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Sessions College Partners and Affiliates

Sessions College partners and affiliates offer discounted hardware and software, as well as books and resources. Software and hardware educational discounts are available to currently enrolled students only, and will require proof of enrollment.

HOW Design University

Founded in 1985, HOW serves professional graphic designers through its award-winning design magazine, competitions, and conferences. Since January 2016, Sessions College has partnered with HOW Design University, an education portal that provides online design courses in formats ranging from one-week workshops to intensive self-paced courses and certification programs. HOW Design University members can enroll in a range of Sessions College courses at partnership rates.

Excelsior College

For over 40 years, Excelsior College has expanded access to higher education for adult learners through its flexible, affordable, and innovative programs and services. Established by the New York State Board of Regents in 1971, America’s first virtual university was founded on the philosophy that what you know is more important than where or how you learned it.

The Sessions/Excelsior partnership includes two facets: an exciting articulation agreement under which Sessions College graduates of its Graphic DesignWeb Design, and Digital Media degree and certificate programs can round out their education by earning a specialized bachelor's degree in Business and Management or Technology Management from Excelsior College, a regionally accredited institution, in two years or less —taking advantage of outstanding credit transfer program and academic partner tuition. 

In addition, the Center for Professional Development at Excelsior College offers Sessions College award-winning vocational design certificates, in line with its mission of preparing students for "portable" careers.


Sessions College for Professional Design is a member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). The United States Distance Learning Association was the first nonprofit Distance Learning association in the United States to support distance learning research, development and praxis across the complete arena of education, training and communications.

The USDLA engages learning communities in all sectors of education: pre K-12, higher education, continuing education, corporate training, military and government training, home schooling, and telemedicine, and has a national and international focus on technology based distance learning.

To learn more, visit the USDLA site.


Sessions College partners with Apple to offer discounts on Apple hardware. Enrolled students can receive promotional pricing on the Mac laptop and desktop computers that are always popular in the design industry. Visit the Sessions College Student Store to learn about educational discounts for Apple products.

Adobe Discounts

Through a partnership with several software vendors enrolled Sessions College students receive discounts of up to 80% on Adobe design software programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Flash, and InDesign. Visit the Sessions College Student Store to learn about these software discounts.


Sessions College is pleased to partner with ProctorU to offer proctored exams in its degree programs. Proctored exams are overseen by an impartial third party to ensure academic integrity and security, as well as consistency in the examination environment. Proctored exams are a required component of the courses in Sessions Associate's programs. Talk to an Advisor to learn about proctored exams and ProctorU requirements.


Sessions College and ebrary have partnered to reduce the cost of materials and book fees for students. Ebrary offers degree program students a wide array of academic materials to support their writing, research, and other academic requirements. The online library eliminates the need for degree program students to buy expensive textbooks and keeps tuition costs low.


For graduate employment verification services, Sessions College partners with Integrishield. Located in Kansas City, Missouri, IntegriShield is a company that focuses on creating custom solutions compliance and brand management. Integrishield provides technology that simplifies workflow, streamlines remediation, and tracks brand recognition across the Web. It is important to note that Sessions College does not provide or promise to offer any form of job placement.

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