MCU History

In 1989, 14 schools were combined to create the new Marine Corps University that would provide professional military education, leadership and instill professional values in today's Marine Corps officer and enlisted leaders. At the heart of the University is the General Alfred M. Gray Marine Corps Research Center Archives and Libraries. The Center is a superior facility designed as an educational resource with technology to support Marines around the world. It also links the University and the Corps to the Library of Congress and other civilian libraries and research facilities throughout the United States and abroad.

As the Marine Corps University grew, Marine Corps leadership determined that the Officer Candidate School, The Basic School and College of Continuing Education would be better positioned under the umbrella of the Training and Education Command, leaving eleven core schools within the Marine Corps University.

In 1995, the Marine Corps University received degree granting authority for the Command and Staff College to confer the Master of Military Studies degree. Then, on December 6, 1999, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) granted the University accredited status. This achievement was the culmination of the process started with the establishment of the University in 1989 and gave focus and progression to Marine Corps education.

The Foundation is proud to have played a role in making, the 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Alfred M. Gray's dream of a Marine Corps University a reality. Today, the Foundation supports the Marine Corps University that is comprised of the Marine Corps War College, School of Advanced Warfighting, Command and Staff College, Expeditionary Warfare School, School of Marine Air Ground Task Force Logistics, Enlisted Professional Military Education (comprised of six colleges throughout the world), the General Alfred M. Gray Marine Corps Research Center and Lejeune Leadership Institute. Each year over 15,000 students including other Service members, Department of Defense civilians and international officer officers, benefit from Foundation sponsored educational and leadership programs.