Phoenix is the home place of the University of Phoenix – a world-known institution, providing flexible learning opportunities to busy working people. It was established in 1976, and now serves the community through online facilities and more than 200 campuses worldwide. The programs offered are over 100 – associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. In Phoenix, the university has spread over four learning centers to give students the maximum convenience and flexibility they require. Each of the facilities outlines the courses they have on offer, and some can be taken both online and on campus. Finally, all students have access to a team of advisors and experienced instructors with advanced degrees.
The University of Phoenix is North America’s biggest private university, offering degrees in over 100 programs – both online and on campus. The university has over 200 campuses all over the world, priding itself with its innovativeness and personal approach to students.
It was founded when John Sperling, a Cambridge graduate, grasped the opportunity to fill in a niche, offering higher education to working adults at local sites. This is why students of Phoenix University enjoy the convenience of evening classes, flexible scheduling, continuous enrollment, online classes, a digital library and computer simulations. With the 20 years of experience in online education, the university has proved this type of learning can be as effective as conventional education.
The university has an open enrollment policy, also offering associate's or bachelor's degree applicants the opportunity for advanced placement through its prior learning assessment, where college credit can also be formed from experiential learning essays, corporate training, and certificates and licenses, apart from previous coursework.
The University of Phoenix is very proud of its online facilities, which greatly differentiate the institution from any other university. Although the university considers its main campus to be the eCampus, its headquarters is based in Phoenix, Arizona.
As far as online facilities are concerned, students have at their disposal a great range of options:
eBook collection – this is an electronic library, constituting of hundreds of electronic textbooks, which include search engine features and hyperlinks, easing research. They are often compiled from a number of learning materials.
Virtual Organizations – a simulation of real companies, including even employee intranet sites; therefore, they are considered to be more realistic than conventional case studies.
WritePoint System – providing students real time feedback on grammar, punctuation, and even word usage.
Simulations, Plagiarism Checker, Centers for Writing and Mathematics excellence are also available to learners. Furthermore, through the Tutor Review, papers are checked by faculty with feedback provided within 48 hours. A Spanish Writing Lab is also ensured for campuses, where Spanish is the native language. Tutorials for other non-native English students are offered, too.
The University of Phoenix Stadium – opened in 2006, it was the first National Football League venue, to be named after an educational institution. It has the first fully retractable natural grass playing field in North America, and truly is a multi-purpose facility. Most importantly, this is where annual commencement ceremonies for students across the country and the world take place.
The university boasts to ‘have locations within 10 miles of 87 million Americans’. It has campuses and learning centers in 40 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Chile, and the Netherlands.
Although the University of Phoenix considers the eCampus as the main campus, the headquarters is based in Phoenix, Arizona, and is called the Phoenix Hohokam Campus. A great variety of degree choices is available at this location, while the applicants still have the opportunity to choose the online version of the degree.
The on-campus classes are normally held once a week. The most common choices for this campus for undergraduates are Business, Nursing, and Education. Graduate students are also attracted by a good span of options: Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration/Technology Management, Master of Arts in Education/Administration and Supervision and the Master of Science in Nursing.
- Arts, Design and Crafts
- Business Administration
- Human Resources Management
- Sports Management
- Health Care Management
- International Management
- Global Business
- Supply Chain Management
- Business Studies
- Security Management
- Operations Management
- Information Technology
- Elementary Education
- Teacher Preparation
- Early Childhood Education
- Special Education
- Secondary Education
- Mental Health
- Health Occupations
- Hospitality, Leisure, Tourism and Travel
- Hotel Management
- Human Studies and Services
- Family Sciences
- Marriage and the Family
- Child and Family Studies
- Human Services
- Criminal Justice
- Philology, Languages, Literature
- English Language and Literature (in Universities)
- Public Administration and Services
- Public Administration/Management
- Visual Communication Technology
4615 E. Elwood St., Phoenix, AZ, The United States, 85040
Degree programs are offered through the UOPX School of Business and nine more colleges: College of Nursing, School of Advanced Studies, College of Information Systems and Technology, College of Education, Axia College, Military, College of Social Sciences, College of Natural Sciences, and College of Humanities.
In addition, the school offers continuing education courses for teachers and practitioners, professional development courses for companies, and specialized military courses.
In each course, twenty to twenty-four hours are spent with an educator, which is half of the time, compared to traditional universities. Aiming to most fully reflect the real corporate world, the university makes people collaborate by working on learning team projects, where four or five students from the class form a team. There is a team leader, and a forum, where work is discussed, while in the end each member submits their bit of the task. The goal of the University is to prepare students for real world corporate situations.
Activities are not applicable to the University of Phoenix, as students enrolled normally have a busy working schedule, organizing their time around evening or online classes, work, and family. Most students of the university are working individuals, while the average age of students is between 33 and 36 years.
For Undergraduate students, wishing to pursue an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program, there are the following requirements:
- The student must have gained a high school diploma, GED, California High School Proficiency Examination certificate, or any other foreign secondary school equivalent.
- Current employment is a prerequisite for some of the degree programs.
- The applicant has to fill in application forms, while also submitting relevant test scores, transcripts, or recommendations from other institutions previously attended.
For the residents of Nevada and South Carolina, high school graduation documentation is also required. Proof of immunization is required from the citizens of Oklahoma and Tennessee if attending online classes.
International Applicants have to show proficiency in the English Language by passing theTest of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Test of English as an International Communication (TOEIC), the Berlitz® Online English Proficiency Exam, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Graduate programs require an Undergraduate degree, while requirements for international students remain the same.
Financial options, used by students are the following:
Cash plan – the cash plan offers the opportunity for students to pay their education course by course. All tuition and electronic course materials fees have to be paid before each course.
Direct Bill – for companies. Companies can receive a detailed bill for all employees, who are University of Phoenix students, even if they are at multiple locations. Flexible billing options customized to the company’s needs are offered.
Tuition Deferral Plan – a lot of students benefit from their employers’ tuition reimbursement plan to fund part or all of their education.
Federal Financial Aid – it is available to both US and non-US citizens, conditions however need to be checked on the U.S. Department of Education Student Aid website.
Military or Government Billing Plan
Third-Party Billing Plan – when employer funds education
Private Student Loans – these are private student loans, which are not covered by scholarships or federal financial aid. Conditions on these vary with the institutions, lending the money.
Last but not least, the university can ensure a Financial Advisor, who guides students on the different options to fund their education.
Not applicable – with over 200 locations, and specialization in online education, no specific information can be provided. The university does not offer accommodation on campus.
Students are most likely to live at home, while visiting evening or weekend classes (when studying on campus).
As far as the city of Phoenix is concerned, it definitely offers some interesting attractions and places to visit. Some examples are the Heard Museum, which is unique with the style of its exhibitions, accommodating more than 32,000 pieces of cultural and fine art; Chase field – the first baseball facility in the world to combine a retractable roof, air conditioning, and a natural turf field; Desert Botanical Garden, one of the 44 botanical gardens to have gained accreditation from the American Association of Museums; Scottsdale ArtWalk, offered every Thursday from 7-9 p.m.; the Phoenix zoo, and many others.