Consumer Information Guide 2016-2017

University Information

Western International University (West) was founded in 1978 as a private, nonprofit institution and was regionally accredited in 1984. In 1995, West was acquired by Apollo Education Group, Inc., and became a for-profit subsidiary of one of the leading educational corporations in the United States.

In keeping with its mission, Western International University provides programs with a broad educational foundation to prepare students for leadership positions. 

West is headquartered in Arizona, the Grand Canyon State. Its ground campus is conveniently located in Tempe, Arizona. Campus classrooms are designed to encourage student and faculty interaction and discussion. Computer facilities for hands-on instruction are readily available to students, as are various audio-visual aids. The state-of-the-art Learning Resource Center at the Tempe campus provides access to many resources. West offers degree programs at its Tempe-campus as well as online.

Further information regarding Western International University is available on the University’s website A print copy of the University Catalog may be requested by calling (602) 943-2311 or 1(866) 948-4636.

All institutions participating in federal financial student aid programs are required to provide current and prospective students and current and prospective employees’ available consumer information. This guide provides you with important information and institutional policies.  Where applicable, each section lists specific locations where additional information is available. To request and receive this information in writing, contact a student advisor or designee at (602) 943-2311 or (866) 948-4636 during regular business hours.


Students should contact a student advisor at (602) 943-2311 or (866) 948-4636 or for additional information on consumer information.

Ownership Information

Western International University is a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc. The University’s central administration offices are located in Tempe, Arizona.

Mission Statement

Western International University provides a broad educational foundation, including a focus on business and technology, designed to prepare students for leadership positions in a dynamic, global marketplace.

Core Values

  • Learning
  • Academic Quality
  • Student Service
  • Global Awareness
  • Integrity


Western International University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (  Since 1984, Western International University has been continually accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.  Western International University obtained its most recent 10-year Reaffirmation of Accreditation in 2012-13.  A comprehensive evaluation is scheduled for 2016-17, and the next Reaffirmation of Accreditation is scheduled for 2022-23.  For more information about Western International University accreditations and licensures, please visit

For additional information, contact

HLC Accredited 

Copies for review of Western International University accreditation and licensure may be obtained upon written request to: Office of the President Western International University 1601 W. Fountainhead Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85282 

State Approvals

Western International University is licensed by the following state regulatory agency:

  • Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

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State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

Western International University is an approved institution under the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), and therefore has reciprocity for approval of distance education with other SARA-approved states.

SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.

For more information visit the National SARA Council, or the Arizona SARA Council

Link to NCLHLC Web Site.


Western International University holds membership in the following associations or organizations:

  • American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Arizona Veterans Programs Association (AVPA)
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB)
  • Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
  • Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • Independent Colleges and Universities of Arizona (ICUA)
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
  • Pacific Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (PACRAO)
  • Professional and Organizational Development Network (POD)
  • University Continuing Education Association (UCEA)
  • Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA)


Better Business Bureau (BBB) Accreditation

In addition to post-secondary educational institution accreditation, West has also attained accreditation as a business through the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Visit to view the online BBB Reliability Report for Western International University.

West is proud to continue to receive BBB Accreditation and the highest A+ rating awarded by the BBB. West has been a BBB Accredited business since 1995 and meets the stringent BBB Code of Business Practices, or accreditation standards that BBB sets for businesses.

The BBB ratings are based on detailed information and experience in seventeen key areas. While a BBB rating is not a guarantee of a business’ reliability or performance, it does indicate the BBB’s degree of confidence that the business upholds the BBB Standards for Trust and attempts to address customer concerns in good faith.

West is proud of our A+ BBB rating and pledges to continue upholding the BBB Standards for Trust with our students, faculty, staff, and community.


Western International University has been approved by the Department of Education to participate in each of the following listed Title IV, HEA programs:

  • Federal Pell Grant Program
  • Federal Direct Student Loan Program
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program

Additional Information

Copies for review of Western International University's accreditation and licensure may be obtained by sending a written request to the following address:

Office of the President

Western International University

1601 W Fountainhead Parkway

Tempe, AZ 85282

State Board

In Arizona, the student may contact the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, 1400 W. Washington, Room 260, Phoenix, AZ 85007, telephone (602) 542-5709.

Students may obtain a copy of the University’s accreditation and/or license documents, or information on how to contact any of the agencies that regulate the University, by contacting the Apollo Legal Department at (602) 557-1818.