Why Cogswell College

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Our Mission:

To prepare students for success in the creative-technology industries by providing an extraordinary, real-world education inspired by the entrepreneurial spirit of our Silicon Valley location.


Located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, Cogswell College is uniquely positioned to train you for the next wave of jobs in technology, animation, audio, and video game companies. But our location isn’t our only benefit to you—our programs combine creativity, technology and business—preparing you for the industries you’re so passionate about. With a long history and rich tradition of excellence, Cogswell has been producing well-trained graduates since 1887.

Can You See Yourself Here?

If you're thinking about applying to Cogswell, we recommend visiting us in Silicon Valley. You'll be able to get a feel for the culture, meet students & faculty and explore your possible place in the community.

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A Brief History

On March 19, 1887, a trust deed to establish and endow Cogswell College was executed in San Francisco, California. The culmination of his long and successful career, Dr. Henry Cogswell founded the school to address the growing need for a new kind of education. It would become the first technical training institution in the West.

Dr. Cogswell saw that the best way to learning was through doing. That's as true today as it's ever been. Now in Silicon Valley, we remain true to his vision. Adapting to the needs of the future, we are focused on developing innovative leaders for the modern economy. With cross-disciplinary programs and project studios that prepare students for careers in creative technology, Cogswell continues the pursuit of bringing innovation to education.

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The Cogswell Approach

Most of your classes at Cogswell will have around 14 students. This means you'll have the chance to ask questions, participate in discussion and really get a handle on what you're learning. Having a professor who actually knows who you are, cares about your success and is ready to collaborate with you will allow you to get a custom education catered to your individual strengths. With personal advising, mentorship and networking opportunities, you'll be equipped to start your professional career in a global, innovation-driven economy.

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Fueled by Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is the technological center of the world. It is known as the cradle of innovation and is home to the most recognizable, original and creative brands. It is the global epicenter for talent—a magnet for entrepreneurs, engineers, and anyone bold enough to try and change the world through technology. With inspiration all around you, you'll have the opportunity to truly explore your creative potential.

Plus, the demand for creative tech jobs in Silicon Valley is high. In fact, job growth is at more than twice the pace of the U.S. market. There are nearly 4 million jobs in the Bay Area and it doesn't appear to be slowing down. When it comes to job creation, Silicon Valley leads all of California. You'll be surrounded by like-minded individuals who enjoy the challenge of developing new ways to solve difficult problems. All of which can help your career take you where you want to go.

When you’re ready to apply or just want more information about getting started, visit our Admissions section. Or give us a call at 800.264.7955. We'll be happy to help you find details on application requirements, tuition and navigating the financial aid process.