Sullivan University was founded in 1962 as the Sullivan Business College. A. R. Sullivan and A. O. Sullivan, the founders of the institution, had a vision to make the Sullivan Business College a one-year college that prepared individuals for future careers. By 1972, the college offered one-year career diplomas and associate’s degrees. The college’s name was changed to Sullivan Junior College of Business in 1976, and the institution moved the Louisville campus, which is its the present location.
The college began offering degrees in catering, baking, and pastry arts, culinary arts, and hotel and restaurant management in 1982. The school began to emerge as one of the best culinary arts schools in the country. Sullivan Junior College received accreditation in 1992 and began offering baccalaureate degrees in 1990. The first MBA degree was offered in 1997.
The college received the name Sullivan University in 2000. The Doctor of Pharmacy, the first doctoral program, was offered for the first time in 2008. The university has kept its approach of quickly preparing students for careers. Students have the ability to earn a career diploma in 1 year, an associate’s degree in 18 months, a bachelor’s degree in an additional 18 months, and a master’s degree in an additional 18 months.
Students who attend this university can also find employment while working toward a degree. The Campus operates on the quarter system and does not offer classes on Fridays. Instructors and campus offices are required to be on campus on each Friday morning to work with students as needed.