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About Strayer University

Our mission

Through Strayer University’s innovative approach to an exceptional educational experience and our commitment to student success, we empower our students to achieve their personal and professional aspirations.

Our values

We provide affordable post-secondary educational opportunities to a diverse population of eligible learners using multiple modalities and flexible approaches that enable students to earn credentials and degrees.

Making education more affordable

Save up to 25% off the cost of your bachelor's degree. The Strayer Graduation Fund rewards your success with savings. For every three classes you successfully complete, you’ll receive a course on us to be redeemed at the end of your program.

Start your bachelor’s degree and get a brand-new laptop, on us, to help you succeed in your studies, graduate and start the next step in your career. Eligibility rules apply. 

Engaging and effective coursework

At Strayer, we’ve innovatively combined learning with the art of storytelling in the form of bingeworthy video coursework that teaches you as it draws you in.

We’re accredited or certified by three highly respected organizations, which lends credibility and recognition to your degree. And we’ve infused the curriculum in our bachelor program with 10 skills employers value to help you on your way after graduation.

Strayer University is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), Strayer University’s accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. MSCHE most recently reaffirmed Strayer University’s accreditation status in June 2017, with the next self-study evaluation scheduled for the 2025–2026 academic year. MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

The support you need when you need it

You’ll have an entire team of faculty and staff to help you throughout your academic journey, from the admissions officer who helps you enroll to the student services coach who guides you to graduation. And with over 50 campus locations to choose from, you get the in-person support you need to succeed, plus the opportunity to connect with other classmates.

Meet the Strayer Leadership Team

Andrea Backman, PhD

Andréa Backman, PhD
President, Strayer University

Andréa Backman leads the University in delivering an innovative, impactful education that helps students compete in today’s global economy. Education: Ph.D., University of Virginia; M.A., DePaul University; B.A., Penn State University.

Antoinette ‘Toni’ Farmer-Thompson, D.H.Ed.

Antoinette ‘Toni’ Farmer-Thompson, D.H.Ed
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Antoinette ‘Toni’ Farmer-Thompson manages academic, faculty, and support teams to ensure an outstanding educational experience. Education: - D.H.Ed., A.T. Still University; Executive Women in Leadership Certification, Cornell University; M.B.A., Healthcare, Grand Canyon University; M.A.Ed., Adult and Continuing Education, University of Phoenix; B.S., Criminal Justice, Arizona State University

Jacqueline Palmer, EdD

Jacqueline Palmer, EdD
Special Assistant to the President, Student and Alumni Relations

Jackie Palmer works to ensure student engagement and success through proactive student outreach and initiatives designed for a diverse adult student body. Education: Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania; M.S., Johns Hopkins University; B.S., Yale University.

The high-quality higher education you deserve

Strayer University has distinct accreditations and affiliations that attest to our academic quality. We're committed to meeting quality standards, so you can earn a diploma you're proud to display. View the ACBSP student achievement information.

Accredited online university

Strayer University has distinct accreditations and affiliations that attest to our academic quality. We're committed to meeting quality standards, so you can earn a diploma you're proud to display. View the ACBSP student achievement information.