Visiting EAC

Eastern Arizona College truly must be experienced in person to fully appreciate its unique character. Our small size, pastoral setting, and diverse student body create an atmosphere unlike anyplace else you will find in Arizona. In fact, at first glimpse of the campus, lined with sycamores and evergreens and framed by the Gila and Pinaleno Mountains, you'll feel this is a place you can call home. But before drawing any conclusions, we encourage you to look beneath the surface. Meet with an admission counselor, take a walking tour, attend a class, talk with students and instructors. We know that the closer you look, the more you will come to realize that the "Eastern Experience" may be just what you're searching for.

Personal Tours

Preview Days

Lodging and Food

Area Points of Interest

Directions to EAC

About Thatcher


Personal Tours

Set up a personalized, walking tour of the campus, conducted by a current EAC student. It gives you a chance to see Eastern through the students' eyes. Tours last approximately one hour and may be scheduled by calling the Admissions Office. Tours are conducted Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by appointment only. Local: (928) 428-8272; Toll Free: 800-678-3808 .

During your visit, you may want to meet with an admission counselor to learn more about Eastern's academic programs, campus activities, residential life, and admission and financial aid procedures. To schedule an appointment Monday through Friday, we recommend that you call at least one week prior to your planned visit. During the fall months, call as far in advance as possible, as our counselors are frequently away visiting schools during this period.

You may also want to sit in on a class or meet with a faculty member from your field of interest. Such an experience will allow you to compare Eastern's academic programs to those at other colleges you may be considering. You will also lay the groundwork for future relationships with advisors at Eastern.


Preview Days

To get a true picture of what Eastern Arizona College has to offer, come to one of our three Preview Days offered each semester. We will provide an overview and information about college life, a tour of campus, an EAC Fine Arts Preview, or an athletic event or fine arts performance. All of the day's activities will be at our expense, so all you have to do is come and enjoy the experience.

For Preview Day dates and registration, or to make arrangements for a campus visit on another day, please call the Office of Admission at (928) 428-8272 or 1-800-678-3808 Ext. 8272.


Lodging and Food


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Chain Restaurants

Burger King
Carl's Jr.
Dairy Queen
Little Caesars
Papa John's
Pizza Hut
Taco Bell


Local Restaurants

Mexican Food
Chinese Restaurants and Buffets
Steak Houses


Area Points of Interest

While you are here, allow some extra time in your trip to check out some of the other special attractions to be found in this unique region of Arizona. (Approximate distance in miles from Thatcher in parentheses)

Mount Graham (15 mi.) - 10,700 ft. "sky island" offering camping, hiking, fishing, and wildlife-viewing easily accessed by paved Swift Trail (Arizona Highway 366)

Discovery Park (5 mi.) - new science museum featuring interactive displays and interpretive exhibits showcasing the area's geological diversity and important role in the field of astronomy

Roper Lake State Park (10 mi.) - public lake with swimming beach, duck pond, and fishing; picnic facilities; hot tub; desert trail with ranger-led tours available

Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness Area (30 mi.) - scenic natural preserve with hiking and horseback-riding trails along a creek flowing year-round

Freeport-McMoRan Morenci Copper Mine (40 mi.) - large open-pit copper mine offering tours to the public

Also within easy driving distance are San Carlos Lake, Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area, Chiricahua National Monument, Sunrise Ski Resort, Salt River Canyon, Roosevelt Lake, and all of the attractions of Phoenix and Tucson.