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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.

2,003 Full-Time Undergraduates
$9,440 Avg In-State Tuition

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Sonoran Desert Institute Rankings

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.

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 Mechanic & Repair Technologies Undergraduate Certificate Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Precision Systems Maintenance Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Precision Systems Maintenance Undergraduate Certificate 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 Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Precision Systems Maintenance Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Mechanic & Repair Technologies Associate Degree Trade Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Value Mechanic & Repair Technologies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Sonoran Desert Institute has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Precision Systems Maintenance Schools College Factual
#1 Best Gunsmithing/Gunsmith Schools College Factual
#1 Best Precision Systems Maintenance Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#1 Best Value Colleges for Precision Systems Maintenance College Factual
#1 Best Gunsmithing/Gunsmith Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#1 Best Value Colleges for Gunsmithing/Gunsmith College Factual

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

Can I Afford Sonoran Desert Institute?

$9,440 In-State Tuition
26% Take Out Loans
34.2% Loan Default Rate
During the 2017-2018 academic year, part-time students at Sonoran Desert Institute paid $295 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 $9,440 $9,440
Fees $1,190 $1,190

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Sonoran Desert Institute, approximately 26% of students took out student loans averaging $7,997 a year. That adds up to $31,988 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Sonoran Desert Institute is 34.2%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

Sonoran Desert Institute Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,003 Full-Time Undergraduates
1% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,709 undergraduate students at Sonoran Desert Institute, with 2,003 being full-time and 706 being part-time.

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Gender Diversity

Of the 2,003 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 14
Black or African American 75
Hispanic or Latino 228
White 1,525
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 161

Online Learning at Sonoran Desert Institute

2,709 Took All Classes Online
2,709 Took At Least One Class Online
20.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 2,709 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 2019-2020.

Online Growth Rankings of Sonoran Desert Institute

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Sonoran Desert Institute was 20.2%. This is the #574 largest growth rate of all schools that are mostly online. This refers to all students at Sonoran Desert Institute regardless of major.

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 #19

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Sonoran Desert Institute Trade School Concentrations

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

Major Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Gunsmithing/Gunsmith 418 237 655
TOTAL 418 237 655

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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