History

Post University has a rich history of providing students with the skills they need to compete in the global marketplace. From Post's founding in 1890 as a business school to support the training and educational needs of the blossoming industries of central Connecticut, it has been an excellent choice for career-minded individuals.

Here's a look at some milestones in Post University's History:

1890 -- Post University was originally founded as the Matoon Shorthand School, offering commercial education training such as typing, bookkeeping, business writing, and shorthand courses.

1893 --

The Matoon Shorthand School is renamed the Bliss & Harrington's Business College & School of Shorthand.

1897 --

Harry C. Post acquires and becomes principal of the school, renaming the institution, the Waterbury Business College.

1931 --

Waterbury Business College is renamed Post College.

1939 --

Post College broadens its mission and becomes Post Junior College of Commerce.

1960 --

Dr. Harold B. Post is named president of the college.

1962 --

Post Junior College of Commerce is renamed Post Junior College.

1965 --

Post Junior College acquires its current day campus property on Country Club Road in Waterbury, Conn.

Mr. Harold B. Leever is named Chair of the Board of Trustees.

1968 --

Traurig Library is dedicated in honor of Rose Traurig.

1970 --

The Leever Student Center opens.

Post Junior College's first off-campus site is established in Meriden, Conn.

1976 --

Post Junior College, having been previously accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, becomes Post College, a four-year institution of higher education.

Post College offers its first accelerated degree programs aimed at helping Vietnam veterans earn a college degree and return to a productive working life. The program was specifically designed to combine the returning vets' life and work experiences with an education that would help them "retool" their skills and find employment.


1980 --


Post College awards its first baccalaureate degrees.
1986 -- The Drubner Center is acquired, providing Post College with an athletic facility to support its growing NCAA Division II athletic programs.

In the late 1980s, Post begins offering on-site programs to companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Pratt & Whitney, Cigna and The Hartford.

1990 --

In anticipation of growth and a greater concern for global issues, Post College affiliates with Teikyo University in Japan and becomes Teikyo Post University.

With an increase in the number of students from Japan and additional financial resources, Teikyo Post University initiates new programs and acquires additional properties on-and-off campus.

1996 --

Post University begins offering accelerated degree programs on the Internet.

The online program grows rapidly, and Post University becomes the first college in Connecticut and New England to offer accredited, accelerated degree programs fully online.

2002 --

A new on-campus dormitory for more than 150 students, designed in a suite format, is completed.

2004 --

With changes in the demographics and the economy in Japan, Teikyo University transfers control of Teikyo Post University to a new Board of Trustees. The school is renamed Post University, and adds new courses to the curriculum, including expanded liberal arts offerings, ground-breaking programs focused on every student's personal development, and an even greater emphasis on preparing students for their careers.

2006 --

Post University offers its first-ever master's degree program, a Master of Science in Human Services, online.

2007 --

Post University offers the state's first fully online Master of Business Administration degree program. The program is among the recipients of a 2009 Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Silver Innovation Award and a 2013 Gold Innovation Award.

2009 --


Post University adds a Master of Education degree program that can be completed entirely online.

The University also adds an undergraduate Sport Management degree program.

2010 -- Post University adds a Master of Public Administration degree program that includes a unique mix of public administration and business courses and can be completed entirely online.

2011 --

Post University adds a new multi-sport, synthetic turf field and softball field to provide a state-of-the-art playing surface for its Football, Men’s and Women’s Soccer and Lacrosse teams, and Softball team.

The University also names its School of Public Service after long-time Waterbury business and civic leader and former member of the Post University Board of Trustees, John P. Burke.

2012 --

Post University names its school of business after Waterbury Business leader and former United States Secretary of Commerce under Ronald Reagan, Malcolm Baldrige. Mr. Baldrige also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for Post College from 1966 to 1970.

2013 --

Post University's Malcolm Baldrige School of Business receives national accreditation through the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). This specialized accreditation is in addition to the University's NEASC accreditation.


Over the years, Post University has grown in both enrollment and stature within the larger academic community. In addition to its traditional residential campus, Post has become the largest provider of fully online higher education programs in Connecticut with a rapidly growing presence throughout the United States and internationally — all while maintaining its commitment to preparing today's students for tomorrow's careers.