Chancellor University traces its roots to a college of business founded in 1848 by R.S. Bacon. The earliest curriculum was focused on teaching practical business skills such as bookkeeping, telegraphy and penmanship.
Some of its earliest graduates included John D. Rockefeller and Harvey Firestone. Chancellor can lay claim to being the second oldest business school in the United States.

After World War II, the University modified its academic programs to stress the attainment of the broader based Bachelor of Science, Associate in Science and the Associate of Arts degrees. These programs enabled Chancellor to offer a wider range of programs including many offered today such as health services management, criminal justice, paralegal studies, and public administration.

In 1978, the school achieved accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1980, a distance education program was established and beginning in 1995 evolved into an online learning program featuring innovative educational methods and online courses. In January 2000, the University offered its first graduate program. In September 2008, the school adopted the name Chancellor University and celebrated 160 years of world-class education.

Today, the institution that educated John D. Rockefeller, Harvey Firestone, and Theodore Ernst as well as tens of thousands of students for successful careers is a premier global institution offering educational opportunities to an international student body. Our alumni are now spread across all 50 United States and many countries around the world. These students were focused, serious minded individuals intent on improving themselves and their career opportunities. We are proud that they represent the history of Chancellor University.

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