Humphreys University is a non-profit institution that provides access to higher learning, community, and opportunity with a balance between education and practical life for motivated students who want to reach higher.
Humphreys University aims to help students of all backgrounds pursue Associate, Bachelor, and Master’s degree programs. We also provide a competitive career advantage for those who attend Drivon School of Law. It’s our goal to ensure efficient and flexible education for student success—and to get you started on your career.
Accreditation is important for your future—your financial aid, your credits, and your career could depend on it. That’s why Humphreys University has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) since 1972.
Our court reporting program is approved by the Court Reporters Board of California.
Drivon School of Law is accredited by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.
Study at, or graduation from, this law school may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or be admitted to practice law in jurisdictions other than California. A student who intends to seek admission to practice law outside of California should contact the admitting authority in that jurisdiction for information regarding its education and admission requirements.
Founded: Humphreys University was founded when John R. Humphreys, Sr., assumed academic administration of what was then called the Stockton Business College, Normal School, and Telegraphic Institute.
New President: Founder and President John R. Humphreys, Sr. dies, and his son, John R. Humphreys, Jr. becomes the second President.
School Name Change: The school became known as “Humphreys College” when it was incorporated as a non-profit education corporation under the California Education Code. It is governed by a Board of Trustees.
Law School: Trustees establish a non-accredited four-year law school but began seeking accreditation by The Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California in 1973 and were granted accreditation in 1983.
New Campus: Trustees provide funds for the construction of a new academic building in north Stockton. Campus moved to its new location in 1966.
Accreditation: The College became accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and in 1992, the College became accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission.
New President: Administration of the College was assumed by Robert G. Humphreys, grandson of the founder, upon retirement of John R. Humphreys, Jr., thereby becoming the College’s third President.
Modesto: Humphreys College begins offering courses through Modesto Junior College, and eventually establish a campus in Modesto.
Expansion: College purchases four buildings west of the Stockton campus. Renovations of the buildings allowed the College to add new undergraduate and law libraries, classrooms, faculty offices, law school administrative offices, the Registrar’s office, study lounges, and conference room facilities.
Expansion: College again expanded facilities and added two new buildings totaling approximately 24,000 square feet.
Expansion: The College began construction of another classroom building, providing an additional ten classrooms. The additional space was necessitated by the significant growth in enrollment beginning in 2007.
New President: Trustees of the College appointed Robert G. Humphreys Jr., great-grandson of the founder, as the College’s fourth President.
Name Change: We became “Humphreys University”. The change the name of the institution was done to reflect the current nature of the school’s mission, students, and educational programs.
Message from the President
“For over 120 years, Humphreys University has been serving Stockton and the surrounding communities with quality, affordable, and accessible higher education. The first institution of private education in the area, Humphreys has evolved from a secretarial/vocational school, to a two-year degree granting institution, to a four-year degree granting institution, to a regionally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and law school. Our mission has always been to offer student-oriented instruction in career-oriented fields, with a foundation in liberal arts. Never focused on mass-production, Humphreys is committed to small class sizes, quality service, personalized attention, and meeting the needs of individual students.
Our history informs our future. As the university grows and adapts to the needs of students and the community, it continues to maintain its unique character and core focus on the individual, contributing to the personal development and advancement of its students. We are honored to be a part of this great community and to contribute to the growth and success of our students.”
Robert G. Humphreys Jr.
Humphreys University President