President’s Message

A message from Dr. David Steele-Figueredo, Woodbury’s 14th President



Five of our majors are ranked among the top programs in the nation

Welcome to Woodbury, one of the nation’s leading creative universities, where your dreams are our mission. Established as a business school in 1884, Woodbury has evolved over the years to serve the growing demands of the industries that surround us. Today, we proudly provide students from around the world unfiltered access to cutting-edge facilities, and some of the most professionally accomplished educators on the planet. Located in Southern California, the global epicenter of creativity and influence, our beautiful Burbank campus rests alongside some of the most innovative companies in the world—the Walt Disney Company, Paramount Studios, Netflix, Warner Bros, and many more. With internships a requirement for all majors, our students are presented with unparalleled opportunities to gain real work experience before graduation—experience that often leads to full-time employment upon graduation.

With 32 undergraduate and graduate majors in our Schools of Architecture; Business; and Media, Culture & Design; as well as our College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, each program is built on a strong, practice-based, professional, and liberal arts foundation.  I am proud to share that five of our programs have achieved accreditation from national rating organizations and that Woodbury has been recognized by leaders such as The EconomistU.S. News & World Report, Colleges of Distinction, Graphic Design USA, DesignIntelligence, and Animation Career Review as a leading university with superior academic programs. We are proud to have been named a College of Distinction for the past 7 years and are recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving institution. We also pride ourselves on our affordability and median salary upon graduation. We invite you to visit the U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard site ( to see how our numbers stack up against other leading creative universities.

At Woodbury, perhaps our greatest reward is our ability to transform lives. Ranked 34th in the nation for Social Mobility by U.S. News & World Report, more than half of our students are the first in their families to attend college. Woodbury alumni currently thrive in all 50 states and in 49 countries, and have founded and built businesses, headed national publications, become noted fashion designers for movies and television, won design competitions, held public office, led nonprofit organizations and more. Nearly all of our students report that their Woodbury education taught them to look beyond their individual career interests and to collaborate with others to find innovative solutions to a wide range of community challenges.

As we celebrate more than 130 years of academic excellence, I invite you to explore our website and our campus and learn more about all that Woodbury University has to offer. It very well might change your life. And you might, in turn, change the world!




Dr. David Steele-Figueredo

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