About Woodbury University

With 26 practice-based, fully-accredited professional and liberal arts undergraduate and graduate majors, Woodbury is a non-profit institution dedicated to the student experience.

Here's what is important to us

Learn more about Woodbury University’s mission and values.

Woodbury University transforms 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. We focus on our Core Values and Strategic Principles to enable the success of our students, employers who hire our graduates, and the community at large.

  • Excellence | Driven by standards of excellence in teaching, services, student well-being, community safety and sustainable practice
  • 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

Woodbury University creates an inclusive climate because we know that the richness of different experiences and perspectives is intrinsically valuable and vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating a vibrant academic community.

We are committed 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.

  • 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

Woodbury University wants 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’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.



Woodbury has been nationally recognized as a College of Distinction five years in a row

Top 4%

Woodbury is ranked among the top 4% of Colleges and Universities Based on Economic Value
Economist Magazine


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

10th in California

The New York Times ranks Woodbury University 10th in California in major academic
study in upward student mobility
The Upshot/New York Times

17th on the West Coast

Animation is ranked 17th among west coast programs
Animation Career Review Magazine


Architecture ranked 18th in the nation for undergraduate programs
2018 Design/Intelligence Survey


          Interior Architecture ranked 12th in the nation and 4th in the west for undergraduate programs
          –2018 Design/Intelligence Survey


Game Art & Design ranked 9th among the Game Design programs in California
Animation Career Review


Game Art & Design ranked 14th nationally among the schools offering a Games related BFA
Animation Career Review 

Top Design School

Graphic Design nationally ranked as Top Design School from 2015 – 2018
Graphic Design, USA Magazine


         Graphic Design ranked among the Top Value Campuses for a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design for 2019
Value Colleges


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


Woodbury is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI)

The US Department of Education designates this status to colleges and universities that enroll a significant percentage of undergraduate Hispanic students. It allows these institutions to apply for Title V grants under the Higher Education Act of 1965. These grants can be used for many academic purposes serving all ethnicities at the institution including faculty development, development and improvement of academic programs, scientific or laboratory equipment for teaching, student support services , etc. There are about 400 colleges and universities that have been designated as an HSI in the U.S. and territories.

Woodbury is also a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). Although HACU member institutions in the U. S. represent less than 10% of all higher education institutions nationwide, together they enroll more than two-thirds of all Hispanic college 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 six 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 2016–2017: 416
    • 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: 9 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 2017): 1,160
  • Faculty and staff
    • Total number of faculty and staff members (fall 2017): 341
    • Full-time faculty members (fall 2017): 71
  • Alumni
    • Living alumni: 16,865
    • 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: 20+
  • Demographics
    • 32.9 percent White
    • 29.2  percent Hispanic/Latino
    • 8.8  percent Asian 
    • 3.3  percent Black or African American
    • .43  percent Native Hawaiian/API
    • 2.9  percent Two or more races
    • 21.7 percent International
  • Male–female ratio
    • 48.9 percent male
    • 51.1 percent female
  • Financial aid: 75 percent of students receive some aid
  • Residence halls: 200 students live on campus

Colleges of Distinction – 2019 – 2020

Woodbury University has been recognized as a 2019-2020 College of Distinction by demonstrating continued dedication to high-impact educational practices.  

Colleges of Distinction, an unconventional college guide that features schools with engaging programs, has recognized Woodbury University for its committed implementation of high impact educational practices. The Colleges of Distinction 2019 -2020 honor is the fifth consecutive year for the institution.




Colleges of Distinction Business Badge  – 2019-2020

Woodbury University’s undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration program has been recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its innovative approach to education by blending the liberal arts with professional programming.