Golden Gate University traces its origins to an evening lecture series started by the San Francisco YMCA during the California gold rush in the early 1850s. Even then, lectures focused on practical issues of the day such as gold assaying and English.
About GGU: History & Mission
The first degree-conferring program of the university started in 1901, with the formation of California's first evening law school. By offering classes at night, Golden Gate made legal studies available to the common person. Four students comprised the law school's first graduating class.
Today, Golden Gate University continues as a pioneer of adult education in business and management, accounting, taxation, and law. As always, GGU emphasizes hands-on learning taught by professionals practicing in the field. Campuses and teaching sites are located in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, Silicon Valley and online through GGU's nationally-acclaimed eLearning programs.
Golden Gate University prepares individuals to lead and serve by providing high-quality, practice-based educational programs in law, taxation, business and related professions - as a nonprofit institution - in an innovative and challenging learning environment that embraces professional ethics and diversity.
Occupies the Golden Gate Avenue building.
Publishes the first Alumni Newsletter.
Partners with the US Air Force to offer undergraduate on-base programs, ultimately serving thirty-four bases.
Provides education at Norfolk Naval Base.
Alumni Council hosts "The Woman Executive" seminar.
Launches doctoral programs in Business Administration and Public Administration.
Brings an MBA in Banking program to Los Angeles.
Acquires the World Trade Library.
Develops the joint JD / MBA in Taxation degree and LLM in Taxation degree.