How good is an online degree from the University of Phoenix?

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Jillian Youngblood, Director of Communications, Noodle

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First, take a look at how many students actually get a degree from this institution: only 17% of students graduate within six years and only 36% of them stay after freshman year. Low graduation rates are a red flag.

For those who do graduate, data suggests that your degree might not do much for you. Check out this Washington Monthly article, which says that “Those who graduated with associate degrees from for-profit colleges earned, on average, $425 per week, which was statistically indistinguishable from the $388 earned weekly by those who held only high-school diplomas.”

Of course, money isn’t the only thing to consider when you’re choosing a college, but taking a hard look at the outcomes of that college is a must. If the data suggests you won’t be much better off after graduation than you were before, go somewhere else.

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