American Homestay Network – Arizona

Phoenix is one of the biggest cities in the U.S. The Sky Harbor Airport is the 5th largest in the country because people want to be in the sun! It is sunny 85% of the year! Arizona is also home to many prestigious universities include Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona. Come for a great education and stay for the weather!

Fun Facts About Arizona

  • Arizona does not participate in Daylight Savings Time.
  • The tallest fountain in the world is located in Fountain Hills, AZ.
  • The famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral only lasted about thirty seconds.
  • The sun shines in southern Arizona 85% of the time.
  • There is a possible 25 years in prison for cutting down a cactus.
  • The Grand Canyon is 227 miles long, 1 mile deep, and has an average width of 10 miles.

Colleges in Arizona

Arizona State University

http://www.asu.edu/
Programs: Engineering, Business, education, public affairs, and design
Interesting Fact: Brody Stevens, David Spade and Jimmy Kimmel all went to ASU

University of Arizona

http://www.arizona.edu/
Programs: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences;
Interesting Fact: University of Arizona was founded in 1885, before Arizona was a state.

Phoenix College

http://www.phoenixcollege.edu/
Programs: Therapeutic Massage, Culinary Arts, Web Design and Development, Civil Engineering
Interesting Fact: Founded in 1920, it is one of the oldest community colleges in the country.

Scottsdale Community College

http://www.scottsdalecc.edu/
Programs: Dance, Equine Sciences, Nursing, Forensic Science
Interesting Fact: The school’s mascot is a fighting artichoke.

Northern Arizona University

https://www.nau.edu/
Programs: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Liberal Arts and Sciences
Interesting Fact: Two cemeteries border NAU’s campus.

Grand Canyon University

https://www.gcu.edu/
Programs: Ken Blanchard College of Business, College of Fine Arts and Production, pre-med and pre-pharmacy
Interesting Fact: The school is actually 4 hours away from the Grand Canyon.

Mesa Community College

http://www.mesacc.edu/
Programs: Veterinary Technology, Forensic Investigation, Business, Urban Horticulture, and Biology
Interesting Fact: Largest community college in the Maricopa County Community College District, which is the largest community college district in the U.S.

Glendale Community College

http://www2.gccaz.edu/
Programs: Engineering, Biotechnology and Molecular Biosciences, Business, and Nursing
Interesting Fact: Alice Cooper graduated from GCC.

Explore Arizona

Try a Meetup!

Meetup.com is a collection of groups that put on events called meetups. You can join groups based on your interests. It is a great way to meet new people in Arizona. Here are few groups to start out with:

http://www.meetup.com/Best-Group/
http://www.meetup.com/JUST-GET-OUT/
http://www.meetup.com/Fun-in-Phoenix-Meetup-Group/
http://www.meetup.com/United-International-Friends/

Weather

It’s hot, hot HOT in most of Arizona. The record high in Phoenix is 122 degrees. If you prefer cooler weather head north to Flagstaff where it tops out at about 81 degrees in the summer.

History

Arizona was the 48th state to enter the union. It’s only 102 years old! Take a moment to learn about the history of this desert state and the people that live there today.

Arizona History
Arizona Demographics