular programs include arts and letters, counseling, education, environmental studies, human development, and social justice & community organizing. Students at PC can design their coursework under the supervision and approval of their faculty advisor. An online orientation is provided for distance learners, where they become acquainted with those who will support them throughout their program and learn about the web-based resources available. Coursework is delivered via the Moodle online learning management system. Classes are intentionally kept small so students get sufficient time and assistance from instructors.

#4 Arizona Christian University

  • Annual Tuition: $10,200
  • Median Salary: $51,500
  • Locations: Phoenix
  • Accreditation: HLC

Arizona Christian University, established in 1960, is a private Christian university in Phoenix, Arizona. Formerly affiliated with the Conservative Baptist Convention, in 2009, it transitioned to a nondenominational Christian liberal arts university. The institution offers several online bachelor’s degrees in subjects including business administration, elementary education, secondary education, family studies, and Christian ministries. Courses feature biblically integrated classes and a curriculum designed with a Christian worldview. Learning is asynchronous, and coursework can be accessed 24/7. Distance learners have access to tutoring and counseling services and may be eligible for financial aid.


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