Occidental College successfully completed the process of reaccreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in 2012 and is currently preparing for a March 2022 reaffirmation visit.
Institutional accreditation in the United States is a voluntary and non-governmental process in which Occidental College participates as a public acknowledgment of the college's commitment to ongoing improvement in its educational effectiveness, especially with regard to student learning.
Occidental College was first accredited by WASC in 1949, and our last reaffirmation of accreditation took place in 2012. Updates on our current accreditation status can be found on the WSCUC Membership page.
The College is currently preparing for a March 2022 reaffirmation visit under WSCUC's Thematic Pathway for Reaffirmation (TPR) process. The College's TPR proposal: The Urban Liberal Arts Experience was approved by WSCUC in January 2020.
For historical information on the 2012 accreditation work and final approval letter of the final results, see:
- Institutional Proposal
- Capacity & Preparatory Review
- Educational Effectiveness (EE) Review
- WASC Commission Action Letter (2012)