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University of Phoenix

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The University of Phoenix is a private, for-profit university, operating from Phoenix, Arizona. It has been downsizing, and there are no current and accurate estimates of its student body and faculty. It was established in 1976, and became a behemoth in online education. It features an open-enrollment admission policy, so students need only a high-school diploma, GED, or equivalent to attend. Phoenix offers 100 degree programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree levels in schools of Advanced Studies, Business, Security and Criminal Justice, Education, Humanities and Sciences, Information Systems and Technology, Social Sciences, Health Professions, Nursing and Health Services Administration. In December of 2016, the US Department of Education approved the sale of Apollo Education Group, which owns UOPX for $1.1 billion to a group of investors that included the Vistria Group, a private equity firm run by Marty Nesbitt, friend of President Obama’s. It’s online Bachelor’s programs have been ranked tied at 193rd by U.S. News & World Report.

Common positive reviews of University of Phoenix said their degree programs led to steady, desired employment, and gave students a chance to earn their degrees while maintaining a busy schedule. Programs cited in positive reviews included Psychology and Computer Science.
Common negative reviews said prices changed throughout a degree program, and that students felt abandoned by faculty and administration (particularly the financial aid office).

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Online Associate’s Degrees

  • Business (2 specializations)
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice (3 specializations)
  • Information Technology (6 specializations

Online Bachelor’s Degrees

  • Business (19 specializations)
  • Communications (2 specializations)
  • Criminal Justice (8 specializations)
  • Health Care (2 specializations)
  • Human Services (2 specializations
  • Nursing
  • Environmental Science
  • Information Technology (6 specializations

Online Master’s Degrees

  • Business (12 specializations)
  • Criminal Justice (2 specializations)
  • Education (2 specializations
  • Health Care (7 specializations)
  • Human Services (3 specializations
  • Nursing (3 specializations)
  • Information Technology (4 specializations)

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Facts about University of Phoenix

  • Students spend 20 to 24 hours with an instructor during each Phoenix course, and work with peers on team projects consisting of 4-5 students.
  • Phoenix has been regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1978. It was briefly put on probation and notice by HLC because it had, “…insufficient autonomy relative to its parent corporation,” but had its accreditation entirely restored in 2015.
  • In addition to President Obama, Phoenix has links to several American politicians, Former Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, a former member of the Apollo Group Board of Directors, Jane Oates, a former staffer for Senator Ted Kennedy and the Department of Labor, who became an Apollo Group vice president in 2013., and US Representative Nancy Pelosi, a close friend of University of Phoenix founder John Sperling.

University of Phoenix Locations

  • Online
  • Phoenix Main Campus, Arizona
  • Southern Arizona Campus, Arizona
  • West Valley, Arizona
  • Bakersfield Learning Center, California
  • Bay Area Campus, California
  • Central Valley, California
  • Chula Vista-Bonita Learning Center, California
  • El Centro Learning Center, California
  • Fairfield Learning Center, California
  • Gardena Learning Center, California
  • Lancaster Learning Center, California
  • La Palma Learning Center, California
  • Livermore Learning Center, California
  • Modesto Learning Center – Salida, California
  • Murrieta Learning Center, California
  • Oakland Learning Center, California
  • Ontario Learning Center, California
  • Pasadena Learning Center, California
  • Sacramento Valley Campus, California
  • San Bernardino Learning Center, California
  • San Diego Campus, California
  • San Marcos Learning Center, California
  • Southern California Campus, California
  • Visalia Learning Center, California
  • Woodland Hills Learning Center, California
  • Colorado Campus, Colorado
  • Colorado Springs Downtown, Colorado
  • Turnpike Learning Center, Colorado
  • Washington DC Campus, DC
  • Central Florida Main Campus, Florida
  • Cypress Creek Learning Center, Florida
  • North Florida Campus, Florida
  • South Florida Main Campus – Miramar, Florida
  • West Florida Learning Center, Florida
  • Atlanta Campus, Georgia
  • Augusta Campus, Georgia
  • Columbus Campus, Georgia
  • Hawaii Campus, Hawaii
  • Kapolei – Hawaii Learning Center
  • Chicago Main Campus, Illinois
  • Louisville Campus, Kentucky
  • Maryland Campus, Maryland
  • Boston Campus, Massachusetts
  • Detroit Main Campus, Michigan
  • Las Vegas Campus, Nevada
  • Jersey City Campus, New Jersey
  • New Mexico Campus, New Mexico
  • Santa Teresa Learning Center, New Mexico
  • Charlotte Campus, North Carolina
  • Charlotte North Learning Center
  • Oregon Campus, Oregon
  • Philadelphia Main Campus, Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico Campus
  • Columbia South Carolina Campus
  • Memphis Campus, Tennessee
  • Nashville Campus, Tennessee
  • Resource Center at Arlington Highlands – Arlington, Texas
  • Dallas Campus, Texas
  • El Paso Campus, Texas
  • Houston Campus, Texas
  • Killeen Learning Center, Texas
  • San Antonio Campus, Texas
  • Woodlands Learning Center, Texas
  • Utah Campus
  • Arlington Learning Center, Virginia
  • Virginia Beach Main Campus, Virginia
  • Western Washington Campus, Washington

University of Phoenix Online Learning Features

Phoenix is one of the largest and most powerful for-profit online higher education providers. Its courses are generally conveyed in 5 or 6 week sessions. Online students are also able to use physical tutoring and social centers, and have access to a large alumni network. Other online features include class-specific resources, a thriving electronic library, textbooks, and other course materials. Phoenix also points to the search features and hyperlinked glossary that accompany its electronic textbooks. The school is also extremely flexible on accepting applicable transfer credits. One thing to note is that degrees offered online may not be offered to your zip code, so make sure to double check.