“Accreditation is intended to assure constituents and the public of the quality and integrity of higher education institutions and programs, and to help those institutions and programs improve.” (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges FAQs)
The University of Alabama is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. For information on accreditation status, contact:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033-4097
Initial Accreditation: 1897
Reaffirmed: 2015 (Letter of Reaffirmation)
Next Reaffirmation: 2025
The purpose of publishing The University of Alabama’s accreditation status with SACSCOC is:
- to learn about the accreditation status of the institution;
- to file a third-party comment at the time of the University’s decennial review; or
- to file a complaint against the University for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. (Principles of Accreditation)
Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc. should be addressed directly to the institution and not to the SACSCOC office.
SACSCOC is the recognized regional accrediting body for higher education institutions in the 11 U.S. Southern states and Latin America. SACSCOC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accreditor of about 800 institutions. To maintain accreditation, an institution must comply with the standards contained in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement and with the policies and procedures of the Commission on Colleges.
Being accredited and in good standing with SACSCOC assures that the programs at The University of Alabama are effective, enables its students to qualify for federal financial aid, and ensures transfer of credits to and from other accredited institutions.