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Celebrating 70 Years and 70 More

Since 1951, University of Arkansas Grantham has been on a mission to do more. To provide students from all walks of life more ways to pursue higher education. To help them achieve more in their careers and in life. And to give more back to the people and communities we serve.
This year, we celebrate our legacy of pushing past barriers to give everyone a shot at higher education. Here’s to 70 incredible years of innovation, service and opportunity—and to 70 more.

How It All Began

Grantham was founded as part of the traditional college and university movement of the late 20th Century, with a main campus in Southern California. As interest in Grantham's degree programs grew beyond campus boundaries, the college developed distance education programs to serve a geographically dispersed student body. Over time and as technology advanced, so too did our ability to serve our students. In the late ’90s, Grantham began offering degree programs exclusively online.
Today, Grantham is still 100% online and offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four different colleges. We serve students all over the world, promising relevant, accessible and affordable degrees to keep you moving forward.

Grantham Graduates. More Stories. More memories.

At 76 years young, Jerry Osborne has been a deejay, a musical director, chief engineer and program director, beginning in the 1960s and continuing through today at radio stations in the west—California, Texas, Arizona and Washington. He loves it all. He is also a proud Grantham graduate. He is just one of many alumni who credits Grantham with starting their life-changing journey.
Keep reading for more inspiring stories of Graduates throughout the decades. And share your story with us to be a part of our next 70 years.
Lindsay Bridgeman
“So many things have changed at Grantham over the last 70 years, but one important sentiment has remained true through it all: our commitment to serving those who serve and those who want to make a difference. Every student has the potential to do something bigger, something better, something more—and it will always be our priority to help them find their own version of success.”
Lindsay Bridgeman // Interim President

70 Moments to Remember

Discover the milestones and memories that made us who we are.
1959 – Robert Falkner, president of Gold Star Recording Company and Grantham School of Electronics graduate, supervises an “on-the-spot” recording of a popular dance band.
1976 – Donald Grantham discontinues residential school operations to concentrated completely on distance education.
2008 – Grantham holds its first annual Commencement ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri.

More for Our Students: By the Numbers

100% online courses
since the early 2000s
102,956 students1
since 1979
106,924 course offerings1
since 1979

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