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
The Heald College building in Milpitas

Heald College was a regionally accredited for-profit, businesscareer college with multiple campuses in California, and one campus in Oregon and Hawaii.[1] The school offered courses in the fields of healthcare, business, legal, and technology. Beginning in 2012, the school also offered full online degrees. Heald College was owned by parent company Corinthian Colleges, a for-profit education company known for its other career-college brands, Everest College and WyoTech.[2]

Heald closed their doors for good when Corinthian Colleges shuttered all of their campuses on April 27, 2015.[3]

Due to findings by the Department of Education of misrepresented job placement rates at certain programs[4] of Heald College from July 2010–2015, the department has made students of these programs eligible to have their debts cancelled[5] if they fill out the Department's online attestation form,[6] or mail in a printable[7] attestation form.


The college was founded[8] in San Francisco, California, by Edward Payson Heald, on August 8, 1863, and known for many years as "Heald's Business College".[9]

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.[10]

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-only coursework. However, Corinthian planned to retain the Heald name, as well as its faculty and staff.[11]


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).[12] Heald offered Associate in Applied Sciences degrees[13] 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.).[14]

Campus locations[edit]

Heald College campuses were located in 12 cities:

In addition to Heald's physical locations, they also operated an online program that offered seven different degrees.[15]

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. Retrieved February 19, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Corinthian Colleges, Inc.". 
  3. ^ 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. Corinthian Colleges shut down all of its remaining 28 ground campuses on Monday, April 27, displacing 16,000 students. The shutdown comes less than two weeks after the U.S. Department of Education announcing it was fining the for-profit institution $30 million for misrepresentation. 
  4. ^ "List of Heald College Programs and Enrollment Dates Covered by Department of Education Findings" (PDF). Department of Education. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Information About Debt Relief for Corinthian Colleges Students | Federal Student Aid". studentaid.ed.gov. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Application for Borrower Defense to Repayment Loan Discharge Form View". borrowerdischarge.ed.gov. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Attestation for Certain Heald College Students". Department of Education. Retrieved September 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ Lewis Publishing Company in 1892
  9. ^ van Ommeren 2004
  10. ^ "Capstone Partners Advises Heald College on Acquisition by Investor Group". Capstone LLC. p. 7. Retrieved June 26, 2014. 
  11. ^ Nanea Kalani (November 6, 2009). "Sale of Heald Colleges could lead to more student options". Pacific Business News. Retrieved November 12, 2009. 
  12. ^ "ACCJC DIRECTORY OF ACCREDITED INSTITUTIONS AUGUST 2012" (PDF). August 1, 2012. p. 13. Retrieved August 13, 2012. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Heald College Academic Catalog" (PDF). Heald College. June 2011. p. 3. Retrieved July 24, 2011. 
  14. ^ "WASC Commission Actions – June 2012" (PDF). July 1, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Heald Online programs". Heald Online. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  16. ^ Edward Sanford Harrison (1892). "Biographical Sketches". History of Santa Cruz County, California. Pacific Press Publishing Company. pp. 318–319. *
  17. ^ 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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