Welcome to GGU!

President Fike at Orientation

We’re a couple of weeks now into spring term and a huge welcome to all our new students! To our current students, welcome back! For those who are new to the school, we hope that you’ve had a chance to start finding your way around, made some new friends and figured out where all your classes are! Don’t forget that there’s always a team of people here to help you – academic advisors, Flora and Liz at the Hub, the Registry team – if in doubt, just ask! Everyone is here to help!

If you attended orientation, you’ll have heard President Fike talking about the origins of GGU and rightly so, as our school is steeped in history! We can trace our origins back to the heart of the 1850’s Gold Rush, when the Central San Francisco YMCA started a series of evening lectures. However, it wasn’t until 1901 (when it became YMCA Evening College) and the introduction of an evening law school (the city’s first) in 1906, that a more formalized structure started to take place – the school’s first graduating class consisted of four students! Classes continued even after the 1906 earthquake when they were conducted out of tents….and accounting and business administration classes followed a few years later. The name Golden Gate was subsequently adopted in 1927 (while the premises were at 220 Golden Gate Avenue), but the school did not become independent of the YMCA until 1962.

The school may not offer gold assaying classes any more (yes, I had to Google that too…), but throughout its incarnations, the underlying ethos and mission of GGU has remained the same: namely to provide adult learners with the tools they need to succeed in business, law, accounting, taxation and psychology. Whatever you’re studying, we’re glad to have you and welcome you – congratulations in becoming part of GGU’s story!

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