The University of Phoenix (UOPX) is an American institution for higher education with headquarter in Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Apollo Group Inc., a publicly traded (NASDAQ: APOL) Phoenix-based corporation that owns several for-profit educational institutions. The university was founded by John Sperling and started in 1976 in the Phoenix metropolitan area. In 1980, the school expanded to San Jose, California launching its online program in 1989. In the year 1994, University of Phoenix leaders made the decision to take the parent company, Apollo Group public. The university has now grown to owing 112 campuses all over the world and provides degrees at the associate, bachelor's, master’s and doctoral degree levels, in more than 100 degree programs. Although the school specializes in online programs, the campuses offer additional programs and services. Established with the motto Thinking Ahead, the university has the mission to provide access to higher education opportunities that enable students to develop knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their professional goals, improve the productivity of their organizations and provide leadership and service to their communities. The University of Phoenix is accredited since 1978 by the Higher Learning Commission which is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The university offers degree programs through seven colleges and two schools. The School of Business has undergraduate programs leading to Associate degrees in Accounting, Accounting Foundations, Accounting Fundamentals, Business Foundations, Foundations of Business and Hospitality, Travel and Tourism. The Bachleor’s degree include Bachelor of Science in Accounting ,Business, Management with a concentration in Manufacturing Sector. The school also has StackTrack option enabling students to earn two credentials by the time they graduate. The certificates are available in Business Management and Marketing. The graduate programs include Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Management and Master of Science in Accountancy and Doctoral degrees in Business Management in Organizational Leadership and Organizational Leadership/Information Systems and Technology. The College of Education offers degree programs ranging from elementary and secondary education to administration and corporate training. The College of Health Sciences and Nursing provides various undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate degrees in both Health Sciences and Nursing. The College of Criminal Justice and Security is dedicated to providing a range of degree programs such as Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration, Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Security and Management, Master of Public Administration and certificates in Criminal Justice Management, Criminal Justice Security, Cybercrimes and Human Services and the Criminal Justice System. The College of Humanities and Sciences offer Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts in English, Bachelor of Science in Communication and certificates in Communication and Technology, Cultural Studies and Communication, Journalism, Leadership Communication in Organizations and Marketing and Sales Communications. The College of Social Sciences offers programs in Psychology, Counseling and Human Services at the graduate and undergraduate level. The College of Information Systems and Technology has Associate of Arts in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Master of Information Systems and Doctor of Management. The School of Advanced Studies offers Doctoral degrees in Education, Nursing & Health Care and Business & Management.
Phoenix University not only provides quality education but is also dedicated to ensure that the students enjoy their student life, no matter how brief it is, for academic, personal, and professional development of the students. The university encourages students to take part in numerous co-curricular and social options that enhance the overall educational experience. UOPX provides several student services through Disability Services, Job Opportunities for students, Prep Center, Resource Center, Career Services, and many others. The University of Phoenix proudly presents financial aid opportunities which keep it within the reach of every qualified student. The financial aid comes in the form of Federal Financial Aid Plan including grants which need not be paid back, loans that must be repaid, scholarships to academically deserving students, institutional grant, cash plan allows paying for tuition and fees one course at a time , tuition deferral plan that provides for a 60-day “grace period” so that students can be reimbursed by their employer before making payment, third party billing plan for students whose employers fund their education, military or government billing plan available to government employee, U.S. Armed Forces veteran or active-duty military personnel, tribal funding that provides funding for the tuition of a student who is a recognized member and private students loan.
The University of Phoenix has created an academic community that provides advanced technologies, long-term student support and academic methodologies that can help students stay engaged for the long run. Phoenix University provides world-class facilities including mobile apps, PhoenixContact, eLibrary and many others. The students come from all areas and walks of life and may be living in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Europe and throughout the world as well. UOPX promotes equal opportunity for all potential and current students and employees not discriminating against any individual on the basis of sex, race, national origin, color, political affiliation, religion, veteran status, sexual orientation, age, or disability status. University of Phoenix has the history of providing excellent education for nearly 40 years and has been growing and improving every day. With so much to offer and that too at a reasonable price, University of Phoenix has been one of the most sought after universities for a long time. The university’s website contains detailed and current information and can also be found on popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and YouTube.