Georgia State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges 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 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,
- Possesses 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
- Demonstrates success 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.
Georgia State University’s SACSCOC accreditation was reaffirmed in 2019.