Louisiana State University and A&M College is accredited by the Southern Associate of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 407-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Louisiana State University and A&M College.
Direct all other inquiries about programs, services, or admission directly to LSU, not the Commission's office. Contact information for university offices and departments can be found in the LSU A-Z listing on the university's home page.
SACSCOC is one of the six regional commissions in the U.S. that accredits degree-granting institutions. Currently, SACSCOC accredits approximately 800 institutions in 11 southern states--Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia--and in Latin America. LSU is one of the member institutions of SACSCOC and participates in the development, amendment, and approval of accreditation requirements.
SACSCOC accreditation requires institutions to comply with more than 70 standards in the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement. SACSCOC accreditation is necessary for LSU, because it:
- allows students to graduate from "an accredited institution";
- permits students to receive federal funding for their education;
- enables faculty to seek and receive support through federal grants and contracts; and
- assures all other disciplinary accrediting organizations of an appropriate level of learning.
For accreditation purposes, LSU is a Level VI, Track B institution. Level VI institutions are accredited to award doctoral degrees in four or more academic or professional disciplines. Track B institutions offer undergraduate and graduate degrees or graduate degrees only.
Since 1913, LSU has continuously maintained its SACSCOC accreditation, which was most recently reaffirmed in 2014. The university's next SACSCOC review will occur in March 2020 with the submission of the SACSCOC Fifth-Year Interim Report, and its next reaffirmation of accreditation is in 2024.
Referencing LSU's Accreditation Status
SACSCOC requires the use of the following statement when referencing the university’s accreditation status:
Louisiana State University and A&M College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Louisiana State University and A&M College.
Accreditation refers to the quality of the institution as a whole, not individual programs or degrees. Moreover, accreditation does not imply specialized accreditation of any programs offered. Thus, any representation about LSU’s status as an accredited institution must reference the above language (verbatim) and should not appear in the same paragraph containing representations about any other specialized accreditation.
To ensure the accurate representation of the LSU’s accreditation status and compliance with SACSCOC requirements, units should regularly review their respective printed and electronic resources (e.g., websites, catalogs, and bulletins).
In addition to the university's regional accreditation, some degree programs are accredited by a discipline-specific accrediting agency. See Specialized Accreditation for a listing of these degrees, the Institutional Information Guide for Self-Study Reports, and the administrative review/approval process for self-study reports.