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About Stratford University

Stratford University is a private, for-profit, career-focused university located in Falls Church, Virginia. The school has additional Virginia locations in Newport News, Richmond and Woodbridge, along with a Baltimore, Maryland, campus. Through a joint venture, Stratford University also offers business and IT programs in New Delhi, India.

Students can pursue accelerated degree programs, and the Career and Student Services department provides career-preparation counseling, including assistance with creating resumes and interview preparation. The university has a high job-placement rate, and students often find jobs before graduating.


Stratford University offers programs for in-demand fields, such as business administration, information technology, hospitality, health sciences, nursing and the culinary arts. The school operates on a quarter calendar system and offers five, 10-week quarters per year; three quarters constitute one academic year. Stratford's accelerated programs take 15 months to earn an associate's or master's degree and 30 months to complete a bachelor's degree program. Students enrolled in the Career Transition Program complete an internship to gain professional experience.

Stratford University's International Study Program is voluntary and allows students to study abroad in Virginia, Ireland. The 9-week program includes two online courses with local facilitators as well as options for culinary and hospitality internships.


Stratford University has an open admissions policy. Requirements for undergraduate admissions include a high school diploma or GED and English language proficiency. An ESL program is available for students who don't meet the language requirement. High school students with at least a 3.0 GPA and permission from an advisor can enroll in courses at Stratford, but they won't be admitted to the university until they finish high school.

Graduate applicants are evaluated based on transcripts, test scores, work experience and life achievements. Graduate admissions requirements include a 4-year bachelor's degree in a related area, English proficiency and GRE or GMAT scores for technical or business degrees. If students possess a bachelor's degree in an unrelated area, they might be required to take 4-8 additional bridge courses. Bridge course requirements could be waived if a student has relevant work experience. GRE or GMAT score requirements may be waived if a student transfers from another graduate program, has a prior graduate degree or has relevant work experience.

The school charges a $50 application fee to students applying to undergraduate or graduate programs. A personal interview or assessment could also be required, if the school has questions about a student's ability to succeed in a program.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Students pay tuition per credit, with undergraduate tuition costing $370 per credit hour and graduate tuition costing $410 per credit hour, as of 2012. Some courses require additional fees, and all students pay activity, withdrawal and graduation fees. Books and supplies cost an estimated $2,535 per year in 2011-2012.

In addition to assisting students with filing for federal aid, Stratford University's Student Financial Services can help students apply for private loans, work out deferred payment plans and assist with scholarship applications. Stratford University offers a variety of scholarships for undergraduate students, including a graduating high school senior scholarship program.

School Type 4-year, private for-profit*
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's, bachelor's, master's*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Quarters**
School Setting Large suburb*
Student Body 1,316 undergraduates and 507 graduate students in Fall 2011*
Student Housing Not offered*
Schools and Programs Five schools offering career-focused programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate's: Culinary arts (19)
Bachelor's: Restaurant/food services management (13), Information science/studies (13)
Master's: Computer software engineering (260)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 51% of students who began their studies in Fall 2005 graduated in 150% of 'normal' time *
Admission Rate Open admissions policy*
Entering Class Size 264 in Fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates From 2010-2011:
61% (full-time students)
55% (part-time students)*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions, quarters start five times per year**
Undergraduate Tuition $370 per credit hour (cost for 2012-2013, excluding fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Undergraduate Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Grant or scholarship aid (58%), federal student loans (75%)*
Percent of Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 61% in 2010-2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics; **Stratford University; ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Stratford University, 7777 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043
  • Phone: (703) 821-8570
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