Deree College

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Deree College
Deree College (crest).png
Type Private non-profit
Established 1875 (1875) in Smyrna, Asia Minor
President David G. Horner [1]
Location Agia Paraskevi, Athens, Greece
Campus Aghia Paraskevi campus
Colors Blue and White         

The Deree College is a private, non-profit, liberal-arts college,[2] located in Athens, Greece. Its 64-acre main campus is located in the northeastern Athenian suburb of Agia Paraskevi.

Deree College is a division of the Boston-based not-for-profit organization American College of Greece. It is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and also has a degree validation agreement with the Open University of the United Kingdom. DEREE offers bachelor's degrees in Business, the Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Fine & Performing Arts and master's degrees in Communication and Psychology.


When the American College of Greece was founded in 1875 in Smyrna, Asia Minor, it was initially an all-girls secondary school. In 1885, it however became an institution of higher education,[citation needed] the predecessor of today's Deree College.

The College was shut down in 1922 during the massive flight of Greeks from Asia Minor following the Asia Minor Disaster in the aftermath of World War I. In 1923, Greek Prime Minister Eleftherios Venizelos invited the College to reopen in Athens. It did so that same year and survived the World War II Nazi occupation of the country.

In the 70s the undergraduate division of The American College of Greece was renamed DEREE College, in honor of William Deree, a wealthy Greek American philanthropist from Chicago.


DEREE has been accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) since 1981. Its degrees are equivalent to degrees issued by US colleges and universities. DEREE has a 64-acre campus in Agia Paraskevi, a suburb of Athens, just 6 miles from the center. DEREE - The American College of Greece offers 21 undergraduate majors leading to BA or BS degrees, and 8 graduate specialties leading to MA or MS degrees. It also offers a series of graduate diplomas and certificates, professional qualification and continuing education courses.[3]


  1. ^ "Home | The American College of Greece". Retrieved 2013-08-15. 
  2. ^ "Deree College - The American College of Greece". Top Universities. 2012-12-06. Retrieved 2013-08-15. 
  3. ^ "History | The American College of Greece". Retrieved 2013-08-15. 

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