How do I open a university? Three first steps.

March 4, 2023
We provide the licensing and accreditation needed to establish a new university and offer comprehensive guidance throughout the process.

This involves helping our clients understand all the legal and financial requirements around university establishment, as well as providing marketing and branding advice to ensure their university or college stands out from other educational institutions.

Our competitors can only offer a limited service, either licensing or accreditation, as most don't have the skills or team required to provide a turnkey service. This is why EEC stands out from the crowd – we can offer our clients everything they need to get their university off the ground easily and efficiently.
We aim to provide a complete service that will give our clients every chance of success when setting up their university. With EEC, you get a complete package of expertise and support for your university startup project.

 At EEC we're looking at building a long-term relationship with our clients, where launching a university is only the first step.

 We are confident that no other company can match our team of experts and their specialized knowledge.
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The classic baseball movie Field of Dreams has one of my favorite movie lines – “if you build it, they will come,” meaning if you start and put in the work, success comes out of it.
But where Kevin Costner attempted to build a baseball field, others look to build their dream university. And if you’re watching this video, I’m guessing you have the same dream too.
Let’s talk about the three main steps you need to take to open your university.

Step 1: Choose Your Business Entity And Obtain A Business License

If you’re a sole owner you can start with a sole proprietorship, and if you want to protect your personal assets, consider opening an LLC. If you have partners, an S-Corp or a C-Corp entity will be a better choice. And if you’re out of the US, your only choice is to open a C-Corp entity.
You can apply for a business license online by going to the Secretary of State's website. It usually takes anywhere from one to six weeks to obtain the license.

Step 2: Get State Authorization

When it comes to getting State Authorization, the process depends largely on the state where you choose to open your school.
State Authorization can be either State Approval or Exemption from State Supervision.
State Approval usually takes about 12 to 24  months in most States, while an Exemption might take one to three months only. Make sure to watch my other video where I discuss exemptions in more detail.

Step 3: Get Accredited

Before you reach this stage, you’d want to start hiring your faculty and increasing your student body.
Here's a tip for you: you can get accredited faster if your university offers only short programs, like an Associate's or Master's Degree, as opposed to longer ones like a Bachelor's or a doctorate Degree.

Learn more about a University License and Accreditation in the links below.

Be sure to check out our next video "What’s the difference between licensing and accreditation?"
Ready to start a conversation? Call me today to schedule your free consultation.
I’ve been helping clients establish universities in the US for over a decade, and I look forward to helping you, too  And remember, “if you build it, they will come”.

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