Patten University

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Patten University
Motto Where Your Passion Becomes Action
Type For-profit college
Established 1944
Founder Bebe Patten
President Thomas Stewart
Students 900
Location Oakland, California, United States
37°47′11″N 122°13′10″W / 37.78639°N 122.21944°W / 37.78639; -122.21944Coordinates: 37°47′11″N 122°13′10″W / 37.78639°N 122.21944°W / 37.78639; -122.21944[1]
Campus Urban, 15 acres (6.1 ha)
Mascot Lions

Patten University is a for-profit institution of higher education in Oakland, California. It was founded in 1944 by Bebe Patten as the Oakland Bible Institute. Patten is a secular for-profit institution.[citation needed]


Patten University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and authorized by the California State Board of Education.[2] It offers Associate degrees in General Studies with concentrations in Business and Criminal Justice as well as Bachelor’s degrees in leadership with concentrations in Management, Entrepreneurship and Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice; Management with concentrations in Leadership and Entrepreneurship; and psychology with concentrations in Criminal Justice, Industrial-Organizational or Early Childhood Education. Master's degree programs are available in Management, Finance, Health Care, Strategic Management, Sales Management, and Human Resources.[citation needed]


Founded in 1944 as the Oakland Bible Institute by Bebe Patten, Patten University emphasized faith-based teaching and created programs for students with broad academic and career interests. In 1980, Patten received initial accreditation by the WASC Senior College Commission and changed its name to Patten College.[citation needed]

In December 2012, Patten began the transition from a non-profit, sectarian institution to a for-profit, secular institution under the umbrella of the parent company UniversityNow.[3]


In 1980, the university received accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).[4] The Multiple and Single Subject Teaching Credential programs and the Elementary Subject Matter Preparation Program are approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.[citation needed]


Patten University is a member of the Regional Association of East Bay Colleges and Universities; the Pacific Coast Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers of the American Association of Higher Education; the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors; the National Association of College Admissions Counselors; and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.[citation needed]

The university is approved by the United States Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service for attendance of nonimmigrant international students under the Immigration and Nationalization Act, and is approved for veterans. It is Title 4 eligible, but does not participate in its programs. Qualified students are eligible to receive state scholarships.[citation needed]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Patten University
  2. ^ "Statement of Accreditation Status: Patten University". Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. Archived from the original on 27 April 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Public Statement Regarding Patten University". Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 2012. Archived from the original on February 6, 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  4. ^ "Patten University". Western Association of Schools and Colleges. 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 

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