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At Argosy University, we’re proud to support one of the largest communities of graduate students in the nation as well as an active, thriving undergraduate community. As a student, you’ll enjoy a collegial, supportive academic environment that emphasizes teaching and practical training across the areas of education, business, health sciences and psychology. Each of our programs is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility in a supportive, learner-centered environment of mutual respect and academic excellence.

Statement of Mission

At Argosy University, our passion is teaching and learning. We develop professional competence, provide opportunity for personal growth, and foster interpersonal effectiveness. Students succeed because our university community engages and supports them.


Argosy University is a university community dedicated to delivering high quality professional education programs to working professionals. The university serves these individuals by offering doctoral, masters, post-graduate certificate and undergraduate programs in professional and career fields as well as continuing education and professional development services. Argosy University dedicates itself to offering its programs and services in ways that are accessible and responsive to the needs of its students. By focusing on the development of key educational and professional competencies, the university is able to serve effectively its student body and the needs of the professions served by its programs. The Argosy University community therefore embraces the following institutional beliefs and values:

  • We Believe in Quality
  • We believe that the programs of Argosy University must be offered at the highest levels of rigor, professionalism and ethical standards. This focus on quality will reward graduates for their investment of time, talent and resources by preparing them for professional advancement.

  • We Believe in Access
  • We believe that students should have access to the programs and services of Argosy University in modes of delivery most compatible with their life and work commitments as well as their educational needs and Argosy University’s commitment to quality.

  • We Believe in Diversity
  • We believe that Argosy University has a responsibility to reach out to diverse groups of learners who need and want the professional educational programs and services we offer. We believe that diversity of faculty and staff and their background and experience enriches the educational process for all students. We believe that every program must prepare graduates with the skills and knowledge to effectively support the diverse needs of the populations they will serve. This diversity will ultimately strengthen the professions they enter and improve the services they provide to their clients and customers.

  • We Believe in Student Focus
  • We believe in a responsive learning-centered process that enables each student to realize his or her own potential. We believe in offering an environment that emphasizes care, concern and mutual respect for the students as both individuals and as professionals.

  • We Believe in Practicality
  • We believe in education that integrates practical learning experiences and outcomes that reflect the skills and competencies of the professions Argosy University serves; those required by the employers of Argosy University’s graduates. We believe our faculty must contribute professional expertise as well as scholarship to the learning process.

  • We Believe in Respect
  • We believe that people, students, faculty, staff, and those in the communities we serve deserve to be treated in a manner that reflects mutual respect and a high regard for the other person. We believe that all should be treated with a personal caring attitude that reflects respect and positive regard.


Northern Virginia’s Brian Sharpless Quoted in Story on Exploding Head Syndrome
Northern Virginia’s Brian Sharpless Quoted in Story on Exploding Head Syndrome

Professor Brian Sharpless, instructor, the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia, was recently quoted in the Time Magazine article, “What It’s Like to Have Exploding Head Syndrome.” The syndrome occurs as a person is falling asleep. They typically hear a loud noise, explosion of sound, then see a flash of light.

Sharpless, who has led studies on Exploding Head Syndrome (EHS), explained that as people fall asleep, their auditory and visual neurons are normally inhibited. “What we think happens during EHS is that instead of shutting down, these neurons fire all at once,” he said. “When they do, they create a perception of sound, which is why sufferers hear the loud noises."

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Argosy University, Hawaii Awards Scholarship to New Miss Earth Guam
Argosy University, Hawaii Awards Scholarship to New Miss Earth Guam

Emma Sheedy was crowned the new Miss Earth Guam June 21, 2017—earning the position over 16 other contestants. Included in Sheedy’s awards package was a full tuition scholarship to attend Argosy University, Hawaii. The scholarship may be used for online or blended format classes at Argosy University’s teaching location in Guam.

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Join Argosy University, Twin Cities in a Walk to Benefit the Fight Against Cancer
Join Argosy University, Twin Cities in a Walk to Benefit the Fight Against Cancer

Join us for a 5k fundraiser to support the fight against cancer! Sign up as an individual or with a team! Come in costume and walk, walk/run or participate in our stroller course around the Eagan Community Center. Place a ribbon on our Honor Wall for someone who has battled cancer.

Argosy Active
Caring for the Community and Those Affected by Cancer
Diagnosis. Treatment. Cure.

September 16, 2017

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.
Walk begins at 9 a.m.
Education fair immediately following the walk.

To raise funds for three organizations engaged in the first against cancer:

  • Breast Cancer Education Association of MN
  • Hope Lodge, a division of the American Cancer Society
  • Morris Animal Foundation, an organization dedicated to curing canine cancer

The education fair will feature booths run by students in ten of the programs at Argosy University, Twin Cities providing information and resources as to how their future career fields relate to the diagnosis, treatment, cure or support of people with cancer. An additional eight community organizations will participate as well.

To register, go to

For more information, contact:
Lezlie Paulus
Phone: 651-846-3329

Sarasota Grad Named Florida’s Principal of the Year
Sarasota Grad Named Florida’s Principal of the Year

Dr. Rachel Shelley, who in 2003 earned an Education Specialist in Educational Leadership and in 2005 earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, Sarasota was recently presented with Florida's “2017 Principal Achievement Award for Outstanding Leadership.” The award is popularly known as Florida’s Principal of the Year.

Shelley is principal at Booker High School and was one of three finalists for the award, announce June 21, 2017 in Orlando, Florida.

The award recognizes principals and assistant principals for exceptional contributions. Candidates are nominated by their school superintendents. Shelley’s 28 years of experience in kindergarten through 12th grade education helped her to rise to the top of the candidate pool and she continues to motivate her students with the mantra that every student is college and/or career bound.

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