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Alliant International University prepares students for professional careers of service and leadership. It promotes the discovery and application of knowledge to improve people's lives in diverse cultures and communities around the world.
Alliant's educational programs are designed to give students the knowledge, skills, and ethical values they need to serve and lead effectively in a variety of professional settings. Alliant graduates are expected to mastery of a body of knowledge and can apply that knowledge in professional practice to achieve desired and beneficial outcomes.
Scholarship in the Alliant context includes the discovery of new knowledge about the discovery of new knowledge applications to solve practical problems and the integration of knowledge in new ways and innovation in teaching knowledge and professional competencies.
Alliant is an inclusive institution committed to serving diverse populations around the world by preparing professionals to work effectively across cultural and national boundaries, increasing the number of professionals working in underserved areas, and understanding and responding to the needs of diverse communities.
Alliant's faculty, students, alumni, and staff are dedicated to making a positive difference in the world through professional education and practice. We measure our University's success in part by the impact we have, both directly and indirectly, on the welfare of individuals, families, organizations, and communities.
Students can seek services for their emotional and psychological well-being. Services include individual, couples, group, and family counseling. Professional Growth services are also offered for students needing to fulfill this requirement for their programs.
Student Assistance Program (SAP): Like an Employee Assistance Program, students can access, free of charge, services such as counseling and legal advice.Stress Relief/Wellness on Campus: Opportunities such as yoga, meditation, and massage are available.
Students can meet locally and online with career services professionals to help resume/CV writing, cover letter writing, interview skills, networking skills, general job search guidance, access to the online jobs database, and online career assessments.
SGA members play an advocacy role and contribute to campus life by coordinating social events and extracurricular activities. SGA also provides scholarships to students attending conferences. Members of SGA hold seats on the Systemwide SGA, local I-MERIT committee, the Green Committee, and the Campus Administrative and Leadership teams and committees.
Military and Veterans Affairs is a division within the Office of the Dean of Students. The Director of Military and Veterans Affairs is supported by a team of Certifying Officials (CO) located at each of our California locations that you can turn to for assistance. The Director of Military and Veterans Affairs serves as the "one-stop" resource to assist you with your transition to and success at Alliant International University.
Alliant International University is committed to diversity and inclusion of a diverse student body. The Office Accessibility provides students with disabilities with reasonable accommodations and services to assist them in accessing the curriculum and school environment. Students with either permanent or temporary disabilities may be eligible for a variety of support services.
The International Students and Scholars Offices (ISSO) provide a variety of support services to assist new and continuing students. The overarching goal is to promote and support the international experience at Alliant International University. Advising and counseling services for international students include personal, immigration, financial, academic, legal, or other issues.
The collections of the Alliant Library are represented in the University's online library catalog and total over 140,000 physical volumes, 300 current print journal subscriptions, and 1,500 videos. The Alliant Library shares access to online resources, including 50 research databases, full-text content from over 16,000 journals, and 70,000 e-books. Resources that are not available on-site may be requested from other Alliant locations via the shared online catalog or from LINK+, a network of California and Nevada libraries, with over thirty million titles. In each Alliant library location, computers are available to access the Internet, electronic books and journals, and online research databases, such as PsycINFO, Lexis-Nexis, OCLC FirstSearch, Digital Dissertations, Social Science Citation Index, Medline, ERIC, and Criminal Justice Periodical Index. Most of these online resources may also be accessed from home or office. The Alliant Library is also open to the public. An accomplished staff of librarians and support personnel provides services across the University and to distance learners. Services include reference, bibliographic research consultation, information literacy instruction, interlibrary loan, document delivery, and course reserves.
Alliant International University got its name from the merger of three legacy institutions: San Francisco Law School, founded in 1909, United States International University (USIU) founded in 1927, and the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) in 1969. In 2001, USIU and CSPP merged, forming Alliant with San Francisco Law School (SFLS) joining in 2010. From 1909 through today, one constant among these institutions has been a legacy of empowerment and impact. We have kept the tradition of employing outstanding faculty and graduating high-achieving students. Together they have profoundly impacted the world.
Alliant's origin story began in 1909 when the San Francisco Law School opened its doors in the Bay Area. SFLS was the first evening law program in the western United States and was among the first law schools to actively recruit women. SFLS continues to serve students who may not have the opportunity to pursue a traditional legal education. The Law School graduated former California Governor Edmund Pat Brown, former Lieutenant Governor Leo T. McCarthy, and former Undersecretary of the United States Department of Energy Joseph F. Salgado.
In 1927, Leland Ghent Stanford chartered a private, graduate institution called Balboa Law College–the first law school in San Diego. Balboa Law College expanded to include undergraduate and graduate studies beginning with the Department of Accounting in 1945, changing its name to Balboa University. In 1952, Balboa University changed its name to California Western University and relocated to Point Loma, west of downtown San Diego.
In 1968, the undergraduate and graduate programs moved to its current location in Scripps Ranch in northeast San Diego and changed its name to United States International University (USIU). During the 1970s, USIU became a center for humanistic psychology with a faculty that included Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow, and Victor Frankl. Igor Ansoff, one of the founders of strategic management, was also a long-time faculty member.
The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) was founded in 1969 by the California Psychological Association to train doctoral-level psychologists that matched California residents' diversity. CSPP was one of the first free-standing school of professional psychology in the nation. At the time, most clinical psychologists were trained in research universities. CSPP took an innovative approach of classroom learning integrated with the application of knowledge in various field placements, a departure from the prevalent focus on theory and research. Founding President, Dr. Nicholas Cummings was later president of the American Psychological Association.
The first CSPP school opened in San Francisco, followed by Los Angeles. Later CSPP opened programs in San Diego, Fresno, Sacramento, Irvine, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Mexico. As of 2016, CSPP has trained more than half of the licensed psychologists in California. At the turn of the millennium, CSPP renamed Alliant University when all CSPP campuses merged under one WASC accreditation. In 2001, USIU and CSPP merged and renamed the institution Alliant International University. In 2010, the San Francisco Law School merged with Alliant, and because of this new partnership, in 2014, SFLS extended its reach and started a program at Alliant's San Diego campus.
2015 also saw the Alliant Educational Foundation's creation, an independent, non-profit organization that operates in coordination with and as a partial owner of the University. The foundation oversees scholarships, donations, grants, contracts, research and clinical training, and professional service centers affiliated with the University.Today, Alliant is comprised of five schools, California School of Professional Psychology, California School of Education, California School of Management and Leadership, California School of Forensic Studies, and San Francisco School, in six California cities San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, and Irvine, and two international locations Tokyo, and St. Luke Medical School in Mexico City.


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