|Motto||Scientia est potentia|
Motto in English
|Knowledge is power|
|Type||Private, Public Benefit Corporation|
|President||Richard R. Shurtz II.|
|Colors||Blue and Silver|
Location in Northern Virginia
Stratford University (Virginia)
Stratford University (the United States)
Stratford University is a private, public benefit corporation university headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia. Founded in 1976, Stratford delivers online, classroom, and blended online/classroom programs.
Stratford University has campuses in Virginia (Alexandria, Falls Church, Woodbridge,) Maryland (Baltimore ), and India (New Delhi). The majority of the student body is non-traditional and works full-time while attending school. Stratford's international student body represents over thirty countries. Approximately 20% of the student body is international and 20% is military.
The Stratford campus in India is a joint venture with the Modi Group, created to offer residential American degrees in India. The legal name of the Indian joint venture is Modi Stratford Education Management (MSEM), Pvt. Ltd. The Modi Stratford Foundation, a wholly owned non-profit subsidiary of MSEM, delivers the academic programs in India as an accredited campus of Stratford University.
Dr. Richard R. Shurtz II, Stratford president, won the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award in Greater Washington for the Government/Education Services category.
Stratford University signed a letter of intent for an affiliation with Baltimore International College (BIC) on August 12, 2011. The university has received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission and Baltimore officially became an additional location of Stratford University on December 1, 2011.
Stratford University signed a memorandum of understanding with Sojourner-Douglass College (SDC) on April 2, 2015. This memorandum outlines a process through which SDC programs will transition to Stratford after June 30, 2015, the date that SDC loses it accreditation. This location will be renamed the Sojourner-Douglass Center at Stratford University.
Stratford University received the Virginia V3 Perseverando Award for both 2015 and 2015. The awards were presented to Stratford by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe of at the Annual Chamber of Commerce Workforce Conference in Richmond.
In 2016, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker presented Stratford University with the President’s "E" Award for Exports. It is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports. The 'E' Awards noted Stratford University's dedication to providing quality education to students around the world, particularly its investment in language training programs.
In 2019, Stratford announced that it would be closing three of its campuses in Virginia, including campuses in Newport News and Virginia Beach. 
In 2020, the University's institutional accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), reaccredited the University until December 31, 2022. Stratford also received $4.65 million in Covid relief funds: $2.69 million in the first round and $1.96 million in the second. 
In March 2021, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity advised the U.S. Department of Education in a vote of 11 to 1 to terminate the recognition of ACICS, Stratford's accreditor. 
Stratford awards graduate and undergraduate degrees in a number of disciplines including business administration, computer information systems, health sciences, nursing, culinary arts, and hotel management. Online, residential, and blended programs are available. All online and blended courses use the Stratford online Moodle platform hosted in Stratford's data center.
Stratford has established programs to help US military and former-US military personnel complete their education and is recognized by the Veterans Administration as a member of the Yellow Ribbon Program. Stratford offers non-credit continuing education and professional development courses like Event Management Certificate Program, Culinary Workshops and Certification Courses including Oracle, MSCE, .Net Framework, Cisco, Linux, and computer security-related topics for students and IT professionals.
Stratford's Language Institute offers an academic English as Second Language (ESL) program to help international students enter a degree program.
According to College Scorecard, Stratford's student body is 57 percent black, 19 percent white, 8 percent Hispanic, and 5 percent Asian. 
According to the College Scorecard, Stratford has a graduation rate of 34 percent. Salary after attending ranges from $22,485 to $65,238. Two years after completion, student debtors had the following status: 30% in forbearance,24% not making progress, 17% defaulted,11% in deferment, 9% delinquent, 6% making progress, 2% paid in full, and 1% discharged.
Stratford University is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award through master's degrees. Stratford University is exempt from requirements of oversight to grant Associate, Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate degrees by State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Stratford is authorized by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to issue a Form I-20 for an F-1 Visa and to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. Stratford's nursing program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Stratford's medical assisting program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools. The Stratford University Language Institute is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. Stratford's culinary programs have received programmatic accreditation from the American Culinary Federation (ACF). Stratford is a member of the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Stratford is a member of the United States-India Educational Foundation.
In 2020, Stratford's accreditor the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges was investigating the school for allegedly operating an unapproved program in Irbil, Iraq.