Heald College

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Heald College
Motto Get in. Get out. Get ahead.
Active 1863–2015
President Eeva Deshon (last)
Location San Francisco
Campuses 12 campuses & online
Website Official website Edit this at Wikidata
The Heald College building in Milpitas

Heald College was a regionally accredited for-profit, businesscareer college.[1] It offered courses in the fields of healthcare, business, legal, and technology. Beginning in 2012, it also offered full online degrees. Heald College was owned by Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit education company that also operated Everest College and WyoTech,[2] and closed for good when Corinthian Colleges shuttered all of their campuses on April 27, 2015. At the time of its closure, the college had campuses in twelve cities in addition to its online program.


The college was founded[3] in San Francisco, California, by Edward Payson Heald, on August 8, 1863, and known for many years as "Heald's Business College".[4]

In 2001, it changed its name from Heald Colleges to Heald College. A few years after that, in 2007, the then non-profit institution was acquired by a private investor group and turned into a for-profit college.[5]

In November 2009, Corinthian Colleges, Inc. purchased Heald College's parent company for $395 million, simultaneously announcing plans to begin in 2011 offering online-only courses leading to degree programs based entirely on online coursework. However, Corinthian planned to retain the Heald name, as well as its faculty and staff.[6]

In 2015, due to findings by the Department of Education of misrepresented job placement rates in certain programs at Corinthian Colleges, including Heald, after July 2010,[7] the department made students of these programs eligible to have their debts cancelled if they submitted an attestation form. Corinthian was assessed a fine of $30 million, and shut down all its campuses, including Heald, on April 27, 2015.[8][9]

Corinthian had sold some of its campuses.[9] At the time of closure, in addition to its online program,[10] Heald had campuses in Hawaii, Oregon, and ten locations in California:[9]

  • Concord
  • Fresno
  • Hayward
  • Milpitas/San Jose
  • Modesto/Salida
  • Rancho Cordova
  • Roseville
  • Salinas
  • San Francisco
  • Stockton[8]


From 1983 until its closure, Heald College had regional accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).[11] Heald offered Associate in Applied Sciences degrees[12] and Associate of Arts degrees, diplomas or certificates.

In addition, in July 2012, Heald College received accreditation from the Western Associate of Schools and Colleges accrediting commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC Sr.).[13]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Corinthian College is a criminal enterprise: Then why are teacher pension funds buying their stock?". The Daily Censored. December 16, 2013. Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  2. ^ "Corinthian Colleges, Inc". Archived from the original on October 17, 2012. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Lewis Publishing Company in 1892
  4. ^ van Ommeren 2004
  5. ^ "Capstone Partners Advises Heald College on Acquisition by Investor Group". Capstone LLC. p. 7. Archived from the original on June 25, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014.
  6. ^ Nanea Kalani (November 6, 2009). "Sale of Heald Colleges could lead to more student options". Pacific Business News. Retrieved November 12, 2009.
  7. ^ "List of Heald College Programs and Enrollment Dates Covered by Department of Education Findings" (PDF). Department of Education. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  8. ^ a b Sevilla, Mario (April 29, 2015). "FAQS about Heald, Everest, And Wyotech Campuses". kron4.com. Media General. Archived from the original on May 28, 2015. Retrieved June 9, 2015.
  9. ^ a b c Tucker, Jill (April 26, 2015). "Corinthian, Heald colleges shut down abruptly". sfgate.com. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
  10. ^ "Heald Online programs". Heald Online. Archived from the original on December 3, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  11. ^ "ACCJC DIRECTORY OF ACCREDITED INSTITUTIONS AUGUST 2012" (PDF). August 1, 2012. p. 13. Retrieved August 13, 2012.[dead link]
  12. ^ "Heald College Academic Catalog" (PDF). Heald College. June 2011. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 27, 2011. Retrieved July 24, 2011.
  13. ^ "WASC Commission Actions – June 2012" (PDF). July 1, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  14. ^ Edward Sanford Harrison (1892). "Biographical Sketches". History of Santa Cruz County, California. Pacific Press Publishing Company. pp. 318–319.*
  15. ^ Kawakami, Kenjiro (2002). "William R. Gorham (1888–1949) and Japanese Industry". International Conference on Business & Technology Transfer. Retrieved May 8, 2013.


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