Name Change

We have made an important  
decision for our future.

We have made an important
decision for our future.

* Updated 8/27/14

On November 14, 2013, the Board of Trustees of the Adler School of Professional Psychology approved a name change for our institution.  In January 2015, the Adler School will officially become known as Adler University. 

This historic decision is the outcome of more than a year of discussion, qualitative and quantitative research, and extensive input from more than 1,000 alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community partners, as well as prospective students and advisers.

Since then, we’ve been busy planning and beginning the work to transition to our name next year, as well as identify key questions on the minds of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, partners and friends. This page serves to address those key questions, and will provide regular updates as we continue moving forward.

Click here for a PDF of frequently asked questions about our name change, including diploma options for alumni.  

Why is the Adler School changing its name?

We embarked on this change understanding that our current name does not reflect the breadth and depth of our institutional, student and faculty work, nor our aspirations for the future. The term “school of professional psychology” requires a good deal of explanation for most people, including prospective students and community partners. Importantly, for the past several years, our name has excluded most of our students, faculty, and graduates, who represent counseling and our other academic programs outside professional psychology that also advance our mission.

The Board of Trustees determined a new name was necessary to address these concerns, and to more robustly support our vision as “the leading academic institution advancing socially responsible practice, healthy communities, and a more just society.”

* When will the Adler School officially become Adler University?

We plan to officially become Adler University in January 2015. The official date will be announced in September, when we celebrate the start of the 2014-15 academic year with all current and incoming students, faculty, and staff. Until January 2015, we remain known by and operate under our current name, the Adler School of Professional Psychology.

Is this the first time Adler School has changed its name?

No. Like many institutions, our name has evolved as the school itself evolved. In 1952, Rudolf Dreikurs and his colleagues founded our institution as the Institute of Adlerian Psychology. Two years later, in 1954, we became the Alfred Adler Institute of Chicago. In 1991, we became known as the Adler School of Professional Psychology. We believe our name change to Adler University will provide an enduring name for us. The university designation allows the greatest opportunity to differentiate our institution and advance our mission.

Will the change to Adler University include a change to the mission?

No. Our mission remains constant: to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities, and advancing social justice. This is embedded in our culture, curriculum, training, values, and identity, and it will not change.

Click here for a PDF of these and additional questions including:

  • How was the name Adler University determined? Who was involved?
  • What are the expected benefits of the name Adler University?
  • Does this change require approval from state or education agencies?
  • How will we be a university beyond simply changing our name?
  • Will it cost a lot of extra money to change the name?
  • Will the logo and colors change?
  • Will Adler University have a new web address?
  • Will admissions standards change?
  • Will we begin offering and teaching undergraduate programs on campus?
  • For Psy.D. students, how will the name change affect the internship application and match process?
  • Will current students be graduates of the Adler School or Adler University?
  • If I graduated from the Adler School of Professional Psychology or the Alfred Adler Institute, as the institution was known until 1992, can I get a new diploma that says Adler University?
  • How should we refer to the Adler School on a resume or online profile?
  • What isn't changing?

 * Updated 8/27/14