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Woodbury University is a private, non-profit, coeducational, nonsectarian university located in Burbankmarker, Californiamarker.


The Los Angeles Times Library at Woodbury University
school was founded in 1884 as Woodbury's Business College by its namesake, Francis Chute Woodbury, formerly a partner in Heald's Business College in San Franciscomarker, thus making it one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in California and the American West. That historic link between Woodbury and the world of business has been maintained throughout the years.

In 1931, the division of professional arts was established to focus on those fields of design that are closely allied to business. Woodbury then became a college of business administration and design. In 1969, Woodbury introduced a graduate program leading to the Master of Business Administration (MBA). In 1974, Woodbury College became Woodbury University. In 1982, Computer Information Systems was added as a major, followed in 1984 by Architecture. In 1987, the Weekend College program for working adults was established with the aid of grants from The Fletcher Jones Foundation and The William Randolph Hearst Foundation. In 1994 the University formally organized its undergraduate and graduate programs into three schools: the School of Architecture and Design, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Business and Management.

That year three majors in Arts and Sciences came into being: Psychology, Politics & History and Liberal Arts & Business. Additional undergraduate degree programs have been added in the areas of Marketing, Animation Arts, Communication, and Organizational Leadership.

Today, Woodbury's undergraduate and graduate programs are formally organized in four schools: the School of Architecture, the School of Business, the School of Media, Culture and Design, and the Institute of Transdicisplinary Studies.

For a time, Woodbury could boast that 10% of Los Angeles' citizenry were attending the institution and its earliest alumni lists form a literal who's who of 19th century Los Angelesmarker. The original mission of Woodbury University was to educate Angelenos in the practical areas of business; bookkeeping, commercial law and telegraphy. In 1931, the College created a division of professional arts centered on entertainment and design. In 1974, Woodbury College became Woodbury University and in 1984 added Architecture to its professional degrees. In 1987, the University moved to a campus in Burbank, on the site of Villa Cabrini.

For the first 103 years, the University was located in central Los Angelesmarker. In 1937, new facilities at 1027 Wilshire Boulevard were occupied, and for 50 years that location served as the University’s classroom and administrative building. In 1985, the University acquired a campus in Burbank and moved to these new facilities in September 1987. In 1998 the institution opened a satellite campus in San Diego where it offers the B.Arch. and M.Arch degrees. In Fall of 2008, Woodbury University San Diego moved from their downtown location to Barrio Logan. The new building features a new computer lab, studios, classrooms, and a library.


Woodbury University is committed to providing the highest level of professional and liberal arts education. The integrated nature of our educational environment cultivates successful students with a strong and enduring sense of personal and social responsibility. We prepare innovative learners who are adept at communicating and willing to cross the boundaries of knowledge in a rapidly changing and complex world.


Currently Woodbury University comprises four schools, including graduate and undergraduate programs: Business; Architecture; Media, Culture, and Design; and Transdisciplinary Studies, offering undergraduate degrees in Business, Architecture, Animation, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Architecture, Pscyhology, Communication, Politics and History, Organizational Leadership, and Interdisciplinary Studies and graduate degrees in Business, Architecture, and Organizational Leadership.

  • School of Business
    • Accounting
    • Business & Management
    • Information Technology
    • Fashion Marketing
    • Marketing
    • Organizational Leadership

  • School of Architecture
    • Architecture (B.Arch., M.Arch)

  • School of Media, Culture & Design
    • Animation Arts
    • Fashion Design
    • Graphic Design
    • Interior Architecture
    • Psychology
    • Communication

  • Transdisciplinary Studies
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Politics & History

  • School of Graduate & Professional Studies
    • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
    • Master of Architecture in Real Estate Development (M.Arch.)
    • Master of Organizational Leadership (M.O.L.)


Woodbury University is unique among private institutions with regard to its diversity. Woodbury University enrolls approximately 39% white, non-Hispanic students; 36% Hispanic students; 12% Asian students; 7% international students; and 6% African-American students. .

Student Involvement

  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
  • Associated Student Government
  • Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization (CEO)
  • MBA Association (MBAA)
  • Society of Accounting and Business

Woodbury University’s Fraternities and Sororities
  • Beta Lambda Chi
  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Omega Psi Delta
  • Phi Sigma Sigma
  • Sigma Omega Nu


US News & World Report: Universities–Master's (West), Third Tier

Los Angeles Business Journal: Master of Business Administration Program Rankings: 9 of 15


Woodbury University is accredited by the Senior Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is approved by the Postsecondary Commission, California Department of Education. Western Association of Schools and Colleges granted Woodbury its original regional accreditation in 1961. In 1994 the Architecture program was accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). The School of Business received its accreditation from the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Spring 1998. In 1991, the Interior Architecture Program was accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. In 2008, the school received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Woodbury University is a member university of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) . In addition the University is pursuing AACSB accreditation .


The main campus of Woodbury University is located in Burbank, California, adjacent to the City of Los Angeles. However, Woodbury University also maintains a campus in San Diego, Californiamarker, where it offers a B.Arch. program to transfer students and a three-semester Master of Architecture in Real Estate Development program to individuals with a professional degree in Architecture. Additional off-campus sites are located in Hollywood and at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Headquarters.

Woodbury University Burbank-7500 Glenoaks Blvd.Burbank. CA 91510

Woodbury University San Diego-2212 Main StreetSan Diego. CA 92113

Notable alumni

Don Adolfo Camarillo - Founder of Camarillomarker, Calif. and one of the last Californios

George Allan Hancock - Owner of Rancho La Breamarker; site of the La Brea Tar Pitsmarker, and the Santa Maria Valley Railroad, also a Banker, Industrialist and Marine

Milo W. Bekins - Moving and storage industry pioneer of Bekins Van Lines and early developer of containerization

Helen Gurley Brown - Author, publisher, and businesswoman. She was editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for 32 years.

Ahmad Najafi - Actor and producer

Alan Leitner - Abstract artist

Kamel Muhyieddeen- Minster of Agriculture; Jordaninan kingdom 1964-1968

William Travilla- Costume Designer


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