Stratford University is a private institution of higher learning. The student body is diverse, including recent high school graduates, working professionals, international students, and persons desiring to change their career fields. 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. In order to meet this mission, the University offers a variety of certificate, diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, and graduate programs in emerging and high employment demand fields.



Stratford University is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award certificate, diploma, associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accreditation agency by the U.S. Department of Education. 


Stratford is also accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF), assuring that we meet the standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum, and student services.


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. All programs have been approved for the training of veterans. The Virginia and the District of Columbia Rehabilitation Services approve all 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.


Stratford University is proud of its industry and educational affiliations. We continually expand our connections to establish an even broader range of contacts for our graduates. Stratford is affiliated with the following organizations and associations: