The mission of Stratford University is to prepare students for rewarding careers through quality educational programs that meet the changing needs of employers and the community.
Stratford University is a private institution of higher learning, ranked among “The 20 Most Valuable Online Colleges in America 2019” by KnowledgeReview. Stratford has a diverse student body that includes recent high school graduates, working professionals, international students, and persons desiring to change their career fields. The University offers a variety of certificates, diplomas, associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in:
- Business Administration
- Computer Science and IT
- Health Sciences
- Hospitality and Culinary Arts
Can You Have a Successful Career with an Online Education? At Stratford, You Can.
Stratford University offers a wide spectrum of online degree programs in many of today’s most rapidly-growing fields—tailored to help meet the demands of today’s employers. Our online programs are designed to help prepare you for exciting and rewarding career opportunities and develop the skills you need to pursue a thriving career in your selected field. Best of all, our convenient, career-focused online programs are designed to accommodate today’s busy lifestyles and help our students meet their educational goals without compromising the demands of their personal and professional life.
- We deliver all classes in an asynchronous format, allowing students to access study material at any time, seven days a week.
- Moodle platform is customizable to your individual needs, providing an easy platform for you to learn.
- You can finish assignments at times that fit into your busy schedule
- Books/learning materials are included in tuition
As an online student, you will receive the same level of support as those attending a campus. You’ll start with a personalized admissions process, Student Financial Services, Student Support, all the way to help with career placement from Career Services.
Can You Find a Diverse Instructional Philosophy? At Stratford, You Can.
The University seeks to maximize the personal and academic growth of students while providing relevant skills and knowledge leading to satisfying careers. Students will find that Stratford embraces the diversity of our student body. We treat all beliefs with honor and feel that culture is the soul of our school. Our main campus at Falls Church is located in a thriving, multicultural area just outside of Washington D.C. We are known as the “Silicon Valley of the East” because of our deeply embedded tech industry. Our International students will find a warm welcome at the airport and we’ll help them with housing close to the campus. Our experienced faculty members have master’s, doctorates, and PhDs and are adaptive to different styles of online and classroom teaching, making learning a more enjoyable experience for students. Our faculty work in the field they teach and offer:
- Effective use of communication to reinforce the instructional message.
- Creative small-group projects are used to encourage student to student and student to faculty interaction.
- Programs are structured to cultivate an environment of teamwork.
- Individual assistance in classroom and online environments
Whatever your chosen path in college, we’ll be with you from the day you begin thinking of Stratford through admissions, your personal, professional and financial support needs to beyond graduation and your career planning.
Can You Reach Your Career Goals with a Stratford Education? You Can.
The University is able to create this experience through carefully-planned academic programs and career advising, including timely curriculum revisions, hands-on learning experiences in appropriate undergraduate courses, and individualized assistance both in the classroom and online environments.
- Student’s career goals are met by matching students with appropriate programs of study
- Most programs are available online to meet the needs of busy, working individuals
- We provide a quality learning experience by employing faculty committed to learning and who demonstrate excellent teaching skills
- We offer relevant curricula through input from the governing board, advisory boards, and graduates
- We offer a comprehensive support program including financial planning, academic assistance, and other scholarships and grants
For over forty years, we have helped students find a place on the career ladder of their choice, many of whom are now in management positions or own their own businesses. The face and climate of today’s business world is changing rapidly. Economic growth and the constantly changing needs of modern industries can provide exciting and challenging opportunities for qualified graduates. Stratford University is at the forefront of these changes and is dedicated to assisting graduates with employment in the evolving job market. The University’s innovative approach to education helps graduates gain the skills and self-confidence needed to be successful.
Can You Get College Credits for Military Service? At Stratford, You Can.
Stratford University is recognized as a military friendly school. We are a Yellow Ribbon School, meaning all tuition for veterans will be covered. Our Prior Learning Assessment program will give credit to military students for what they’ve learned on the job. We have a number of military education programs designed to help US military and former US military personnel complete their education. Stratford has established a Military Student Office to support the military student body. The mission of this office is to offer assistance with educational programs for military personnel (both active and former) as they complete their education.
Stratford Degree Programs Meet the Educational Needs of the Military:
- You’ll get college credits for your military experience—up to 75% for undergraduate and 50% for graduate
- Online programs so you can work at your own pace
- Flexible class schedules
- Rolling start dates with five entry points per year
- Career placement assistance
- Books included in tuition
Can You Learn about Your School’s History? At Stratford, You Can.
Richard Shurtz Sr., established American Transportation Institute (ATI) in 1976. ATI offered certificate programs including training for travel agents, hotel and restaurant management, and bartenders. The single Falls Church campus featured an on-site travel agency which worked with airline and railroad travel. Dr. Richard Shurtz, II and Mary Ann Shurtz took over the company in 1986. ATI became Stratford College in 1998 and began offering associate’s degree programs in culinary arts and information technology. Dr. and Mrs. Shurtz named the school Stratford to give it a more international flavor. In 2001, Stratford College began offering master’s degrees and became Stratford University. The University is dedicated to changing with the times to provide its students with education in high-demand industries.
Can You Be Proud of Your School’s Public Service? At Stratford, You Can.
Stratford University understands that community service contributes to its mission. To this end, the University maintains effective and continuous community relations. The University is involved in activities at the national, regional, and local levels. The program representatives are continually developing relationships with various persons and organizations. The University strives to provide and support organizations for the homeless, veterans, and women in need, and we encourage our students to volunteer in their communities.
Can You Be Sure Your School Is Accredited? At Stratford, You Can.
Stratford University is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award our various certificates and degrees. ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accreditation agency by the U.S. Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation. CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations. Stratford University has three programmatic accreditations: CNA for Nursing, ABHAS for Health Sciences and ACF for Culinary. Stratford University is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to operate campuses in Virginia. The undergraduate and graduate programs are approved for federal student financial aid by the U.S. Department of Education. The University has the authority to issue I-20s by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service for F-1 visas. The Virginia State Approving Agency (VSAA) has approved undergraduate and graduate programs for the training of veterans. The Virginia and the District of Columbia Rehabilitation Services approve many programs. The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) has approved Stratford University to operate a campus in Baltimore, Maryland. Stratford University carefully monitors developments in Maryland state law and acts promptly to meet all requirements.