The University of Phoenix offers degree programs in a variety of subject areas, including majors in environmental science, small business management, criminal justice administration, early childhood education and correctional program support services, as of 2015. The school also offers degrees in the areas of nursing and health care, psychology and technology. A full list of current majors and courses is available at its official website.
Students can pursue undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degrees at University of Phoenix’s worldwide campuses or through online programs the school offers through its eCampus online portal. In both classroom and online programs, students form groups of four to five students and must collaborate in all classes. Students spend less time per course with an instructor, 20 to 24 hours, than in traditional universities, which typically offer 40 hours.
The University of Phoenix is a for-profit university. Publicly-traded Apollo Group owns and operates the university. The Higher Learning Commission accredited the institution through the 2022 to 2023 school year, ensuring that credits transfer to many colleges and universities that require regional accreditation.
The college is open admission, and paid admissions counselors aggressively recruit students. From 2009 to 2012, an average of 26 percent of students defaulted on their student loans, and 17 percent of students graduated. Due to criticism of the school’s low graduation rate, fewer instructional hours and high default rates, enrollment has declined since 2010, and the school has closed over 100 locations.