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Lionel University | ISSA College of Exercise Science

Study what you love. Impact your world.

HQ: Carpinteria, CA
Lionel University — formerly the ISSA College of Exercise Science — is a 100% online, accredited institution designed to give you the knowledge you need to make a lasting and meaningful impact on the lives of others. Our curriculum is developed and honed by seasoned fitness professionals with decades of experience, and taught by a team of engaging faculty committed to helping you succeed in your career of choice.

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Many universities offer exercise science degrees, but Lionel is the only university that was founded by fitness professionals, for fitness professionals. Our degree programs are taught by faculty, many of whom are Master Trainers, who have years of experience embedded in fitness-related fields. If your goal is to work in the fitness industry, Lionel is your best chance for success.


Lionel University has a dedicated military team comprised of individuals who have served. Team members know the ins and outs of military TA and VA benefits and provide personal assistance to help you access your benefits. Fellow classmates who are also active-duty military, military spouses, and veterans create a uniquely supportive and motivational community. The cohort understands the pressures you face and encourages you to call on your military strength to stand out. Designated as a Military Friendly School, Lionel University is committed to helping both active duty service members and veterans achieve their education goals. Our programs are specifically designed to be flexible so you can easily manage your coursework during your service.



  • Master’s Degree in Exercise Science
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science
  • Associate Degree in Exercise Science
  • Master Trainer Certificate


Our institution is proud to be accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


  • Exercise Science