We're here because you are ready to learn.
"I'm looking for a university that will give me a solid education with real-world application."
We've found that students who are ready to learn come to University of Phoenix. They see us as an accredited academic institution that can help them gain the knowledge and skills they're looking for as they pursue opportunity.
We offer a range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs with a relevant curriculum and experienced faculty who work in the fields they teach. Students like you are looking for education that makes sense: blending academic theory with real-world, practical application.
Thousands have walked through our doors or gone online to learn and graduate. You could be next. Request more information by filling out the form to the right to find out how you can pursue your dream-through higher education.
We believe everyone deserves access to higher education.
"I've finally found an education that's tailored to my life and academic goals."
In 1976, John Sperling founded University of Phoenix so working men and women could go to college and earn their degree. What began in Phoenix, Arizona, grew to become the largest private university in North America with locations nationwide. 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 discussion and interaction with your classmates and instructor.
- Faculty who combine their personal knowledge of the field 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 representatives who 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.
Gain Knowledge you can use tomorrow, not in four years.
"I'm looking for a degree program that teaches me what I need to know - not what a textbook says is important."
At University of Phoenix, you learn from a curriculum designed by experts in your field of study, whether you're earning your associate's, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree. Our curriculum is developed in collaboration with our faculty and industry professionals to ensure that it is up-to-date and relevant. This means our programs aren't wasting your time; instead, you're gaining knowledge one day that you can use at work the next. Program availability varies by location and learning format.
There's more than one way to earn a degree. Find out what works for you.
Getting your degree requires a lot of hard work. But you can still make it work around your schedule.
"I don't have free time. I work. I have kids. I run a household. But I want my degree."
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.
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 learning formats are offered at all locations.
Everyone at University of Phoenix, your classmates, instructors and representatives, understands the sacrifices you're making to get your degree. Our learning model reflects this. We help you fit school into your life. That means you can take classes online or on campus.
It's still a lot of work, and we definitely won't say it's easy. But getting your degree is possible - if you're willing to work hard and be a little creative with your time.
Go to class near your home or work
- Attend class once a week at night or on the weekend. 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.
Go to class online from anywhere 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 online on assignments with your learning team.
Life can be complicated. Earning your degree shouldn't be.
Earning your degree one course at a time.
"My life doesn't operate on the semester schedule."
University of Phoenix offers higher education that's designed for working students - and our year-round schedule reflects this. Instead of the traditional college course load, you take one course at a time. And, you can begin your degree program almost any month of the year. It's hard enough to squeeze a degree program into your already-packed schedule, but we make it possible.
Higher Education that's more than a classroom and a textbook.
When courses are taught by professionals in your field, you know what to expect once you graduate.
Learning from Working Professionals.
"My instructor's real-world experience is something I can't get from a book."
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 discussion with what actually happens at work. Our faculty members hold advanced degrees and have professional experience in the fields they teach. They know just 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.
Personalized attention means personalized learning.
"I knew everyone in my class pretty well. Including my instructor."
Keeping class sizes down means that instructors are accessible, and that you're held accountable for your own academic achievement. With an average of 15 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 this kind of active learning helps build self-confidence and teamwork - two important skills that employers look for.
Your classmates aren't your competition. They're your teammates.
Collaborative learning teams.
"When everyone does their part, we all succeed."
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 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.
The first step is always the hardest. Talk to someone who knows.
Dedicated enrollment representatives.
"I haven't taken a class in years. I have no idea where to start."
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 representative who will talk to you about your interests and our degree programs. Your representative 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 representative will put together an education plan that will help you earn your degree in a time frame that works with your life. Your representative can also provide information on transferring applicable credits, prior completed courses and professional training credits.
Nobody graduates alone.
Dedicated academic representatives.
"It's nice to know there's someone you can always call for academic support."
We know that starting a degree program can be confusing. We've done everything we can to make this process as straightforward as possible, so you can spend less time on your schedule, and more time on your work. As soon as you start class, your academic representative will contact you to provide a schedule detailing which classes you need to take and when. They'll map out your entire degree program, including the exact date of your graduation. Your representative will check in with you periodically throughout your program to make sure you're comfortably on track. Any time you have questions, you'll know exactly who to ask.
If you don't know how you'll afford to get your degree, ask someone who does.
Dedicated finance representatives.
"I have a thousand questions about how to pay for school."
There's someone who can answer them.
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 representative can also 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 representative will remain on-call to answer any questions you have.
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.
Federal Financial Aid
We participate in many federal student aid programs, including the low-interest Stafford Student Loan, the PLUS Loan and the Pell Grant. There is no charge for processing financial aid applications. Your enrollment representative can discuss these options and walk you through the process while helping you with your application for admission.
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. Alternatively, pre-paying tuition will guarantee that your rate will not increase for the duration of your program.
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 Representative.
University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (http://hlcommission.org). Since 1978, University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor. University of Phoenix obtained its most recent 10-year Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2012–13. A comprehensive evaluation is scheduled for 2016–17, and the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation is scheduled for 2022–23. For more information about University of Phoenix accreditations and licensures, please visit http://www.phoenix.edu/about_us/accreditation.html.
The University's central administration is located at 1625 W. Fountainhead Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85282-2371. Online Campus: 3157 E. Elwood St., Phoenix, AZ 85034. For information about University of Phoenix accreditations and licensures, please visit phoenix.edu/about_us/accreditation.html
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