Working Adults Benefit from Flexible, Career-Focused Degree Programs at University of Phoenix

The University of Phoenix is invested in serving students who fall outside the typical description of a college student. The University’s students are largely adult learners, many of them working full-time jobs, raising kids, and doing what they need to in order to pursue their dreams of a better future.

Of the 83,800 students enrolled at the University of Phoenix, 83.4 percent are employed while pursuing their degree or professional certificate. Two-thirds of the University’s students identify as ethnic minorities, and 59 percent are first-generation college students. Just 14.1 percent of University of Phoenix students had two parents who attended college. The average student age is 37.

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University of Phoenix’s support for non-traditional students extends to military service members, who face additional complications to completing their degree including deployments and relocations. Thousands of military-affiliated students attend the University of Phoenix each year, supported by lower tuition rates, flexible schedules, and online courses that allow them to balance their education with the demands of military life. In fact, 21 percent of the student population served in the military in 2020, and there are over 269,600 military-affiliated graduates in the history of the University. 

Profile of a Hard-Working University of Phoenix Student and Service Member

The recent 2020 Academic Annual Report from University of Phoenix highlighted one service member who epitomizes the hard-working, determined University student, National Guard Sergeant First Class Ethan Dodd, who earned an MBA. Although Dodd was leading a unit of 90 National Guard members and traveling four to six months out of the year while supporting a wife and three children, he remained committed to his education and career goals. Dodd completed his University of Phoenix Bachelor of Science in Business/Management in 2017 and his MBA in 2020. “Quitting was out of the question,” said Dodd. “What I was going through was temporary. The benefits of earning a degree outweighed not completing it.”

The University of Phoenix makes completing a college degree program accessible and affordable for service members and veterans with the military to college credit, military tuition rates, military-affiliated scholarships, and a resource fee waiver. In addition, the University is an approved General Education Mobile (GEM) school, so Community College of the Air Force students can complete their general education requirements with the University. In addition, the University’s Bachelor of Science in Health Management and Bachelor of Science in Management degree programs are Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative approved. 

University of Phoenix Students Pursue a Variety of Degrees and Meet Skills’ Goals

The University of Phoenix serves adult students at every stage of their academic journey. As adult learners progress in their careers, start families, seek to expand their professional skills, and make transitions, the University of Phoenix offers flexible and affordable online degree programs to meet their ever-changing needs.

Of the 83,800 students currently enrolled at the University of Phoenix, 7,600 are in associate degree programs, 58,300 are in bachelor’s degree programs, 15,800 are in master’s degree programs and 2,100 are in doctoral degree programs. 

The University of Phoenix tracks its success in part through student assessments that identify how students perform relative to University Learning Goals (ULGs), five core competencies that are sought after by current employers. The 2020 Academic Annual Report found that students met or exceeded competency expectations for all five ULGs including Professional Competence and Values (92.4 percent), Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving (92.2 percent), Communication (92.3 percent), Information Utilization (90.7 percent), and Collaboration (92.7 percent).

The flexible schedules to accommodate working adults’ busy lives, along with faculty who have significant real-world experience and the ongoing career resources for students and alumni have brought the University of Phoenix high ratings from its students. Surveys have found that 8.7 out of 10 students are likely to recommend University of Phoenix instructors to other students, and 8.9 out of 10 students are likely to recommend the University to a colleague, friend, or family member.

About the University of Phoenix

The University of Phoenix is committed to advancing the educational goals of adult and nontraditional learners, helping them navigate career options and degree programs that best suit their interests. The degree programs of the University are aligned with numerous in-demand career paths including in computer software, nursing, and business, and they provide flexible start dates, online classes, and numerous scholarship opportunities to allow for anyone to complete the degree program they need to get ahead.

Also, the University of Phoenix’s Career Services for Life® commitment provides students and alumni with the resources they need to be competitive in the workforce for no additional charge. These services include resume and interview support, career guidance, education, and networking opportunities. For more information, visit

Dragan Sutevski

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