Amberton University began as an extension campus of Abilene Christian University and was located in Mesquite, Texas. The University quickly turned its attention and interest to educational programs that catered to working adults.
The campus location was moved to Garland, Texas. The new campus was designed to cater to mature adults who did not need or desire the environmental trappings associated with traditional colleges such as dormitories, cafeterias, gymnasiums, and intramural athletics.
The University received accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and plans were approved for separating the institution from Abilene Christian University. The separation was completed in June 1982 and the University took the name Amber University.
The University changed its name from Amber University to Amberton University to more accurately describe its purpose. The English addition of “ton” to a word means a town or village. As a result of offering adult students traditional lecture and nontraditional e-courses, the name more accurately identifies the community of learners.
Amberton opened an additional center in Frisco in order to better serve their students in Collin County.