THE COLLEGE OF EXERCISE SCIENCE IS TRANSFORMING INTO LIONEL UNIVERSITY
The ISSA College of Exercise Science is getting ready for an exciting transformation. As part of our growth as an academic institution, we are getting ready to become a university, and in turn take on a new university name!
Our journey to becoming a university will take place over the remainder of this year, and we plan to begin officially operating as Lionel University on January 1, 2022.
When we make any strategic decision at our school, we do it with two things in mind:
- How will this better serve students
- How will this help us collectively better fulfill our mission of creating a stronger, healthier world
Our transformation into Lionel University allows us to provide a greater array of program offerings and degree levels, which meets the needs of students; alumni; the health, fitness, and wellness industries; and the clients our graduates serve.
While our name is changing, the core of who we are will remain the same:
- Our faculty and staff will continue to serve you as they always have
- Your classroom will look and feel the same
- Your coursework of the current program that you are enrolled in will not change
- You will be able to use the same funding sources and benefits that you currently use to pay for your tuition
- Our accreditation will remain the same
- Our commitment to creating a stronger, healthier world will be enhanced
For any student who earns their degree after January 1, 2022, your diploma will have the name of Lionel University on it.
If you are a current student and are on track to earn a degree prior to January 1, 2022, your diploma will say ISSA College of Exercise Science. However, upon our name change on January 1, 2022, you will have the opportunity to receive a second diploma with the name of Lionel University on it.
If you already have a diploma from the ISSA College of Exercise Science you will have the opportunity to receive a new diploma with the name of Lionel University on it.
Changing our name will not impact financial aid eligibility. The Master Trainer certificate program, associate degree program, and bachelor’s degree program will remain Title IV eligible.
Changing our name to Lionel University will not impact issued ISSA certifications. ISSA certifications will continue to be awarded by ISSA, LLC. Additionally, the opportunity to earn industry certifications will remain a part of Lionel curriculum.
ISSA College of Exercise Science and ISSA LLC are two separate organizations. ISSA College of Exercise Science (soon to be Lionel University) is an accredited institution of higher learning and an education provider. ISSA LLC is a professional certifying body. ISSA LLC is neither owned nor operated by the ISSA College of Exercise Science, and our name change to Lionel University will not impact the ISSA certifying body. The opportunity to earn industry certifications will remain a part of Lionel curriculum.
Our school will remain accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).
We are excited to announce our first ever graduate degree program — a Master of Science in Exercise Science — launching in the Fall of 2021!
The master's degree program is being offered exclusively to ISSA CES degree program graduates for the Fall quarter (Oct 4 start). Seats will be extended to the general public in Winter 2022 (Jan 3 start).
Learn more about our MS in Exercise Science here.
If you have specific questions about our transformation to Lionel University, click here to access our question form. Be sure to include your email address and a member of our team will be in touch.