Bristol University (California)

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Bristol University
Former names
Kensington College
TypePrivate school
EstablishedAugust 30, 1991 (1991-08-30)
Academic affiliation
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
Campus2390 East Orangewood Ave.
Anaheim, California 92806
United States
Sporting affiliations
Websitewebsite (archive)

Bristol University was a private university established in the city of Anaheim, California, United States, in 1991 as Kensington College. It became a university in 2011, and was renamed Bristol University. The first graduating class as Bristol was in 2014.[1] The college filed for bankruptcy in 2017.[2]


Bristol was founded in Santa Ana as Kensington College in 1991.[3] In 2009, the school initiated an MBA program.[4] In 2011, the school moved to Anaheim and was renamed Bristol University. The first graduating class of Bristol was in 2014.[1] The school served mostly low-income, international and underperforming students, and a sizable portion of student-athletes.


The school reported the average cost to earn a bachelor's degree from 2014-2017 was approximately $47,400, and took an average of 31 months to complete.[5]

Accreditation issues and closure[edit]

In April 2015, the US Department of Education placed Bristol on a program called Heightened Cash Monitoring, which delays cash payments to universities because they were out of compliance with distance learning regulations.[6] In September 2015, the Department of Education informed Bristol they were no longer eligible to participate in federal financial aid programs, because the school disclosed a material change in ownership twenty five days late.[7]

The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools denied the institution accreditation on December 22, 2015.[4] As this prevented the school from accepting new students, Bristol filed a suit in federal court and was granted relief, reinstating their accreditation in 2016.[8][9] Bristol's position that the accrediting agency engaged in negligence by failing to follow the proper procedures in removing their accreditation.[10] However, the judgment was later overruled[11] Bristol filed for bankruptcy in 2017.[2]


The school at one time supported sixteen sports teams, competing in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association as the Bears.[12] Despite the school's small size, both the men's and women's basketball teams played several games against much larger NCAA Division I teams, including 5 games in the 2015 season alone.[9] Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track[13] and volleyball. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and volleyball.[14]

Notable people[edit]

  • Jeron Roberts, professional basketball for the Israeli National basketball team served as athletic director.[15]


  1. ^ a b Hughes, Paul. "First Class Graduates at Anaheim School". Orange County Business Journal. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "California Central Bankruptcy Court Case 8:17-bk-13605 - Kensington". Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Bristol University, Plaintiff – Appellee, v. Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, Defendant –Appellant". United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. June 9, 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2018. Bristol offers one-year, two-year, and four-year programs in business administration and certificate programs in legal studies and hospitality operations. The school was founded in 1991 as Kensington College and received initial accreditation from ACICS in 1993.
  4. ^ a b "ACICS Hearing" (PDF). Inside Higher Ed. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Statistics". College Navigator. NCES. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Heightened Cash Monitoring Letter" (PDF). 8 April 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Loss of Eligibility" (PDF). Inside Higher Ed. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Civil Action No 16-CV307" (PDF). inside higher ed. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  9. ^ a b Fain, Paul (May 4, 2016). "Watchdog Barks -- and Gets Slapped Down". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Bristol University v. Accrediting Council". Justia. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  11. ^ Morris, Sophia. "4th Circ. Says College's Accreditation Rightly Yanked". Law360. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Bristol University Bears". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016.
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  15. ^ Gagliardi, Robert (13 June 2013). "Former Cowboy basketball player Jeron Roberts gets his degree". Retrieved 24 October 2015.