Founded in 1901 in San Francisco, Golden Gate University is California's fifth-largest private university. Golden Gate University meets the needs of working adults by offering undergraduate and graduate programs in business and management, information technology, taxation, and law. Golden Gate's School of Taxation has earned a reputation as one of the largest and most respected in the nation, with specialized internship programs that give students practical, hands-on business experience. With its main campus in San Francisco, Golden Gate University has regional sites located conveniently in Seattle and throughout California, including San Jose, Sacramento, Walnut Creek, Monterey Bay, and Los Angeles. Accredited degree programs can be taken through Golden Gate's CyberCampus, which permits students to work and study on their own schedules using the Internet. Golden Gate University programs, members of accrediting agencies as well as educators from peer institutions, review policies and plans. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges accredits Golden Gate. The American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, and the Association of American Law Schools also accredit the School of Law. Golden Gate University traces its origins to the early 1850s, with an evening lecture series started by the San Francisco YMCA. Even then, lectures focused on practical issues of the day such as gold assaying and English. The first degree-conferring program of the university started in 1901, with the formation of California's first evening law school. By offering classes at night, Golden Gate made legal studies available to the common person. Today, Golden Gate University is a leader in graduate and undergraduate education in business and management, information technology, taxation, and law.