The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) is the regional accrediting agency that serves a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific as well as a number of international institutions. Through its work of peer review, based on standards agreed to by its members, the Commission encourages continuous institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public, that accredited institutions are fulfilling their respective established missions in service to their students and the public good. The WSCUC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in a number of programs, including student access to federal financial aid.

San Diego State University has been accredited since 1949 when the regional accrediting body was called the Western College Association1.  The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) was formed in 1962.  SDSU has maintained its university accreditation through WASC and then through WSCUC when it was formed in 2012-13.  More information about SDSU’s accreditation can be found on the SDSU WSCUC site.  Additionally, individual programs at SDSU may have discipline specific accreditation.  This list may be found at SDSU Accredited Programs.

(1) Francis H. Herrick (1974), History of the Western College Association 1924-1974


For specific questions concerning Accreditation, please contact Dr. Madhavi McCall at [email protected].

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