In the 1960s, the founders of Coleman College envisioned an educational institution that would prepare students to participate in the Information Age. They foresaw the unprecedented career opportunities that the use of electronic data processing would create in government, business and industry. In 1963, their vision became reality, and Coleman College set forth on the leading edge of a technological revolution.
The College has maintained its leadership by successfully educating thousands of computer professionals. Through the years, Coleman’s academic offerings have evolved continually to address changes in technology and meet the needs of employers. The first campus was located in downtown San Diego, California. There are now two locations in San Diego County, in La Mesa and San Marcos. Both campuses are a short drive from every educational, cultural and recreational center in greater San Diego.
In 1992, the College offered to house the exhibit of the COMPUTER MUSEUM of AMERICA (CMA) permanently inside its main campus building. In July 2001, the Museum opened in a new location in downtown San Diego. Coleman College remains a major sponsor and our students benefit from exposure to the collection, which illustrates how far the industry has come and the potential for future growth.
Coleman offers an “inverted curriculum” that gives students their career training first. This approach allows students to become qualified for a computer-related position in a matter of months. After earning a certificate and starting a career, graduates may return to Coleman in the evening to complete an associate, bachelor’s or even a master’s degree.
The College has alumni working in every part of the United States and many foreign countries. In addition to traditional post-high-school undergraduates, Coleman College students include active and retired military personnel, professional people seeking new career directions, people reentering the work force, and international students who are acquiring new skills to take back to their home countries. These students attend Coleman College because of its reputation for professionalism, high academic standards and personal concern for each student.
Long recognized by numerous industry and educational organizations as a leader in computer education, Coleman has pioneered many new teaching techniques with great effectiveness. Technological developments are researched continuously so that the curricula and computer equipment for students’ use may be updated accordingly.
Coleman College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) as a senior college of business. The College participates in federal, state, institutional and private financial aid programs, and is approved for veterans-training benefits.