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Golden Gate University

San Francisco, United States


7 : 1

Student: Teacher Ratio

MiM and MBA

Popular Courses


Acceptance Rate

1 : 12

Male: Female Ratio

Spring and Summer


History, Affiliations and Rankings

Golden Gate University, formerly known as GGU School of Law, was established in the fall of 1901 as the YMCA Evening Law School, launching California's first evening law programme. It was started so that full-time workers would have access to evening classes at YMCA Law Schools across the country. Four men made up the first graduating class in June 1905. Today, the University is a leading provider of professional education in Business and Management, Accounting, Taxation and Law. GGU is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), the organization that accredits universities in California and Hawaii, including Stanford, University of San Francisco, UC Berkeley, and San Jose State University. Golden Gate University ranked #163 in Payscale College Salary Report by Best Universities. 

Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses

Golden Gate University has three campuses: the main campus in San Francisco and one each in Silicon Valley and Seattle. The San Francisco campus is conveniently situated in the city's financial district. There include libraries, computer labs, service offices, student and alumni lounges, legal clinics, and centres. In particular, using public transit is simple. The Seattle campus, which opened its doors in 1974, provides evening classes including, among others, Graduate Certificates in Taxation and a Master of Science in Taxation. Students can continue their course by attending in-person classes on Saturdays and weeknights at the Silicon Valley campus, a local learning facility. Courses for the Executive MPA and MS in Human Resource Management can be finished utilising this technique.

Accomplishments and Alumni 

Golden Gate University was first named YMCA Evening College which carried on till 1923, after which it got its current name. It has been accredited by WASC Senior Colleges and Universities Commission, American Bar Association, California State Bar, and American Association of Law Schools (AALS). It was also one of the first universities to start web-based learning programs in 1996. The University has graduated over 68,000 alumni till date. Some of the most notable personalities include Richard Belluzzo - CEO, Quantum Corp, and former President and COO of Microsoft, Joan Blades - co-founder,, and J. J. Jelincic - former president of the California State Employees Association and CalPERS board member. 

Student Diversity and Visiting Companies

Golden Gate University has an undergraduate enrollment of 583, 1800 graduates and over 700 students enrolled in Law programs. 57% of all the students at the University attend classes part-time. GGU has almost  62% of the students who come from racially diverse backgrounds, 64% are women, while 11% identify as LGBTQ. Further, there are 300+ international students who constitute 12% of the entire student population and represent 47 countries on the campus. The average age of the students attending GGU is 34. Many reputed companies visit this university for placement which are Accenture, Microsoft, NID, Lenovo and others. 

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