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Apollo Education Group Overview

Phoenix, AZ
10000+ employees
Company - Public (APOL)
Colleges & Universities
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
Apollo's creed could be that we all deserve the chance to advance. The for-profit Apollo Group provides educational programs through a number of subsidiaries, including online stalwart University of Phoenix. The largest private university in the US, the ... Read more

Apollo Education Group – Why Work For Us?

Our Mission

Apollo Education Group™, Inc. was founded in 1973 in response to a gradual shift in higher education demographics from a student population dominated by youth to one in which approximately half the students are adults and over 80 percent of whom work full-time. Apollo's founder, Dr. John Sperling, believed—and events proved him right—that lifelong employment with a single employer would be replaced by lifelong learning and employment with a variety of employers. Lifelong learning requires an institution dedicated solely to the education of working adults.

Today, Apollo Education Group™, Inc., through its subsidiaries, University of Phoenix, Apollo Global, College for Financial Planning, and Apollo Education Ventures has established itself as a leading provider of higher education programs for working adults by focusing on servicing the needs of the working adult.

Services We Offer

Apollo Education Group™ provides educational services, educational support services, consulting services and technical support services to institutions offering post-secondary education, including:

  • Lead generation and recruiting of students for enrollment at educational institutions.
  • Development of marketing collateral, including web content and other promotional materials.
  • Assistance with administration of financial aid programs.
  • Curricula development and related consulting services.
  • Training of faculty in the field of on-line teaching.
  • Technical support and troubleshooting services related to computer hardware and software for computer-aided learning.
  • Student support services such as educational counseling for students.

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.



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.


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.


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.


Apollo Global is s acquired. CFFP, established in 1972, reports more than 120,000 graduates in a variety of financial planning disciplines.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.

Who We Are

Today, Apollo Education Group™, Inc., through its subsidiaries, University of Phoenix, Apollo Global, College for Financial Planning, and Apollo Education Ventures has established itself as a leading provider of higher education programs for working adults by focusing on servicing the needs of the working adult.


Our Culture

To understand more about Apollo Education Group's culture, please take a few moments to explore our core values. These core values describe the beliefs, behaviors and criteria for decision making that enable members of the Apollo Education Group team to fulfill our promises to our students, shareholders, employees and the community. Each and every employee strives to demonstrate these values everyday as we work to accomplish our mission of enabling access to higher education.

To determine our core values, input was gathered from all employees across the organization. We asked "how are we behaving when we are operating at our best."In focus groups and e-mails as well as through an interactive intranet site — Apollo employees provided valuable input that was used to develop these six core values:

  • Act with Integrity
  • Improve Society
  • Embrace Innovation
  • Empower Excellence
  • Have a Passion for Learning
  • Treat Others as We Would Like to be Treated

Our Benefits

Apollo Education Group Benefits are designed to provide peace of mind in and out of the office; our benefits provide maximum flexibility in the choices employees can make. We strive to provide the best options available and have taken into account employees' personal and family health care needs, time off, educational pursuits, long term financial goals and more.

  • Health
    • Medical
    • Dental
    • Vision
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account
  • Life and Disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Advocacy Services
  • 401(k)
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Sick and Vacation Time
  • Company Observed Holidays
  • Education Assistance

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    I have been working at Apollo Education Group full-time (More than 5 years)


    Flex Schedule, Department gatherings, Opportunities to grow knowledge-base, cafe in headquarters for convenience.


    Executives continue to change the direction of the co. Not fully evaluating the consequences to employees across the co from their decisions. No real opportunity for growth, management will tell you there is opportunity, but never enough money in the budget to support their claim.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work on the co. culture from the top down. Promote employees who have the actual skill to do the job, stop loosing good talent, and get rid of lazy employees faster.

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Apollo Education Group Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Apollo Education Group (Phoenix, AZ) in July 2016.


    The interview went well. I applied online for the position and was contacted a couple days later to set up the interview. The interview was set for a couple days out. In the interview on Tuesday I was told I would hear something by Friday. Friday came and went and i didn't hear anything. I did not ever hear anything from HR. I eventually emailed the director I interviewed with and she told me the position cancelled. She said I was definitely considered for the job but the company decided to go in a different direction so they did not hire any of the candidates that interviewed.

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Apollo Education Group Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
  • Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT, ComputerWorld, 2009
  • Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT, ComputerWorld, 2008
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