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Accreditation ​Status

College of the Desert is a fully accredited institution by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.
Accreditation is granted for an unlimited period of time, with a standard provision for an institutional self-study every six years, along with review and visitation by the Accreditation Commission. Accreditation is granted on the basis of demonstrated evidence that the institution is fulfilling its stated goals and objectives through qualified personnel, sound planning, appropriate programs and services, and adequate resources.
In addition to being accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, College of the Desert is approved by the California Community College Board of Governors, California State Department of Education, for veteran benefits, Immigration & Naturalization Service of the U.S. Dept. of Justice and U.S. Dept. of Education. Transfer courses taken at College of the Desert are accepted at the University of California, the California State University and College System, and private four-year colleges and universities.
Next External Evaluation Visit: October 2-5, 2017
For information on our most recent accreditation, please contact the President's Office at (760) 346-8041.