The founding of several of the top schools in Arizona pre-dates the territory achieving statehood. As such, these schools have an excellent tradition and reputation for offering students rigorous academic studies coupled with positive student life. Choosing among the very best institutions of higher learning that The Copper State has available is difficult, but here are four notable colleges and universities that have widely been judged by educators, employers, and analysts as the highest ranked ones available in the state*.
University of Arizona
U of A is one of the oldest universities in the state, having been founded in 1885. It was recently ranked the 119th best university in the United States by the US News and World Report. The school offers a diverse selection of programs to choose from that range from liberal arts to science. Notable programs include applied mathematics and analytical chemistry, both of which were ranked 17th and 6th respectively among national programs. In total, over 334 fields of study are available for those pursuing bachelor degrees. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges**.
Arizona State University
ASU was also founded in 1885 in the city of Tempe. Just like U of A, ASU has a large student body to which it offers over 250 majors for undergraduates pursuing bachelor degrees. The school was ranked the 73rd best public university in the United States by US News and World Report. Notable programs include supply chain management and information systems, ranked 4th and 15th respectively among all other schools across the country. Other areas of study include liberal arts, design, journalism, education, business, and public policy among many others. ASU is also accredited by the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission***.
Prescott College is a small, liberal arts college located in the city of Prescott. The school is noted for its diverse number of environmental science undergraduate programs that include conservation biology, environmental policy, ecological design, marine studies, and many more. In total, over 30 bachelor degree programs are available to choose from. The school is accredited by both the North Central Association and the Association for Experiential Education****.
Grand Canyon University
GCU is a private Christian university located in Phoenix. It was established by Southern Baptists in 1949 and today offers a number of different programs of study in areas such as liberal arts, fine arts, theology, education, and business. Recently, the school's online program for entrepreneurs was ranked in the top five nationwide by Fortune magazine. Over 30 different bachelor degrees are available for undergraduate students. Like all other schools on this list, GCU is accredited by the North Central Association*****.
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**For more information, please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Arizona
***For more information, please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizona_State_University#Academics
****For more information, please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prescott_College
*****For more information, please visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canyon_University