Griggs University History
Now entering our second century of service...
Griggs has been teaching by distance learning around the world for over a hundred years. At the turn of the twentieth century, educational opportunities were rare, and correspondence education was increasing in popularity within the United States.
An educator named Frederick Griggs envisioned educating people around the world. His vision took shape in the establishment of The Fireside Correspondence School in 1909. The goal was to provide the benefits of an education to those unable to attend traditional schools. Within two years, The Fireside Correspondence School was offering 11 secondary and 9 college courses. By 1916 its students represented nearly every state and province in North America, as well as 10 other countries.
Later the school was renamed Home Study Institute, then Home Study International, and most recently, Griggs University and International Academy. Since founding, nearly a half million people have studied with us. Today Griggs plays a unique and vital role in the educational development of students of all ages in all parts of the world.
Griggs is part of the Seventh-day Adventist school system. In 1990 the Griggs Board of Directors assigned names to its three academic divisions: Home Study Elementary School, Home Study High School, and Griggs University. In 1991, Griggs began offering college degrees to international students who have no access to an Adventist campus.
From its early years when it operated out of a one-room office, Griggs has developed into a worldwide school that maintains high scholastic standards and utilizes the services of qualified professionals in all phases of its operation. People from all walks of life have discovered that the quiet conditions of private correspondence or online study help develop self-reliance, independent thinking, and responsibility. Griggs emphasizes the personal touch in its student-teacher relationships, giving students the guidance and tutoring they need.