Statement of Accreditation Status
California State University, Fullerton

800 N State College Blvd
Fullerton, CA 92831
United States

The OPEID number is used by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to identify schools that have Program Participation Agreements (PPA) for purposes of eligibility to participate in Federal Student Financial Assistance programs under Title IV.

Current Accreditation Status

Accredited- Indicates that the Commission has found that an institution has met or exceeded the expectations of the Standards and the Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness. Initial accreditation is for a period of five to seven years before the next comprehensive review. Reaffirmation is granted for a period of seven to ten years and may be accompanied by a request for interim reports and/or special visits, or a formal Notice of Concern.

Most Recent Commission Action: 
Friday, February 14, 2020
Granted Candidacy

Candidacy is a status of preliminary affiliation with the Senior College and University Commission, awarded for a maximum of four years following a procedure for institutional review that includes self-study and on-site visitation. Candidacy indicates that the institution meets all or nearly all the Standards at a minimum level. Candidacy is not accreditation and does not ensure eventual accreditation; it means that an institution is progressing toward accreditation. This is the date that the institution was first granted the status of Candidacy with WSCUC. Not all institutions have become accredited with WSCUC through the Candidacy process.

First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

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Financial Structure Type

Institutions within the WSCUC region are classified as Non-profit, For-profit or State-supported.


Choices include: No related entity, Proprietary with Parent Board, Religious Control, Multi-institutional system, Other. For more information please see the Related Entities Policy.

Multi-institution System
Academic Calendar

The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer Su Swarat Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness & Accreditation Liaison Officer sswarat [at]
Board of Directors Chair Lillian Kimbell Chair of the Board of Trustees of the CSU trusteesecretariat [at]
Chief Academic Officer Carolyn Thomas Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs ccthomas [at]
Chief Executive Officer Framroze Virjee President fvirjee [at]
Chief Financial Officer Ron Coley Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance rcoley [at]
Director Institutional Research Su Swarat Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness & Accreditation Liaison Officer sswarat [at]
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Accountancy Masters 1983 On-Site
Administrative Services Credential (Clear) Non-degree 2015 On-Site
Administrative Services Credential (Preliminary) Non-degree 2015 On-Site
Administrative Services Credential (Preliminary) Non-degree 2015 Distance Education
American Studies Masters 1975 On-Site
American Studies Bachelors 1969 On-Site
Anthropology Masters 1969 On-Site
Anthropology Bachelors 1964 On-Site
Art (BA) Bachelors 1962 On-Site
Art (BFA) Bachelors 1983 On-Site
Art (MA) Masters 1964 On-Site
Art (MFA) Masters 1983 On-Site
Artist Diploma: Professional Certificate in Music Performance Non-degree 2014 On-Site
Athletic Training Masters 2019 On-Site
Biochemistry Bachelors 1989 On-Site
Biological Science Bachelors 1960 On-Site
Biology Masters 1964 On-Site
Business Administration Bachelors 2012 Distance Education
Business Administration Masters 1963 On-Site
Business Administration Bachelors 1959 On-Site
Chemistry (BA) Bachelors 1962 On-Site
Chemistry (BS) Bachelors 1974 On-Site
Chemistry (MA) Masters 1970 On-Site
Chemistry (MS) Masters 1984 On-Site
Child and Adolescent Development Bachelors 1976 On-Site
Cinema and Television Arts Bachelors 2001 On-Site
Civil Engineering Masters 1967 On-Site
Civil Engineering Bachelors 1968 On-Site
Communication Sciences and Disorders Multicultural Certificate Non-degree 2021 On-Site
Communication Studies Bachelors 1961 On-Site
Communication Studies Masters 1966 On-Site
Communications Masters 1967 On-Site
Communications Bachelors 1963 On-Site
Communicative Disorders Masters 1979 On-Site
Communicative Disorders Bachelors 1979 On-Site
Community College Studies Certificate Non-degree 2010 On-Site
Comparative Literature Bachelors 1961 On-Site
Computational Applied Mathematics Masters 2020 On-Site
Computer Engineering Bachelors 2004 On-Site
Computer Engineering Masters 2013 On-Site
Computer Science Masters 1974 On-Site
Computer Science Bachelors 1971 On-Site
Counseling Masters 1974 On-Site
Criminal Justice Bachelors 1973 On-Site
Dance Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Digital Communications Media Certificate Non-degree 2018 On-Site
Earth Science Bachelors 2011 On-Site
Economics Masters 1966 On-Site
Economics Bachelors 1961 On-Site
Education (Bilingual/Bicultural) Masters 1977 On-Site
Education (Educational Administration) Masters 2010 Distance Education
Education (Elementary Curriculum and Instruction) Masters 2010 Distance Education
Education (Higher Education) Masters 1981 On-Site
Education (Literacy and Reading) Masters 1967 On-Site
Education (Literacy and Reading) Masters 2010 Distance Education
Education (Secondary Education) Masters 2010 Distance Education
Education (Secondary Education) Masters 2001 On-Site
Education (Special Education) Masters 1967 On-Site
Education (Special Education) Masters 2014 Distance Education
Education (TESOL) Masters 1982 On-Site
Education Specialist (Clear) Credential Non-degree 2012 Distance Education
Education Specialist (Prelim) Credential: Early Childhood Specialist Non-degree 2011 On-Site
Education Specialist (Preliminary) Credential: Mild/Moderate Non-degree 2010 On-Site
Education Specialist (Preliminary) Credential: Moderate/Severe Non-degree 2010 On-Site
Educational Leadership (Community College) Professional Doctorate 2008 On-Site
Educational Leadership (Pre K-12) Professional Doctorate 2007 On-Site
Educational Technology Masters 2009 Distance Education
Educational Technology Integration Certificate Non-degree 2014 On-Site
Electrical Engineering Masters 1967 On-Site
Electrical Engineering Bachelors 1968 On-Site
Engineering (General) Bachelors 1972 On-Site
English Masters 1963 On-Site
English Bachelors 1961 On-Site
Environmental Engineering Masters 2012 Distance Education
Environmental Studies Masters 1972 On-Site
Ethnic Studies Bachelors 1970 On-Site
Forensic Anthropology Certificate Non-degree 2019 On-Site
French Bachelors 1963 On-Site
Geographic Information Systems Certificate Non-degree 2018 On-Site
Geography Masters 1968 On-Site
Geography Bachelors 1961 On-Site
Geology Masters 1999 On-Site
Geology Bachelors 1969 On-Site
Geospatial Technologies Certificate Non-degree 2018 On-Site
Gerontology Masters 2001 On-Site
Health Care Analytics Certificate Non-degree 2016 On-Site
History Masters 1963 On-Site
History Bachelors 1961 On-Site
Human Services Bachelors 1972 On-Site
Humanities and Social Sciences (Online Degree Completion) Bachelors 2019 Distance Education
Information Systems Masters 1981 On-Site
Information Technology Masters 2005 Distance Education
Information Technology (Data Science) Masters 2017 Distance Education
Information Technology (Information Technology Management) Masters 2017 Distance Education
Instructional Design and Technology Masters 2002 Distance Education
Instructional Design Certificate Level 1 Non-degree 2018 Distance Education
Instructional Design Certificate Level 2 Non-degree 2018 Distance Education
International Business Bachelors 1984 On-Site
Japanese Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Kinesiology Masters 1968 On-Site
Kinesiology Bachelors 1965 On-Site
Latin American Studies Bachelors 1970 On-Site
Liberal Studies Bachelors 1972 On-Site
Linguistics Masters 1969 On-Site
Linguistics Bachelors 1966 On-Site
Mathematics Masters 1968 On-Site
Mathematics Bachelors 1960 On-Site
Mechanical Engineering Masters 1967 On-Site
Mechanical Engineering Bachelors 1968 On-Site
Multiple Subject Credential (Clear) Non-degree 2011 Distance Education
Multiple Subject Credential (Preliminary) Non-degree 2004 On-Site
Museum Studies Certificate Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Music (BA) Bachelors 1960 On-Site
Music (BM) Bachelors 1968 On-Site
Music (MA) Masters 1964 On-Site
Music (MM) Masters 1976 On-Site
Nursing Masters 1991 On-Site
Nursing Bachelors 2000 Distance Education
Nursing Bachelors 1975 On-Site
Nursing (Nursing Leadership) Masters 2008 Distance Education
Nursing (School Nursing) Masters 2005 Distance Education
Nursing Practice Professional Doctorate 2010 Distance Education
Philosophy Bachelors 1962 On-Site
Photocommunications Certificate Non-degree 2018 On-Site
Physics Masters 1996 On-Site
Physics Bachelors 1962 On-Site
Political Science Masters 1964 On-Site
Political Science Bachelors 1960 On-Site
Postsecondary Literacy and Learning Non-degree 2005 Distance Education
Pre-Health Professions Post-baccalaureate Program Non-degree 2009 On-Site
Professional Certificate in Human Resources Management Non-degree 2019 Distance Education
Professional Certificate in Personal Financial Planning Non-degree 2018 On-Site
Professional Certificate in Public Health Non-degree 2019 On-Site
Psychology Bachelors 1961 On-Site
Psychology (MA) Masters 1966 On-Site
Psychology (MS Clinical) Masters 1974 On-Site
Public Administration Masters 1967 On-Site
Public Administration Bachelors 2000 On-Site
Public Health Masters 2003 On-Site
Public Health Bachelors 2019 On-Site
Radio-Audio Certificate Non-degree 2018 On-Site
Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential Non-degree 2012 On-Site
Reading and Literacy Leadership Specialist Credential Non-degree 2012 Distance Education
Religious Studies Bachelors 1969 On-Site
School Nurse Services Credential Non-degree 2005 Distance Education
Screenwriting Masters 2010 On-Site
Security Studies Certificate Non-degree 2020 On-Site
Single Subject Credential (Clear) Non-degree 2011 Distance Education
Single Subject Credential (Preliminary) Non-degree 2003 On-Site
Social Work Masters 2007 On-Site
Sociology Bachelors 2012 Distance Education
Sociology Masters 1966 On-Site
Sociology Bachelors 1962 On-Site
Software Engineering Masters 2004 Distance Education
Software Engineering Masters 2010 On-Site
Spanish Masters 1969 On-Site
Spanish Bachelors 1963 On-Site
Spanish for Hispanic Media Certificate Non-degree 2017 On-Site
Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential: Language, Speech and Hearing Non-degree 2011 On-Site
Statistics Masters 2013 Distance Education
Taxation Masters 1978 On-Site
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Cert Non-degree 2015 On-Site
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate (Postbac) Non-degree 2000 On-Site
Theatre (BA) Bachelors 1964 On-Site
Theatre (BFA) Bachelors 1998 On-Site
Theatre Arts (MFA) Masters 1976 On-Site
Translation: Spanish to English / English to Spanish Certificate Non-degree 2020 On-Site
Women and Gender Studies Bachelors 2000 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Spring 2023 Interim Report

Interim Reports focus on specific issues of concern identified as part of the comprehensive review process, annual report submission, the complaint process, substantive change, or other interactions with the Commission. The purpose of Interim Reports is to ensure that institutions continue to meet the Core Commitments and Standards with respect to the identified areas of concern.

Spring 2025 Mid-Cycle Review

The Mid-Cycle Review (MCR) is a review of each institution near the midpoint of its period of accreditation, focusing particularly on student achievement. The Review is performed by WSCUC staff, and draws on evidence from an update of the institution’s Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators and retention and graduation data, as well as any trends emerging from Annual Reports to surface any potential issues across the Standards. The overall purpose of the Mid-Cycle Review is to "identify problems with an institution's or program's continued compliance with agency standards" while "tak[ing] into account institutional or program strengths and stability" (U.S. Department of Education, §602.19(b)).

Spring 2029 Offsite Review
Fall 2029 Accreditation Visit

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