Westcliff University

Westcliff University was established to provide quality education for students wishing to enter the expanding fields of Business and Education. Westcliff received its initial approval with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education in 1993.

About Westcliff University

Westcliff University was established to provide quality education for students wishing to enter the expanding fields of Business and Education. Westcliff received its initial approval with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education in 1993. Westcliff is comprised of a College of Business, College of Education, College of Technology & Engineering, and Western State College of Law.  Westcliff University offers graduate and undergraduate certificates and degree programs intended to prepare students for immediate entry and advancement in their respective industries. While some schools only teach theoretical concepts, the programs at Westcliff University prepare students for the practical and theoretical elements required in the job market today. 

Westcliff University offers full-time working students a chance to enroll in 100% online courses or take courses onsite at its campuses in beautiful Southern California. All programs at Westcliff are designed to be convenient, flexible, and affordable. Westcliff University prepares students for personal, professional, and academic success with innovative, up-to-date, and of high quality programs. The university has guidance and expertise from members of its faculty, Program Advisory Council, and Board of Trustees that includes key leaders from organizations such as Google, Hyundai, Kia, Asurion, Deloitte, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi Capital, Cox Communications, CATESOL, as well as other local and national businesses and organizations

Our Mission, Vision, & Values

Westcliff University’s mission is to Educate, Inspire, and Empower students from around the world to achieve personal and professional success by providing practical, innovative, high-quality campus and online programs.

Vision Statement

Westcliff University strives to become the most innovative global educational institution, respected for its transformative, technologically advanced programs and initiatives with a focus on excellence, social responsibility, and diversity.

Global Perspective

The academic programs at Westcliff University have a truly global focus. Students enrolled in the online and onsite programs originate from such countries as China, Germany, India, Nigeria, Peru, Thailand and Vietnam. Westcliff students born in the US also come from richly diverse ethnic backgrounds, ensuring that a variety of perspectives make both classroom and online discussions informative and dynamic. Teaching in a majority of the courses offered at Westcliff University emphasizes the global nature of the subject matter. The curriculum is developed to allow students to contextualize their learning to align their studies with their own areas of interest and regions of origin or preference.

Scholarships and Grants

Westcliff University is proud to offer a number of scholarships designed to support student success across all of our academic programs. These scholarships reflect Westcliff’s priorities in developing a diverse and motivated student body looking to unlock their potential through higher education and reach their own lofty academic and career goals. Westcliff has a simple application process that allows current and prospective students to use one application to apply for all scholarships for which they are eligible.

What’s Life at Westcliff Like?

As a student at Westcliff University, you’ll discover that making new friends will come easy and that most of your peers are up for spontaneous adventures and deep life conversations. Acclimating to college will have its obstacles, but Westcliff is here to make sure your college experience will be one to remember for the rest of your life. The opportunity for your growth here is beyond measure with the endless number of resources we have available for our students. Whether you are learning on-campus or learning through distance education, we are here for you. Take advantage of everything we offer and take pride as a Westcliff Warrior. Most importantly, make your experience with Westcliff your own.

Westcliff Athletics

Westcliff Athletics competes as a full member of the California Pacific Conference (Cal Pac) and National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) for nearly all of its sports. Since Dean of Athletics, Shawn Harris, took the helm, this department has grown exponentially in the number of student athletes, as well as now sponsoring 28 varsity sports: Baseball, M/W Basketball, M/W Beach Volleyball, Cheer, M/W Cross Country, E-Sports, M/W Futsal, M/W Water Polo, M/W Lacrosse, M/W Soccer, Softball, Stunt, Surf, M/W Swim, M/W Tennis, M/W Track & Field, M/W Volleyball, and Women’s Wrestling. Westcliff Athletics also offers an academy team (developmental program) for another 11 teams. Most impressive though is the 13 collective championships earned throughout the 2022 fall season and spring 2023 season.

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Top Programs

Business Administration, Computer Science, Information Technology

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Type of School


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  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

    City, Suburban, Online
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  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, Apartment
  • Test Scores

    TOEFL: 60+, IELTS: Band 6+, iTEP: 3.7, PTE Academic: 50+, Step EIKEN: Pre-1, Cambridge English: 160+, TOEIC: 780+, Duolingo: 95+

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