Trident University International

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Trident University International
Shield with ancient trident
Former names
TUI University, Touro University International
MottoAspire, Believe, Achieve
TypePrivate, online, For-Profit
PresidentTravis Allen, President and CEO

Trident University International (Trident) is a private online for-profit university in California. It offers associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs as well as certificates[1] in business, health sciences, education, and information systems. Formerly a branch of Touro College and University System, Trident was purchased by Summit Partners in 2007 and is now a standalone institution.

Trident offers 5 doctoral degrees,[2] 8 master's degrees, 8 bachelor’s degrees, 1 associate degree, and 6 professional certificate and diplomas programs. During[3] the FY 2015 report year, the university reported a six-year graduation rate of 26% for first-time students and 61% for all undergraduate students within eight years.

Enrollment as of 2014 was about 75% military.[4]


Founded in 1998, it has its headquarters in Cypress, California. Currently the university has more than 30,000 alumni.[5]

Originally called Touro University International, the University was a former branch campus of Touro College and University System, New York. In October 2007, Trident became a stand-alone institution when it was purchased by Summit Partners, a private-equity firm in Palo Alto, California, and Boston, Massachusetts. After purchasing the university, Summit Partners reorganized TUI and changed the name to TUI University, in January 2011.[6]

In June 2015, Travis Allen was named President and CEO. He has previously held senior management roles at Argosy University, University of Phoenix, and Endeavour Learning Group based in Melbourne, Australia.

As of September 2015, Trident has 6,197 students many of whom are either military veterans or active duty service members. The University had more than 28,000 alumni,[7] including more than 22,000[8] alumni who are active duty military, spouses, dependents, National Guard, or veterans.[9]

In May 2016, Dr. Mickey Shachar was named Dean of its College of Health and Human Services.[10] In June 2016, Dr. Heidi Linn (Gilligan) Smith was named Dean of its College of Education.[11] In May 2017, Dr. Debra Louis was named Dean of its Glenn R. Jones College of Business.[12] As of August 14, 2017, Dr. Lisa Mohanty was named Dean of its University College[13]


TUI is a research-based institution and is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC Senior College and University Commission).[14] Trident University offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral level degrees in a 100% online environment in the following colleges:

  • Glenn R. Jones College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • College of Information Systems


Notable alumni[edit]

  • William Gainey, United States Army Command Sergeant Major (R), the first Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (SEAC)
  • David O'Donahue, Deputy Adjutant General-Civil Support of the Wisconsin National Guard
  • Stephen Templin, bestselling author of "Seal Team Six"
  • Tony Tinderholt, Texas State Senator
  • John W. Troxell, Senior Enlisted Chairman to the Joint Chiefs of Staff (SEAC)


The student body of Trident is made up of a large number of veterans and active service members. In 2014, 2,202 students were receiving benefits from the Post-9/11 GI Bill, and 7,233 students were using the DoD Tuition Assistance Program.[15]


In total, Trident has 394 faculty members. Most are part-time (353) with 41 working at Trident in a full-time capacity. The student to teacher ratio is 17:1. More than 80% of faculty have a doctoral degree or the highest available degree in their field.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Trident University International". Retrieved 2018-09-20.
  2. ^ "Online Doctor of Business Administration". Trident University International. Retrieved 2017-09-11.
  3. ^ "College Navigator - Trident University International". Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 - Military Times". Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  5. ^ "Why Trident–Online Learning: Trident University". Trident University International. 2014-12-17. Retrieved 2017-07-08.
  6. ^ "Top Ranked Universities: Trident University International". 20 September 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Grad School Hub - Trident University".
  8. ^ "Trident University Launches Military Assistance Center".
  9. ^ "BBB Business Profile - Trident University International LLC". Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  10. ^ "Trident University International Selects New Health Sciences Dean". 2017-06-29. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  11. ^ "Trident University International Selects New College of Education Dean". 2016-06-30. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  12. ^ "Dr. Debra Louis Named Dean of Trident University's College of Business". Retrieved 2017-05-25.
  13. ^ "Dr. Lisa Mohanty Profile". Retrieved 2017-08-21.
  14. ^ "Trident University International - WASC Senior College and University Commission". Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  15. ^ "College Navigator - Trident University International". Retrieved 15 November 2017.

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