Anaheim University was established as a unique, innovative and sustainable institution of higher learning to meet the educational needs of a diverse and global student body through academic programs of the highest quality. Dedicated to a student-centered philosophy, Anaheim University makes higher education accessible to qualified students worldwide through both online and on-campus study.

Anaheim University Objectives

Taking advantage of opportunities available through the newest of technological innovations, Anaheim University has been designed to be a global institution with a multicultural perspective with programs designed to meet the needs of its diverse student population. To accomplish this, Anaheim University has the following objectives:

  • Excellence of academic instruction through the guidance and expertise of dedicated faculty
  • Utilization of new and reliable technologies
  • Deployment of technology-based learning resources
  • Meeting the educational needs of the students by offering instructional programs otherwise unavailable to those students because of access, cost, or work schedule
  • Provision of an instructional environment where students can take active roles in their learning processes
  • Support of an academic environment where faculty members are able to deliver the highest quality educational programs
  • Regular course and program assessments and evaluation to ensure the quality of the curriculum



stdmain 2220Anaheim University was founded in Orange County, California in 1996. Anaheim University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

 In addition, Anaheim University is approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education. "Approval to operate" means that Anaheim University operates in compliance with state standards as set forth in the California Education Code and the California Code of Regulations.

Anaheim University operates primarily as a distance education institution.

About Anaheim:

Celebrating its 160th anniversary in 2017, the City of Anaheim is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and California’s 10th most populous city. Located in Orange County, California, 28 miles southeast of Los Angeles, Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 346,000 residents, and has established sister-city relationships with Mito, Japan and Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.6 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Disneyland Resort, CKE Restaurants, Inc., L-3 Communications, and Pacific Sunwear. Successful sport franchises including the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Major League Baseball (MLB) team, the Anaheim Ducks National Hockey League (NHL) team, and the USA Men’s National Volleyball Team call Anaheim home. Anaheim also boasts quality meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, The Grove of Anaheim and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Anaheim is ranked one of the safest cities in the nation and annually welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play.

For more information, please visit Anaheim.net.


Anaheim University's Vision

Share It Forward

Anaheim University's Vision is a commitment to Share It Forward and to make a positive impact on society and the natural environment through a series of initiatives. "Share It Forward" means doing your part to make the world a better place so that we can all share in the benefits for many generations to come. Share It Forward originated from the concept of "Pay It Forward", which means to ask that a good turn be repaid by having it done to others instead. It was first described by Benjamin Franklin and became the subject of the 2000 film by the same name.

The tradition of Sharing It Forward was originally initiated by Anaheim University students who sought to develop a practice within the institution that would help new students get used to the online learning environment. Their proactive student involvement in developing student-centered systems, introducing supplemental learning resources, and offering tutorship and guidance to new and potential students, was done with the hope that those that receive the benefits would also Share It Forward.

The idea of Sharing It Forward had such an impact on our learning community that the University's administration has embraced it. The philosophy has been incorporated into the mission of numerous University-led projects including our Vision in which we spread goodwill beyond our own institution to the world.

The administration, faculty and student body are united. We have a clear vision of our role and responsibility in leading change towards a sustainable future. We are now at the threshold of fulfilling our Quest to be Paperless. This is an achievement that has taken the cooperation of our entire learning community. Becoming the world's first paperless university certainly brings a feeling of pride and satisfaction to those of us who have worked hard to lead change within our own institution. However, an even stronger sense of pride will come when we have encouraged other universities to join us in this quest of becoming paperless and developing a sustainable future through environmental and social responsibility. It is the hope of Anaheim University to inspire students and academic leaders around the globe to join this initiative to change the world, one good turn at a time.

Join Anaheim University in our vision and Share It Forward.

- Garnet E. Birch, Ph.D., Chancellor Emeritus