About Woodbury University

With over 20 practice-based, fully-accredited professional and liberal arts undergraduate and graduate majors, Woodbury is a non-profit institution dedicated to the student experience. More than 90 percent of our students get jobs in their chosen or applied field.


We transform students into innovative professionals who will contribute responsibly to the global community. We achieve academic excellence by focusing on purposeful student engagement, establishing external partnerships and ensuring that all our processes, services and environment enrich the student experience.


Woodbury University cultivates a personal, interactive learning environment that focuses on innovative, practice-based professional and liberal arts education. We add distinct value with our focus on faculty–student interaction and support for student development and achievement.

Core Values

Excellence | Driven by standards of excellence in teaching, services, student wellbeing, community safety and sustainable practices

Ethics | Setting the highest standards of academic and professional behavior to encourage social responsibility

Aspiration | Pursuing ever higher levels of competitiveness, distinctiveness and service learning

Community |  Building a culture that values diversity, open communication, collaboration and engagement


We create an inclusive climate because we know that richness in different experiences and perspectives is intrinsically valuable and vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating a vibrant academic community. We commit to building a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness because this is an essential part of an experience-centered education. We act on these values by pursuing individuals who themselves embody the experiences and perspectives of our different communities and have an understanding and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. We seek to create a campus culture with this wide range of perspectives and experiences by recruiting and encouraging diverse candidates to apply as students, staff and faculty, including people of any race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, disability, religion or military status.

Strategic Principles

Civic Engagement | Achieving civic fulfillment through the process of giving back

Entrepreneurship |  Fostering a culture of creativity, innovation and opportunity

Design Thinking |  Developing the ability, desire and confidence to imagine new ideas to create impact and make a difference

Transdisciplinarity | Harnessing the creative power of multiple disciplines and communities that broaden perspectives across academic boundaries


The mission of Sustainable Woodbury is to equip students, faculty and staff with theoretical and practical knowledge that addresses sustainability issues in their disciplines, careers, community relationships and daily lives.

Many changes within the environment have critically affected our way of life. From water shortages to pollution and climate change, our planet has become stressed, yet our relationship to our surroundings is detached. Acknowledging these environmental, social and economic issues, Woodbury University’s goal is to create and nurture sustainable campus life. At Woodbury, sustainability is regarded as a subject of study and is implemented in every sector of the institution.

Woodbury encourages continued learning about sustainability through coursework, research and the experiences of life on campus. Sustainable Woodbury prompts our community to explore our future, our current status and our past and challenges us to examine our natural and built environments, campus life, curriculum, co-curricular learning opportunities and stewardship of resources in the spirit of shared and just decision making.



University nationally recognized as a College of Distinction

Top 4%

University ranked in top 4% of Colleges and Universities Based on Economic Value
-Economist Magazine


Safest college campuses in California


Ranked 14th out of 110 small colleges in California for economic value
– Great College Deals 2016


University nationally ranked among Colleges That Add the Most Value
-Money Magazine

36th National, 7th in California

New York Times ranks Woodbury University 36th nationally and 7th in California in major academic
study in upward student mobility
-The Upshot/New York Times

 Top 20%

Ranked among top 20% of Animation schools in the nation.
-Animation Career Review Magazine


Architecture ranked 24th in the nation for Undergraduate Architecture Programs
-2016 Design/Intelligence Survey


Game Art & Design ranked 10th among the Top Programs in the West
-Animation Career Review

Top 25

Graphic Design nationally ranked as Top Design School in 2016 and 2015
-Graphic Design, USA Magazine


Interior Architecture ranked 4th among the Top Programs in the West


Fashion Design ranked 10th among the top fashion schools in the West


Fashion Design ranked 23rd among the top fashion schools nationally

One of only 14

Architecture is one of 14 schools nationwide accepted by the National Council
of Architects Registration Boards (only three in Southern California) to offer the
Integrated Path to Licensure (IPAL) initiative; and is the only institution where IPAL
is available to both undergraduate and graduate students


Quick Facts

  • Founded: 1884
  • Nonprofit institution
  • Professional and liberal arts education
  • One of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California
  • Business program is the oldest west of the Rockies
  • Three Southern California locations: Los Angeles campus, San Diego campus and Hollywood outpost
  • Accredited by five accrediting organizations
    • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    • National Architectural Accrediting Board
    • The Council for Interior Design Accreditation
    • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
    • Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs
    • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • Degrees granted in 2015–2016: 408
    • Bachelor of Business Administration
    • Bachelor of Fine Arts
    • Bachelor of Science
    • Bachelor of Arts
    • Bachelor of Architecture
    • Master of Architecture
    • Master of Arts
    • Master of Business Administration
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 16 to 1 on average
  • Average class size: 15
  • Placement: More than 90 percent of our students get jobs in their chosen or applied field
  • Students
    • Total number of students (fall 2016): 1,177
  • Faculty and staff
    • Total number of faculty and staff members (spring 2016): 363
    • Full-time faculty members: 72
  • Alumni
    • Living alumni: 15,589
    • Alumni since WU founding: 75,000+
  • Schools
    • School of Architecture
    • School of Media, Culture & Design
    • School of Business
    • College of Liberal Arts
  • Programs of study: 22
  • Student organizations: 30+
  • Demographics
    • 31.8 percent White
    • 29 percent Latino
    • 8.5  percent Asian American
    • 2.9  percent African American
    • .45  percent Native Hawaiian/API
    • 2.4  percent Two or More
    • 23.4 percent International
  • Male–female ratio
    • 51.5 percent male
    • 48.5 percent female
  • Financial aid: 85 percent of students receive some aid
  • Residence halls: 200 students live on campus


 Woodbury University has been recognized as a 2017-2018 “College of Distinction”. The honor is the third in as many years for the institution.

Woodbury University College of DistinctionAbout Colleges of Distinction

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have recognized and honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The member schools in the Colleges of Distinction consortium distinguish themselves through their focus on the undergraduate experience. The website and annual guidebooks provide dynamic college profiles, customized tools, and resources for students, parents, and high school counselors. For more information, visit CollegesofDistinction.com.