Background and History

The University of Pheonix was founded in 1976 by Dr. John Sperling. Dr. Sperling envisioned the need for an innovative, futuristic approach to teaching higher education to a growing number of adult students. Over the last 30+ years, the University of Phoenix has grown to accommodate thousands of working adults. There are locations nation wide as well as learning centers across the nation. The Mission of University of Phoenix is to provide access to higher education opportunities that enable students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve their professional goals, improve the performance of their organizations, and provide leadership and service to their communities. Bachelor degrees offered online through the University of Phoenix are in the areas of business, education, healthcare, social and behavioral science, and technology.


University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. Notice is a Commission sanction indicating that an institution is pursuing a course of action that, if continued, could lead it to be out of compliance with one or more Criteria for Accreditation. An institution on Notice remains accredited. At the end of the Notice period, The Higher Learning Commission Board of Trustees may remove the sanction, place the institution on Probation if the identified concerns have not been addressed, or take other action. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission, Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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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.

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