Welcome to the Future of College
Accreditation and Licensure
NewU University is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit degree-granting post-secondary educational institution, licensed to operate and issue Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees by the Washington DC Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC).
NewU successfully completed the Pre-Application process with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The institution is now in the next stage of the accreditation process, and is currently engaged with and listed by MSCHE as an Applicant on the accreditor’s website page PRE-APPLICANT, APPLICANT, AND CANDIDATE INSTITUTIONS, which is publicly available here.
More on HELC: The Commission strives to be a national leader in licensing, compliance monitoring, and enforcement and outreach that ensures students are protected and approved postsecondary institutions provide quality education and training programs.
Source: HELC 10/30/2022
Licensure in our nation’s capital by the DC HELC is mandatory for all universities, and serves as a transparent and rigorous quality control and oversight mechanism.
More on MSCHE: The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is a global institutional accreditor recognized by the United States Secretary of Education since 1952. As an accreditor and member of the regulatory triad, MSCHE assures students and the public of the educational quality for its over 500 institutions of higher education. The Commission’s accreditation process ensures institutional accountability, self-appraisal, improvement, and innovation through peer review and the rigorous application of standards within the context of institutional mission.
Source: MSCHE website 10/1/2023
To contact MSCHE, visit their website here.
Partners and Supporters
Board of Directors
1991 - 2017
As a first-generation college student, our founder embodies the promise of opportunity through education. His belief that education enriches and empowers lives is the product of his own story, and constitutes a central tenet in his life philosophy.
As an immigrant to the United States, Stratsi – as he is known to friends and colleagues – credits his professional and personal growth mostly to his years at the American University in Bulgaria, initially funded by the United States Congress through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and US and European philanthropists. A member of the very first class of students, Stratsi’s choice of an unproven brand new university seemed risky, and came with financial burdens for his family at the time. But his undergraduate experience was transformative. He went on to graduate, worked across different industries from Radio Broadcasting to Satellite Telecom to Software on several continents and in DC and Silicon Valley, earned his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and even served as President and Board Member of that university where it all started.
These diverse life experiences made possible by a new and unproven university 30 years ago, and the motivation to pay it forward, inspired the very creation of NewU. We hope, in turn, it empowers young people to invest in a life of resilience, pursuit of lifelong learning, and success here at NewU in our nation’s capital.
The Proverbial Napkin
The very first NewU written concept gets commemorated on a piece of paper napkin. A museum-worthy artefact.
Concept Validation, Branding
NewU’s first roadshow takes place, where our concept for an innovative and bold new university gets shared with leaders from academia, government, philanthropists, regulators, and of course, students and parents. Everyone wants to be a college student again when NewU launches.
Our logo, colors, taglines, social media accounts, and website are created.
First Strategic Parnerships
NewU signs agreements with one of the preeminent law firms in the US, Holland & Knight LLP, and with real-estate leader CBRE Inc.
Legal, Tax, Governance, and IT Infrastructure
NewU is incorporated in Washington DC.
The IRS approves our 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt status.
The NewU Board of Directors holds its first meeting.
The US Patent and Trademark Office approves the trademark applications for our name and logo.
Oracle and Salesforce join the list of NewU strategic partners.
Executive Team and Program Development
NewU completes the executive team. It brings together many people with a true passion for education, many of them first-generation college graduates, now with doctoral and master’s degrees and professional success stories on their resumes.
The team bands together, prepares an extensive application for licensing, develops the academic programs, and puts together the marketing and recruiting strategy.
NewU not only survives the COVID-19 pandemic, but thrives.
Licensure and Go-to-Market
NewU is licensed to operate by the DC Higher Education Licensure Commission in a unanimous decision of the 5 Commissioners in testament to our innovative and high quality education and operating model and programs.
We launch our first marketing and recruitment campaign for the very first class of students, and prepare to start in-person classes for Fall 2022.
First Class of Students
Our very first class of students starts at NewU with Orientation Day 1 on August 22, 2022.