The University of Alabama is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees. The University of Alabama also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of The University of Alabama may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Initial Accreditation




Next Reaffirmation


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. Inquiries about SACSCOC in general should be made to UA’s SACSCOC liasion, Ginger Bishop,


SACSCOC is an institutional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  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.