About Us

In 1976, John Sperling founded University of Phoenix so that working men and women could go to college and earn a degree. What began in Phoenix, Arizona grew to become the largest private university in North America, with more than 100 locations. Now students come here for an education that is relevant to their lives and to the world around them.
Whether you go to class online or on campus, you’ll find:

  • Class times that fit with your work, family and social life.
  • Small class sizes for engaging discussions and interactions with your
    classmates and instructors.
  • Faculty members who combine a personal knowledge of their fields with
    proven academic theory.
  • Up-to-date curriculum that is developed in collaboration with faculty and
    industry experts.
  • Personalized student support from a team of advisors who can help you
    from enrollment to graduation.
  • A world-class online library that is available 24/7, so you have access to
    scholarly research when you want.

Programs

At University of Phoenix, you learn from a curriculum designed by experts in your field of study, whether you’re earning your associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree. Our curriculum is developed in collaboration with our faculty and with industry professionals to ensure that it is up to date and relevant. This means our programs won’t waste your time; instead, you gain knowledge one day that you can use at work the next.

While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Advisor.

How It Works

There’s more than one way to earn a degree. Find out what works for you.
University of Phoenix exists because there are thousands of people like you who want an education, but can’t afford to put life on hold for four – or more – years. Many of our students are working adults who have families and demanding schedules.

Everyone at University of Phoenix – your classmates, instructors and advisors – understands the sacrifices you’re making to get your degree. Our learning model reflects this and works to help you fit school into your life. That means you can take classes online, on campus or both.

It’s still a lot of work, and while we definitely won’t say it’s easy, getting your degree is possible if you’re willing to work hard and be a little creative with your time.

We believe that every adult deserves the opportunity to earn a college degree. University of Phoenix was established to provide options for quality higher education.

We offer classes on campus and online so you can pursue your educational goals and still work and keep up with all of your other commitments.

While widely available, not all programs are offered in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Advisor.

Campus-based learning

  • Go to class near your home or work.
  • Attend class once a week at night or during the weekend in select locations. At some campuses, you can choose day classes too.
  • Meet with your Learning Team at least once a week.
  • Complete assignments on your own, as well as with your Learning Team.

Online learning.

  • Go to class online from wherever you want.
  • Online learning lets you participate in class through online forums.
  • You access reading materials, lectures, questions and assignments from your instructor online, so you can study when – and where – you want.
  • Build teamwork skills by collaborating on assignments online with your Learning Team.

What We Offer You

Learning from working professionals

If you’re like most of our students, you have a job as well as a desire for higher education. As a working student, you’ll learn to connect textbook readings and class discussions to what actually happens at work. Our faculty members hold advanced degrees and have professional experience in the fields they teach. They know how to link conceptual course material with real-world application.

We believe putting professionals in the classroom is the best way to prepare you for the workplace.

Small classes

At University of Phoenix, we believe that small classes are an important part of your success. Keeping class sizes down means that instructors are accessible, and that you’re held accountable for your own academic achievement. With an average of 14 students per class, our intimate classroom setting provides you with a place to discuss new concepts, try out new ideas, develop communication skills and test your leadership abilities.

We’ve found that this kind of active learning helps build self-confidence and teamwork – two important skills employers typically look for.

Collaborative Learning Teams

At University of Phoenix, our job is to help prepare you for your job.

We want you to learn, but we also want you to learn how to excel in a professional environment – which means we place a high value on teamwork and communication. To help you hone these skills, you’ll collaborate on class projects in teams of three to five people. Online or on campus, working in a learning team allows you and your group members to contribute your strengths, but also to receive help in areas where you’re weaker. Collaborative learning creates the push-pull of both peer pressure and peer support, while also developing skills for the workplace.

Dedicated Academic Advisors

Even if you know you want to go back to school, you might not know exactly how to get started. Before you enroll at University of Phoenix, you’ll speak with an Enrollment Advisor who will talk to you about your interests and our degree programs. Your advisor will also walk you through the entire application process and answer all your questions about forms, fees and everything you need to do before you get started. Your advisor will put together an education plan that will help you earn your degree in a timeframe that works with your life. Your advisor can also provide information on transferring applicable credits, prior completed courses and professional training credits.

Dedicated Finance Advisors

If you’ve considered going back to school, you’ve probably wondered how you’ll afford it. Education costs money, but luckily there are a lot of ways you can get help paying for it. Your Finance Advisor can help you apply for various programs and services that you might not even know about. We know that our students’ situations are subject to change, so throughout your University of Phoenix experience, your advisor will remain on-call to answer any questions you have.

Financial Options

When it comes to paying for college, you have options

Let’s face it, college is expensive. But that’s no excuse for not going to school. There are a lot of ways to pay for your education – including grants, scholarships, loans, payment plans and more.

Options include:

Federal Financial Aid
We participate in many federal student aid programs including grants and loans. There is no charge for processing financial aid applications. Your Enrollment Advisor can discuss these options and walk you through the process while helping you with your application for admission.

Financing Options
We offer numerous options for financing your education. Our cash-paying plans let you pay for one course or block at a time rather than an entire semester or year at once.

Company Funding
University of Phoenix is eligible for many company reimbursement programs.

Accreditation

University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. Notice is a Commission sanction indicating that an institution is pursuing a course of action that, if continued, could lead it to be out of compliance with one or more Criteria for Accreditation. An institution on Notice remains accredited. At the end of the Notice period, The Higher Learning Commission Board of Trustees may remove the sanction, place the institution on Probation if the identified concerns have not been addressed, or take other action. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission, ncahlc.org.

University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (https://hlcommission.org).
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