VIU is a non-profit university committed to setting a new standard in higher education. Through our student-centered approach, we strive to provide the most positive environment for learning available anywhere, programs are structured to allow students great flexibility in the design and direction of their own studies. founded in 1998, Virginia International University has made significant progress in the complex process of establishing a new university. Below are some of the milestones of institutional history: The concept for Virginia International University was developed by Dr. Isa Sarac, who after exploring several locations in the United States, established VIU in Fairfax, Virginia in August 1998. 2000: SCHEV granted permission to begin a baccalaureate program in Computer Science and Business Management. 2008: The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), a national accrediting agency granted accreditation to Virginia International University. 2015: VIU received approval to participate in Federal Student Aid by the US Department of Education; VIU is approved by the Project Management Institute as a PMI® Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) Virginia International University’s mission is to educate students from all over the world through a highly qualified, equally diverse faculty and staff, while striving to provide academic programs at the graduate, undergraduate, and certificate levels that engender the intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and creativity urgently needed in the global community and with a commitment to providing students with the knowledge to achieve excellence in research, scholarship, and creative endeavours. VIU has eight schools offering degrees and certificates in the most in-demand fields. Graduates of the School of Business, the School of Computer Information Systems, the School of Education, the School of Public & International Affairs, and the School of Online Education become competitive candidates for employment with top employers in the United States and across the globe. VIU students receive individual attention from distinguished professors who incorporate real-world experience in the classroom. The degree you earn from VIU is worth the investment. VIU is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), which is recognized by the US Department of Education’s Council on Higher Education Administration (CHEA).