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615 N. Stadium Ave.
Thatcher, AZ 85552-0769
p. 928-428-8322
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Eastern Arizona College

Eastern Arizona College Rating: 4.0/5 (4 votes)

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Located in the heart of Graham County, Eastern Arizona College (EAC) is a junior college with its main campus located in Thatcher. Eastern Arizona is not only the oldest community college in the state, but also happens to be the only one with a marching band. Established in 1888, the college has offered quality education to students from all backgrounds and cultures since its inception. Local and international students who wish to enroll in one of many programs of study are all welcome to apply. The college offers associate degrees on campus and provides the option of signing up for online classes as well.


EAC is a two-year school that allows students to obtain associate degrees before transferring to a four-year institution to obtain their bachelor’s degree. Students who transfer from the college have a high rate of success in being accepted to attend larger degree-granting institutions. EAC also offers a leading online learning program, allowing students to study from their own desired location without attending a physical classroom. These courses are great for individuals with schedule constraints and those that live too far away from the campus to make it to classes.

Earning an associate’s degree is a great way to experience college while earning the credits needed to transfer to a four-year university. All the associate’s degree programs from the college meet the requirements for general education and will also include major-specific courses to prepare students for the last two years of their undergraduate studies. EAC offers both the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, with a wide choice of concentrations, such as anthropology, mathematics, music, languages, and more.

Classes offered online still operate with a set schedule for exams and homework deadlines. This type of learning is perfect for individuals with outside commitments, but Eastern Arizona College recommends that these classes be taken by self-motivated students who can follow the learning curriculum without the consistency of attending a scheduled class.

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EAC welcomes applications from all kinds of students, including out-of-state and international candidates. International candidates are admitted to the college under the F-1 Student Visa program. To ensure that all the paperwork is processed well before the start of the semester, it is recommended that international applicants fill in the application form at least six months before the start of the semester, or a few months before the application deadline. The application process for all prospective students starts with filling out the application form, whether online or on paper. Prospective students are then encouraged to apply for financial aid, sort out housing arrangements, and confer with admissions and academic counselors to solidify their course of study. Upon acceptance, students will need to take placement tests and schedule a counseling appointment with an academic advisor at the school. The last step of the process is to register for classes according to the chosen program of study and specific academic goals.

Financial Aid

EAC strives to offer learning opportunities to all students. That is why the school has set tuition fees that are lower than all other colleges in the state of Arizona. Despite the economical prices, some students are still in need of financial aid to help cover all of the tuition fees and expenses that come with being a student in college.

The college takes part in federal financial aid programs. Students must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to determine their federal financial aid eligibility. Federal grants and work-study programs are available for US citizens and eligible non-citizens. Students who cannot receive financial aid from the government may be eligible for scholarships. The scholarship program at EAC includes scholarships based on merit and academic standing, as well as major-specific scholarships for athletes and students in performance arts, among others.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3870th for the average student loan amount.
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The student body is comprised of students from across the state, country, and even the world, distinguishing the college as having the richest student body and most extraordinary alumni group in Arizona.

EAC students choose their school due to the quality of education as well as the incredible campus life that the school has to offer. The college understands the importance of offering a variety of enriching activities for students. Students then leave college not only more academically inclined, but more socially and culturally astute. Students are encouraged to enroll in extra-curricular activities such as the athletics team, performing arts activities, and a variety of clubs and organizations.

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Eastern Arizona differentiates itself from other colleges by the quality of its student services. Support and programs designated to help students succeed and feel at home on campus are abundant. The courteous, professional staff offers assistance with university transfers as well as general academic advising for students who need help deciding which classes to register for at the start of a new semester. Counselors are also available to help students with personal matters or career guidance advice. The Student Services department offers tutoring services and testing services, which include placement testing, GED testing, CLEP testing, ATB testing, and test proctoring. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the different services offered on campus, as these are put in place to help the student body enhance their campus experience.

Information Summary

Ranks 44th in Arizona and 3135th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6 0.09
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 10 0.14

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 4 0.08
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 60 1.22
Larceny 57 1.16
Vehicle theft 2 0.04

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Thatcher, AZ 85552-0769
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population5,720 (4,920 urban / 800 rural)
Households1,801 (3.03 people per house)
Median Household Income$33,516
Families1,339 (3.46 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 District401

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1948th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $1,920 $1,920 $8,820
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $90 $90 $180
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 $12,345 $12,345 $18,945
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $12,320 $12,320 $18,920
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,630 $6,630 $13,230

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $1,600 $1,760 $1,600 $1,760 $8,200 $8,360
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $800 $850
On-Campus – Room & Board $5,460 $5,685
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,050(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,878(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,020 $4,050
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,020(N/C)

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 Capacity420
Meals per Week19
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 10 107 273 11 67 841 38 1,351
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 11 18 1 6 40 2 78
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 1 4 2 7 14
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other 5 3 2 10
Animal Sciences, General 4 4
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 4 12 16
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 2 3
Building/Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection, Other 16 22 3 42 1 84
Business Administration and Management, General 6 13 4 32 55
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other 2 5 7
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 3 6 1 15 2 27
Business/Commerce, General 9 8 2 1 12 2 34
Carpentry/Carpenter 7 9 2 1 20 40
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General 2 2
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 4 26 4 34
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 1 9 11
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 7 1 3 3 15
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General 3 6 1 10
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 3 3
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 9 8 13 2 32
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 7 9
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 2 1 11 14
English Language and Literature, General 1 1
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 7 7
Environmental Biology 2 1 3
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 1 11 12
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1 1 3 5
Forestry, General 1 1 2
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 2 10 4 14 1 31
General Studies 4 6 9 1 8 138 5 173
Graphic Design 1 2 4 7
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 1 4 5
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician 24 36 5 72 1 138
Industrial Electronics Technology/Technician 1 2 5 8
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology 14 32 5 80 3 134
Information Science/Studies 1 6 1 8
Information Technology 1 3 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 2 2
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 15 2 1 51 2 72
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant 2 2
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist 1 1
Mathematics, General 1 4 5
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 1 1
Medical/Clinical Assistant 8 4 2 14
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 5 9 1 35 1 51
Music, General 6 6
Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant/Aide 8 1 3 29 1 42
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 5 8 13
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 2 1 3
Physics, General 1 1
Pre-Engineering 2 3 5
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies 1 1 2
Pre-Nursing Studies 9 3 53 3 68
Pre-Pharmacy Studies 4 4
Psychology, General 1 3 4
Retailing and Retail Operations 1 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 2 3 1 7
Solar Energy Technology/Technician 2 2
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 1
Welding Technology/Welder 1 3 4

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1189th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $72,142 ($73,459 male / $63,775 female)
Number of FT Faculty 93 (57 male / 36 female)
Number of PT Faculty 362
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $3,840,575

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