Education in Greater Phoenix


Greater Phoenix: A place to learn and grow

The Greater Phoenix region features nationally ranked schools and globally renowned universities, all geared toward preparing a talented workforce for the in-demand jobs of today and tomorrow. Innovative programs at the K-12 level and access to institutions of higher learning focused on research and development make Greater Phoenix a great place to learn and grow.

Higher Education

More than 40 higher education institutions across the Greater Phoenix region provide an opportunity for advanced learning.

Degree Options

Higher education certification and degree programs ranging from manufacturing technology to bioscience provide plenty of options for your career.

Talent Retention

With a host of career opportunities for students, 60% of ASU graduates remain in the state of Arizona following graduation.

Greater Phoenix: By the Numbers


Arizona State University has been ranked the #1 most innovative university in the nation five years in a row


6 public high schools in Arizona are ranked in the top 10 nationally


Arizona produced 220 National Merit Scholar semifinalists in 2018

Greater Phoenix offers more than a quality of life — it’s a quality of place.

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Greater Phoenix’s public school system consists of more than 1,100 public schools - Education in Phoenix

Learn in Greater Phoenix

Greater Phoenix offers robust educational opportunities, including innovative K-12 programs, nationally recognized public and charter schools, and world-renowned universities.


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Strong Schools

The region’s public school system consists of more than 1,000 public schools, and Greater Phoenix has a strong system of charter schools—many of which are nationally ranked. Such schools offer diverse, specialized curricula, such as Phoenix’s Bioscience High School, which emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math instruction. Other schools include those with specializations in fine arts, including the Arizona School for the Arts.


Greater Phoenix has more than 40 universities and other institutions of higher learning - Education in Phoenix

Top Institutions of Higher Learning

Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Maricopa Community Colleges, Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona and the University of Phoenix are among the region’s more than 40 universities and other institutions of higher learning.


Arizona State University ranked #5 in the nation for best-qualified graduates - Education in Phoenix

Best-Qualified College Graduates

Arizona State University is a world-renowned institution, with a student population of nearly 72,000 across five metropolitan campuses. It is ranked #5 in the nation for best-qualified graduates, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Maricopa Community Colleges is the largest public community college system in the United States, training and educating more than 200,000 individuals annually.

Universities & Colleges in Greater Phoenix

Arizona State University is one of the largest public universities in the United States with over 98,000 students enrolled. It was named the #1 most innovative school in the country five years in a row by U.S. News & World Report. ASU is also in the top 1 percent of the world’s most prestigious universities, according to 2018 rankings announced by Times Higher Education.

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University is the world’s largest university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offering degrees in aviation, aeronautics, engineering, cyber intelligence and mathematics.

Grand Canyon University is Arizona’s premier private Christian university with over 200 academic programs and more than 79,000 students enrolled. It is also home to the West Valley Cyber Warfare Range, a hands-on learning experience for students to fine-tune their skills before heading off into the post-college world.

Maricopa Community Colleges is the largest community college system in the U.S. with more than 950 occupational programs, 31 academic certifications and 9 academic associate degrees. It is the largest provider of job training and healthcare workers in Arizona, educating and providing training to more than 200,000 annually.

Midwestern University is an established leader in healthcare education, offering programs that focus on the sciences, hands-on experience in clinical rotations, and a patient-focused perspective.

Northern Arizona University offers 158 degree programs to more than 30,000 students. The engineering program earned a ranking of 57th among all engineering schools whose highest degree offered is a bachelor’s or master’s by U.S. News & World Report’s. NAU is partnered with the University of Arizona to allow students to reap the benefits of the Phoenix Biomedical Campus (PBC), a 30-acre medical and bioscience campus located in downtown Phoenix.

Ottawa University is an institution with over 4,000 students enrolled in residential campuses in Ottawa, KS and Surprise, AZ, and with adult and graduate studies campuses in Phoenix, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and online. The university is student-centered and technology-enabled.

University of Advancing Technology has more than 800 students enrolled, primarily in technology-focused programs, including computer science. UAT’s Mission is to educate students in advancing technology who innovate for our future.

University of Arizona is the #4 public university in Arizona, according to U.S. News & World Report, with more than 44,500 students enrolled. It is a top 25 accessible institution for aspiring STEM students, according to Money Magazine. After graduation, 56% of UA graduates remain in Arizona and 81% remain in the West.

University of Phoenix is the largest private university in the United States focused on business curriculum. The learning model of the University is designed to provide an active, engaging learning environment that allows for practical application of knowledge and skills.