System Management Group (SMG), a nonprofit organization that manages a network of private universities and national leader in adult education, has acquired the award-winning learning platform and online degree programs developed by UniversityNow, the social venture that is Patten University’s corporate parent.

As part of the transaction, Patten University students have the opportunity to transfer to a comparable program at an SMG institution or a program at one of the other universities with which Patten University has entered into transfer agreements.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us using the link above.

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The Patten Advantage
  • US Online Degree Tuition

    • $350/mo Undergraduate Tuition
    • $520/mo Graduate Tuition

    Monthly payment plan for 4-month term includes all e-texts and course materials. Tuition is the same regardless of number of courses completed per term.

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  • International Program

    • Earn an affordable Associate’s Degree in your home country in under 18 months
    • Receive ongoing, site-based, academic support from local partners
    • Complete your undergraduate degree at a highly respected US campus-based school

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Accredited Online Degree Programs

Our challenging programs are designed to give you the real-world knowledge you need to succeed in today’s workplace.


With concentrations in

Bachelor of Arts

Associate of Arts

General Studies
With concentrations in


Patten is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

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Contact us via at info@patten.edu

Disrupting Education

When asked why city officials would turn to a for-profit company rather than a public college, Desley Brooks, an Oakland City Council member, said the answer is cost: “You can’t even go to a J.C. and get this level of education for that amount of money. The trust comes from the people who are involved.”

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Patten Alumnus Interview

Hear from Patten University’s first online graduate, Kristofer King, Bachelor of Arts in Management – Leadership, 2014

Our Mission

The mission of Patten University is to provide high quality, accessible, affordable undergraduate and graduate education that integrates leadership and service to inspire students to engage in community and global transformation.


“I chose Patten because it felt like a program that was geared towards my way of learning. I have found that this model allows me to work at my own pace without needing to spend weeks in a class where I may have already mastered the material.”

– Tally Simmons, Senior Manager of Operations at Bright Horizons