WSCUC Accreditation

Occidental College last completed the process of successful reaccreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in 2012. 

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.

President Elam will meet with the WSCUC Commission on Thursday June 23, 2022 to discuss our institutional report and the reaffirmation visit which took place March 30-April 1, 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. We anticipate receiving the Commission's reaffirmation letter in July 2022.

Questions, suggestions, or feedback regarding accreditation can be sent at any time to the Accreditation Liaison Officer: Marsha Schnirring.