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Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, Sonoran Desert Institute is a private for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

1,269 Full-Time Undergraduates
$8,250 Avg In-State Tuition

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Sonoran Desert Institute Rankings

Sonoran Desert Institute is ranked #1 out of 45 schools in Arizona.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Sonoran Desert Institute has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Most Popular Online Associate’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Most Popular Online Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#348 Most Popular Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Sonoran Desert Institute.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Precision Systems Maintenance Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Precision Systems Maintenance Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Precision Systems Maintenance Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Mechanic & Repair Technologies Associate’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Precision Systems Maintenance Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular Mechanic & Repair Technologies Associate’s Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Sonoran Desert Institute?

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Contact details for Sonoran Desert Institute are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1555 W University Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85281
Phone: 480-314-2012
Website: sdi.edu

Can I Afford Sonoran Desert Institute?

$8,250 In-State Tuition
25% Take Out Loans
During the 2017-2018 academic year, part-time students at Sonoran Desert Institute paid $275 per credit hour, whether they were in-state or out-of-state. The costs for full-time students are given in the table below.

In State Out of State
Tuition $8,250 $8,250
Fees $1,190 $1,190

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Sonoran Desert Institute, approximately 25% of students took out student loans averaging $6,461 a year. That adds up to $25,844 over four years for those students.

Sonoran Desert Institute Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,269 Full-Time Undergraduates
1% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,782 undergraduate students at Sonoran Desert Institute, with 1,269 being full-time and 513 being part-time.

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Gender Diversity

Of the 1,269 full-time undergraduates at Sonoran Desert Institute, 99% are male and 1% are female.

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Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Sonoran Desert Institute students is as follows.

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 46
Hispanic or Latino 129
White 997
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 92

Online Learning at Sonoran Desert Institute

1,755 Took All Classes Online
1,755 Took At Least One Class Online
In 2017-2018, 1,755 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Sonoran Desert Institute has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 2nd most popular in Arizona for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Sonoran Desert Institute majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Gunsmithing/Gunsmith 8%
Mechanic & Repair Technologies 8%
Precision Systems Maintenance 8%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Sonoran Desert Institute ranks compared to all other mostly online schools that offer a specific major.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Precision Systems Maintenance #1
Gunsmithing/Gunsmith #1
Mechanic & Repair Technologies #3

Sonoran Desert Institute Trade School Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Gunsmithing/Gunsmith 73 570 205 848
TOTAL 73 570 205 848

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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