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.
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.
*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.
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.
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP®) is one of three major internationally active organizations that accredit business schools and programs. The other two are the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
ACBSP standards for academic excellence are designed to align with the mission of teaching institutions with an emphasis on student learning, supported by continuous quality improvement and faculty scholarship. Business Programs accredited by ACBSP: Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Bachelor of Science in Business, Master of Business Administration, Master of Management, Master of Science in Accountancy, Doctor of Business Administration, Doctor of Management
Nursing Accreditation: The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs at University of Phoenix are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). CCNE is recognized as a specialized accrediting body focusing on baccalaureate and graduate education nursing programs. For additional information, visit aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530,Washington, DC 20036-1120
Counseling Accreditation: Only the Master of Science in Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Arizona campuses) and the Master of Science in Counseling/Mental Health Counseling (Utah) programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP®), a specialized accrediting body. For additional information, visit cacrep.org.
Teacher Education Accreditation: University of Phoenix initial degree programs lead to teaching certification (Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary and Special Education) in certain states. The College of Education offers state-specific initial programs in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Virginia. The College of Education offers state-specific advanced programs in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Virginia. Individual programs vary by state, and not all programs are available at all locations or in both online and on-campus modalities.
Candidates may request an institutional recommendation upon successful completion of their program (academic and program requirements). Candidates should check with their state agency for any state-specific requirements, including the acceptability of the University's initial programs in any state in which they intend to seek licensure or certification. Program requirements are subject to change based on state certification requirements. Please speak to a campus representative for a listing of programs available at each campus location.
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Facts & Figures
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Private, for-profit, Higher Education
Participate in on-campus or online learning. While widely available, all programs may not be offered in both the online and on-campus formats.
Specialized Institution—School of business and management
University of Phoenix has locations nationwide and is available online in most countries around the world. While widely available, all programs may not be available in all locations.
Clinical and doctoral programs require on-campus residencies. Teacher licensure programs require student teaching.
University of Phoenix participates in many federal student aid programs, including the Stafford Student Loan, the PLUS Loan and the Pell Grant.
A University of Phoenix Enrollment Representative will contact you to walk you through the application process.
You get a lot of support from you academic counslor. Your instructor helps you when needed and makes you proud of your work. I enjoy being back in school.