Our History

Our History

A heritage of excellence.

Founded by industry pioneer Solomon S. Huebner in 1927, The American College of Financial Services has a rich history in financial services education— standing strong as the standard bearer for quality.

The College's Chartered Life Underwriter® (CLU®) program graduated 21 designees in 1928, beginning a long tradition of excellence. Since then, more than 100,000 financial services professionals have earned their CLU® designation. Through our long history, The College has responded to the dynamic financial services environment, revising programs and adding designations to address the evolving needs of financial professionals in specialized ways. These changes included launching the innovative ChFC® designation for advanced financial planning, creating the groundbreaking RICP® retirement income planning certification, offering sales training programs that consistently elevate performance, providing education for CFP® Certification, and adding graduate level courses in financial services, philanthropy, and management.

The institution has grown over the decades to become the leader in financial services education. Our faculty includes the nation's top thought leaders in financial services practice and management, offering expertise that is sought by companies,  policy makers, and students across the United States and abroad.

The College has remained nimble and proactive in the rapidly changing financial products and services industry. More than ever, success in the field requires specialized knowledge. These demands fuel our growth and continue to bring prestige to an education from The American College of Financial Services.

Our students have become leaders in the financial services profession, managing leading offices and providing professional financial advice and guidance to millions of institutions, families, and businesses. These leading practitioners continue to be dedicated to The College and provide ongoing support to see that the original vision of founder Solomon Huebner will remain strong through all of the opportunities and responsibilities that lie ahead.