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University of Northern Virginia
Established 1998
Type Private
Chancellor David V. Lee
Location Annandale, Virginia, United States
Colors Yellow and green
Website University of Northern Virginia official website

The University of Northern Virginia or UNVA is a for-profit private undergraduate and graduate university located in Northern Virginia. Founded in 1998, the university currently has bachelors, Masters and doctoral degrees.


Locations and affiliated institutions

UNVA has administrative offices in Annandale, Virginia, and three local northern Virginia branches in Kings Park, Annandale, and Manassas. Branch campuses include the University of Northern Virginia in Prague (Czech Republic) and campuses in London, Kyrenia, Cyprus, and Hong Kong.

UNVA also has a number of agreements with other universities around the world. At one of these affiliated schools, Shines College in Singapore, students could enroll in UNVA business courses. In 2008, Shines College students were reported to be confused and unsure how they would be affected by news that UNVA had lost accreditation in the United States. [1]

In 2007, UNVA Properties, an investment group associated with UNVA, provided financing to Myers University (subsequently renamed Chancellor University) in Cleveland, Ohio, allowing that financially troubled non-profit school to continue operating.[2] [3] It was alleged that UNVA Properties wanted to acquire Myers University's regional accreditation for for-profit use.[3]

Major curricula

Most UNVA students take courses leading to the master’s degree in business administration or in the computer sciences, and the UNVA has a wide range of curriculum in those fields.

In 2006 UNVA began its first doctoral degree program: the Doctor of Business Administration. Overall, UNVA currently has nine approved academic programs.

Accreditation and affiliations

UNVA was formerly accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, but this accreditation was revoked on August 6, 2008.[4] The university is an applicant for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accreditation[5] and currently claims accreditation by the European Council for Business Education,[6] as well as membership in the American Council of Education[7] and the American Educational Consortium.


  1. ^ Sandra Davie, 270 Shines College students here in a fix, The Straits Times, September 26, 2008
  2. ^ Eric Hoover, Deal Allows Survival of a Beleaguered Nonprofit University in Cleveland, The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 17, 2007
  3. ^ a b Marilyn H. Karfeld, Court, others struggle to save Myers University, Cleveland Jewish News, January 31, 2008
  4. ^ Accreditation Denied, Withdrawn or Conditioned, Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools website, accessed August 28, 2009
  5. ^ Institution Details, SACS website, accessed January 6, 2010
  6. ^ The European Council for Business Education lists the UNVA Prague campus as a candidate for accreditation.[1]
  7. ^ Not to be confused with the American Council on Education, which does not list UNVA in its directory of members[2]

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