Best College for Adult Learners

Golden Gate University's sole purpose is to educate adults -- like you -- who are balancing the complex demands of life. We recognize the value of your education and work background, and will help you leverage your experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree.

We give you real-world knowledge from instructors who are practicing professionals in some of the Bay Area's largest and most successful organizations. We are a non-profit university, so you know that your tuition goes to your education -- not to shareholders.

Why Golden Gate University? Because we've been educating professionals for more than 115 years.


Golden Gate University programs cater to the needs of professionals entering or advancing their careers. We offer flexible scheduling as well as personalized academic and career advising to help you craft your own academic experience.

The high retention and graduation rates for our Undergraduate, Graduate, and Law Programs are a result of our small class sizes, motivating cohort programs, and our faculty's connection to the local business and legal communities.

Graduation & Retention Info:

Golden Gate University offers a variety of scheduling options to accommodate our students' varying availability. Since more than 80% of students attend part-time, classes are offered on campus or online, with programs in the afternoons, evenings, and even on weekends. Take classes at our San Francisco campus, online, or figure out a combination of the two that best works for you.

Our academic advisors will work with you to build a plan that best suits you. You can take courses while working full time, while traveling, or while raising a family. We also offer a range of scholarships and grants for undergraduate or graduate students, both on a need-based and a merit-based basis.

As a student at GGU, you are not just learning, you are building connections with leaders in your field, working with experienced professionals, and receiving a career-based education. We also offer a full gamut of internships, career development resources, and counseling services. We'll give you the tools to achieve your professional goals, and new momentum to reach your personal ones.

Faculty Difference

Golden Gate University's top-rated instructors are what sets us apart from similar institutions. Most of our faculty are professionals working in their fields of expertise. They bring their firsthand experiences and knowledge to the classroom, incorporating cutting-edge practices from the business and legal communities.

The small professor-to-student ratio allows you to build a cooperative learning relationship with your instructors, many of whom continue to mentor students long after classes end. The instructors' blend of educational background and professional experience assure that students will be learning their program area from someone with practical knowledge of the field. Plus, our nationally-rated eLearning programs allow students to interact online with faculty easily and quickly.

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Student Success

As a nonprofit, we are solely focused on the education of our students without the distraction of shareholders or profits. And as a private institution, we don't rely on state funding to keep our classes going as public institutions do.

Because Golden Gate University is a private, non-profit institution, you'll have a much easier time getting the classes you need at times you want. More importantly, you can structure your program to work at your pace, so you don't have to overwhelm yourself with classes in order to graduate on time.

We like to think of it as giving our students what they pay for -- superior course selections from a school that isn't hung up on profit margins, so you know that your tuition money is working for you.


Alumni success is at the core of our mission at GGU, and you will join leaders in business, legal, and non-profit communities who have taken control of their professional life with a degree.

Alumni Association members are entitled to all these benefits:
  • Free membership
  • Access to online alumni directory
  • Free subscription to GGU and Golden Gate Lawyer magazine
  • Tuition scholarship for degree-holding alumni (one third off tuition on one course per trimester)
  • Career services including career counseling and resource center, resume exchange, online job networks, and more
  • Access to University and Law Libraries after graduation
  • Financial services include credit union membership, discounts on auto insurance, short-term major medical insurance, and more

With four teaching locations and most degree programs offered on-line, Golden Gate University has the busy professional in mind.

All of our sites offer courses during the evenings and on weekends in a variety of formats, so you can continue to work full or part-time while attending school.

Many courses, as well as degree and certificate programs, are also offered online through GGU's nationally recognized eLearning programs, which allows you to take our classes almost anywhere.