Stratford University

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Stratford University
Stratford Seal
MottoScientia est potentia
Motto in English
Knowledge is power
TypePrivate, for-profit, Public Benefit Corporation[1]
Established1976; 43 years ago (1976)
PresidentRichard R. Shurtz II.[2]
CampusUrban campuses
ColorsBlue and Silver
Stratford Logo
Stratford University is located in Northern Virginia
Stratford University
Location in Northern Virginia
Stratford University is located in Virginia
Stratford University
Stratford University (Virginia)
Stratford University is located in the United States
Stratford University
Stratford University (the United States)

Stratford University is a private, for-profit university headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia. It is a public benefit corporation.[1][4][5] Founded in 1976, Stratford delivers online, classroom, and blended online/classroom programs.[6]

Stratford University has campuses in Virginia (Alexandria,[7] Falls Church, Woodbridge,[8]) Maryland (Baltimore [9][10]), and India (New Delhi [11][12]). The majority of the student body is non-traditional and works full-time while attending school. Stratford's international student body represents over thirty countries.[13]

The Stratford campus in India is a joint venture with the Modi Group, created to offer residential American degrees in India. The legal name of the Indian joint venture is Modi Stratford Education Management (MSEM), Pvt. Ltd. The Modi Stratford Foundation, a wholly owned non-profit subsidiary of MSEM, delivers the academic programs in India as an accredited campus of Stratford University.[14][15]

In May 2019, Stratford University announced it would be closing three campuses in Virginia.[16]


Stratford awards graduate and undergraduate degrees in a number of disciplines including business administration, computer information systems, health sciences, nursing, culinary arts, and hotel management. Online, residential, and blended programs are available. All online and blended courses use the Stratford online Moodle platform hosted in Stratford's data center.[17]

Stratford has established programs to help US military and former-US military personnel complete their education and is recognized by the Veterans Administration as a member of the Yellow Ribbon Program.[18] Stratford offers non-credit continuing education and professional development courses like Event Management Certificate Program, Culinary Workshops and Certification Courses including Oracle, MSCE, .Net Framework, Cisco, Linux, and computer security-related topics for students and IT professionals.

Stratford's Language Institute offers an academic English as Second Language (ESL) program to help international students enter a degree program.[19]


  • Stratford University signed a letter of intent for an affiliation with Baltimore International College (BIC) on August 12, 2011.[20] The university has received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commissionand Baltimore officially became an additional location of Stratford University on December 1, 2011.[9]
  • Stratford University signed a memorandum of understanding with Sojourner-Douglass College (SDC) on April 2, 2015.[21] This memorandum outlines a process through which SDC programs will transition to Stratford after June 30, 2015, the date that SDC loses it accreditation. This location will be renamed the Sojourner-Douglass Center at Stratford University.


The Stratford University Newport News and Virginia Beach Campuses offers Men's Basketball, Men's Baseball, Women's Soccer, and Women's Softball.[22] Stratford University is a member of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA). Stratford University promptly ended its athletic programs in 2019, when the university closed its Newport News campus.[23]

Accreditation and affiliations[edit]

Stratford University has been endorsed and/or accredited by a broad range of organizations and agencies.


Dr. Richard R. Shurtz II, Stratford president, won the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in Greater Washington for the Government/Education Services category.[2][35][36] Stratford University was ranked as one of the Top 100 Graduate Degree Producers for All Disciplines in 2009 by Diverse Education.[37][38]

Stratford University received the Virginia V3 Perseverando Award for both 2015 and 2015. The awards were presented to Stratford by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe of at the Annual Chamber of Commerce Workforce Conference in Richmond.[39][40][41][42]

In 2016, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Stratford University with the President’s "E" Award for Exports. It is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. The 'E' Awards noted Stratford University's dedication to providing quality education to students around the world, particularly its investment in language training programs.[43][44][45]


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  2. ^ a b "Leadership Profile: Transformer-in-Chief" (PDF). Career Education Review. Retrieved 2012-06-04.
  3. ^ "The school is closing three campuses in Virginia". Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  4. ^ "Stratford University Announces New Status As Benefit Corporation". Archived from the original on 2015-11-22. Retrieved 2015-11-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ "Another For-Profit Becomes a Public Benefit Corporation". Retrieved 2015-11-04.
  6. ^ "Stratford University 2010-11 Catalog" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-03-24.
  7. ^ "Stratford University to open Alexandria campus". Retrieved 2014-03-03.
  8. ^ "Stratford University opens Woodbridge campus". Archived from the original on 2011-08-09. Retrieved 2010-03-15. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  9. ^ a b "Baltimore International College set to hand control to Va.-based Stratford". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  10. ^ "Culinary School Stratford Cooks Up Big Plans for Baltimore". BmoreMedia. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  11. ^ "Stratford University to set up campus in India". Retrieved 2010-03-15.
  12. ^ "College of the Year 2014 Edition: MAII-Stratford University". Retrieved 2015-01-26.
  13. ^ "Stratford University International Student Booklet" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-03-22.
  14. ^ "Stratford University Opens Campus in India". Retrieved 2010-03-15.
  15. ^ "Stratford University New Delhi Campus (MAII)".
  16. ^ Fain, Paul. "Stratford University to Close 3 Campuses". Inside Higher Education. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  17. ^ "Stratford University Online Programs". Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  18. ^ "Veterans Administration Yellow Ribbon Institutions in Virginia". Archived from the original on 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2010-03-23. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  19. ^ "Stratford Language Institute Homepage". Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  20. ^ Childs Walker. "Baltimore International College to merge with Stratford University". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  21. ^ Joe Burris. "Financially plagued Sojourner-Douglass may become part of Stratford University". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  22. ^ "Stratford University Cardinal Athletics". Retrieved 2018-02-02.
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  24. ^ "ACICS Directory of Institutions". Retrieved 2011-08-14.
  25. ^ "ACICS Recognized by CHEA". Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  26. ^ "ACICS Recognition Reinstated by U. S. Department of Education" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  27. ^ "Private Institutions exempt from certification". Archived from the original on 2011-10-03. Retrieved 2011-11-23. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  28. ^ "SEVP Certified Schools -Updated List" (PDF). Department of Homeland[permanent dead link]
  30. ^ "VBON Programs Preparing for Registered Nurse Licensure". Retrieved 2010-03-22.
  31. ^ "CCNE-Accredited Baccalaureate Nursing Degree Programs in Virginia". Archived from the original on 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2012-06-13. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  32. ^ "ACF Accredited Postsecondary Programs in Virginia". Archived from the original on March 7, 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-22. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  33. ^ "Stratford Accreditation and Affiliations". Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  34. ^ "USIEF Institutional Members". Archived from the original on 2011-07-23. Retrieved 2011-08-04. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  35. ^ "Winners for Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 awards in Greater Washington Announced". Archived from the original on 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2010-03-15. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  36. ^ "Ex-Techie Gets Educational". Retrieved 2010-03-16.
  37. ^ "Top Graduate Degree Producers", Diverse Issues in Higher Education, July 23, 2009.
  38. ^ "Top 100 - Graduate Degree Producers". Retrieved 2010-03-23.
  39. ^ "Governor McAuliffe Celebrates Success of Virginia Values Veterans Program". Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  40. ^ "Governor McAuliffe Announces over 18,000 Veterans Hired Through the Virginia Values Veterans Program". Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  41. ^ "Stratford University Wins the Perseverando Award". Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  42. ^ "Stratford University Wins the Perseverando Award 2016 Again". Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  43. ^ "Stratford University Receives Presidential Award for Export Success".
  44. ^ "U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Honors U.S. Companies with Presidential Award for Export Achievements".
  45. ^ "Stratford University Receives Presidential Award For Export Successes".

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Coordinates: 38°54′26.53″N 77°12′52.13″W / 38.9073694°N 77.2144806°W / 38.9073694; -77.2144806 (Stratford University Main Campus)