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School history

For more than 120 years, Post University, based in Waterbury, Connecticut, has educated students interested in expanding their minds and career opportunities. While the on-campus community continues to thrive, Post has eagerly embraced the opportunities that online education provides. The university has a long history of adapting to current students' needs and the needs of the communities they serve and professions in which they thrive.

Founded as the Matoon Shorthand School in 1890, Post started off offering local residents commercial education training in subjects like typing, bookkeeping, business writing and shorthand. Eventually the school was renamed the Waterbury Business College after Harry C. Post became principal in 1898. By 1965 the school had gone through several name changes and acquired its present day location in Waterbury. In 1976, the school was renamed Post College and became an accredited four-year institution of higher education. Starting in the late 1970s, Post began offering accelerated courses specifically designed to help veterans of the Vietnam War earn their degrees quickly.

By the late 1980s, Post had acquired land for development of athletic facilities for its burgeoning college sports teams including their football program. Post began hosting on-campus training programs for Fortune 500 companies like Johnson & Johnson, Cigna and the Hartford. The school later acquired additional off-campus property and added satellite campuses. By the end of the 20th century, Post University was offering numerous accelerated online courses.

Distinctions

Post University was the first college in New England to offer fully online degree programs. Since 1996, the college has been recognized as a trailblazer in this method of education. Additionally, Post is the first university in Connecticut to offer a Master of Business Administration fully online.

Here's a list of some of the distinctions Post has received in recent years:

  • Post's online MBA program, offered through the school's Malcolm Baldrige School of Business, was a recipient of a 2013 Gold Award from the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award partnership.
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  • The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Post is Connecticut's largest provider of fully online degree programs and allows students to earn bachelor degrees that often require a wide variety of courses not directly related to their major. The four major schools at the university are the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the Malcolm Baldrige School of Business and the John P. Burke School of Public Service. Students can focus on a wide variety of specializations in each of these schools. While the university's roots are in business and commerce, liberal arts courses have been added in significant numbers over the last decade.

Post University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and College, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The Malcolm Baldrige School of Business at Post University also is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Cost to attend

The cost to attend Post University varies depending on the level of education you are seeking, the particular program in which you are enrolled, whether or not you attend in-person or online and whether or not you are considered a full-time student. Full-time students are enrolled each semester for at least 12 credits but no more than 18.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the average 2014-2015 tuition and required fees for full-time students at Post was $16,510.

Financial aid

As an accredited university, federal financial aid is available for qualified Post students. All prospective students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This is a standard form issued by the government to determine financial need for college students. Eligibility for many grants and loans will be determined depending on the information included in the FAFSA.

Post also offers many opportunities for scholarships. Unlike loans, scholarships do not need to be repaid. Some of the scholarships are listed below:

  • Graduate Alumni Discount-This is for students who have earned their Undergraduate Degree at and are seeking a Graduate Degree at the university. The scholarship amount is a discount of 10 percent from the typical graduate tuition charges.
  • Post Scholars Scholarship-Students who meet all requirements will demonstrate academic excellence by earning a grade point average of at least 3.9 upon graduation. These students are named Post University Scholars and eligible to receive an additional discount on graduate tuition if they pursue their graduate degrees at Post.
  • All One Family Scholarship-This was developed to ease the cost of families with more than one student attending Post. There are several types of scholarships in the program including those for children, grandchildren, siblings and spouses of students enrolled at Post online or on campus. The awards range from a 25 percent tuition grant waiver to $5,000 depending on the enrollment status of the students and other factors.

Online offerings

All of Post University's classes that are available on campus are also available online. The online degree program courses are offered in eight-week modules, six times a year which allows for extreme flexibility rather than waiting for traditional semesters, quarters or academic years to start.

Highlighted programs


As you might expect from a university with its roots in business and commerce, the programs in business and marketing are still standouts. In 2009, Post added an online Master of Education degree program. This program includes concentrations in:

  • Teaching & Learning
  • Instructional Design & Technology
  • Higher Education AdministrationOnline Teaching
  • TESOL

In 2011, Post added an online Master of Public Administration degree program. This offers a blend of master-level business and public administration courses. In 2013, a Master of Science in Accounting and a Healthcare MBA program were added to the Post offerings.

Student life data

As of December 2015, Post has a total undergraduate enrollment of 7,642 and the student-faculty ratio is 21:1. Approximately 800 students take classes on-campus, with the rest of the student body consisting of online students or students who take classes at satellite campuses in Danbury and Wallingford, Connecticut. Many onsite classes are available on weekends and in the evenings. To maximize flexibility, online degree program modules last eight weeks and are offered at six different starting times per year.

Post has more than 15 student clubs and organizations and competes in football, softball, soccer, lacrosse and several other sports within the NCAA. Post has also recently invested more than $40 million into its main campus, and continues to invest in online offerings. Additionally, the school's Career Services Center offers tools to help students find the right jobs now and in the future, although career placement is not guaranteed.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics' IPEDS database, student body demographics for 2012-13 break down as follows:

Demographic Graduate Undergraduate
Grand total men 221 3,032
Grand total women 490 4,339

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS Data Center, 2013-2014 data

Sorted by race/ethnicity (Fall 2013):

Demographic Percentage
White 31%
Black or African-American 17%
Hispanic 6%
Two or more races 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS Data Center, 2013-2014 data

Sorted by age group (Fall 2013):

Age bracket Graduate Undergraduate
Age 24 and under 8% 26%
Age 25 and over 92% 74%

Source: National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS Data Center, 2013-2014 data

For more information about Post's graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit Post's website at, http://www.postdisclosures.com/

If you'd like to find out more about Post University in general, or a specific program you're interested in, scroll back up top and click the ""Request Info"" button below the school logo.

Sources

""NCES IPEDS Data Center--Post University,"" National Center for Education Statistics, 2013-2014, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter/InstitutionProfile.aspx?unitId=acaeabacb3ae

""About Post,"" Post University, 2015, http://www.post.edu/maincampus/history.shtml

""Post University's Online MBA Program Receives Gold 2013 Connecticut Quality Improvement Award,"" Post University, July 2, 2013, http://www.post.edu/news/CQIA2013.pdf

""Main Campus Tuition,"" Post University, 2015, http://www.post.edu/maincampus/tuition.shtml

""Welcome to Post University: A Guide for New Online Students,"" Post University,http://www.post.edu/online/downloads/OEI_GettingStartedGuide2012_2.pdf

""Welcome to Post,"" Post University, 2015, http://www.post.edu/maincampus/admissions.shtml

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