ELEVATE Yourself at Cochise College

Cochise College has been recognized nationally for its cost, return on investment and high success rate.

At Cochise, students learn about subjects in small classes with individualized attention from faculty who pass along real world experience.

Cochise College graduates can transfer seamlessly to all three Arizona four-year universities. And because of articulation agreements with many out-of-state universities, students can guarantee transfer credits.

Cochise College has also built strong relations with local and national businesses to offer co-op and internship opportunities in health care, industrial industries and other local organizations.

In February 2016, Cochise College received the full accreditation of 10 years from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

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Cochise College provides accessible educational opportunities that are responsive to a diverse population and lead to constructive citizenship, meaningful careers and life long learning.


In all that we do — in teaching, learning and serving — we value quality, integrity and diversity.


We commit to a quest for excellence and strive to achieve our highest potential.


We base our decisions and interactions on honesty, trust, respect, responsibility, accountability and ethical behavior.


We respect differences between and among members of the community by embracing and encouraging the expression of ideas, opinions, and thoughts exchanged freely, respectfully and civilly.


Cochise College strives to be a learning community held in high esteem by members of its communities, providing high quality learning opportunities for its citizens.

A learning community…

Places its highest priority, resources and energy on learning.
Creates an environment and experiences, real or virtual, that encourage students to be active members of the learning community.

Makes learning possible not only in the classroom but outside, through a myriad of activities and experiences, using any number of tools to enhance learning.

Extends learning not only to students but to all members of the college community so that a feeling of collegiality abounds.

Empowers students, faculty and staff to create a personally meaningful learning environment, where each accepts responsibility for contributing to the same.

Cochise is a two-year public Community College offering over 90 degree and technical certificates, including honors curriculum.

Cochise tuition is 77% less than the average Arizona University.

Through our foundation we award more than $350,000 in scholarships annually!

Cochise College has 6 collegiate teams in Men’s Basketball, Baseball, Rodeo, Women’s Soccer, Basketball and Rodeo.


Cochise College opened its doors in 1964 as one of the first community colleges in Arizona. Today, we provide high-quality associate-level education, professional development and workforce training to about 11,000 students each year.

The establishment of the college can be attributed to the efforts of the dedicated citizens of Cochise County, who voted in 1961 to create a community college district. A 1962 bond election resulted in the construction of the Douglas Campus, a 540-acre facility featuring unique architecture, scenic landscaping, and panoramic views of the Mule and Chiricahua Mountains, as well as neighboring Sonora, Mexico.

From the first semester, we have committed to serving citizens throughout the county. Our two campuses and five centers are located in an area rich in history, cultural diversity and natural beauty. Classes also are offered online. Fort Huachuca and Sierra Vista grew rapidly since the 1960s, and, after several years of providing classes in a network of temporary locations, we opened the Sierra Vista Campus on North Colombo Avenue in 1978. Our centers in downtown Sierra Vista, Benson and Willcox provide classes, computer labs, library access, distance learning, admissions, registration, placement assessment and financial aid services to students in those areas.

Driven by teaching and learning, access and diversity, and the use of technology and innovative instruction, we now focus on the college as a learning community. We continue to expand general education programs while also addressing the needs of the healthcare and technology industries. In addition, our community-directed programs include Adult Education, the Career Services Center, the Small Business Development Center, and Workforce Training and Community Education.

Retired Cochise College instructor Jack Ziegler has authored two books about the history of Cochise College.

  • A Brave Beginning (PDF)” tells the story of the establishment of Cochise College, paints a picture of 1960s Cochise County and provides interesting insights from many of those who made it happen.
  • A Brave New World (PDF)” focuses on shifting county demographics and the population growth in the Sierra Vista/Fort Huachuca area that ultimately led to the opening of the Sierra Vista Campus.

Ziegler is originally from New Jersey. After being discharged from the Army at Fort Huachuca in 1972, he worked for Cochise College as an administrator and English and humanities teacher. He retired in 2004.

Cochise County

Cochise County is over 6,000 square miles, located in Southern Arizona. Nicknamed, the “Land of Legends,” the county is rich in history from the famed Buffalo Soldiers stationed at Fort Huachuca to the gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, AZ.

With its mild, high-desert climate the region is an excellent location for outdoor enthusiasts to go birding and hiking on the many mountain trails, visit mining towns like Bisbee, taste wine from local vineyards.

Cochise County has many other unique destinations like U-Picks farms in Willcox, the historic Gadsden Hotel in Douglas or Kartchner Caverns State Park recently voted “best cave” in the USA by USA Today.

2nd best community college

Best general studies online education

2019 most affordable

Aspen Prize Top 150