The Westcliff University (WU) is a private, for-profit university in Irvine, California. Founded in 1993, it offers bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees as well as certificate programs and continuing education courses. WU is a California Benefit Corporation, obligating it to pursue the public benefit by always considering the impact of its business decisions on its employees, suppliers, the environment, and the community at large.
Westcliff University was founded in 1993 with a focus on online education in the fields of business and education.
In 2019, a federal court approved Westcliff University’s plan to purchase the Western State College of Law and revert it to for-profit status. The ABA allowed continued accreditation under the ownership of Westcliff University in December 2019.
Westcliff University moved to a new campus in 2020, located in the Intersect Campus area of Irvine, California.
The university moved to a new campus in 2018, located in the Von Karman Creative Campus area of Irvine, California.
The new location expanded the university’s campus space more than four times larger than the previous facility. The campus is centered by the main building housing classrooms, faculty offices, administrative services, and study areas as well as a multipurpose building for athletics and recreation, career fairs, and other events. The university’s location at the Von Karman Creative Campus places Westcliff in the first large-scale creative office community in Orange County.
Westcliff also holds in-person classes at Plaza Tower in Cerritos, California housed in Plaza Tower located near the I-605 and Artesia Freeway interchange.