United States University

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United States University
Former names
InterAmerican College (1997–2010)
Motto Making College Affordable
Type Private, for-profit
Established 1997
President Dr. Steven Stargardter
Provost Dr. Jennifer Newmann
Administrative staff
Students 1,650 (Summer 2015)
Address 7675 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108, Mission Valley, California, United States
Campus Urban
Colors Red and blue         
Website www.usuniversity.edu
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United States University (USU) is a private, for-profit university located in San Diego, California. It offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in health sciences, business, and nursing as well as California Teaching Credentials. Many of USU's programs are 100% online. Aspen Group, Inc. is a publicly held, for-profit post-secondary education company headquartered in New York, NY. and owns two accredited universities, Aspen University and United States University. Aspen Group’s vision is to make college affordable again in America.

Aspen Group, Inc. is publicly traded under the symbol NASDAQASPU, and enjoyed $4.2 million in revenue in the 2017 fiscal year.[1]


USU was founded in 1997 as InterAmerican College by Reymundo and Maria Marin,[2] as a non-profit college geared to help immigrants transfer degrees. According to the 2008 WASC report on InterAmerican College, the area of which the college was previously located (National City) was once considered the 13th most impoverished city in the nation[3] and one of the initial goals of the college was to serve the needs of educated immigrants. Foreign college transcripts would be evaluated by an independent panel that would appraise course work and give the student credit for up to three years of college course work. There would then be one-month courses on weeknights and weekends to complete any remaining requirements for an American degree.[4] This early focus on immigrant education garnered positive press such as a 1999 Associated Press article[4] and a 2002 San Diego Union Tribune article.[5]

In its first eight years InterAmerican College was initially dedicated to educating future bilingual teachers. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing granted the institution the initial accreditation and approved the liberal studies program as well as the multiple and single subject credential programs. The United States University nursing program has increased in popularity in comparison to the additionally offered teaching programs.[6]

In 2010, the institution changed its name to United States University to reflect the new status of University granted to the college. This name change was initiated by the new leadership team which took the reins in early 2010. Dr. Yoram Neumann, previously the vice president for academic affairs at California State University Dominguez Hills and the President, CEO, and founder of TUI University, was appointed president of USU.[7] Three years later, the university settled a civil suit brought by the federal government alleging fraud related to financial aid charges. A local news outlet described the case as unusual as it resulted in criminal charges against the individual involved - the director of financial aid who pleaded guilty - as well as civil charges against the university.[8][9]

During its June 18, 2014 meeting, the Structural Change Committee of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) granted United States University (USU) approval for a change of ownership from Educacion Significativa, LLC, to Linden, LLC.[10]

In 2016, United States University moved their campus from Chula Vista, CA to Mission Valley, CA.

In June 2017, monthly payment plans (MPP) were introduced for five of its programs as a financially manageable alternative to help students fund their education with minimal student loan debt. New, lowered tuition rates were announced for many existing programs.

On December 1, 2017, Aspen Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASPU), a post-secondary education company, announced the completion of their acquisition of United States University.[11]


Undergraduate Programs:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science
  • Bachelor or Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Graduate Programs:

  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Science in Health Science
  • Master of Arts in Education (MAED)
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Online Education and Education Technology
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Leadership for Health Systems Management Innovations

California Teaching Credentials:

  • Multiple Subject Teaching Credential
  • Single Subject Teaching Credential
  • Bilingual Authorization


United States University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.[3][12] The teaching credential programs are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.[13] The Nurse Practitioner Programs are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.[14] The Master of Science in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.[15]

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