About Yavapai College


Biology and Chemistry have always been my passion, and this program is the perfect combination of everything I love. Being out of doors, working in the lab, it definitely fills a void.
Erica, Viticulture student

Yavapai College has what you need to succeed.

Yavapai College is a 2-year community college located in Yavapai County, Arizona. The main Campus is in Prescott, with locations in Clarkdale, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley, and Sedona.

In 2010-11, Yavapai College offered 99 certificate, degree, and transfer options to students in 73 different programs of study. In addition to traditional curriculum, the college offers many learning options to fit the lifestyles/circumstances of its students. Alternative learning options include: credit for prior learning, internships/service learning, non-credit courses, college for kids, high school partnerships (dual enrollment), internet courses, open entry/open exit courses, telecourses, senior programs (OLLI), Community Education, travel through EDventures, and high school equivalency program (GED testing).

The Verde Campus in Clarkdale is located in the beautiful foothills of Mingus Mountain. Our location is close to many affordable housing options in Clarkdale and Cottonwood. Check out a current listing of available apartments and homes for rent. Also, the Cottonwood Area Transit System (CAT) has a regularly scheduled route that stops at the Verde Campus hourly. The New Kiln Yard Cafe offers meals and snacks on campus in addition to the local fare offered by restaurants and cafes nearby in Old Town Cottonwood.

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 of 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.