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Statement of Accreditation Status

as of May 24, 2016

University of Phoenix

1625 W. Fountainhead Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85282
(866) 766-0766

*Previous names: Institute for Professional Development to University of Phoenix (1978)

The information on this page describes the accreditation relationship between this institution and the Higher Learning Commission. General information about the Commission and the accreditation process is provided at the end of this document. In addition, links to definitions are provided for many of the terms used.

Accreditation Information

Current status: Accredited
     • Public Disclosure Notice (PDF)

Candidacy date(s):07/25/1977 - 12/08/1978
Accreditation granted:12/09/1978

Most recent reaffirmation of accreditation: 2012 - 2013
     • Action Letter (PDF)

Next reaffirmation of accreditation: 2022 - 2023

Upcoming or In-Progress Reviews

01/26/2015:Focused Visit 
05/15/2017:Comprehensive Evaluation 
2022 - 2023:Comprehensive Evaluation 

Most Recent History with the Commission

06/25/2015:NoticeRemove Notice
05/05/2015:Focused VisitAccepted
12/03/2013:Focused VisitAffirmed findings of the Focused Evaluation team
10/31/2013:Approved Change of Control, Structure, or OrganizationApproved for the primary stockholder of Apollo Group to amend Trust No. 1. Apollo Group is the parent organization of University of Phoenix.
06/27/2013:Placed on Notice  
09/10/2007:Focused Evaluations - Commission Mandated 
03/07/2007:Focused Evaluations - Mandated 

General Institutional Information

This section provides brief, general information about the institution’s organization and scope. The information is self-reported by the institution through the annual Institutional Update to the Commission. Additional information can be found at nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ or on the institution’s web site noted above.

Control: Private FP

Degree programs (number in each category): Associates (18), Bachelors (19), Masters (18), Specialist (1), Doctoral (7)

Certificate programs (number offered): 75

Off-Campus Activities (This listing was last updated: 03/31/2016; the information may not be current.) The institution’s accreditation includes courses and programs at:

In-State:   Campuses:   Phoenix Campus - Tempe, AZ; Southern Arizona Campus - Tucson, AZ;
    Additional Locations:   Boeing Company - Chandler - Chandler, AZ; Central Arizona College - Coolidge, AZ; Banner Desert Medical Center - Mesa, AZ; Mountain Vista - Mesa - Mesa, AZ; City of Mesa - Downtown - Mesa, AZ; Boeing Company - Mesa - Mesa, AZ; Mesa Community College - Mesa, AZ; Mayo Clinc/Mayo Clinc Hospital - Phoenix, AZ; Northwest Campus 2 - Phoenix, AZ; West Valley Campus - Phoenix, AZ; Maricopa County Sherriff's Office - Phoenix, AZ; Scottsdale Healthcare - Shea Campus - Scottsdale, AZ; Scottsdale Healthcare #2 - Scottsdale, AZ; Sun Health School of Nursing - Sun City, AZ; Yuma Learning Center - Yuma, AZ;
Out-of-State:   Campuses:   New Mexico Campus - Albuquerque, NM; Augusta Campus - Augusta, GA; Austin Campus - Austin, TX; Baton Rouge Campus - Baton Rouge, LA; Cleveland Main Campus - Beachwood, OH; Birmingham Campus - Birmingham, AL; Shreveport-Bossier Campus - Bossier City, LA; Boston Campus - Braintree, MA; Charlotte Campus - Charlotte , NC; Chicago Main Campus - Chicago, IL; Columbia South Carolina Campus - Columbia, SC; Maryland Campus - Columbia, MD; Columbus Campus - Columbus, GA; Memphis Campus - Cordova, TN; Southern California Main Campus - Costa Mesa, CA; Dallas Campus - Dallas, TX; El Paso Campus - El Paso, TX; Jackson Campus - Flowood, MS; Central Valley Campus - Fresno, CA; Richmond-Virginia Beach Campus - Glen Allen, VA; Hawaii Campus - Honolulu, HI; Houston Campus - Houston, TX; Indianapolis Campus - Indianapolis, IN; North Florida Campus - Jacksonville, FL; Jersey City Campus - Jersey City, NJ; Kansas City Campus - Kansas City, MO; Knoxville Campus - Knoxville, TN; Lafayette, LA Campus - Lafayette, LA; Las Vegas Campus - Las Vegas, NV; Little Rock Campus - Little Rock, AR; Colorado Main Campus - Lone Tree, CO; Louisville Campus - Louisville, KY; Idaho Campus - Meridian, ID; Milwaukee Main Campus - Milwaukee, WI; South Florida Main Campus - Miramar, FL; McAllen Campus - Mission, TX; Nashville Campus - Nashville, TN; Fairfield County Campus - Norwalk, CT; Oklahoma City Campus - Oklahoma City, OK; Central Florida Main Campus - Orlando, FL; Philadelphia Main Campus - Philadelphia, PA; Raleigh Campus - Raleigh, NC; Northern Nevada Campus - Reno, NV; Sacramento Valley Campus - Sacramento, CA; Utah Campus - Salt Lake City, UT; San Antonio Campus - San Antonio, TX; San Diego Campus - San Diego, CA; Bay Area Campus - San Jose, CA; Atlanta Campus - Sandy Springs, GA; Savannah Campus - Savannah, GA; Chicago Campus - Schaumburg, IL; Detroit Main Campus - Southfield, MI; St. Louis Campus - St. Louis , MO; Minneapolis/St. Paul Campus - St. Louis Park, MN; Oregon Campus - Tigard, OR; Western Washington Campus - Tukwila, WA; West Michigan Campus - Walker, MI; Washington DC Campus - Washington, DC;
    Additional Locations:   Courtyard by Marriott - Albuquerque, NM; Ann Arbor Learning Center - Ann Arbor, MI; St. Mary's Medical Center - Apple Valley, CA; Methodist Hospital - Arcadia, CA; Arlington Learning Center - Arlington, VA; Resource Center at Arlington Highlands - Arlington, TX; DeKalb Learning Center - Atlanta, GA; Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital - Auburn, CA; Placer County Auburn DeWitt Center - Auburn, CA; Medical Center of Aurora - Aurora, CO; Renaissance Hotel Austin - Austin, TX; Four Points Hotel - Bakersfield - Bakersfield, CA; Bakersfield Campus - Bakersfield, CA; Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center - Baldwin Park, CA; Beale AFB Campus - Beale AFB, CA; Comfort Inn Capital Beltway - Beltsville, MD; Hilton Birmingham Perimeter Park - Birmingham, AL; Chula Vista - Bonita - Bonita, CA; Boulder Community Hospital (Main Hospital) - Boulder, CO; Kaiser Permanente Carson Medical Offices - Carson, CA; Holiday Inn Select, Chantilly-Dulles-Expo - Chantilly, VA; Charlotte North Learning Center - Charlotte , NC; Chattanooga Learning Center - Chattanooga, TN; North Davis Learning Center - Clearfield, UT; Macomb Learning Center - Clinton Township, MI; Antlers Hilton Colorado Springs - Colorado Springs, CO; Colorado Springs Downtown - Colorado Springs, CO; Mesa Ridge High School - Colorado Springs, CO; Vista Ridge High School - Colorado Springs - Colorado Springs, CO; Homewood Suites by Hilton Columbus - Columbus, GA; Hilton - Concord - Concord, CA; Corcoran Substance Abuse Treatment Facility - Corcoran, CA; South Coast Learning Center II - Costa Mesa, CA; Citrus Valley Health Partners - Covina, CA; Residence Inn New Orleans Covington/North Shore - Covington, LA; Kaiser Hospital - Daly City, CA; Rose Medical Center - Denver, CO; Denver Health - Denver, CO; Downtown Detroit Learning Center - Detroit, MI; Holiday Inn Select - Diamond Bar, CA; Downey Regional Medical Center - Downey, CA; El Centro Learning Center III - El Centro, CA; El Paso Campus 4 - El Paso, TX; Armed Forces Reserve Center and Joint Vehicle Maintenance Facility - El Paso, TX; Fairfield Learning Center - Fairfield, CA; Staybridge Suites - Fairfield - Fairfield, CA; Solano Community College - Fairfield Campus - Fairfield, CA; Jackson - Market Street - Flowood, MS; Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center - Fountain Valley, CA; Hampton Inn & Suites - Fresno - Fresno, CA; Holiday Inn Express - Fresno - Fresno, CA; Ramada Inn - Fresno - Fresno, CA; Cypress Creek Learning Center - Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Gardena Campus - Gardena, CA; Glendale Adventist Medical Center - Glendale, CA; Glendale Memorial Hospital - Glendale, CA; Verdugo Hills Hospital - Glendale, CA; Spectrum Health - Grand Rapids, MI; Greensboro-High Point Marriott Airport - Greensboro, NC; Wyndham Garden Hotel - Harrisburg/Hershey - Harrisburg, PA; Chabot Community College - Hayward, CA; Hemet Valley Hospital - Hemet, CA; Henderson Learning Center - Henderson, NV; Hilo Medical Center - Hilo, HI; West Loop Learning Center - Houston, TX; Allstate Insurance Company - Hudson, OH; Kaiser Orange County Irvine Medical Center - Irvine , CA; Oakleaf Learning Center - Jacksonville, FL; Hi Desert Medical Center - Joshua City, CA; Kapolei-Hawaii Learning Center - Kapolei, HI; Kapolei Annex Learning Center - Kapolei, HI; Killeen Learning Center - Killeen, TX; Holiday Inn - Killeen - Killeen, TX; Park Ridge Hotel & Conference Center - King of Prussia, PA; La Palma Learning Center - La Palma, CA; Good Samaritan Medical Center/Exempla Healthcare - Lafayette, CO; Lakewood Regional Medical Center - Lakewood, CA; Clover Park Technical College - Lakewood, WA; Lancaster Annex - Lancaster, CA; Antelope Valley Hospital - Lancaster, CA; Sheraton Bucks County - Langhorne, PA; Livermore Learning Center - Livermore, CA; Pacific Hospital of Long Beach - Long Beach, CA; Long Beach Veteran Affairs Medical Center - Long Beach, CA; Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA; Kasier Permanente - Los Angeles, CA; L.A. County USC Medical Center - Los Angeles, CA; St. Vincent Medical Center - Los Angeles, CA; White Memorial Hospital - Los Angeles, CA; Los Angeles Community College - Los Angeles, CA; Kaiser Permanente - Sunset - Los Angeles, CA; Good Samaritan Hospital - Los Angeles, CA; California Hospital Medical Center - Los Angeles, CA; Pacific Health Resource Building - Los Angeles, CA; St. Francis Medical Center - Lynwood, CA; Best Western East Towne Suites - Madison, WI; McDonough Learning Center - McDonough, GA; Mt. San Jacinto College, Menifee Valley Campus - Menifee, CA; Northwest Indiana Campus - Merrillville, IN; New Orleans Learning Center - Metairie, LA; Miami Learning Center - Miami, FL; Milwaukee Main- Liberty 1 - Milwaukee, WI; Providence Holy Cross Medical Center - Mission Hills, CA; Holiday Inn Express & Suites - Modesto, CA; Beverly Hospital - Montebello, CA; Garfield Medical Center - Monterey Park, CA; Riverside County Regional Medical Center - Moreno Valley, CA; Murfreesboro Learning Center - Murfreesboro, TN; Murrieta Learning Center - Murrieta, CA; Queen of the Valley Hospital - Napa, CA; Sheraton Wilmington South (3676) - New Castle, DE; Oakland Marriot City Center - Oakland, CA; Oakland Learning Center - Oakland - Oakland, CA; Crowne Plaza Oklahoma - Oklahoma City, OK; Ontario, CA Learning Center - Ontario, CA; UC Irvine Healthcare - Orange, CA; St. John's Hospital - Oxnard, CA; Palm Desert II Learning Center - Palm Desert, CA; Holiday Inn - Palmdale - Palmdale, CA; Kaiser Permanente - Panorama City - Panorama City, CA; Pasadena Campus 1 - Pasadena, CA; Westin Hotel - Pasadena, CA; Huntington Memorial Hospital - Pasadena, CA; Hilton Hotel - Pasadena - Pasadena, CA; Falcon School District 49 - Peyton, CO; DoubleTree Hotel Pittsburgh Green Tree - Pittsburgh, PA; Pomona Valley Hospital - Pomona, CA; Sierra View District Hospital - Porterville, CA; Cascades Station Learning Center - Portland, OR; Holiday Inn Crabtree - Raleigh, NC; Eisenhower Medical Center - Rancho Mirage, CA; Washoe County Sheriff's Department - Reno, NV; Riverside Community Hospital - Riverside, CA; Kaiser Riverside Medical Center - Riverside, CA; Riverside City College - Riverside, CA; Pinnacle Hills Learning Center - Rogers, AR; Sutter Health - Sacramento, CA; Salem Learning Center - Salem, OR; Modesto Learning Center - Salida - Salida, CA; Utah Air National Guard - Salt Lake City, UT; San Bernardino Learning Center - San Bernardino, CA; Community Hospital of San Bernardino - San Bernardino, CA; San Bernardino County Sheriff - San Bernardino, CA; Kearny Mesa III - San Diego, CA; Stonecrest II - San Diego, CA; Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego, CA; San Marcos II Learning Center - San Marcos, CA; Contra Costa College - San Pablo, CA; Santa Teresa (1268) - Santa Teresa, NM; Spring Hill Suites Chicago - Schaumburg - Schaumburg, IL; Schaumburg Wyndham Garden Chicago NW - Schaumburg, IL; Sherman Oaks Hospital - Sherman Oaks, CA; Shoreline Conference Center - Shoreline, WA; Kaiser Hospital - South San Francisco - South San Francisco, CA; Woodlands Learning Center - Spring, TX; University Plaza Hotel Springfield - Springfield, MO; St. George Learning Center - St. George, UT; Dameron Hospital Association - Stockton, CA; Menifee Valley Medical Center - Sun City, CA; Olive View Hospital - Sylmar, CA; Tacoma Landmark Convention Center - Tacoma, WA; Providence Tarzana Medical Center - Tarzana, CA; West Florida Learning Center - Temple Terrace, FL; North Suburban Medical Center - Thornton, CO; Torrance Memorial Medical Center - Torrance, CA; Tulsa Learning Center 2 - Tulsa, OK; San Antonio Community Hospital - Upland, CA; San Antonio Community Hospital - Upland - Upland, CA; Sutter Solano Medical Center - Vallejo, CA; Ventura Community Memorial Hospital - Ventura, CA; Community Memorial Hospital of Ventura - Ventura, CA; Virginia Beach Learning Center - Virginia Beach, VA; Virginia Beach Annex - Virginia Beach, VA; Visalia Convention Cntr & Theaters - Visalia, CA; Visalia Marriott - Visalia, CA; Comfort Suites - Visalia, CA; Visalia Learning Center - Visalia, CA; Hampton Inn – Visalia - Visalia, CA; Cincinnati Marriott North at Union Centre - West Chester, OH; Kaiser Permanente - West Los Angeles - West Los Angeles, CA; Turnpike Campus - Westminster, CO; St. Anthony North - Westminster, CO; Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital - Whittier, CA; Woodland Hills Campus - Woodland Hills, CA; Marriott - Woodland Hills - Woodland Hills, CA;
Out-of-U.S.:   Campuses:   Puerto Rico Campus - Guaynabo, PUERTO RICO;
    Additional Locations:   None.

About HLC and Accreditation

Institutions of higher education in the United States seek accreditation through two types of accreditation agencies, institutional and specialized. Institutional accreditation agencies are classified as regional and national.

National accreditation associations focus on certain types of colleges such as trade and technical institutions, or religious colleges such as seminaries and bible colleges.

Regional accreditation agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit degree granting colleges and universities. There are six regions of the U.S. in which regional agencies operate. The regional accreditation agencies have similar standards for accrediting colleges and universities.

Regional accreditation validates the quality of an institution as a whole and evaluates multiple aspects of an institution ranging from its academic offerings, governance and administration, mission, finances, and resources.

The Higher Learning Commission is a regional accreditation agency that accredits degree granting institutions of higher education that are based in the 19-state North Central region of the United States. Institutions that HLC accredits are evaluated against HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation, a set of standards that institutions must meet to receive and/or maintain accredited status.

HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation reflect a set of guiding values. The accreditation process is based on a system of peer review. Approximately 1,300 educators from institutions of higher education serve as peer reviewers conducting accreditation evaluations for other institutions. Peer reviewers also serve on committees that make up the decision-making bodies of the accreditation process.

Evaluation Process
HLC accreditation assures quality by verifying that an institution (1) meets standards and (2) is engaged in continuous improvement. In addition, all institution’s are required to complete an annual filing of the Institutional Update, undergo annual monitoring of financial and non-financial indicators, and adhere to HLC policies and practices on institutional change.

Peer reviewers trained in HLC’s standards evaluate institution’s demonstration of whether they meet the Criteria for Accreditation and make recommendations to HLC’s decision-making bodies.

Institutional Actions Council (Decision-Making Body)
The Board of Trustees appoints and authorizes members of the Institutional Actions Council (IAC) to conduct reviews and take actions on the majority of accreditation recommendations. IAC members consist of representatives of academic institutions accredited by HLC, as well as members of the public. Detailed information on IAC processes is found in HLC’s policies on decision-making.

Public Information
In the interest of being transparent, HLC is committed to providing information to the public regarding accreditation decisions made regarding individual institutions.

Actions that are taken by HLC regarding an institution’s accreditation status are disclosed to the public. Beginning July 2013, in all cases of issuing continued accreditation, placing an institution on or resolving a sanction, or withdrawing accreditation, the Action Letter issued to the institution is made available for viewing and the institution’s status in HLC’s online directory is updated. Public Disclosure Notices are also issued in cases of sanction to provide the public more detail of the issues leading to sanction.

Complaints Against HLC Accredited Institutions
Each year, HLC receives a number of complaints about institutions from faculty, students, and other parties. HLC has established a clear distinction between individual grievances and complaints that appear to involve broad institutional practices. Where a complaint does raise issues regarding the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Criteria of Accreditation, HLC forwards the complaint to the institution and requests a formal response.

Complainants with specific claims related to the Americans with Disabilities Act or employment discrimination should seek prior review of such claims by the appropriate federal agencies. HLC may ask for the report or record of such review in determining whether it can proceed to consider the claim as a complaint related to compliance with the Criteria for Accreditation.