Antioch University West - San Francisco (AUW) was located in San Francisco, California. It was one of many campuses formed by Antioch University, a national university, which had its genesis with Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio in 1852. The San Francisco campus closed in July, 1989. The current campuses include Antioch University New England (Keene NH), Antioch University Midwest, (Yellow Springs, OH), Antioch University Los Angeles, Antioch University Santa Barbara and Antioch University Seattle. Antioch College was closed financial reasons effective June 30, 2008. On September 4, 2009, the college's assets were transferred to an independent corporation known as Antioch College Continuation Corporation (ACCC). ACCC reopened the College as an independent institution in the fall of 2011. It operates under the name "Antioch College" by virtue of a license from Antioch University.
AUW programs included a "design your degree" undergraduate program (department head: Tom Parsons) that was noted for giving academic credit for evaluated life experience. Graduate programs such as Health Services Administration, Clinical Psychology (department head - Noele Krenkel), Holistic Psychology (department head: noted author and Esalen-associated psychologist, Dr. Will Shutz), Somatic Psychology (department heads: Don Johnson and Michael Khan), Feminist Studies (department heads: Lauree Moss and Ani Mander), Community Planning (Department Head: David Keilch) among other diverse programs.
AUW was founded in a converted Victorian house in the Mission District in the early 1980s. When the university outgrew its Mission Street location, it moved to 650 Pine Street, in the basement of what would become the Ritz-Carlton. In 1989, the school moved to 50 Fell Street, leasing space from New College of California.