Golden Gate University

About Golden Gate University

Founded in 1901 in San Francisco, Golden Gate University is California's fifth largest private university. A nonprofit institution, GGU meets the needs of working adults by offering undergraduate and graduate programs in business and management, accounting, taxation, and law. Courses taught by professional practitioners are designed to engage students in real-world business situations and to prepare them to compete in a competitive marketplace.


Using strong connections with the business and legal community through advisory boards and professional-practice faculty, GGU offers career-focused education that can be applied immediately at work. For more practical experience, internship course credit is offered in most undergraduate and graduate degree programs. FLEXIBILITY AND CONVENIENCE Students can attend classes in person in downtown San Francisco, or learn online, anytime, via our award-winning CyberCampus; or choose a combination of on-site and online classes. New classes begin as often as six times a year.


Our faculty is professionally-focused and most are practitioners in their fields with firsthand knowledge of their subjects and connections in business and legal communities. Students debate and discuss their opinions and insights from their jobs as CEOs, directors, vice presidents, entrepreneurs, consultants, partners and managers at companies of every size. GGU adjunct faculty members work at top companies and firms, including AT&T, Alvarez and Marsal, Applied Materials, Bank of America, Bechtel Corp., Bio-Rad, Blue Shield, Burr Pilger & Mayer, California Department of Justice, Charles Schwab & Co. Inc., Chevron Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, Fenwick and West, Gap Inc., Harb Levy & Weiland, Hemming Morse, Intel Corp., IRS, Kaiser Permanente, KPMG, LeMaster Daniels, LeSourd & Patten, Levi Strauss and Co., Morgan Stanley, Moss Adams, Ogden Murphy Wallace, Oracle Corp., PG&E, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Rothstein Kass, RSM McGladrey, Sidley Austin LLP, Sun Microsystems and Wells Fargo.



• Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

• Founding date: 1901

• Programs offered: Graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificates in law, business, taxation, accounting, finance, financial planning, information technology, and related professions such as psychology, health services management, human resources, marketing, project management and public administration

• Number of graduate degree programs: 17 plus 28 concentrations

• Number of graduate certificate programs: 20

• Number of undergraduate degree programs: 2 plus 8 concentrations

• Number of undergraduate certificate programs: 10

• Number of online degree and certificate programs: 11 graduate degrees, plus 16 concentrations; 2 undergraduate degrees, plus 8 concentrations; 14 graduate certificates and 8 undergraduate certificates

• Main campus in San Francisco and three teaching sites: Los Angeles; Seattle; Silicon Valley

• Average age of students: 34

• Average class size: 12

• Total graduate students: 4,243

• Total undergraduate students: 606

• In addition to federal loans, GGU distributed over $4,119,499 in scholarships to 619 students.

• Over 80 percent of GGU classes are taught by practicing professionals

• Number of alumni: 66,869

• 83 percent of students attend part time

• 11 percent of students are international, representing 60 countries Statistical information is based on GGU's enrollment for all programs in the 2008-2009 academic year.

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