President’s Welcome

On behalf of the board of trustees, faculty, and administration, welcome and thank you for choosing Patten University! As you may know, Patten’s mission is “to make quality and affordable undergraduate and graduate education accessible to people everywhere.”

Patten was founded in 1944, and it is deeply grounded in a Liberal Arts tradition and commitment to education as a social justice issue. Over the last few years, we have expanded our degree programs online, and we are partnering with major employers, as well as high schools and international language instructional agencies, to help our students advance their education and careers. We are particularly excited about the Patten Honors Pathway and International Pathways programs. These programs are custom designed to provide high school and international students the intense academic supports they need to successfully complete their general education requirements. The programs are very affordable and students often leave with an Associate degree and move on to complete their BA or graduate degree at one of our “Transfer School” partners.   

Patten’s success has been recognized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as one the most innovative “next generation” universities in the US, and we have received the “Best Value School” award from University Research and Review for the last two years (2015-15 and 2016-17 academic years).

Regardless of whether you are a seasoned working adult who is eyeing a promotion, or an international student who is preparing to study in the US, Patten is an excellent option. We are committed to ensuring that each of our students receive (1) a high-quality postsecondary education in your area of interest; (2) a relatively affordable experience; and (3) a degree that will provide you greater confidence and financial freedom to pursue any career or other endeavor of your choosing. We are very excited about the unique value proposition we can offer you and your family!

Thank you again for considering Patten, and we wish you the best!


Dr. Thomas Stewart