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Arizona Western College is a two-year junior college located in Yuma, Arizona. Like most community colleges, it offers a variety of study programs leading to different types of certifications and degrees. For students who wish to obtain their bachelor’s degree, most of the courses taken can be transferred to a four-year degree-granting institution. Students located in Yuma and La Paz counties attend this college, as well as a population of international students who apply every year.


Arizona Western students have the opportunity to participate in various certificate programs, associate degree studies, and distance learning opportunities.

Occupational Certificates

Occupational certificates can be awarded to students who wish to obtain certification in a given field in order to enter the workforce shortly after graduation. These certificates can be awarded after the student has completed a certain amount of credits, usually approximately 30 credits. Some of the disciplines that students may choose for occupational certificates include carpentry, athletic coaching, architectural technology, automotive mechanic, dietetics, engineering technology and many more.

Associate’s Degrees

For students wishing to obtain an associate’s degree or earn enough credits to be able to transfer to a 4-year university, comprehensive two-year programs are available. An associate’s degree is a two-year program of study including general education requirements as well as major-oriented courses. Most students who work towards an associate’s degree will eventually transfer to a university in order to complete the coursework to obtain a bachelor’s degree. A variety of majors are offered, including music, biology, chemistry, history, philosophy, physics, Spanish, theater and much more.

Distance Education

For students who desire to obtain an education but might have particular location or schedule constraints, the distance education division is an ideal solution. Taking distance learning courses is a great way to let college come to the student; the courses are taught by the same professional faculty who teaches at the school in traditional classroom settings. In the following programs, a majority of courses can be offered online: business administration, education, criminal justice and general studies.

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As with most community colleges in the country, there is an open-door policy for admissions. This implies that students will not be discriminated against in any way in relation to race, background, gender, culture, religion, etc. The only admission criteria that are put in place for prospective students include a high school diploma or GED. Transfer students must also be in good standing at a previous institution. Students who cannot present a high school diploma or GED may still be admitted if they are 18 years old and over and can present the skill set necessary to achieve success in college. International students are also welcomed to apply for admission and will need to obtain an F-1 student visa during their studies here.

Financial Aid

Eligible students who have been granted admission are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to gain access to federal financial aid. This college participates in all loan and grant programs offered through the government of the United States. These sources of financial aid are awarded to US citizens as well as eligible non-citizens.

As another means to cover tuition and personal expenses while in school, Arizona Western College also encourages students to apply for scholarships and will provide information regarding them, even though the college does not grant any scholarships.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 6113th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Arizona.


Campus life is based on the idea that involves promoting cultural diversity, leadership, and collaboration, amongst other things. Students who attend proudly take part in the campus life and get involved in clubs and organizations as well as special events throughout the year. With a student body composed of local, out-of-state and international students, the cultural diversity on campus is quite impressive and the dedication of each student to making campus life more enjoyable is remarkable.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The school features seven different sports teams that participate in the NJCAA, ACCAC and WSFL. Students interested in signing up for a sports team can choose between football, volleyball, soccer, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, and softball. The Arizona Western College’s sports teams are named the Matadors. Along with the seven different sports teams, the athletics department also has a Spirit Team, which participates in cheerleading and dancing competitions across the country. Athletes involved with the Matador teams are well-known for their skills and professionalism.

Additional School Information

Students have the possibility of earning education for their military service. Soldiers on active duty, veterans, Department of Defense employees, and their families are welcomed to apply at the MCAS Yuma and Yuma Proving Ground. Credits earned for military service can also, in some cases, be applied towards a degree or other program. A few other programs dedicated to helping military members and their families are offered, such as the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts and the GI Bill Benefits.

Information Summary

Ranks 32nd in Arizona and 2800th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 8 0.10

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 387 0.41
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 4 0.00
Forcible Rape 33 0.03
Robbery 66 0.07
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 822 0.87
Larceny 2,196 2.33
Vehicle theft 209 0.22

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Yuma, AZ 85365-8834
Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population36,049 (29,460 urban / 6,589 rural)
Households12,862 (2.65 people per house)
Median Household Income$37,330
Families9,900 (3.02 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Rural-serving Large
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District404

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1810th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,776 $1,776 $7,224
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $74 $74 $301
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $15,827 $15,827 $21,302
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,758 $17,758 $23,233
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,260 $12,260 $17,735

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,300 $2,360 $2,300 $2,360 $7,478 $7,687
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,404 $1,449
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,610 $5,828
On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,614 $5,794
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,238 $5,406
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $7,951 $8,206
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $7,951 $8,206

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity337
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$2,196
Board Fee$3,824

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 584th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $83,310 ($108,621 male / $51,566 female)
Number of FT Faculty 116 (61 male / 55 female)
Number of PT Faculty 395
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $3,700,116

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