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 three years in a row

Top 4%

University ranked in 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


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

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

Top 20%

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


Architecture ranked 18th in the nation for Undergraduate Architecture Programs
-2018 Design/Intelligence Survey


Interior Architecture ranked 12th in the nation for Undergraduate Program
-2018 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 2017, 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


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 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

Colleges of Distinction – 2017-2018

Woodbury University has been recognized as a 2017-2018 College of Distinction for the third consecutive year by demonstrating continued dedication to high-impact educational practices.  

Woodbury University College of Distinction

According to Colleges of Distinction, Woodbury has created a truly unique learning environment where students not only earn college credit and valuable life experience, but also participate in character-building interdisciplinary programs, capstone projects and internships.

“We are honored to name Woodbury University as a 2017-2018 College of Distinction for its continued commitment to student success,” said Tyson Schritter, Chief Operating Officer for Colleges of Distinction.  “Colleges of Distinction applauds Woodbury for pushing the envelope with its up-to-date curriculum, enriching the college experience with high-impact educational practices, and providing every student with an education that stretches far beyond what’s typically required from an academic major.”



Colleges of Distinction Business Badge  – 2017-2018

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.

The new Colleges of Distinction ‘Field of Study’ business badge for 2017-2018 was granted after a comprehensive vetting process that selected schools based on such qualities as accreditation, breadth of program, and track record of success.  Students across the country have long turned to Colleges of Distinction as a one-of-a-kind resource to find their “best-fit” school.  Colleges of Distinction uniquely evaluates schools based on their ability to provide a high-quality student experience as well as a thorough liberal arts education.