Top 10 For-Profit Colleges

In case you were wondering, here are the 10 largest for-profit colleges in the United States:

Carrington College

A subsidiary of DeVry Incorporated, Carrington offers degree programs and certificates of completion in Dental Hygiene, Fitness Training, medical billing and coding, and Pharmacy Technology just to name a few. You will notice that most of their programs are related to the medical field. They also offer online programs in business, accounting, computer technology, criminal justice, and healthcare administration.

Carrington campuses can be found in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington State.

ITT Educational Services

ITT Educational services inc. provides technology based undergraduate and graduate programs that are accredited throughout the country. They operate ITT Technical Institute and Daniel Webster College to provide students the knowledge and skills in a variety of fields. Students can obtain associate and bachelors degrees.

Campuses are in thirty-eight states with more than 80,000 students enrolled. They also provide online education.

Corinthian Colleges

The mission statement of Corinthian Colleges is to help prepare their students in a field of study of their choosing. The field of study often includes areas that are in high demand. There are 93,000 students enrolled in their campuses throughout the United States. Among the degrees offered include a master’s degree, bachelor’s degree, associate degree, and short term diploma programs.

Among the fields of study offered at Corinthian include construction, information technology, healthcare, criminal justice, and transportation technology. Corinthian colleges are also known by other “brand names” such as Wyo-Tech, Heald College, and Everest.

Education Management Corp

EDMC, or Education Management Corporation is one of the largest private colleges with 106 locations in the United Stares and Canada. Headquartered in Pennsylvania, EDMC also manage schools under a different name, these include, Argosy University, Brown Mackie College, South University, and The Art Institutes.

As of October 2010, EDMC have had over 158,000 students. They offer a broad range of areas of study that include the health sciences, business, education, and the arts. They boast of having skilled and professional instructors ready to provide the attention every student deserves.

Kaplan University

Kaplan University is probably best known for their health sciences programs, specifically their nursing programs. They also offer areas of study in business and management, criminal justice, information systems and technology, legal/paralegal studies to name a few. In addition to getting a degree in these programs, they also offer certificate programs in business, accounting, entrepreneurship, and paralegal and legal secretary.

They do offer online study for some of their programs as well. They have 70 campuses throughout the US and it is a subsidiary of the Washington Post company. They boast of being interactive and having user friendly technology that aid their students and being able to offer more than 200 degrees and programs.

Kaplan is the only college, at this time, which lets you try the first five weeks of school and determine for yourself if the school is the right fit for you. You can withdraw without any financial obligation, except for the application fee.

University of Phoenix

The University of Phoenix has been providing quality education for thirty-three years. You can learn online or at one of their 200 locations throughout the United States. They have more than 663,000 alumni as of august 2011. They also offer online courses not just in the US but also throughout the world.

Their academic programs range from having a school of business, college of education, college of nursing, all the way to a college of information systems and technology.

Strayer University

Strayer University was established in 1892 for working adult students. In doing so, they offer flexible class schedules that let you balance between school and other responsibilities. They have more than eighty-five campuses you can attend or online.

Strayer is accredited with the ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs. Their undergrad programs include being able to get a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, accounting, and economics, criminal justice, and information systems. When you’re done with that, you can continue to get your masters.

Ashford University

Founded in 1918, Ashford University’s programs aim to provide affordable and accessible education to meet the needs of an aspiring student. They have bachelors programs in psychology, accounting, business administration, English and communication. These and many other programs are available in most of their campuses.

Their online courses give the working student ease of access and flexibility. Among the programs to choose from are your ability to get a bachelors in Business economics, military studies, organizational management, to name a few.

DeVry University

Owned by DeVry Incorporated, DeVry University and the DeVry Institute of Technology was founded in 1931 and has a long history in providing quality education for the workplace. One of their boasts include being able to say that “96 of the top fortune 100 companies employ DeVry Graduates.”

Campuses are spread out the United States from New York, to Texas, to California. Online programs and courses are also available. DeVry has programs in the field of Engineering and Information Services, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Health Services, and Business and Management.

American Public University System

One of the youngest universities in the for profit college system, American Public University System (APUS) was founded in 1991. Their main goal is to provide distance learning education to all fifty states. Currently, they have 83,700 students who receive their education online. APUS is strictly an online university.

Degree program levels allow a working and/or transient student to work towards their Bachelors, Masters, and associate degrees. Other certificate programs are also available. Among programs offered are Information Technology, Homeland Security, Management, Transportation and Logistics Management only to name a few.