University of the Potomac

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For the two-year college in West Virginia, see Potomac State College of West Virginia University.
University of the Potomac
Motto Knowledge for the global community
Established 1991
Location Washington,DC, Vienna,VA, USA
Campus Urban, Online
Nickname Potomac, UOTP (two nicknames)
Affiliations Middle States Commission on Higher Education

University of the Potomac (formerly Potomac College[1]) is a for-profit[2] higher education institution in Washington, DC, and Vienna, Virginia. The school offers Certificate programs, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, and Graduate program degrees in accounting, international business, government contract management, business, digital forensics, and information technology.

University of the Potomac was originally established in 1989 as Potomac Educational Foundation to operate an educational institution of higher learning. In 1991, it became Potomac College, a two-year, upper division degree-completion institution in Rockville, Maryland serving working adults who were currently employed and were seeking to complete their college degrees.

In December 1994, Potomac was accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools. Potomac College relocated from Rockville, Maryland to 4000 Chesapeake Street NW, Washington, DC in 1997 and was granted approval to award Bachelor of Science degrees by the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission.

In 1998, the State Council on Higher Education of Virginia granted Potomac College approval to award Bachelor of Science degrees at Virginia campus. Courses were initiated in Herndon, Virginia in 2001.

During these times, Potomac experienced a distinct shift in their student and employer- customer demands and both companies, and their employees, began to demand regional accreditation as a response to the shifting marketplace. As a result, Potomac College pursued, and was granted in June 2006, regional accreditation through Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a postsecondary accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and Council of Higher Education Accreditation.

In 2005, in order to respond to demands in the marketplace, Potomac launched Associate Degree programs. In 2007, the College received approval to offer online programs, and in the fall of 2008, the College initiated online course delivery to complement the two on-ground campus location.

In April 2008, Potomac College was acquired by Potomac College, LLC, which was financed by a group of private investors committed to delivering quality education. Potomac’s cycle for reaffirmation of accreditation was interrupted from 2009 through 2011 while it was asked for several follow-up reports during and after its transition to new owners.

In November 2011, the Commission reaffirmed the College’s accreditation and confirmed that its next evaluation visit was scheduled for 2013-14

In 2012, the Virginia branch campus was relocated to 2070 Chain Bridge Road, near Tyson’s Corner, in Vienna, VA.

In 2013, Potomac College was renamed University of the Potomac. This name change has been approved by the District of Columbia Education Licensure Commission in the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. The school’s new “University” status is the result of years of academic growth for the institution. To accommodate its growth, University of the Potomac relocated its Washington, D.C. campus into the heart of the city’s business and government district at 1401 H Street NW, three blocks from the White House.

Potomac's campuses are located in Washington, DC, Vienna, VA and the Online. Potomac offers classes online via the eCollege - Course Management System, and allows students to pursue their degree remotely or as a combination of classroom and online.

Program structure[edit]

University of the Potomac’s programs are tailored to a working population who seek the education necessary to reach the next career level. Qualified students can earn degrees in as few as 18 months, allowing them to more easily balance their jobs and families with school. Additionally, all courses are offered online.

Admissions and financial aid[edit]

University of the Potomac has an open admissions policy. Applicants (those who qualify) are eligible for both Pell grants and federal student loans.[3] This university was one of 15 sites that made deceptive or questionable statements to Government Accountability Office investigators posing as applicants.[4]


The College offers courses at its two on ground locations in Washington, DC and Vienna, Virginia as well as online. Both on ground locations are easily accessible by public transportation, and the Washington, DC location is only a few blocks away from the Tenleytown metro station on the Red Line.

International Programs[edit]

Swiss-American International MBA Fast Track[edit]

Through a partnership with University of Business and International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, University of the Potomac offers a 5-year international MBA Program.[5] The Bachelor Degree is completed in the first 3.5 years and the MBA is completed after 1 additional year.


  1. ^ "Potomac College Becomes University of the Potomac; Announces New Washington, D.C. Campus". PRWeb. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Overview : Potomac College, U.S. News and World Reports, 2008
  3. ^ National Center for Education Statistics (2008). "College Navigator - Potomac College". Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  4. ^ Vise, Daniel de; Paul Kane (2010-08-05). "GAO: 15 for-profit colleges used deceptive recruiting tactics". The Washington Post. ISSN 0740-5421. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  5. ^ Plumb, Tierney (2008-05-29). "Potomac College launches new business program". 

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