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. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the University’s accreditation status 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 (www.sacscoc.org).
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 Sr. Director for Accreditation and Policy 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.
For general questions about accreditation and reaffirmation, please contact the Sr. Director of Accreditation and Policy, Mary L. McLaughlin (404-413-2583), who serves as the accreditation liaison for the university.