Strategic Direction: Facts and Figures

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.

Our strategic direction

Learn about Woodbury’s mission, vision, values and strategic principles.

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.

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 has received Title V grants since 2001. Our latest Title V grant was given in 2019 and runs through fiscal year 2024.


See some of our recent university-wide and programmatic rankings and accolades.

Woodbury ranks among the top 4% of colleges and universities based on economic value by The Economist.

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The New York Times ranks Woodbury 10 among 161 higher education institutions in California on upward student mobility.

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Woodbury has been recognized by Colleges of Distinction, a  resource for guidance counselors, parents, students, and others looking for higher education, every year since 2015.

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Woodbury ranks 14 out of 110 small colleges in California for economic value by Great College Deals.

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The Animation program is ranked among the top 20 on the West Coast for 2019 by Animation Career Review.

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The Bachelor of Architecture program ranks 18 in the DesignIntelligence survey of undergraduate programs in the United States.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture program ranks 12 nationwide and 4 in the west in the DesignIntelligence survey of undergraduate programs in the United States.

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The Graphic Design program has ranked as a ‘Top Design School’ each year  from 2015 – 2019 by GDUSA.

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Value Colleges named the Graphic Design program a ‘Top 25 Best Value’ for 2019.

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Quick Facts

Founded in 1884, Woodbury is one of the oldest universities on the west coast of the United States. The university is a private, non-profit institution with three locations across Southern California: a primary campus in Burbank, a small campus in San Diego, and a gallery in Hollywood.

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Woodbury is 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


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Woodbury has 20 undergraduate and six graduate programs within four different schools.

At the start of the Fall 2018 semester, the university had a total of 1,173 undergraduate and graduate students.

The average student-to-faculty ratio is 9-to-1. and the average class size is 15.

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Woodbury’s domestic student population is approximately:

  • 33% white
  • 29% Hispanic/Latino
  • 10% Asian/Pacific Islander 
  •  3% African American
  •  3% two or more races
  • 22% of the student population is international

The male–female ratio is:

  • 49% male
  • 51% female