In December 2002, the Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS) approved a policy that requires all public and private schools to be accredited in order to establish and maintain an “a-g” course list.

The University requires accreditation because this process (1) ensures effective quality control of college-preparatory work at high schools, and (2) offers the choice for schools to affiliate with an accrediting agency that assures quality and responsiveness to local needs.

Six regional agencies perform high school accreditation on behalf of prospective students and their high schools. UC does not approve or recommend specific regional accreditation agencies and nothing in UC policy or practice should be interpreted as limiting the accreditation of high schools to a single regional accrediting agency. This UC policy is consistent with relevant state law and with the goals of the BOARS committee.

The six regional accreditation agencies are:

  1. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA)
  2. New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
  3. North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI)
  4. Southern Association of Colleges and School Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)
  5. Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC)
  6. Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

 Updating your accreditation information on for your "a-g" course list can be done via the Course Management Portal. 

Students attending nonaccredited schools in California may qualify for admission to UC by examination or by exception.