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Western International University


Western International University (West) is an institution of higher education which focuses on providing career-focused programs to adult learners. Founded in 1978, the school maintains a campus location in Phoenix, Arizona. Additionally, West provides online course and degree offerings -- which 89% of the school's students attended in 2013. Areas of study include accounting, behavioral science, business, business administration, human dynamics, information technology, management, and public administration. Depending on the program selected, associate, bachelor's and master's degree are awarded upon completion. The university is part of the Apollo Education Group.

Western International University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Points of Distinction

  • Campus location in Phoenix, AZ
  • 89% of all students attended online classes in 2013
  • Completely online degree programs offered
  • Associate, bachelor's and master's degrees awarded
  • Focus on providing education to adult learners
  • Career resources available


Faculty members at Western International University include both working professionals and traditional academic professors, allowing students the chance to learn both academic precepts and practical skills during their time of enrollment. Instructors maintain high levels of education and experience. Curriculum is designed to prepare students for positions of leadership in the global job market and economy.

Student Life

The Phoenix campus of Western International University does not provide housing for traditional, on-campus students. Most students at West are enrolled in the online programs. New courses begin each month and last eight weeks. Each course is structured using the "Learn, Practice, Apply" method. Learning occurs through online videos, knowledge checks, and electronic texts. Students then practice what they learn through interactive exercises. Finally, students apply what they learned through weekly online assignments and quizzes. Courses and assignments are structured to meet the needs of adult learners, helping them balance the demands of both their life and education. Career coaching, internship opportunities, and an online alumni forum are available.


  1. Home Page, Western International University, http://west.edu/
  2. Programs, Western International University, http://west.edu/online-degree-programs.html
  3. Why West?, Western International University, http://west.edu/why-west.html
  4. Our History, Western International University, http://west.edu/why-west/history.html
  5. Accreditation, Western International University, http://west.edu/why-west/accreditation.html
  6. Faculty, Western International University, http://west.edu/why-west/faculty.html
  7. Course Format, Western International University, http://west.edu/why-west/course-format.html
  8. Student Services, Western International University, http://west.edu/why-west/student-services.html

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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