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University of the Potomac
MottoAffordable Excellence
TypePrivate, for-profit
Parent institution
Linden East, LLC
PresidentClinton Gardner
United States
CampusUrban, Online

University of the Potomac (formerly Potomac College[1]) is a private, for-profit[2] university with campuses in Washington, DC; Falls Church, Virginia; and Chicago, Illinois. It offers Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, Graduate, and advanced certification programs and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.[3]


The University of the Potomac Board of Trustees announced its Interim President and CEO, Dr. Clinton Gardner, in December 2019.[4] Dr. Gardner was previously president of the university from May 2013 until September 2017.[5]

In 2009 the institution was warned by its accrediting body (ACICS, Middle States Region; a for-profit college accreditor). In 2010, Potomac was put on probation. In 2011 it was again warned.[6]

Potomac is owned by Linden East, LLC.[7]


University of the Potomac’s programs are tailored to a working population. Qualified students can earn degrees in as few as 18 months and all courses are offered online. Students can also choose a hybrid program, which allows them to take both online and on-campus classes.

The university has an open admissions policy. Applicants who qualify are eligible for both Pell grants and federal student loans.[8]

International program

University of the Potomac offers a five-year international BA/MBA Program under a partnership with University of Business and International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.[9] The bachelor's degree is completed in the first 3.5 years and the MBA is completed after one additional year.


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The university offers courses at all of its campus locations, as well as online. The locations are easily accessible by public transportation, and the Washington, DC location is only 1 block from the McPherson Square Metro Station on the Silver, Orange, and Blue Lines. Students have the option to choose a completely online program, completely on campus, or a hybrid style featuring both online and on campus classes. International students attending University of the Potomac must complete at least 75% of their degree on campus.


  1. ^ "Potomac College Becomes University of the Potomac; Announces New Washington, D.C. Campus". PRWeb. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  2. ^ Overview : Potomac College, U.S. News and World Reports, 2008
  3. ^ http://www.msche.org//Documents/SAS/365/Statement%20of%20Accreditation%20Status.htm
  4. ^ "Message from the President". University of the Potomac. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Formal Announcement of Dr. Clinton Gardner, new President and CEO of University of the Potomac". University of the Potomac. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
  6. ^ "American Degree-Granting For-Profit Thesis" (PDF). College of Professional Studies, Boston University. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  7. ^ "MSCHE Institution page, University of the Potomac". Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  8. ^ National Center for Education Statistics (2008). "College Navigator - Potomac College". Retrieved 2010-08-05.
  9. ^ Plumb, Tierney (2008-05-29). "Potomac College launches new business program".