Westcliff University was founded in 1993 with a focus on online education in the fields of business and education.
In 2019, a federal court approved Westcliff University’s plan to purchase the Western State College of Law and revert it to for-profit status. The ABA allowed continued accreditation under the ownership of Westcliff University in December 2019.
The new location expanded the university’s campus space more than four times larger than the previous facility. The campus is centered by the main building housing classrooms, faculty offices, administrative services, and study areas as well as a multipurpose building for athletics and recreation, career fairs, and other events. The university’s location at the Von Karman Creative Campus places Westcliff in the first large-scale creative office community in Orange County.