Rise to Your Potential

University of Phoenix (UOPX) is a private, for-profit, accredited institution headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. Founded in 1976, the school offers certificates and degrees in over 100 certificate programs and degree programs at the certificate, associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree levels and has an open enrollment admission policy, requiring a high-school diploma, GED, or its equivalent as its criteria for admissions.

University Mission

Since 1976, the objective of University of Phoenix has remained the same – to help people enhance their lives through education.

You shouldn’t have to choose between supporting a family and rising to your potential. University of Phoenix is committed to helping make students dreams a reality, with online and on-campus degree programs built for working adults. Classes are just 5 to 6-weeks long, so students focus on just one subject, allowing the flexibility to balance school, life and work.

Everything can be done online. Download reading, post assignments and email your instructors — all from your smartphone, tablet or laptop. University of Phoenix’s online programs allow working adults to learn from anywhere with an internet connection, with a digital library that lets you connect to thousands of textbooks, journals and more.

University of Phoenix believes that adult learners bring a lot to the table. By taking advantage of their credit transfer options, students can shave time and money off their degree. Prospective students can apply for a Prior Learning Assessment to see if their work, military training or life experience could count toward their degree. Plus, with their tuition guarantee, the price of your tuition is locked in, no matter what surprises life brings.


University of Phoenix has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), as well as several other accrediting bodies.

Campus Majors

At University of Phoenix, you won't just learn — you'll experience learning at your own pace. Innovative and affordable undergraduate, graduate college majors, certificates and hybrid online and on-campus programs will help you pursue your passion.

From business administration and social work to criminal justice and early childhood education, University of Phoenix has options for a wide range of interests and aspirations. You’ll gain skills, knowledge and real-world experience through online coursework, tutoring and/or in-person classes at one of the many campuses across the United States. Faculty and staff will challenge you, support you and really get to know you.

Faculty & Leadership

University of Phoenix was founded in 1976 by John Sperling, PhD, a Cambridge-educated economist, professor and entrepreneur, in response to the changing needs of the workplace. His commitment has been to provide adults with the higher education they would need to fill those real-world needs.

All Phoenix instructors are skilled professionals with advanced education in the field they’re teaching — and the credentials to match. Instructors turn theory into skills students can put into practice right away — after all, they know firsthand what works and what doesn’t. With the Alumni Mentor Program at University of Phoenix, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network, gain a wider perspective and renew your motivation as you move forward in pursuit of your goals.

Raise your virtual hand when you have a question, even if it’s after hours. You’ll receive a personal reply from your instructor — not a teacher's assistant. If you need a little one-on-one help, University of Phoenix offers tutoring services in math or reading 7 days a week.