The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor, master, specialist, engineer, doctoral and professional degrees*.
- The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states. It serves as the common denominator of shared values and practices among the diverse institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America and other international sites approved by the Commission on Colleges that award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degrees. The University of Florida was first accredited in 1913.
In the United States, there are two types of institutional accreditation for colleges and universities, regional and national. The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) conducts institutional regional accreditation.
Regional accreditation is a measurement the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) uses to ensure that schools meet rigorous and up-to-date standards of education and professionalism. All schools must be accredited, and their curriculum must pass approval with a DOE-approved accreditation board.
- There are six regional associations, each named after the region in which it operates (Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Southern, Western). The regional associations are independent of one another, but they cooperate extensively and acknowledge one another’s accreditation. The University of Florida is regionally accredited, and meets the educational standards of the Department of Education. As such, our course credits are generally eligible for transfer to another institution, if you choose to continue your education at a different school or program.
National accreditation commissions focus on particular kinds of institutions (for example, trade and technical colleges, and religious colleges and universities); their standards are typically less defined when compared with regional accrediting bodies. One major disadvantage of attending a nationally accredited school is the inability to transfer credits between multiple institutions, should you choose to continue your education at a different school or in a different program.
*Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Florida. www.sacscoc.org/