About Brandman

Since 1958, Brandman University has been serving the unique needs of adult students.

  • Every year over 12,000 students per session enjoy a career-oriented curriculum offering flexible and convenient schedules to accommodate the special needs of students balancing career and family obligations.
  • Brandman offers more than 80 accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees, certificates, and teaching credential programs both online and on-campus at 26 locations.
  • Focusing on the non-traditional student, Brandman’s student body is diverse, ranging in age from 18-65.
  • From the time the rankings began in 2012, Brandman’s online programs have ranked consistently among the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Brandman consistently is ranked by U.S. News & World Report for Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans.
  • At Brandman University, the faculty members are practitioners, as well as experts in their field.
  • Brandman University’s 70% graduation rate is an average for transfer students who complete their program within six years.
  • 92% of Brandman University students say they would recommend Brandman to others.
  • Brandman University is a private, nonprofit institution regionally accredited by the WSCUC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
  • Brandman offers several options for financial aid.
  • Current students benefit from mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as career coaching. 


Brandman University was established by Chapman University – a private institution in Orange, California founded in 1861 which consistently ranks among the country’s top universities. Formerly named Chapman University College, Brandman’s original purpose was delivering high quality education to the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Now a separate university, Brandman remains military-friendly but has expanded its programs to include the adult learner and serves a large and diverse student population. We are as proud of our rich academic past as we are of our technology-driven future. The university has been honored nine times for educational excellence in bachelor's programs as well as the master's programs in business and education.

Our Mission, Vision and Purpose

The mission of Brandman University is to provide students with a dynamic education based on excellence and flexibility that creates lasting value and relevance for evolving careers.

Vision: Brandman University will be the recognized leader in the evolution of adult learning.

Purpose: Our purpose is to impart knowledge and skills that help students achieve their dreams.

We accomplish our mission by living our values, aiming to achieve the highest levels of:

  • Respect. We hold the highest regard for each other, our students, our communities and our environment.
  • Innovation. We value new, viable ideas and promote them to ensure that course content is relevant and engaging.
  • Service orientation. Through instruction and guidance, we serve the needs of our students with knowledge and skills.
  • Teamwork. By supporting each other, we accomplish more than what is possible individually.
  • Integrity. Our personal and professional behavior is guided by honesty, ethics and conscience.


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