University of Fairfax is a non-profit institution of higher education headquartered in Vienna, Virginia, founded by the nonprofit Potomac Education Foundation. It has approval to operate from the Virginia State Council of Higher Education, but it lacks educational accreditation. The institution received approval from Virginia authorities in 2002 and started classes in 2003. Virginia regulations allow new institutions to operate for up to 10 years while seeking accreditation with an accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
The University of Fairfax offers online instruction and issues graduate degrees (Master of Science and Ph.D.) and graduate certificates in Information Systems. The university was established for the purpose of assuring a supply of qualified information security personnel; its motto is "Secure Your Future" (Latin: Munite Futurum).
The university was established and is headed by Dr. Victor Berlin, an educator who earlier had operated or established three other post-secondary educational institutions.
The university considered relocating to Jefferson County, West Virginia, but in March 2005 the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission announced that Fairfax had withdrawn its request to relocate.