#3 Best Private Colleges in Arizona

Arizona Christian University

Phoenix, Arizona

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Arizona Christian University overview
Location Phoenix, Arizona
Online arizonachristian.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation Undenominational
Arizona Christian University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Arizona Christian University, established in 1960, is a private, non-profit, Christian liberal arts university located in Phoenix, Arizona. The suburban campus offers a serene academic setting in close proximity to the vibrant metropolitan amenities of the Phoenix area. With a focus on integrating faith with educational pursuits, ACU provides a selection of undergraduate programs known particularly for theology, music, and behavioral health. It features an intimate, student-centered environment with on-campus housing available to foster a close-knit academic community. Admissions at Arizona Christian University are considered moderately selective, catering to a range of students while maintaining academic standards. While not renowned for its athletic programs, the university competes in various sports, identified as the Firestorm, within the Golden State Athletic Conference.

In the most recent statistical year 1,222 prospective students applied, and 928 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 311 enrolled in the school.  876 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 177 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2021/2022, excluding room and board, is $28,874 plus fees of $1,750. Arizona Christian University is ranked 923 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Arizona Christian University is rated within the lower 27% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 3 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very Easy
Arizona Christian University overview
SAT 960/1170
ACT 16/23
GPA 3.16

Applications Accepted

Arizona Christian University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Arizona Christian University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,600
Other Fees$1,750
Room and Board $12,000
Budget for Other Expenses$5,200
Total One Year Cost$49,424

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$33,500 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

31% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Arizona Christian University students
Subject Percent of Class
Theology and Religious Vvocations 43%
Business 21%
Psychology 18%
Education 14%
Liberal Arts and Humanities 2%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=105899 IPEDS survey data for Arizona Christian University.

Current students may use the Arizona Christian University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.