Academy College is founded on our continous historic advancements.


Throughout our historic growth we have remained focused on
those ideals that directed the first academic course offered in 1936 – to provide our students with the highest quality of education through career programs designed to enable students to succeed in their career and personal development.

Join us on our continuous mission towards career success!

We focus on the most sought-after industries, and are dedicated to helping you develop the skills to excel in an ever-demanding job market.
  • Where we started

    Where we started

    We originally opened our doors in 1936 under the name of Academy of Accountancy. Accounting held as our staple academic program for many decades until we reached the computer era, at which time we introduced our computer technology programs through CDI Computer Academy.

  • How we have grown

    How we have grown

    Seeing a need for a collegiate aviation path in the Metro area, we partnered with the Metro’s leading flight training facility, Thunderbird Aviation, to introduce the Academy of Aviation.

  • Our primary focus

    Our primary focus

    We united our many program areas under the sole title of Academy Education Center, ensuring that career training was the primary focus for all program divisions.

  • Our college is evolving

    Our college is evolving

    Finally, as we expanded our program options to include Bachelor degrees. We evolved to the title of Academy College.


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of Minnesota

est. 1962


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Academy College is accredited.

Academy College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges to award Bachelor of Science Degrees, Associate Degrees, and Certificates. The Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education. Its accreditation of degree-granting institutions also is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Academy College is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

Academy College is approved by the Minnesota State Approving Agency for Veterans Educational benefits. It is also approved by the State of Minnesota for education under the Vocational Rehabilitation Education program and is approved by the FAA under FAR Part 141.

Academy College is a member of the Association of Private Sector Colleges & Universities (APSCU).

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