University of Phoenix Phasing Out Reno Campus

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RENO, NV - The traditional classrooms at the University of Phoenix campus in Reno won't be around forever, as such campuses are being phased out in markets around the country where online enrollment far exceeds in-person students.

Reno is one of 115 campuses being closed nationally, according to University of Phoenix officials in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon. That's because there are only about 300 classroom students in northern Nevada, with thousands more taking classes online.

But local classes won't stop until all 300 of those students get their degrees or drop out, and that could take years, though they may end up in a different location than the current campus at some point. The school has already stopped taking new enrollments. And all current students will see a freeze in tuition through at least the middle of 2013.

Ten northern Nevada staffers are being laid off. That number consists of support staffers only, not instructors, according to spokesman Ryan Rauzon.

Students with questions are invited to call a hotline: 866-992-3302. In the meantime, university officials are working on notifying all classroom students to inform them of changes, via campus email and other methods.

Online students are not expected to see any changes.