Santa Barbara City College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949 (415) 506-0234; an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

SBCC's accreditation is reaffirmed every six years, most recently in the 2015-16 academic year. The College's next regular evaluation will be in 2021-2022.



Accreditation has three primary purposes:

  1. To provide assurance to the public that the education provided meets acceptable levels of quality
  2. To promote continuous institutional improvement
  3. To maintain the quality of higher education in the United States

Accreditation is a method for assuring that higher education institutions can continue to improve and offer a quality education to the men and women who will lead their communities in the future. By establishing high standards and then periodically evaluating themselves, colleges and universities can provide a degree or certificate that students and the community can trust.

Students and members of the public who desire to file a formal complaint to the Commission about one of its member institutions should become familiar with the requirements for doing so prior to contacting the Commission. Following is the Commission’s Policy on Student and Public Complaints Against Institutions which will explains the issues the Commission can address through its complaint process and the procedures for filing a complaint. For more information about the complaint process with ACCJC, please visit their website


2019 January 25

ACCJC Midterm Report Acceptance Letter

2018 October 12

ACCJC Midterm Report Fall 2018

2017 June 23 ACCJC Response to SBCC March 9 2017 Follow-up Report
2017 March 9 SBCC Follow-up Report to ACCJC March 9 2017
2016 March 31 ACCJC Annual Report 2014-15 March 31 2016
2016 March 31 ACCJC Annual Fiscal Report 2014-15 March 31 2016
2016 February 5 ACCJC Reaffirmation of Accreditation February 5 2016
2016 February 5 External Evaluation Report from Fall 2015 Accreditation Team Visit
2014 July 3 ACCJC Letter of Sustained Resolution July 3 2014
2014 April 1 Visiting Team Report to ACCJC April 1 2014
2014 March 10 SBCC Follow-up Report to the ACCJC March 10 2014
2013 July 3 ACCJC Letter of Accreditation Status July 3 2013 
2013 March 10 SBCC Special Report to the ACCJC March 10 2013
2013 February 11 ACCJC Letter of Acceptance for Fall 2012 Midterm Report
2012 October 12 SBCC Accreditation Midterm Report to ACCJC October 12 2012
2012 March 26 ACCJC Letter of Accreditation Status March 26 2012
2010 January 29 ACCJC Reaffirmation of Accreditation January 29 2010 

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