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Amberton University is a private, non-profit university which first opened in 1971 as part of Abilene Christian University, under the name Amber University. It is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1974, the campus moved to a new building in Garland, Texas. In 1981, after receiving accreditation, the school separated from the Abilene Christian University. In 2001 the name was changed to Amberton to include the “ton” which refers to its community feeling. Classes are offered both on campus and online, through their distance learning programs.

The university offers two bachelor’s degrees; Bachelor of Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science. Within Bachelor of Business Administration, degrees are offered in General Business, Management, and Management Accounting. Within Bachelor of Science, degrees are offered in Applied Studies and Human Relations and Business. All degrees are offered completely online with the exception of Management Accounting and Applied Studies.

Three graduate degree programs are offered; Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Science. Within Master of Arts, you can earn your degree in Professional Counseling, Professional Development, or School Counseling. Within Master of Business Administration, you can earn your degree in General Business, Management, or Strategic Leadership. Within Master of Science, you can earn your degree in Family Studies, Human Relations and Business, Human Resources Training & Development, or Managerial Science. All except for Professional Counseling and School counseling can be earned completely online.

Amberton also offers certification programs for those not seeking a full degree.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

Certification Programs for adults in the workforce allow students to strengthen professional skills without interrupt their careers. Undergraduate certifications include Business Management Essentials, Executive Communication Skills, or Project Management. Graduate certification programs include Adult Training Development, Change Management, Conflict Management and Resolution, Diversity Awareness, Executive Communication Skills, Executive Leadership, Human Resource Management, and Project Management.


Admissions are highly discriminating to ensure that only students who best fit the University’s lifestyle will be attending. The University is only for students who have already had some college experience, so standardized tests are not important, but good work skills and academic ability are. Since the school does not have the traditional social atmosphere found on many campuses, independence both in an out of the classroom is crucial.

To qualify, an applicant must be at least 21 years old, an English speaking US citizen or permanent resident, and have successfully completed time at a college or university in the US. Graduate program applicants must also hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university in the US.

For applicants who meet these prerequisites, the first step in the admissions process is filling out the application and submitting it by mail, fax, or in person. You will receive the school’s decision within one week. The second step is to complete the Request for Enrollment Form with the classes you want to take. The third step is to have your previous transcripts sent in for review and to help prepare the proper courses for your degree.

Financial Aid

Amberton University does not offer any federal or state loans to their students. They purposely set their tuition costs low and offer a flexible payment system in order to avoid students from going into debt. A student has the option of paying as one goes, or one can also apply for their payment deferral program.

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Amberton has always been meant for students who are continuing their education, such as working adults or transfer students. As a result the campus lacks many of the standard amenities, such as cafeterias, dormitories, and gyms. Despite this and the fact that a lot of classes are offered online, there is still a community feel among the student body.

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Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Garland, TX 75041-5595
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population31,645 (31,645 urban / N/A rural)
Households10,754 (2.92 people per house)
Median Household Income$38,718
Families7,876 (3.39 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions focus, high graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentMajority graduate/professional
Size & SettingVery small four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityDeferment only - limited participation
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationUndenominational
Congressional District4832

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $7,260 $7,260 $7,260
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $242 $242 $242
FT Graduate Tuition $5,808 $5,808 $5,808
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $242 $242 $242
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family N/A N/A N/A

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees N/A(N/C) N/A(N/C) N/A(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open AdmissionsN/A
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1134th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $72,846 ($73,493 male / $56,129 female)
Number of FT Faculty 14 (8 male / 6 female)
Number of PT Faculty 57
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $419,396

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1700 Eastgate Dr
Garland, TX 75041-5595
p. 972-279-6511
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