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About Woodbury University

Originally founded as Woodbury's Business College, the school first opened its doors at a Los Angeles storefront location in 1884. Woodbury remained in central Los Angeles for its first 103 years of schooling. In 1987, the school relocated to its current 22.5-acre campus in Burbank, CA. Today, Woodbury University has grown to serve over 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students each year.


Woodbury University offers 17 undergraduate and five graduate programs. At the undergraduate level, the school provides degree programs in areas ranging from architecture and filmmaking to fashion design and marketing. Areas of study at the graduate level include business administration, architecture and real estate development.

The school offers a range of study abroad options in Paris, Rome, Barcelona and Berlin. Woodbury also maintains exchange program partnerships with universities in Germany, Spain and Mexico, among other locations. Students may enroll in weekend and evening classes as well.


Freshman applicants to Woodbury University must supply official transcripts for all previous coursework, in addition to official ACT or SAT scores, three letters of recommendation and a personal statement. The school may also request an optional interview.

Applicants for the Fall semester are encouraged to apply by March 1; students applying after that date are only admitted if space is available. The application fee is $50, and the process may be completed online. Of the roughly 340 undergraduates admitted in Fall 2011, about 81% attended Woodbury full-time, 52% of students were female and 73% of the student population was 24 years of age or younger. That same year, the largest ethnic/racial groups at Woodbury were whites (40%), Hispanics/Latinos (32%) and Asians (9%).

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, tuition for undergraduates was $31,054-$32,684 per year, depending on their major. Books and supplies were estimated to cost $1,750-$2,060 per year, and students living on campus were expected to spend just under $10,000 for room and board.

Woodbury offers a number of grants and financial awards, including the university's $10,000-$12,500 Academic Scholarship, as well as the Achievement Award, which is valued at $5,000. The average grant or scholarship aid awarded to beginning undergraduate students during the 2010-2011 school year was $17,405, while the average student loan was $4,559 during the same period.

School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body Around 1,333 undergraduates and 282 graduate students in 2011**
Student Housing Two on-campus residence halls; off-campus housing*
Schools and Programs Four colleges and schools; about 22 undergraduate and graduate programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 10 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Architecture (97)
Master's: Business administration and management (84)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates For students beginning in 2003:
26% in four years
44% in six years
48% in eight years**
Admission Rate 74% in Fall 2011**
Entering Class Size About 144 in Fall 2011**
First-Year Retention Rates 71% of full-time students in 2011**
Average SAT Scores for Admitted Undergraduates For 2011:
SAT Verbal: 465
SAT Math: 478*
Undergraduate Application Due Date Priority admissions: March 1*
Tuition Undergraduate tuition and fees for 2012-2013: $31,054-$32,684 per year*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) For full-time beginning undergraduates in 2010-2011: Federal grants (44%), state and local grants (39%), institutional scholarships (73%), federal loans (70%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 73% of first-time freshmen in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Woodbury University, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Woodbury University, 7500 Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91510
  • Phone: (818) 252-5221
  • Website: www.woodbury.edu

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