Best College for Adult Learners - Number One Ranking

The Washington Monthly magazine ranks Golden Gate University the #1 School for Adult Learners in its annual College Guide and Rankings.

How GGU Was Chosen

To compile the rankings, the Washington Monthly reviewed data for more than 571 colleges from the Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) survey, the department’s new College Scorecard database and the College Board’s Annual Survey of Colleges.

The metrics that determined GGU's rating include:
  • ease of transfer/enrollment
  • flexibility of programs
  • services available for adult learners
  • percent of adult students (age 25+)
  • mean earnings of adult students ten years after entering college
  • loan repayment of adult students five years after entering repayment
  • tuition and fees for in-district students

Other Accolades

#1 Ranked MS Tax Program

Top 10 Ranking!

GGU Ranks among the very best in offering robust online degree programs.

Master of Science in Taxation

A top value in graduate taxation degree programs.

Investment-Worthy Education

Excellent instruction at a competitive price make GGU at top pick!

Dedicated to Servicemembers

GGU is an official Military Friendly School® -- championing the academic success of active members, veterans, and dependents.

Graduate Accounting Degrees

Our top-ranked master's programs are a top value.

A Golden State Best!

Reputation, affordability, and student success make GGU a top 10 choice in business schools.

About GGU

Since 1901, Golden Gate University (GGU) has been helping adults achieve their professional goals by providing education in accounting, law, taxation, and business-related areas. GGU is California's fourth oldest private university, enrolling approximately 5,000 students and representing more than 70,000 alumni. Our core mission is to educate adults – like you – who are balancing the complex demands of life.

Golden Gate University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Golden Gate University School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Most undergraduate and business courses are offered entirely online or through evening and weekend classes at the university's downtown San Francisco campus.

As a student, you will gain real-world knowledge from instructors who are practicing professionals in some of the Bay Area's largest and most successful organizations. Whether you aim to complete a bachelor's degree or advance your career through a graduate program, GGU can provide a high-quality education and services to support your success.


  • Accounting
  • Business and Management
  • Finance
  • Financial Planning
  • Healthcare Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Law
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Taxation

*At this time, GGU is not authorized to admit online students who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Wisconsin and Minnesota. We are currently pursuing authorization to offer our online programs to students residing in Minnesota.

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The Washington Monthly magazine ranks Golden Gate University the #1 School for Adult Learners in its annual College Guide and Rankings.


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