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Why PVCC

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Welcome to Paradise Valley Community College. The home of the Pumas. We are a learning centered college where the power of learning transforms lives and enables positive social change. It's an amazing place to begin your college education.

PVCC was established in 1985 and is ranked in the top 10% out of all community colleges in the nation due to its high standards and academic rigor that will successfully prepare you for the future. The PVCC Union Hills campus, located on Union Hills and 32nd Street, houses state-of-the-art facilities that serve more than 12,500 students per year and is one of ten colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District.  We've recently added a second site, PVCC at Black Mountain, located on 60th street and Carefree Highway.

Your educational journey will begin in the beautiful newly designed Kranitz student center. Here our warm and friendly staff guide students through admissions and records, financial aid, and career services while our academic advisors help students navigate the more than 75 degrees and certificates that PVCC has to offer. Students have so many choices and can start at almost any time with classes available both on campus and online.

PVCC students are awarded over 1.5 million dollars in scholarships each year. PVCC is committed to ensuring your success. We will engage with you in every way we can to make sure you accomplish your goals. Students and families can realize substantial savings on education costs by completing an associate degree at PVCC and transferring to a four-year university or stay right here. Both Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona offer courses at PVCC so you can complete your bachelor's degree on campus.

The Puma cafe provides opportunities to meet between classes for study and relaxation or to play an exciting match of ping pong, competitive video game, or catch up with friends. The college also has over 25 campus clubs and organizations that help students develop leadership and professional skills to build connections for life.

The Center for Performing Arts provides a wide variety of student, faculty, and professional performances that expand cultural horizons. Both the Library and Computer Commons equip students with a wealth of books, digital resources, and computers in the same building as the tutoring center which offers free help with coursework.

Our brand-new technology enhanced nursing and science buildings house our state-of-the-art labs and classrooms. Students really get to know their professors. Some of our most popular majors include Nursing, Business, Fire Science, Information Technology, Pre-medical, and Criminal Justice.

With its towering pyramids and soaring atrium our beautiful Q building is the center of campus mathematics study. Whether you're a math whiz or need a refresher course the department has the right class for you.

At PVCC Pumas rule. We won 10 national championships and fielded 81 all-academic teams in 12 different sports offered on campus. Student athletes have their choice of a wide range of athletic programs in our beautiful facilities throughout campus.

Discover your passion at PVCC. Come be a Puma. Schedule a tour of our beautiful campus. We hope to see you soon!