Cochise College

4190 W Highway 80, Douglas, AZ 85607-9724

School Details

Cochise College is a 2-year, public, not for profit college centrally located in Douglas, Arizona. In addition to the Douglas campus, Cochise has locations in Benson, Willcox, Nogales, Fort Huachuca, and two locations in Sierra Vista. Cochise College was one of the first community colleges in Arizona when it opened in 1964. Since the 1960s, Cochise has grown from its 540-acre facility in Douglas to the aforementioned other locations in order to provide centers of learning to the people of Cochise County. The campuses in Benson, Nogales, and Willcox provide students with many learning opportunities that are available through computer labs, library access, and distance learning options. Cochise College aims to serve the community. They achieve this by offering students programs like Adult Education, Career Services, the Center for Economic Research, Small Business Development Center, Workforce Training, and Community Education. The mission of Cochise College is to provide “accessible opportunities that are responsive to a diverse population and lead to constructive citizenship, meaningful careers, and lifelong learning”. The vision of Cochise College is to strive “to be a learning community held in high esteem by members of its community, providing high quality learning opportunities for its citizens”.

Cochise College offers students degree programs in over 60 subject areas. Students can choose from Associate of Arts or Science degrees aimed at preparing them for University transfer as well as Associate of Applied Science degrees that have the intention of preparing students for immediate employment after graduation. The Cochise College certificate programs include, but are not limited to: Administrative Office Aide, Advanced Logistics Supply Chain Management, Avionics Technology, Chef - Sous Chef Apprentice, Computer Applications, Computer Programmer, Digital Imagery and Animation, Electrical Technology, Fire Science Technology, General Business, PC Maintenance and Repair, Web Developer, Receptionist, and more. It is important to note that Cochise College also offers a limited amount of certificate programs to inmates of the Arizona Department of Corrections in Douglas, Arizona.

Cochise College began offering online educational opportunities in 1998. At present, the “Virtual Campus” offers 211 online courses, thirteen fully online degree programs, and four certificate programs. The fully online degrees are: Associates of Arts in Anthropology, Early Childhood Care and Education, Economics, General Requirements, Humanities, Political Science, and Sociology. The Associates of Applied Sciences degrees include Early Childhood Care and Education as well as Intelligence Operations. The online certificate programs include: Computer Applications, Digital Imagery and Animation, Linux Systems Administration, and Social Work. Cochise also offers students two Arizona General Education Curriculum programs, which fulfill the lower-division requirements required by all Arizona community colleges and universities. The AGEC - A plan meets the requirements of an Arts or Liberal Arts major, while the AGEC - B plan meets the requirements for the Business and Information Systems majors.

Students enrolled at Cochise College have many opportunities of both the academic and non-academic variety. Students may be qualified to matriculate into the Honors Program or choose to take advantage of over 550 study abroad programs in almost every region of the world. Cochise is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, which aims to provide college-level learning opportunities for servicemembers and their families. Students are also given the opportunity to participate in a variety of clubs and organizations. The Sierra Vista campus, for example, offers extracurricular clubs and organizations such as: the American Sign Language Club, Astronomy Club, Cochise Culinarians, Dance Club, Literary Guild, Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, Psychology Club, Technology Club, and more. Cochise also offers a variety of Athletic programs including: Soccer, Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Baseball, and Rodeo.

Cochise College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. Individual programs offered by Cochise College can be accredited by independent organizations and accrediting agencies. The nursing programs are accredited by the Arizona State Board of Nursing and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. The Cochise College Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions. The Paramedicine and Emergency Medical Technology programs are certified through the Arizona Department of Health Services, Emergency Medical Services and Trauma Division.

Around 67% of the 5,516 students enrolled at Cochise College study part time and 48% of the student body is age 25 or older. Around 20% of the students take part in some distance education and 19% are fully enrolled in a distance education program. Approximately 55% of first time students returned to Cochise to continue their studies the following year. The overall graduation rate is approximately 22% and the transfer out rate is 24%. This school has an open admissions policy. The approximate cost of tuition is estimated to be $1,680 for in-state students and $6,960 for out-of-state students per academic year. The total room, board, and other fees is estimated to be: $7,201 for on campus students, $11,156 for off campus students, and $3,286 for off campus students who have a family.


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Public, 2-year
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Associate's degree
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  • Percent Admitted:
    Open Enrollment
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