Respecting and appreciating our individual uniqueness is important. That’s why we’ve built a university for every kind of student. Our ever-evolving diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) efforts help ensure our entire community feels a sense of belonging with us.
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Our students are remarkable anecdotally. Here’s who they are statistically based on the 2021 Academic Annual Report.
Total degree enrollment
report as ethnic minorities
are first-generation college students
are employed while in school
No college – 59.1%
Mother or father attended college – 26.8%
Both attended college – 14.1%
79.7% of our students are employed
22 and under – 8.1%
23 to 29 – 22.7%
30 to 39 – 37.7%
40 to 49 – 21.3%
50 and over – 10.2%
85.8% of UOPX students reported claiming dependents
1.19% Native American/Alaskan
3.14% Asian/Pacific Islander
Female – 71.4%
Male – 28.5%
Frequently Asked Questions
Equity in education ensures every student and faculty member receives the resources and tools they need to be successful. Equity, as opposed to equality, means providing opportunities that consider and address the disadvantages faced by underrepresented students.
According to Achieving the Dream’s equity statement, examples of underrepresented students include, but are not limited to:
Equity in education is important because it aims to remove systemic barriers that students from underrepresented communities face in accessing higher education and determining their own paths to success.
By eliminating structural inequities, each student receives the necessary support and resources for success. As a result, a student’s identity is no longer a deciding factor in their academic achievement.
According to the National Equity Project, providing equity in education involves developing leaders who can transform educational institutions by:
University of Phoenix places emphasis on educational access and career readiness. Through open enrollment, we strive to serve an ethnically, economically, gender and age-diverse profile. We have many teams working to ensure all students have access to the resources they need. Our teams include:
According to the American Council on Education, diversity in education is important because the country’s racial and ethnic composition has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. Beyond race and ethnicity, a society's diversity can be shaped by a variety of other factors. Among other variables, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and disability are all factors to consider.
Diversity has many advantages in education and the workplace, such as increased productivity, creativity and cultural competency. If we want our nation to stay economically and socially healthy, all citizens should have equal access to resources that can help them succeed.
For more information, read our article about why college diversity matters.