History of SSU

Southern States University (SSU) is a private American university founded in 1983 in Orange County. With two campuses in San Diego (Fashion Valley and La Jolla) and one in Newport Beach, SSU is focused on training business-oriented professionals from around the world. The University offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and two Certificates: Marketing and Business Administration.

In addition, SSU offers intensive beginner through advanced English classes and TOEFL test preparation courses for students who do not yet possess the English skill level necessary to begin their university studies, as well as for those non-native English speakers who wish to improve their English proficiency. To assist those students whose intention is to pursue a certificate or degree, SSU can customize a program that includes degree program classes plus intensive English study, to adequately prepare them to succeed with their higher education studies.

SSU currently has over 500 enrolled students, approximately half in the BBA and MBA programs, and half in its Intensive English program. The University is authorized to operate by the State of California, and to issue the legal documents required to obtain a student Visa (SEVIS approved I-20 Form) by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The University received national accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) in 2010.

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Business Social Media Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 1-2 pm SSU-Newport Beach Campus During the event, there will be the chance to win an SSU sweatshirt! Dr. Gary Lawson will give a talk at the Newport Beach Campus on Saturday, November 22nd from 1-2 pm on the subject: Business Social Media is Changing the Way We Do Business Over […]


"The professors are very experienced, and recognized in their fields. Their teaching styles and practical approaches to problem solving are extremely helpful, and I am sure that the knowledge and skills that I acquire here will help me a lot when I start my career in business..."

~Nisarg Patel, India, MBA Student

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