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University of Phoenix-Southern California Campus

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The University of Phoenix – Southern California occupies a small, urban campus in Costa Mesa, several miles southeast of Los Angeles. The campus is adjacent to both the John Wayne Airport and the San Diego Freeway. The University of Phoenix is the flagship institution for both distance learning and for-profit higher education. Both of those models have been the focus of serous concerns, even as total enrollment throughout Phoenix’s network of campuses exceeds half a million. At Costa Mesa, student nearly 12,000 students attend classes either on campus or online.

Business, Public Administration and Social Services, and Information Technology constitute the three most popular bachelor’s degree programs at the University of Phoenix – Southern California. The Business Program offers thirteen unique master’s degrees, nine of which can be completed online. A Master of Information Systems Degree can be earned either on campus or through Internet coursework. The majority of advanced nursing degrees are available entirely through online classes, which helps nurses already in the workforce enhance their credentials without adjusting their schedules.

In total, the University of Phoenix – Southern California offers the following eight academic programs:

  • Arts and Sciences
  • Business and Management
  • Criminal Justice and Security
  • Education
  • Human Services
  • Nursing and Health Care
  • Psychology
  • Technology

Each of these programs include a mix of associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree opportunities. In addition to standard degrees, UP – Southern California also features certificate and professional development classes in a wide range of fields. Technology, nursing and business certificates, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, can provide a career boost or help a professional adult keep pace with rapidly changing tools and methods in their work.

A unique aspect of the University of Phoenix’s professional development programs are the test preparation opportunities. Both professionals and students can enroll in structured, online preparation for a number of standardized tests, including the PRAXIS, CBEST, PMP and TEXES. Professional development courses are non-credit earning, but can potentially pay dividends in other ways.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Visiting Student Center

Prospective students can sample what the University of Phoenix has to offer at the Visiting Student Center, a free, online portal with skills assessments, reading and math study guides, and a tool for exploring career options. Students interested in online classes can experience UP’s user interface and become familiar with its tools and navigation.

Military Division

For several years running, Military Advanced Education has ranked the University of Phoenix as one of the most accommodating institutions for military personnel. Each campus has a military counselor on duty to ease the process of enrollment, class selection and scheduling, and balancing all of life’s responsibilities. Spouses and military veterans are also eligible for special assistance programs.

Admissions

The University of Phoenix system has an open enrollment policy. Applicants need only supply proof of high school graduation or its equivalent. At the Costa Mesa campus, prospective students should contact the Registrar/Executive Director for information about the process of enrollment. The application can be completed entirely online.

For incoming students, there are several ways to earn credit at UP – Southern California even before enrolling in classes. Standardized tests such as the CLEP (College Level Examination Program) and the DSST Credit by Exam Program afford gifted students the opportunity to bypass certain general education requirements. Unique to the University of Phoenix is the Prior Learning Assessment system. Undergraduates with significant professional work experience can transfer that experience into general education credits by completing a structured essay or training portfolio.

Transfer Students

The University of Phoenix – Southern California accepts credits for transfer from accredited colleges and universities in the United States. International students with an approved Visa and proof of prior education are likewise welcome to apply.

Financial Aid

Most students who attend the University of Phoenix – Southern California receive some form of financial aid to cover their education-related expenses. Because the majority of students are older adults, UP – Southern California provides no campus housing or cafeteria. Therefore, tuition, fees and books are the only costs that students need to consider – although these costs can certainly add up to a hefty sum.

The process of applying for aid at a for-profit institution is no different than at any other. Students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid as quickly as possible. Speedier filing will result in a quicker decision on financial aid awards, not to mention less stress. The process of seeking scholarships and grants outside of the school or federal system will largely be up to the prospective student.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1825th for the average student loan amount.
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Students

The University of Phoenix quite deliberately caters to working adults, the “non-traditional” students of most universities. More than 80% of enrolled students are over 25 years of age. Two-thirds of undergraduates are women, and nearly half come from typically under-represented ethnic groups. In general, students who enroll at the Costa Mesa campus of UP are seeking to boost their career or perhaps change careers altogether.

As many of the University of Phoenix’s students have been out of the classroom a long time, several programs are in place to assist new attendees with the adjustment process. At the Life Resource Center, students receive guidance in achieving a healthy balance between work, school and daily responsibilities. For the purely academic aspect of student life at UP, a dedicated Graduation Team works closely with each student to ensure they’re progressing at the correct pace. The Graduation Team’s purpose is analogous to that of an academic adviser at a typical university, and is comprised of an enrollment adviser, a finance adviser and an academic adviser.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Faculty

The majority of University of Phoenix faculty work only part-time, and the institution does not grant tenure. Typically, these faculty are either semi-retired or working for major companies within their particular industry. The UP curriculum is centralized and standardized, with instructors delivering content rather than crafting unique courses. This ensures that credits earned at the Costa Mesa campus are theoretically identical to credits earned at any other UP campus or online. More than 20% of University of Phoenix faculty system-wide are either African-American or Hispanic-American, a number that exceeds national averages.

Bibliography

  • Petersons Four-Year Colleges 2011. New Jersey: Peterson, 2010. Print.
  • University of Phoenix. University of Phoenix – Southern California Campus. 2011. Web. 11 July 2011.
  • Frontline. College, Inc. 2011. Web. 13 July 2011.

Information Summary

Ranks 344th in California and 3768th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 114 0.10
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 4 0.00
Forcible Rape 30 0.03
Robbery 83 0.07
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 524 0.47
Larceny 2,743 2.47
Vehicle theft 267 0.24

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Costa Mesa, CA 92626-3099
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population48,200 (48,200 urban / N/A rural)
Households17,931 (2.58 people per house)
Median Household Income$57,929
Families10,791 (3.17 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemOther academic year
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District648

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 3537th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $11,675 $11,675 $11,675
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $760 $760 $760
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition $15,775 $15,775 $15,775
FT Graduate Required Fees $920 $920 $920
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $11,320 $11,320 $11,320
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $24,380 $24,380 $24,380
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $18,150 $18,150 $18,150

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $12,792 $12,760 $12,792 $12,760 $12,792 $12,760
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $6,235 $6,160
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $7,154 $7,034
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $7,154 $7,034

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
TOEFLN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 60 317 560 106 16 326 868 2,321
Accounting and Business/Management 2 6 17 2 14 20 63
Behavioral Sciences 2 24 47 4 1 35 72 188
Business Administration and Management, General 19 107 196 37 9 129 308 831
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 4 19 63 7 2 23 100 225
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 6 7 6 20
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 3 6 7 6 6 23 52
Finance, General 2 2
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 2 6 10 2 9 11 41
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 3 3 7
Human Services, General 8 58 87 2 2 26 109 295
Long Term Care Administration/Management 1 1 2
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 3 2 1 4 7 19
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling 2 38 42 1 1 21 66 174
Nursing Administration 2 2 2 2 9 18
Nursing Education 4 6 6 1 9 27
Operations Management and Supervision 1 2 3
Psychology, Other 3 5 6 14
Public Administration 2 2
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 15 34 60 35 1 36 99 299
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 3 3 1 10 20 38

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 4612th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $35,975 ($37,421 male / $28,837 female)
Number of FT Faculty 51 (27 male / 24 female)
Number of PT Faculty 962
FT Faculty Ratio 0.1 : 1
Total Benefits N/A
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