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.
Learn about Woodbury’s mission, vision, values, strategic principles and 2020-2024 Goals and Strategies.
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 offers students a personal, communal and practice-based experience. With an exceptional student-to-faculty ratio and small class sizes, students at Woodbury are able to engage with faculty and their fellow students in ways that are generally not possible at larger institutions. Despite our small size, Woodbury students have the opportunity to learn in a modern, cutting-edge environment. Since internships are a requirement for all majors at Woodbury, students also begin developing their career skills while they are still attending the university. They also have many opportunities to develop their leadership skills and help shape the direction of the student experience while on campus.
Woodbury University provides students with a high quality, practice-based education. We commit ourselves to enhancing our academic offerings and their delivery, and we ensure that our educational programs meet the needs of employers, today and well into the future.
We will expand and strengthen our relationships within and beyond our Southern California community to benefit Woodbury’s student population and ensure that the university builds upon its growing impact in the region.
We will expand co-curricular, curricular, and retention initiatives to increase students’ commitment to their education and a purposeful understanding of their professional and academic goals.
Woodbury will work to expand its reputation locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally as an exceptional university.
We will become more efficient and forward-thinking through the intelligent and responsible implementation of student-focused improvements to our financial and operational systems and facilities.
Woodbury University is committed to building a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity, equity and inclusiveness because this is an essential part of an experience-centered education. We create 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The New York Times ranks Woodbury 10 among 161 higher education institutions in California on upward student mobility.
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.
Woodbury ranks 14 out of 110 small colleges in California for economic value by Great College Deals.
The Animation program is ranked among the top 20 on the West Coast for 2019 by Animation Career Review.
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.
The Graphic Design program has ranked as a ‘Top Design School’ each year from 2015 – 2019 by GDUSA.
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.
Woodbury is accredited by six accrediting organizations
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.