2022 Top Private Universities in Arizona

Private universities frequently top the lists of the best schools in the U.S. These institutions offer rigorous academic programs for students looking for a personalized college experience.

Private universities generally cost more than their public counterparts, but students often receive the benefits of smaller class sizes, strong alumni networks, and generous financial aid opportunities.

Unlike public universities, private institutions do not differentiate between in-state and out-of-state tuition. This means students from anywhere can enroll in Arizona's private universities without paying higher out-of-state rates.

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    #1

    Aveda Institute-Tucson

    Tucson, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    81%

    Enrollment

    159

    Format

    In person

    A private institution, Aveda Institute-Tucson enrolls students on its campus in Tucson, Arizona. With both academic and technical programs, this school can help learners reach their educational goals. The institution offers coursework that gives students the chance to gain relevant knowledge and skills. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. Test-optional policies make it easier to apply. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. Learners at the accredited school often fund their education with federal aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Aveda Institute-Tucson has received accreditation from the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, an independent accrediting body.

    #2

    Penrose Academy

    Scottsdale, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    92%

    Enrollment

    312

    Format

    In person

    A private institution, Penrose Academy educates students on its campus in Scottsdale, Arizona. The school's academic and technical programs help learners reach a variety of professional goals. Students strengthen their knowledge of the field by completing coursework. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. Test-optional policies make it easier to enroll. Enrollees receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. Data on the school's average cost per credit is currently unavailable. Learners at the accredited school qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The school holds accreditation from the Council on Occupational Education.

    #3

    Arizona College-Tempe

    Tempe, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    710

    Format

    In person

    Located in Tempe, Arizona, Arizona College-Tempe awards degrees and certificates as a private institution. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce or further study. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. The percent of students who graduate is unavailable. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Applicants can reach out to the admission department to learn more about enrolling. The school's accreditation status is unknown at this time.

    #4

    All Beauty College

    Lake Havasu City, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    75%

    Enrollment

    11

    Format

    In person

    A private institution located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, All Beauty College enrolls learners in multiple programs. The school's programs help graduates launch or advance professional careers. Degree-seekers benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. The school offers foundational courses, technical classes, and general education courses in multiple majors. All Beauty College has received accreditation from the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences.

    #5

    Turning Point Beauty College

    Casa Grande, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    72%

    Enrollment

    191

    Format

    In person

    From its Arizona campus, Turning Point Beauty College offers 4 academic programs. The institution offers top-ranked programs that provide a rigorous course of study. The student-to-instructor ratio is currently unknown. The amount of aid students receive on average is currently unknown. Students in the school's programs graduate at a rate of 72%. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps students enter the workforce. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Some students qualify for test-optional admissions. Contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements.

    #6

    Arizona Culinary Institute

    Scottsdale, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    94%

    Enrollment

    143

    Format

    In person

    Arizona Culinary Institute, located in Scottsdale, Arizona, offers 2 programs for degree-seekers. Students choose from rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. The average student-to-teacher ratio is currently unknown. Data on the average amount of aid students receive is unavailable. The private school reports a graduation rate of 94%. Real-world experience helps candidates stand out on the job market. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs no longer require test scores for admission. Applicants can reach out to the admissions office to learn more about enrolling.

    #7

    International Baptist College and Seminary

    Chandler, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    90%

    Enrollment

    74

    Format

    Online, In person

    From its campus in Chandler, Arizona, International Baptist College and Seminary enrolls students in programs as a private institution. The school offers programs that prepare graduates for careers and professional advancement. The institution provides academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, an independent accrediting body.

    #8

    Regional Center for Border Health

    Somerton, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    100%

    Enrollment

    120

    Format

    In person

    Regional Center for Border Health ranks as a top school from its campus in Somerton, Arizona. Experts in diverse disciplines teach at the institution. Academic and technical programs help students reach their professional goals. Academic programs can take as little as a few months or as many as seven years to complete, depending on the degree or certificate type and the student's enrollment status. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Applicants may find it easier to enroll without a test score requirement. The admissions staff can provide more information on the process. Learners at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover educational costs. The school holds accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

    #9

    Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery

    Phoenix, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    95%

    Enrollment

    19

    Format

    In person

    Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, located in Phoenix, Arizona, welcomes students with 1 program options. Students benefit from rigorous programs that rank among the best in the nation. The average student-to-faculty ratio is currently unknown. Data on the amount of aid students receive per year on average is unavailable. The school reports a graduation rate of 95%. Job seekers often benefit from hands-on experience, which makes them more competitive job candidates. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs no longer require test scores for admission. Applicants can reach out to the admissions office to learn more about enrolling.

    #10

    International School of Cosmetology-Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy

    Scottsdale, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    80%

    Enrollment

    48

    Format

    In person

    International School of Cosmetology-Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy ranks as a top school from its campus in Scottsdale, Arizona. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for students with a variety of professional goals. Visit the program's website to find information on the typical timeline for completion. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. These policies make it easier to apply. Admission advisors can provide additional information on submitting an application. Learners at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover educational costs. The school holds accreditation from the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, an independent accrediting body.

    #11

    Aveda Institute-Phoenix

    Tempe, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    78%

    Enrollment

    170

    Format

    In person

    A private institution located in Tempe, Arizona, Aveda Institute-Phoenix educates students through multiple programs. The school's programs help graduates launch or advance professional careers. Learners enroll in academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the institution. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Aveda Institute-Phoenix has received accreditation from the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences.

    #12

    American Institute of Interior Design

    Fountain Hills, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    90%

    Enrollment

    28

    Format

    In person

    American Institute of Interior Design, which operates a campus in Fountain Hills, Arizona, often ranks as a top school. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for students with a variety of professional goals. Academic programs generally take anywhere from a few months to several years to complete depending on degree or certificate type. Applicants may qualify for test-optional admissions. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to enroll. The admissions department provides more information about the application process. Financial aid helps degree-seekers pay for their education. American Institute of Interior Design holds accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

    #13

    Pima Medical Institute-Mesa

    Mesa, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    69%

    Enrollment

    856

    Format

    In person

    Located in Mesa, Arizona, Pima Medical Institute-Mesa attracts students with their well-regarded programs. Instructors draw on their expertise in diverse fields. With academic and technical tracks, the programs help learners reach a variety of career goals. Completing a program can take anywhere from a few months to seven years depending on degree or certificate type and whether the student chooses part-time or full-time enrollment. Some programs provide a test-optional admission option. A test score waiver makes it easier to apply. The admissions department can provide additional resources on applying. Degree-seekers also use financial aid to cover their educational costs. Pima Medical Institute-Mesa has received accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

    #14

    Charles of Italy Beauty College

    Lake Havasu City, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    70%

    Enrollment

    58

    Format

    In person

    Charles of Italy Beauty College ranks as a top school from its campus in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Students study with experts in many different fields. The school offers academic and technical tracks to help students meet a variety of professional goals. Check the program website for specifics on the degree- or certificate-completion timeline. Some programs may offer test-optional admission policies. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to apply. Admission advisors can provide more information on the application process. At the accredited institution, students also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. Charles of Italy Beauty College holds accreditation from the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences.

    #15

    Kor Beauty Academy

    Peoria, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    Not Provided

    Enrollment

    39

    Format

    In person

    Kor Beauty Academy, located in Peoria, Arizona, enrolls students in 1 programs. Students enroll in top-ranked programs that offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-teacher ratio is unavailable. The average amount of aid awarded to students is unknown. The percent of students who graduate is unavailable. Graduates often benefit from hands-on experience, which makes them more competitive candidates on the job market. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. Prospective students can contact the admission department for more information about applying.

    #16

    Arizona School of Integrative Studies

    Tucson, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    91%

    Enrollment

    305

    Format

    In person

    From its campus in Tucson, Arizona, Arizona School of Integrative Studies offers multiple programs as a private institution. The school offers accredited programs that prepare students for a successful career. The institution offers an academically rigorous course of study at an affordable price. Multiple programs at the school appear in national rankings. The institution's average cost per credit is unknown. Students attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their major, learners complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school is accredited by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, an independent accrediting body.

    #17

    Studio Academy of Beauty

    Chandler, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    76%

    Enrollment

    631

    Format

    In person

    From its campus in Chandler, Arizona, Studio Academy of Beauty awards degrees and certificates as a private institution. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. The school offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for a successful career. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal financial aid, including grants and loans. Bachelor's students graduate from the school at a rate of 76%. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements and start dates. The school holds accreditation from the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, an independent accrediting body.

    #18

    Avalon School of Cosmetology-Phoenix

    Phoenix, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    60%

    Enrollment

    364

    Format

    In person

    Avalon School of Cosmetology-Phoenix ranks as a top school from its campus in Phoenix, Arizona. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help students meet their professional goals. Typical time for program completion ranges from a few months to seven years depending on the type of degree or certificate offered. Many schools no longer require admissions tests such as ACT or SAT. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to apply. The admissions staff can provide more information on the process. Enrollees at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. Avalon School of Cosmetology-Phoenix holds accreditation from the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences.

    #19

    Empire Beauty School-Flagstaff

    Flagstaff, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    69%

    Enrollment

    26

    Format

    In person

    Empire Beauty School-Flagstaff offers programs from its campus in Flagstaff, Arizona. Degree-seekers study with experts in many different fields. The school's academic and technical tracks help learners meet diverse career goals. Check the program website for specifics on the degree- or certificate-completion timeline. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. A waiver makes it easier to apply. The admissions department can help prospective students determine the next steps. Learners at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover educational costs. The school holds accreditation from the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, an independent accrediting body.

    #20

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott

    Prescott, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    69%

    Enrollment

    2,946

    Format

    In person

    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott, located in Prescott, Arizona, enrolls students in 25 programs. The institution's programs offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-teacher ratio is unknown. How much aid students receive on average is not currently known. The school reports a 69% graduation rate. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps graduates become more competitive in the job market. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs waive the test score requirement for qualified applicants. Prospective applicants can contact the admission department for more information about applying.

    #21

    Avalon School of Cosmetology-Mesa

    Mesa, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    72%

    Enrollment

    284

    Format

    In person

    From its campus in Mesa, Arizona, Avalon School of Cosmetology-Mesa offers multiple programs as a private institution. Students leave the school with experience and credentials that prepare them for the workforce. The institution offers academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Many of the school's degrees make national rankings. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Students attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Learners at the institution choose from academic and technical programs. Based on their major, students take essential courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Avalon School of Cosmetology-Mesa has been accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, an independent accrediting body.

    #22

    Pima Medical Institute-East Valley

    Mesa, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    75%

    Enrollment

    454

    Format

    In person

    Located in Mesa, Arizona, Pima Medical Institute-East Valley educates students as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their educational goals. Students gain knowledge and skill specific to their field by completing their program's coursework requirements. Some programs may no longer require standardized tests for admission. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs. The school holds accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

    #23

    Refrigeration School Inc

    Phoenix, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    68%

    Enrollment

    903

    Format

    In person

    A private institution, Refrigeration School Inc grants degrees from its campus in Phoenix, Arizona. With both academic and technical programs, this school can help learners reach their educational goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that prepares students for advancement in their field. Some programs may offer test-optional admission policies. Flexible admission score requirements make it easier to enroll. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Learners at this accredited school also qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The school holds accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.

    #24

    Pima Medical Institute-Phoenix

    Phoenix, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    70%

    Enrollment

    755

    Format

    In person

    Located in Arizona, Pima Medical Institute-Phoenix offers 9 programs for students. The institution's top-ranked programs offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-instructor ratio is unavailable. The average amount of aid awarded per student is not available. The private institution reports a graduation rate of 70%. Job seekers often benefit from hands-on experience, which makes them more competitive job candidates. The admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs waive the test score requirement for qualified applicants. The admission department can provide more information about application requirements.

    #25

    Allen School-Phoenix

    Phoenix, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    87%

    Enrollment

    48

    Format

    In person

    A private institution, Allen School-Phoenix enrolls students on its campus in Phoenix, Arizona. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their career goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that prepares learners for a career in their field. Applicants may qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. A waiver makes it easier to apply. The school supports learners with tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit on average is currently unknown. Learners at the accredited school often fund their education with federal aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The school is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education, an independent accrediting body.

    #26

    Pima Medical Institute-Tucson

    Tucson, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    70%

    Enrollment

    1,931

    Format

    Online, In person

    Pima Medical Institute-Tucson, a private organization located in Tucson, Arizona, offers multiple programs. Graduates leave the school prepared for the workforce. The institution provides academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school's programs appear in national rankings. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The school offers both academic and technical programs. Students complete fundamentals courses, technical classes, and general education requirements depending on their program. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

    #27

    Universal Technical Institute of Arizona Inc-Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Division

    Phoenix, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    69%

    Enrollment

    840

    Format

    In person

    Universal Technical Institute of Arizona Inc-Motorcycle Mechanics Institute Division, located in Phoenix, Arizona, offers 2 programs for students. Degree-seekers enroll in rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. The student-to-instructor ratio is currently unknown. The amount of aid students receive on average is currently unknown. The private school reports a 69% graduation rate. The institution's commitment to experiential learning helps graduates on the job market. The institution's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs offer test-optional admission policies. Prospective students can contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements.

    #28

    All Beauty College

    Kingman, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    51%

    Enrollment

    41

    Format

    In person

    From its campus in Kingman, Arizona, All Beauty College offers multiple programs as a private institution. The school's accredited programs prepare learners for the workforce. Degree-seekers benefit from academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Several of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the institution. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. All Beauty College is accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences.

    #29

    All Beauty College

    Fort Mohave, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    45%

    Enrollment

    10

    Format

    In person

    From its campus in Arizona, All Beauty College administers 4 total programs. The institution's top-ranked programs offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-faculty ratio is currently unavailable. The average amount of aid awarded per student is not available. The private school reports a 45% graduation rate. The institution's commitment to experiential learning makes graduates more competitive. We do not currently have data on the school's admission rate. Many schools no longer require test scores for admission. Contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements.

    #30

    Paul Mitchell the School-Phoenix

    Phoenix, AZ

    Graduation Rate

    64%

    Enrollment

    103

    Format

    In person

    From its Phoenix, Arizona campus, Paul Mitchell the School-Phoenix enrolls learners in 2 programs. Degree-seekers enroll in top-ranked programs that offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-teacher ratio is currently unknown. The average amount of aid awarded to students is unknown. Learners graduate from the school at a rate of 64%. Graduates often benefit from hands-on experience, which makes them more competitive candidates on the job market. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Some programs offer test-optional admission policies. Applicants can reach out to the admissions office to learn more about enrolling.