SACSCOC Accreditation

Georgia State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, call 404-679-4500, or visit the web at for questions about the accreditation of Georgia State University.  Normal inquiries about GSU, such as admission requirements, financial aid, and educational programs, should be addressed directly to GSU and not the SACSCOC office.

SACSCOC is the regional accrediting body for colleges and universities in 11 Southern states and Latin America for institutions of higher education. It is recognized by both the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education.  Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that the institution

  • Has a mission appropriate to higher education,
  • Has resources, programs, and services sufficient to accomplish and sustain that mission,
  • Maintains clearly specified educational objectives that are consistent with its mission and appropriate to the degrees it offers, and
  • Is successful in achieving its stated objectives

SACSCOC accreditation allows Georgia State University to maintain eligibility for state and federal funds, including student financial aid through the U.S. Department of Education.  Accreditation is important for the acceptance and transfer of college credits, and receipt of a degree from an accredited undergraduate institution is a standard prerequisite for admission to most graduate programs.

The Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness serves as the SACSCOC accreditation liaison for the university and serves as the principal contact person for the Commission.  The liaison is responsible for assuring that compliance with accreditation requirements is incorporated into planning and evaluation processes of the institution, notifying the Commission in advance of substantive changes, and maintaining all records related to the institution’s SACSCOC accreditation.

In January 2017, Georgia State University began the process of preparing for reaffirmation of its SACSCOC accreditation in 2019.  For further information about the reaffirmation process, please visit 2019 Reaffirmation.