University description (as per official university website)
About Golden Gate University
More than 100 Years of Professional Education
Founded in 1901 in San Francisco, Golden Gate University (GGU) meets the needs of working adults by offering undergraduate and graduate programs in business and management, information technology, taxation, and law. Courses are designed to engage students in real-world business situations and to prepare them to compete in a volatile marketplace.
Golden Gate's School of Taxation has earned a reputation as one of the largest and most respected in the nation with specialized internship programs that give students practical, hands-on business experience. GGU has also developed Saturday MBA programs, as well as an executive MBA program, regarded as one of the most unique educational programs in the country for experienced executives, managers and entrepreneurs.
With its main campus in San Francisco, Golden Gate University has regional sites located conveniently in Seattle and throughout California, including Silicon Valley and Los Angeles. Accredited degree programs can also be taken through Golden Gate's CyberCampus, which permits students to work and study on their own schedules using the Internet.
Golden Gate's overall mission is to offer a variety of exceptional programs that utilize the most advanced technologies and learning tools available. Read more about the university's Mission & Value Proposition.
GGU programs, policies and plans are reviewed by members of our accrediting agencies as well as educators from peer institutions. Golden Gate is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Our School of Law is also accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), the State Bar of California and the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).
Golden Gate University traces its origins to an evening lecture series started by the San Francisco YMCA during the California gold rush in the early 1850s. Even then, lectures focused on practical issues of the day such as gold assaying and English.
The first degree-conferring program of the university started in 1901, with the formation of California's first evening law school. By offering classes at night, Golden Gate made legal studies available to the common person. Four students comprised the law school's first graduating class.
Today, Golden Gate University is a leader in graduate and undergraduate education in business and management, information technology, taxation and law. As always, GGU emphasizes hands-on learning taught by professionals practicing in the field. Campuses and teaching sites are located in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, Sacramento, San Jose, Seattle, Walnut Creek and online through GGU's nationally recognized CyberCampus.
During its long and often colorful history, GGU has consistently been a pacesetter:
* Opened the first night school in San Francisco. Initially begun in the early-1850s, it became the YMCA Night School in 1881, the YMCA Evening College in 1894, Golden Gate College in 1923 and finally Golden Gate University in 1972.
* Started the first evening law school in California in 1901, which was the third law school to open in Northern California. The Law School is accredited by the American Bar Association.
* Survived two major earthquakes, the 1906 quake that destroyed its home, and the 1989 Loma Prieta quake which caused extensive damage to the east wing of the San Francisco campus.
* Began the West Coast's first four-year accounting program in 1908. Golden Gate University counts among its alumni several winners of the Elijah Sells award for outstanding performance on the national CPA exam.
* Initiated Northern California's first evening program for students seeking an MBA degree in 1950, and now confers more MBA degrees annually than any other university in Northern California.
* Offered the first evening program in the Bay Area for students seeking the master of public administration degree.
* Launched the first graduate program in telecommunications management in the United States in 1976 and opened a telecommunications laboratory, the only one of its kind in the country in a university setting.
* Was a leader in bringing the case-study method of instruction and the scholar/practitioner concept to the classroom, which are now widely used in business schools throughout the world.
* Was a leader in the development of Web-based distance learning with the first online courses offered in the fall of 1997.
* Runs the nation's largest tax school.
Tuition & Financial Aid
It's not uncommon to get "sticker shock" when considering a private university. But once you see everything Golden Gate University offers, we believe you'll figure it's well worth it. When you compare our small class sizes, individualized attention and real-world education to what the state schools provide, you'll see the advantages for yourself. And if you've got plans for your life and don't want to hassle with scheduling problems, you'll like our frequently and conveniently scheduled classes.
There's no hiding the fact that, while GGU is not as expensive as most private schools, the cost is higher than you would find at the state schools paying in-state fees. Of course, the primary reason for this is that GGU is not funded by tax dollars, so your tuition pays for almost all of your education. But that doesn't mean you have to be rich to afford it. There are a lot of options when it comes to getting help funding your education. We've outlined the basic options but we urge you to discuss your own situation with an admission officer or financial aid counselor at GGU. Even if you think, for some reason, you would not qualify for financial assistance, you should check your options - you may be surprised.