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Yavapai College
MottoYou Can!
TypePublic community college
Established1965; 59 years ago (1965)
PresidentLisa Rhine
Academic staff
114 (full time), 300 (adjunct)
Students11,616 (fall 2013)
Location, ,
United States

34°32′52″N 112°27′13″W / 34.547652°N 112.453650°W / 34.547652; -112.453650
ColorsGreen and gold
Sporting affiliations
Mascot'Ole Ruff
Yavapai College main entrance

Yavapai College is a public community college in Yavapai County, Arizona. The main campus is in Prescott, with locations in Clarkdale, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Sedona.


Yavapai College was established in 1965 by means of a countywide election. In the four years that followed, a board was appointed, a bond was passed, college personnel were hired, and curricula were established. The first classes were held in fall 1969. In February 1970, the college district dedicated its first buildings in Prescott on a 100-acre (0.40 km2) site that was once part of Fort Whipple, the military base constructed in 1864 to provide security and protection for the territorial capital.[1]


Yavapai College offers on-campus housing at the Prescott Campus in the two residence halls: Marapai and Kachina. The Rider Diner offers several cafeteria style meals seven days a week. The Common Grounds café located in the Library on the Prescott Campus offers light meals and a wide selection of coffee. Yavapai College operates year-round 24-hour police services.

On October 3, 2012, the Yavapai College District Governing Board approved a motion to support reinvestment in on-campus housing, allotting $5.2 million for the proposed renovation project.[2]


In 2010–11, the college offered 99 certificate, degree and transfer options to students in 73 different programs of study. In addition to traditional curricula, the college offers many learning options to fit the lifestyles and circumstances of its students. Alternative learning options include credit for prior learning, internships/service learning, non-credit courses, college for children, high school partnerships (dual enrollment), internet courses, open entry/open exit courses, telecourses, senior programs (OLLI, Elderhostel/Edventures) and high school equivalency program (GED testing).[3]

The college offers seven Associate degree programs: Associate of Arts/Associate of Science, Associate of Business Degrees, Associate of Arts in Elementary Education, Associate of Fine Arts Degree, Associate of General Studies Degree Program, Associate Degree in Nursing and Associate of Applied Science Degree

The college is the location of the Yavapai College Gunsmithing School, which for several years was renowned as one of the top three gunsmithing schools in the U.S. with Trinidad State Jr College and Colorado School of Trades.[4]

Student life

Yavapai College ball field

Yavapai College currently[when?] sponsors four intercollegiate teams - two men (soccer, baseball) and two women (volleyball, softball) - and competes in Division 1 of the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA). The college belongs to the Arizona Community College Athletics Conference (ACCAC), a league of fifteen community colleges in Arizona.

Men's and women's basketball programs were sponsored until 2011, when they were eliminated due to Arizona state budget cuts.[5]

The college athletic teams have distinguished themselves athletically with national championships in soccer (7), baseball (4), softball (2) and cross country (2).

In spring 2014, in joint efforts between students and the athletic department, Yavapai College began streaming and broadcasting sporting events online via its account.

Notable people







  1. ^ Hughes, Tom; Diane Mazmanian & Sandra Thurman-Jackson, Yavapai College Fact Book 2006. Retrieved July 16, 2006.
  2. ^ "YC District Governing Board October Meeting Report". Yavapai College. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  3. ^ Hughes, Tom; Diane Mazmanian & Sandra Thurman-Jackson, Yavapai College Fact Book 2008. Retrieved February 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "The Top Gunsmithing Schools - Gunsmithing Schools HQ". Archived from the original on 2016-05-18. Retrieved 2016-06-02.
  5. ^ "Yavapai College basketball programs being cut". USA Today. February 26, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  6. ^ "Kyle Blanks Stats". Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Ken Giles Stats". Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  8. ^ "Player Profile - Kelvin Jack". Retrieved 13 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Mike Randolph | LA Galaxy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-11. Retrieved 2020-05-05.
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  11. ^ "Kirby Yates Stats". Retrieved 13 November 2021.