University of Phoenix Profile

By Brenda on September 23rd, 2011



The University of Phoenix is a for-profit higher learning institution owned by the Apollo Group. The university is the second largest postsecondary education institution second only to the group of schools that make up the State University of New York (SUNY). There are approximately 420,000 undergraduates and 80,000 graduate students.

The school is known for offering courses via distance learning, but also features over 200 campuses across the United States. The university is accredited to confer associate degrees, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees.

University of Phoenix has an open enrollment policy. All they require students to have is a high school diploma or a GED. The school does except transfer credit from other institutions. Students can also get credit through advanced placement testing, life experience, and military service. Not all credit is accepted, and is up to the school to determine transferability.

The University of Phoenix was founded by John Sperling in Phoenix, AZ in 1976. He started the school because he felt non-traditional, older students that worked were treated poorly on traditional campuses. The school expanded to San Jose, CA, with the online program being launched in 1989.

The University of Phoenix offers its courses via nine colleges including:

  • School of Advanced Studies
  • School of Business
  • College of Criminal Justice and Security
  • College of Education
  • College of Humanities
  • College of Information Systems and Technology
  • College of Natural Sciences
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Social Sciences

Students who have less than twenty-four credits are required to complete a freshman orientation by the school free of charge. Students who do not complete the orientation within the first two attempts at enrolling must sit out six months before reapplying to University of Phoenix.

Students at the school are fully eligible for federal financial aid just as they would be at any other college or university.

University of Phoenix is regionally accredited (generally considered better than national accreditation), and has been so since 1978. The school received its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission and North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It also has accreditation for a variety of it specialty degree offerings.

The average age of a student at University of Phoenix is 33-36 years old. Most students have work and family related commitments. Almost two-thirds of the student population is female. The school also has the largest minority representation enrolled in its master’s degree programs.

Nearly 600,000 people have graduated from University of Phoenix. The faculty members at the school have a master’s or doctoral degree in the discipline that they teach whether they are part-time or full-time.


Category: Campus Degrees,Degrees,Online Degrees,University of Phoenix