Accreditations and Authorizations
CGU is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Accreditation papers are available for review upon request in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Contact information for WSCUC is as follows: 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501. Phone: (501) 748-9001. FAX: (510) 748-9797. Website: https://www.wscuc.org/contact
CGU is authorized by the California Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer programs beyond secondary education, including programs leading to a degree or certificate, in accordance with Section 600.9 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Authorization papers are available for review upon request in the Office of Student Services. Contact information for the California Bureau for Postsecondary Education is available here: http://www.bppe.ca.gov.
Claremont Graduate University is approved to operate by the District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission.
Claremont Graduate University is registered with Maryland Higher Education Commission.
For information on the other states/territories from which CGU is accepting students for its online programs, please see: https://online.cgu.edu/about/state-authorization/
Claremont Graduate University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, fellowship and loan programs, or other programs. The Graduate University is in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and provides accessible walkways, ramps, and reserved parking spaces for the handicapped.
Claremont Graduate University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
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Mission, Vision, and Values of Claremont Graduate University
Claremont Graduate University prepares individuals to be leaders for positive change in the world. Unique in its transdisciplinary approach, the university is dedicated to the creation, dissemination, and application of new knowledge and diverse perspectives through research, practice, creative works, and community engagement.
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We value our personalized approach to education and the agility it affords us to pioneer innovative programs, collaborate in research, customize curricula, implement strategic initiatives, and create individualized programing.
2. Application and Practical Experience
We value the application of theory as much as theory creation, and we encourage educational experiences that occur outside traditional classroom settings. We prepare students to be flexible thinkers in a rapidly changing world to enable effective translation of theory into practice.
3. Transdisciplinary Approach
We value deep, disciplinary study as well as the boldness to transcend disciplinary boundaries.
4. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a culture that embraces open exchange and advancement of ideas, collaboration, innovation, and justice.
We value integrity in the pursuit of our mission to educate and prepare our students to be leaders for positive change in the world. CGU is committed to act with integrity in our academic programs, institutional and financial operations, workplace, policies, and practices.
Commitment to Diversity
In its educational programs, its admissions and financial aid policies, and its faculty and staff hiring practices, Claremont Graduate University is strongly committed to creating and nurturing an environment that is characterized by diversity. In student selection and in all of its activities and programs, CGU functions without regard to race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability. CGU is pleased to welcome a wide variety of students to its programs, including recent college graduates, young professionals, and mid- and late-career men and women who wish to advance further in their current occupations or to change fields.
This diversity of experiences, interests, backgrounds, and aspirations allows a diversity of perspectives that enlivens classroom interaction throughout all CGU programs.
The Nature of the Graduate University
Comprehensive, independent, devoted entirely to graduate study, and a member of The Claremont Colleges consortium, Claremont Graduate University is unlike any graduate-level institution in the nation.
Founded as The Claremont Graduate School in 1925, CGU has achieved a reputation for excellence in the arts, education, the humanities, religion, the social sciences, management, mathematics, public health, and information systems. Today, CGU’s approximately 2,000 full-time and part-time students are enrolled in degree programs in 24 different fields. Most of these programs lead to the PhD Degree.
Although relatively small in size, CGU enjoys the benefits of a larger university. Through its partnership in The Claremont Colleges consortium, Claremont Graduate University manages to achieve the best of two worlds that are often considered mutually exclusive: intimate-scale education, and the facilities and academic breadth of a much larger institution. The Claremont Colleges consortium, a unique concept in American higher education, includes CGU and nationally known undergraduate institutions—Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, and Scripps College—and the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences.
Each of the seven institutions has its own student body, faculty, administration, campus, and curricular emphasis, style, and mission. Yet, they are on contiguous campuses in the pleasant Southern California community of Claremont, and they cooperate to provide university-scale services and facilities, including a two million-volume library system, health and counseling centers, ethnic centers, an interfaith chaplaincy, and a performing arts complex. In addition, the Claremont School of Theology and the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden are affiliated with the Graduate University.
Because many of the faculty members from the undergraduate colleges and affiliated institutions participate actively in the Graduate University’s programs, CGU students benefit from potential access to a faculty of far greater breadth than any other 2,000-student institution could offer.