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UC San Diego is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), the regional accrediting agency serving a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii and the Pacific region. The U.S. Department of Education recognizes WASC accreditation as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in a number of programs, including student access to federal financial aid.

UC San Diego has been accredited since 1964. The WASC accreditation process aids institutions in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness. In addition to assessing the academic quality and educational effectiveness of institutions, the Commission emphasizes institutional structures, processes, and resources.

The campus is periodically reviewed to ensure educational standards, as set forth by WASC, continue to be met. Reaffirmation of accreditation is a multi-year, self-study process that formally engages the campus in an institution-wide reflection. Our most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was in February, 2020; UC San Diego’s next WASC accreditation cycle will occur 2029-30.

 Upcoming Review

  • Mid-Cycle Review – May 1, 2025
  • Reaffirmation Review, Offsite – Spring 2029
  • Reaffirmation Review, Accreditation Visit – Fall 2029

UC San Diego Accreditation

All institutions need to demonstrate that they are in substantial compliance with the Standards and with those federal regulations that the Commission is required to oversee the implementation of. Within this context, the goal of the process is the improvement of student learning, student success, and institutional effectiveness.

UC San Diego Accreditation Website