About EAC


We are Arizona's First Community College

Eastern Arizona College – the first community college in Arizona – has helped students achieve their dreams since 1888.

With campuses in Thatcher, Globe, and Payson, EAC’s qualified and caring instructors prepare students for the most in-demand careers and advanced study at universities.

EAC offers more than 90 certificates and degrees, including the #1 nursing school in Arizona, a fine arts program featuring the only marching band in Arizona, and an engineering program that brings students up to speed for success at universities and top-tiered firms. Students thrive at EAC, making friendships that last a lifetime.

EAC’s vibrant student experience includes on-campus housing, more than 30 clubs and organizations, active intramurals, and nationally ranked athletic and e-sports teams.

And best of all, at EAC, most students leave with $0 debt.

Let EAC provide an affordable way for you to claim your dreams.


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"Welcome to Eastern Arizona College, the oldest and most beautiful community college in Arizona. Nestled in the Gila Valley and surrounded by mountain ranges, EAC is steeped in tradition and ready to provide a great start to your future. I invite you to visit our campus, talk with our faculty, and prepare yourself for a collegiate experience that will surpass your expectations."
EAC President Todd Haynie

An Active Community Partner

EAC serves a vital role in the educational and economic growth of our region. The College brings a $222.6 million economic benefit to the community annually and supports 3,630 jobs. Local businesses utilize the free services offered at our Small Business Development Center. Residents aged 55 and over enjoy free tuition and EAC’s partnerships with Arizona universities allow students to earn a variety of bachelor’s degrees on EAC’s main campus in Thatcher.

Small Business Development Center


Affordable Excellence

Eastern Arizona College is distinguished by offering a high quality, student-centered academic and residential experience at a fraction of the cost of a state university or trade school. Our students consistently transfer to four-year universities and earn industry-recognized credentials at a rate higher than national averages.

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Discovery Park

Citizens of all ages enjoy EAC’s one-of-a-kind Discovery Park, offering tours of the Mt. Graham International Observatory, award winning wetland restorations, a Chiricauhua Leopard Frog Ranarium, and much more!


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