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Accreditation is a comprehensive process for evaluating and certifying the quality of education and is designed to assure students and the greater public that an educational institution meets or exceeds standards of good practice recognized by the educational community. Accreditation assures that college course credits, associate degrees, and occupational certificates will be recognized by other colleges and universities, guaranteeing that academic work may be transferred in pursuit of advanced degrees.

San Diego City College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 428 J Street, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95814, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at:   

City College's most recent comprehensive review was conducted in 2023-2024. In October 2023, a Peer Review Team examined City College's Institutional Self Evaluation Report and supporting evidence. Members of the Peer Review Team conducted a site visit to the College on February 28-29, 2024, and completed a Peer Review Team Report. On June 12, 2024, ACCJC issued an action letter reaffirming City College's accreditation for seven years. The next scheduled report will be the Midterm Report due on March 15, 2028. The next comprehensive review will take place in the 2030-2031 academic year.  

Program Approvals and Accreditation

The San Diego City College Cosmetology Program is approved by The Board of Barbering and Cosmetology

The San Diego City College Alcohol and Other Drug Studies Program is approved by The California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals and accredited by the California Association of Alcohol/Drug Educators

The San Diego City College Nursing Program is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Third Party Comment

Any member of the college community or public may submit a third-party comment directly to ACCJC by completing the Commission’s online form at Comments should be submitted no later than five weeks before a scheduled site to be considered by the peer review team. 


Reports, Transmittals and Communication for San Diego City College

2024 Action Letter

2024 Peer Review Team Report

2023 Institutional Self-Evaluation Report

2021 ACCJC Action Letter

2021 Midterm Report

2019 ACCJC Action Letter

2018 San Diego City College Follow-up Report

2018 Evaluation Team Report

Fall 2018 Summary of Actions in Response to Recommendation

2017 Evaluation Team Report

2017 ACCJC Action Letter


San Diego City College 2017 Self-Evaluation Report*

ACCJC Action Letter

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