Cochise takes the spotlight for economic mobility


Cochise College was recently named one of the top online colleges for student economic mobility by guidetoonlineschools.com.

More than 2,000 colleges were initially analyzed, and only 97 made the cut. All annual tuition rates were manually researched and calculated by a content team, and mobility rate data was provided by The Equality of Opportunity Project. Cochise had an 86.6 percent mobility rate. Mobility rate is the percentage of students from the bottom fifth of income distribution in the United States who rise to the top fifth. The Mobility Rate Percentile is a measure of how schools’ mobility rates compare to other eligible schools.

Students at Cochise College can pursue two-year associate degrees in more than 60 subjects; of these, 30 are designed for university transfer, and 12 can be completed entirely online. Students who attend online classes are well-supported by Cochise’s academic advising, counseling and financial aid departments.

College President J.D. Rottweiler says that providing affordable education resources is one of the college’s top priorities.  

“We pride ourselves at Cochise College in helping students and communities enhance their quality of life. This recognition demonstrates the college’s commitment to remaining affordable while providing high quality learning opportunities beyond the boundaries of time and place. The ability for students to succeed regardless of their socioeconomic status and to live the American Dream is the hallmark of community colleges around the country. We are proud to be recognized by the Guide to Online Schools for the work our Virtual Campus performs in providing the resources our students need to succeed. The credit goes to our faculty and staff who put students first in all that they do!” said Rottweiler.

The college provides accessible educational opportunities that are responsive to a diverse population and lead to constructive citizenship, meaningful careers and lifelong learning. Cochise College has an average tuition of $1800; that’s 77 percent less than the average Arizona University. It’s estimated that 78 percent of students receive financial aid. The college also receives $350,000 in scholarships annually through the Cochise College Foundation.  

Guide to Online Schools has been publishing rankings of online colleges since 2009 and awarding scholarships since 2010. They pride themselves on thorough research and fair assessment of all available online programs, with the goal of helping students make educated decisions when choosing an online program.