Alliant’s Mission, Vision and Values


Alliant International University gets its name from the merger of three legacy institutions: San Francisco Law School founded in 1909, United States International University (USIU) founded in 1927, and the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) founded in 1969. In 2001, USIU and CSPP merged, forming Alliant with San Francisco Law School (SFLS) joining in 2010. From 1909 through today, one constant remains: We specialize in preparing students for careers of impact through our model of academic rigor paired with hands-on training.

Mission, Vision, and Four Pillars

Our Mission: Alliant International University prepares students for professional careers of service and leadership, and promotes the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world.

Our Vision: An inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

Alliant is committed to excellence in four areas:

1) Education for Professional Practice

Alliant’s educational programs are designed to give students the knowledge, skills and ethical values they need to serve and lead effectively in a variety of professional settings. Alliant graduates are expected to achieve mastery of a body of knowledge and be able to apply that knowledge in professional practice in order to achieve desired and beneficial outcomes.

2) Scholarship

Scholarship in the Alliant context includes the discovery of new knowledge; the discovery of new applications of knowledge to solve practical problems; the integration of knowledge in new ways; and innovation in teaching knowledge and professional competencies.

3) Multicultural and International Competence

Alliant is an inclusive institution committed to serving diverse populations around the world by preparing professionals to work effectively across cultural and national boundaries, by increasing the number of professionals working in underserved areas, and by understanding and responding to the needs of diverse communities.

4) Community Engagement

Alliant’s faculty, students, alumni and staff are dedicated to making a positive difference in the world through professional education and practice. We measure the success of our university in part by the impact we have, both directly and indirectly, on the welfare of individuals, families, organizations and communities.


Our Institutional values are embodied in the mantra of IMPACT.


We are committed to inclusive, excellence; we value, include and engage the rich diversity of the Alliant community.


We foster learning, provide guidance, and create enabling environments that contribute to the success of the students, colleagues, and the University.


We bring our enthusiasm, creativity, and authentic selves to work each day.


We are responsible stewards of University time and resources, work with integrity, and embrace the highest of standards.


We are responsive, transparent, and respectful in our communication.


We collaborate across all University domains to develop innovative and multifaceted solutions to student, organizational, and community needs.