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Golden Gate University
Motto Civium in moribus rei publicae salus
(Latin: "The welfare of the state depends upon the morals of its citizens")
Established 1901
Type Private
Endowment $29.4 million[1]
President Dan Angel
Students 5,300 [2]
Location San Francisco, California, United States
Campus Urban
Former names YMCA Evening College (1901-1923 Golden Gate College (1923-1972)
Colors Blue and White          
Mascot Griffin

Golden Gate University (informally referred to as GGU, or simply as Golden Gate) is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational university formed in 1901 and located in the Financial District of downtown San Francisco, California. U.S. News & World Report designated Golden Gate University as a "selective university" while ranking their School of Law's environmental law program 18th in the United States and 3rd in California, surpassed only by UC Berkeley and Stanford [2], though the link provided shows no record of this distinction. U.S. News and World Report has also given recognition to the university's online programs, rating them "among the best in the nation." Golden Gate University is primarily a post-graduate institution focused on professional training in law and business, with its smaller undergraduate programs linked to its larger graduate and professional schools. Thus it has no residential students, being entirely a "commuter school" located in the heart of the business district of San Francisco with a major student demographic being returning students and working professionals.



GGU Campus

The university evolved out of the literary reading groups of the San Francisco Central YMCA. The YMCA Evening College was formally established in 1896 and became an independent operation in 1901 with the creation of the parallel YMCA Evening School of Law. A contest in 1910 resulted in the adoption of the new name Golden Gate. The institution was separately incorporated from the Central YMCA in April 1923 as Golden Gate College with the power to confer degrees as California law then provided. The college remained formally affiliated with the YMCA until 1960, and continued to share the "Y"'s building at 220 Golden Gate Avenue, until 1967, when it moved to 536 Mission Street. In 1972, the College expanded and elevated itself to university status.


Golden Gate University is accredited on an institution-wide basis by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Additionally, the School of Law has been accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) since August 1956 and the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California since 1940 (standards for accreditation having been adopted in 1937).[3] The Law School is also a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

Satellite campuses

GGU shown at night (The second one in the right hand side. The taller building behind is the Chase Bank)

The GGU campus is located in the Financial District of San Francisco at 536 Mission Street. It maintains satellite teaching/learning sites in the following locations:

  • The Los Angeles learning site was established in the 1970s and offers graduate in taxation through the School of Taxation and the School of Law.
  • The Monterey Bay learning site was also established in the 1970s and offers programs in accounting, business and information technology. The location was moved into new facilities on the Presidio of Monterey Annex, formerly part of Fort Ord, in 2001.
  • The Roseville learning site offers undergraduate and graduate programs in business, public administration and information technology.
  • The Silicon Valley learning site offers graduate programs in business and public administration.
  • The Seattle learning site is the only one located outside of California. It offers programs in Taxation.


Golden Gate University's CyberCampus allows students to earn full degrees and/or professional certificates, update their skills, or accelerate the completion of degree programs without the inconvenience and expense of commuting to class.

Students can apply, register, attend class and interact with their professors and fellow students without ever setting foot on campus. All this can now be done through a web browser at home or office.

Golden Gate first offered distance education programs in 1993 via correspondence, online courses in 1997, then began offering fully-accredited online degree programs in 1998.

GGU uses eCollege online learning platform to deliver distance learning.

In 2002, GGU introduced 24X7 online student services for registration, grading, payment, financial aid, admissions, and degree evaluation.

In 2003, GGU began a two-year project to convert its information systems university-wide to Oracle 11i.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty


  1. ^ "2008 NACUBO Endowment Study" (PDF). National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved July 29, 2009.  
  2. ^ Golden Gate University
  3. ^ [1]

External links

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