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The American College
Established 1927
Type Private distance learning university
President Dr. Laurence Barton
Faculty 17
Students 30,000
Location Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA
40°01′05″N 75°19′37″W / 40.018°N 75.327°W / 40.018; -75.327Coordinates: 40°01′05″N 75°19′37″W / 40.018°N 75.327°W / 40.018; -75.327
Former names The American College of Life Underwriters
Affiliations MSA

The American College is a nonprofit private educational institution located in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. It offers several professional certifications and two types of Master's degree. Annually, The American College educates approximately 40,000 students, mainly through distance education.

The institution was founded as The American College of Life Underwriters in 1927 by Dr. Solomon S. Huebner of the Wharton School. Huebner was a professional involved in the development of economic theory. His theory of human life value is used in the field of insurance. It was his vision for a college-level professional education program for insurance agents that led to the creation of The American College.

The college offers professional training to financial practitioners. When the institution began, programs focused exclusively on providing education to life insurance professionals. The Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation was the first credential offered by the college.

Twenty full-time faculty members and financial experts work at the campus.

The American College campus was bought by the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in 2007.

The eighth and current president and CEO, Larry Barton, Ph.D, joined the staff in 2002.


Current programs of study include:

  • Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) - a program teaching product knowledge and sales skills for persons interested in pursuing a career in insurance and financial services
  • Financial Services Specialist (FSS) - a training program to strengthen sales skills and technical knowledge for professionals in the insurance, securities, and banking industries
  • Certified Financial Planner Educational Curriculum (CFP) - prepares students for the certified financial planner certification examination
  • Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) - advanced life insurance and financial planning
  • Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) - a comprehensive range of financial planning topics
  • Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL) - provides training in the special needs, issues, and decisions facing senior citizens
  • Registered Health Underwriter (RHU) - a program for financial advisors assisting clients with health care needs, including medical, disability income, and long-term care insurance
  • Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC) - specialty courses for financial advisors working in United States employee benefits services
  • Chartered Leadership Fellow (CLF) - provides fundamentals of leadership, organizational structures and management of financial services organizations
  • Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) - trains professionals dealing with wealthy individuals involved in philanthropy
  • Master of Science in Management (MSM) - an advanced degree program that focuses on leadership and financial services organizations
  • Master of Science in Financial Services (MSFS) - an advanced degree program that focuses on financial planning topics, including business succession planning, pensions, charitable giving and asset management

The campus itself is located in the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation Hall in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. The building includes a library, conference room, television studio, a classroom and meeting rooms.

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