Admissions Department

Westcliff University is proud to share the approval and accreditations earned for the exceptional programs in our College of Business and College of Education.

Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) – Candidacy

U.S. Department of Education (ED)

Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)

Title IV Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)

American Council on Education (ACE)

Association for Institutional Research (AIR)

California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR)

Cerritos Regional Chambers of Commerce

The Greater Irvine Chamber of Commerce

Special recognition by the NAIA

PAC 6 Athletic Conference

Westcliff University is accredited by the

Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, (WASC), was formed in 1962 to promote the development of higher education. The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) is one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States. The WASC accreditation process aids institutions in developing and sustaining effective educational programs and assures the educational community, the general public, and other organizations that an accredited institution has met high standards of quality and effectiveness.

WSCUC is reviewed periodically for renewal of recognition by the US Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The WASC Senior College and University Commission (”the Commission”) is a regional accrediting agency serving a diverse membership of public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii, and the Pacific as well as a limited number of institutions outside the U.S.

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) was founded in 1926. Since 1959 DEAC has been nationally recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reputable and reliable accrediting body. For more than 50 years, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) has been reviewing and accrediting distance learning schools. DEAC has also been recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or CHEA’s predecessor organizations since 1975. DEAC’s recognized scope of accrediting authority extends from Certificates to the first professional and professional Doctoral degree levels.


No other nationally recognized accrediting association can match the long experience of the DEAC in the area of evaluating hybrid or online learning. Additionally, DEAC satisfies precisely same recognition standards as regional accreditors.

Westcliff University is recognized by the

U.S. Department of Education (ED) and Council for Higher Edcuation Accredication (CHEA)

The original Department of Education was created in 1867 to collect information on schools and teaching that would help the States establish effective school systems. In 1980, Congress established the Department of Education as a Cabinet level agency. Today, the Department of Education (ED) operates programs that touch on every area and level of education. The Department’s elementary and secondary programs annually serve nearly 18,200 school districts and over 50 million students attending roughly 98,000 public schools and 32,000 private schools. Department of Education (ED) programs also provide grant, loan, and work-study assistance to more than 12 million postsecondary students. The Department of Education’s mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is the largest institutional higher education membership organization in the United States. CHEA was established in 1996, focusing exclusively on higher education accreditation. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is governed by a 20-person board of college and university presidents, institutional representatives and public members.

A national advocate and institutional voice for promoting academic quality through accreditation, CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.