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Golden Gate University

California, United States

Est. 1901


About Golden Gate University

The Golden Gate University, fondly known as the GGU or Golden Gate, is a private coeducational university located Financial District of San Francisco, California that was founded in 1901. It utilizes a trimester-based academic calendar and is primarily a post-graduate; it offers two undergraduate degrees with eight concentrations and 15 graduate degrees with 24 concentrations. The GGU counts with four schools including School of Law, Edward S. Ageno School of Business, School of Accounting and Bruce F. Braden School of Taxation. The most popular majors at the Golden Gate University include Business Administration and Management; Accounting; Information Science/Studies and Computer/Information Technology Services and Administration and Management.


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Location

The Golden Gate University is located in at 536 Mission St in San Franciso, California, located in the Financial District downtown is close to the Bayshore Freeway and the Oakland Bay Bridge. Its setting is urban, therefore, it is surrounded by a lot of great stores and restaurants like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market, the Westfield San Francisco Center, Chipotle, Wolfgang Puck Express, Denny’s, and others to ensure that the students have a lot to do off-campus as well.


Infrastructure

The Golden Gate University is the four oldest private universities in California but its structure has always kept a modern touch. The Student Center used to be a South Market warehouse that was transformed into a six-story building of 50,000 square foot and this building houses the Registrar Office, the Admissions Office, the Financial Aid Office along with the bookstore and Conference Center. The Allyne Building is where the MBA courses are held and is also a six-story building in which the first floor houses the University Library that provides materials and services to support learning and instruction at GGU. The East Wing Plaza was an antiquated space within the school that was also renovated to create offices for the Information Technology Department and the Building Services Department.


Residing Options

Unfortunately the GGU does not offer on-campus housing; however, the university partners with San Francisco Student Housing to provide affordable housing within walking distance of campus. SFS Housing offers two options for housing including Garden Cottages which are apartment-style or furnished double rooms, triples and quads. The Garden Cottages can accommodate up to seven residents and they offer a fully equipped kitchen, private bathrooms and private entrances. The doubles, triples and quads offer a little less space for a more affordable price and come with chair and desk.


Weather

San Francisco, California has an average temperature of 57 °F. The warm season is long, comfortable and clear, from June to October and the temperature rises over 57°F - 71°F. The hottest month is September but the temperature is rarely above 82°F. The cold season is short, cold and wet; the annual low temperature is 49°F and the winter last from December to February with temperatures between 45°F-55°F. The coldest month is January but the temperature is rarely below 39°F.


Faculty and pedagogy

The learning experience at GGU is great. GGU is angled toward working professionals who were unable to take full advantage of the traditional college route. Students claim that the university has very nice and experienced team of faculty members and that they are very helpful. Also, the university is one of the most innovative with technology, great service and attention from every single staff member of the school.


Financial aid

There are several financial aid options available to Golden Gate University students including Federal financial aid, state grants, GGU scholarships & grants, and private loans. The Federal aid includes Federal Direct and Perkins Loans, grants and work-study funds along with Subsidized and unsubsidized Direct Loans which are federal, low-interest loans. When it comes to the Scholarships there are the Graduate Endowed Scholarships which are gift funding provided by Golden Gate University's generous donors and do not have to be repaid by the recipient. International students can apply to a variety of scholarships including The Bita Darybari Scholarship, The William Enderlein Endowed Scholarship, The Gurmehar Foundation Scholarship, The Nagel Miner Scholarship and The Tritasavit Accounting Scholarship in case you are an Accounting International Student.


Jobs and placements

GGU offers a wide range of free career services to students, alumni, faculty, staff and employers. In the GGU website, there is a job section where you can look up job opportunities according to your profile and apply to one more suitable for you. When it comes to life after graduation, GGU Alumni earn an early-career salary around $56,000 and a mid-career salary around $100,000 which is actually very high in comparison to other universities.


Alumni

  • Richard Belluzzo - CEO, Quantum Corp; former President and COO, Microsoft
  • Glen Schofield - Co-founder, General Manager, Sledgehammer Games
  • Phillip Burton - former US Congressman
  • John Burris - Oakland trial attorney
  • Gary L. North - United States Air Force General


Verdict

The Golden Gate University is a school that has a lot of potential. The professors are really good with real world experience and a lot of them work at UC Berkeley too. The college has a lot of connections and its degrees are much respected in the area.


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