Our History

Dr. John Sperling founded Apollo Education Group in 1973 in response to a gradual shift in higher education demographics from a student population dominated by youth to a more diverse population of working learners. It went public in December of 1994. Apollo Education Group Inc. stands behind the belief that lifelong learning requires an institution dedicated to meeting the educational needs of the working learner. University of Phoenix, Apollo’s flagship institution, follows this credo and serves the working learner who is juggling career, family and earning an education.


A Global Reach of Quality and Innovation

Apollo Education Group is playing a leadership role in higher education and pioneers higher education for the working learner through its technological investment, advanced learning methodologies and an international reach. Apollo continues to search for opportunities to expand in the educational landscape.

Quality academic programs, qualified faculty, and a comprehensive student experience enable Apollo Education Group’s schools to be respected institutions of higher education. Many of Apollo Education Group’s schools and institutions throughout the world are also accredited by prestigious local accrediting bodies within their respective geographic or programmatic areas of instruction.


Milestones

1974

Institute for Professional Development (IPD) is founded. The institute is Dr. Sperling’s first endeavor for working learners, teachers and police officers who worked with at-risk children.

1976

University of Phoenix (UOPX) is founded. As Apollo Education Group's flagship school, the University leverages innovations such as online libraries and eBooks for use in higher education.

1995

Western International University (West) is acquired. West is a private higher education institution aimed at preparing working students from around the world for leadership positions in the dynamic, global marketplace. Its curriculum combines each area of study with economics and communication.

1997

College for Financial Planning (CFFP) is acquired. CFFP, established in 1972, reports more than 120,000 graduates in a variety of financial planning disciplines.

2007

Apollo Global is established and expands the company’s global reach.

2008

Universidad de Artes, Ciencias y Comunicación (UNIACC) is acquired. The Santiago, Chile-based university is the first online autonomous professional institute in that country. UNIACC is one of the leading arts and communication universities in Latin America.

2009

BPP University College (BPP) is acquired. The UK-based organization is a leading provider of education and training to professionals in the legal and finance industries.

2009

Universidad Lationoamericana (ULA) is fully acquired. The accredited, private university offers secondary and higher education in medical, dental and communications fields. Instruction is online as well as at campuses throughout Mexico.

2011

Carnegie Learning is acquired. The organization is a publisher of research-based math curriculum including software and technology from Carnegie Mellon University.

As the parent company of ten subsidiaries, Apollo Education Group remains steadfast in its commitment and belief that an accessible education should not just be career changing, but life changing as well.