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 University, where engagement, innovation and transformation empower people to accomplish extraordinary things! Established in 1884 as a small, private, nonprofit institution, Woodbury University today is located at the heart of the Southern California creative economy, where it is a major draw for students locally and globally, who wish to gain access to a rich ecosystem of expertise and resources. Within a few miles of its two campuses are some of the most innovative companies in the world, including the Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros. Since internships are a graduation requirement for all majors, these creative enterprises serve as the core of our academic programs.

With 26 undergraduate and graduate majors in the Schools of Architecture, Business, and Media, Culture & Design and the College of Liberal Arts, each program is built on a strong, practice-based professional and liberal arts foundation.  In fact, I am proud to share that five of our programs have achieved accreditation from national rating organizations and that the Woodbury name increasingly is recognized by the likes of The EconomistU.S. News & World Report, Colleges of Distinction, Graphic Design USA, DesignIntelligence and Animation Career Review as a leading university that offers top-notch academic programs and prepares students for excellence in their chosen field and in life.

Our students come from over 40 countries and reflect the cultural diversity of Southern California and beyond. More than half are the first in their families to earn a college degree. Many choose to take advantage of travel to far-off lands as part of their Woodbury experience. Our alumni can be found in all 50 states and in 49 countries, and our faculty comprises the best minds in the academic world as well as the top professionals in their respective fields. Over the years, Woodbury University graduates 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. Almost 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 over 130 years of academic excellence, I invite you to explore our website and our campuses in Burbank and San Diego (Architecture only) and learn more about what Woodbury University has to offer. It very well might change your life—and the world!




Dr. David Steele-Figueredo

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