For-profit schools, such as the University of Phoenix, offer benefits to those who might otherwise not be able to attend college. You can go to class in your pajamas for the classes that are offered online, and it gives you a head start of your career with hands-on practice without the prerequisites classes a normal university require.
“Many of our students get turned down by other regular universities, so we provide them with the specific focus of each students desires and place them in the right steps to completion,” said Gerogie Garcia, a student advisor at Art Institute of San Diego. Garcia told me that schools like Art institute, Phoenix and Devry have a 61% completion rate where as other colleges have 50%.
I talked to a fellow student by the name of Quinton Armstrong, a recent graduate of CSUN. Armstrong expressed that “class times and the long list of prerequisites kills your focus and your GPA if you are trying to finish in a timely fashion when you have to work or have support anyone.” He said that in this case you may have to take only 2-4 classes at a time, which can draw a 4-year into 6-7 years.
Seeing a for-profit University that is advertised on daytime television on your resume may take a potential employer aback. But it is more important to look at the quality of a program and how well it fits your lifestyle and budget than the way it may look to others.