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  May 21, 2024
2016-2017 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 
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2016-2017 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook [Archived Catalog]

Accreditation and Authorizations

Saybrook University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and University Commission, a regional accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), and by the State of California.

WASC Senior College and University Commission
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: 510.748.9001
Fax: 510.748.9797

Saybrook participates in a regularly scheduled re-accreditation process conducted by the Senior College and University Commission of WASC.

State Authorizations


Saybrook University has approval to operate an accredited institution from the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) under the terms of California Education Code section 94890(a)(1).

As an approved institution, Saybrook University is required to complete an annual report for BPPE and publish a School Performance Fact Sheet reporting data on completion rates, placement rates, license examination pass rates, and salary or wage information for the previous two years. The annual report is published online on Saybrook’s Consumer Information Page.


Saybrook University has registered in Pennsylvania with the Bureau of Postsecondary and Adult Education as an out-of-state distance education provider to enroll residents of Pennsylvania in its online programs.


Saybrook University has a Certificate of Authorization from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer degrees or courses leading to degrees at a physical location in Texas. This authorization is not an accreditation or equivalent to accreditation.


Saybrook University has met the requirements of Utah Code Ann. § 13-34a-203 to be a registered postsecondary school legally authorized by the State of Utah.

[This registration was obtained exclusively for Saybrook’s online programs ONLY.]


Saybrook University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Saybrook University to offer specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

Right to Change Requirements

The Saybrook Academic Catalog details the policies and procedures for all programs offered by the University. Saybrook reserves the right to make alterations to the Catalog and the policies and procedures within as deemed necessary by the University. Changes may also be necessitated by regulatory requirements, accreditation guidelines, or licensure standards. Changes may include but are not limited to curriculum, academic policies, administrative policies, procedures, and costs. Notice is not required for a new policy to take effect; however, Saybrook will make reasonable attempts to notify students promptly of any policy changes through communication methods deemed appropriate by Saybrook officials. In the event that Saybrook plans to change a program such that it will impact a student’s graduation requirements, students affected will be notified.

Student Consumer Information: Higher Education Opportunity Act Student Consumer Information

Prospective and current students can locate important information about Saybrook University on the Student Consumer Information page on the University website. This page is designed to assist consumers make a more informed decision about their education options. Under the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), Saybrook University is required to make this information available to current and prospective students. If you wish to obtain a hard copy of any of the documents, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 415-394-5350.

You may also visit the U.S. Department of Education HEOA website. For your convenience, this webpage contains links that will direct you to the appropriate websites or information required.