|President||Luís Ma. R. Calingo, Ph.D.|
|Location||Los Angeles, Burbank, and San Diego, California, USA|
|Campus||Suburban, 22.4 acres (9.1 ha)|
Woodbury University is a private, non-profit, coeducational, nonsectarian university located in Burbank, California. It offers undergraduate and graduate degrees from three schools (Architecture, Business and Media, Culture & Design) and one Institute (Transdisciplinary Studies).
The school was founded in 1884 as Woodbury's Business College by its namesake, F. C. Woodbury, formerly a partner in Heald's Business College in San Francisco, thus making it the second oldest institution of higher learning in Los Angeles and one of the oldest business schools west of Chicago. That historic link between Woodbury and the world of business has been maintained throughout the years.
In 1931, the division of professional arts was established to focus on those fields of design that are closely allied to business. Woodbury then became a college of business administration and design. In 1969, Woodbury introduced a graduate program leading to the master of business administration (MBA). In 1974, Woodbury College became Woodbury University. In 1982, Computer Information Systems was added as a major, followed in 1984 by Architecture. In 1987, the Weekend College program for working adults was established with the aid of grants from The Fletcher Jones Foundation and The William Randolph Hearst Foundation. In 1994 the university formally organized its undergraduate and graduate programs into three schools: the School of Architecture and Design, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Business and Management.
That year three majors in Arts and Sciences came into being: Psychology, Politics & History and Liberal Arts & Business. Additional undergraduate degree programs have been added in the areas of Marketing, Animation Arts, Communication, and Organizational Leadership.
Today, Woodbury's undergraduate and graduate programs are formally organized in four schools: the School of Architecture, the School of Business, the School of Media, Culture & Design, and the Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies.
The original mission of Woodbury University was to educate Los Angeles residents in the practical areas of business: bookkeeping, commercial art, interior design, and fashion design. For a time, Woodbury could boast that 10% of Los Angeles' citizenry were attending the institution and its earliest alumni lists form a literal who's who of 19th century Los Angeles. The original mission of Woodbury University was to educate Angelenos in the practical areas of business; bookkeeping, commercial law and telegraphy. In 1931, the college created a division of professional arts centered on entertainment and design. In 1974, Woodbury College became Woodbury University and in 1984 added Architecture to its professional degrees. In 1987, the university moved to a suburban campus in Burbank, on the site of the former Villa Cabrini Academy, a high school for girls run by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, founded by St. Frances Xavier Cabrini.
For the first 103 years, the university followed the growth of the business community in Los Angeles. It was originally at 226 South Spring Street in downtown LA. By 1937, new facilities at 1027 Wilshire Boulevard were occupied, and for 50 years that location served as the university’s classroom and administrative building. In 1985, the university acquired a 22.4-acre (9.1 ha) campus in Burbank and moved to these new facilities in October 1987. In 1998 the institution opened a satellite campus in San Diego where it offers the B.Arch. and M.Arch degrees. In Fall of 2008, Woodbury University San Diego moved from its downtown location to Barrio Logan. The new building features a new computer laboratory, studios, classrooms, and a library.
Currently Woodbury University comprises of three schools and one institute, including graduate and undergraduate programs: Business; Architecture; Media, Culture & Design; and Transdisciplinary Studies, offering undergraduate degrees in Business, Architecture, Animation, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Architecture, Psychology, Communication, Politics and History, Organizational Leadership, and Interdisciplinary Studies and graduate degrees in Business, Architecture, and Organizational Leadership.
- School of Business
- Business and Management
- Fashion Marketing
- Organizational Leadership
- School of Architecture
- Architecture (B.Arch., M.Arch, MS.Arch)
- Interior Architecture (B.FA, MIA)
- School of Media, Culture & Design
- Games Art and Design
- Animation Arts
- Media Technology
- Fashion Design
- Graphic Design
- Transdisciplinary Studies
- Interdisciplinary Studies
- Politics & History
- Art History
- Urban Studies
- School of Graduate & Professional Studies
- Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
- Master of Architecture in Real Estate Development (M.Arch.)
- Master of Architecture (M. Arch. I & II)
- Master of Science in Architecture (M.Sc.Arch.)
- Master of Organizational Leadership (M.O.L.)
- Master of Interior Architecture (M.I.A.)
- Master of Social Justice (M.S.J.)
Woodbury University enrolls approximately 39% white, non-Hispanic students; 28% Hispanic students; 9% Asian students; 17% international students; and 4% African-American students
Woodbury University is accredited by the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is approved by the Postsecondary Commission, California Department of Education. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges granted Woodbury its original regional accreditation in 1961. In 1994 the Architecture program was accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The School of Business received its accreditation from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Spring 1998. In 1991, the Interior Architecture Program was accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. In 2008, the school received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Woodbury University is a member university of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In addition, the university is pursuing AACSB International accreditation.
The main campus of Woodbury University is located in Burbank, California, adjacent to the city of Los Angeles. However, Woodbury University also maintains a campus in San Diego, California, where it offers B.Arch, M.Arch, and MS.ARch degrees. Additional off-campus sites are located in Hollywood and at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Headquarters.
Woodbury University Burbank, 7500 Glenoaks Boulevard Burbank, CA 91510
Woodbury University San Diego, 2212 Main Street San Diego, CA 92113
- Cleo Baldon – Landscape architect
- Don Adolfo Camarillo – Founder of Camarillo, Calif. and one of the last Californios
- George Allan Hancock – Owner of Rancho La Brea; site of the La Brea Tar Pits, and the Santa Maria Valley Railroad, also a Banker, Industrialist and Marine Researcher
- Helen Gurley Brown – Author, publisher, and businesswoman. She was editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years.
- Ahmad Najafi – Actor and producer
- Alan Leitner – Abstract artist
- William Travilla – Costume Designer
- Star Parker – Conservative activist
- Joseph M. Souki – Speaker of the Hawaii House of Representatives
- "Villa Cabrini". The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.
- Woodbury – History
- The Princeton Review
- "Stained-Glass Windows". Mother Cabrini Shrine.
- Thomas, Grace Powers (1898). Where to educate, 1898–1899. A guide to the best private schools, higher institutions of learning, etc., in the United States. Boston: Brown and Company. p. 12. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
- AACSB International
- Scanlon, Jennifer (2009). Toff, Nancy, ed. Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown. Oxford University Press. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-19-534205-5.
- University website
- Woodbury University – MBA Program in Southern California
- Woodbury University – Master of Architecture in Real Estate Development
- Woodbury University – Master of Architecture
- LA Times Article – WOODBURY UNIVERSITY : New Dorms to Finally Be Completed
- LA Times Article – Woodbury University Moving to Burbank
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