Columbia Southern University is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). CSU has maintained accreditation since it was initially granted on January 15, 2001 and received its most recent renewal of accreditation through January 2026. All CSU programs have been reviewed and approved by DEAC. The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized agency, and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CHEA is a nonprofit organization serving as a national advocate for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation.
Distance Education Accrediting Commission
1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808
Washington, DC 20036
Archived DEAC Accreditation Certificates
- 2016 DEAC Accreditation Certificate (PDF)
- 2011 DEAC Accreditation Certificate (PDF)
- 2006 DEAC Accreditation Certificate (PDF)
- 2001 DEAC Accreditation Certificate (PDF)
Higher Education Related Memberships
American Council on Education
CSU is an institutional member of the American Council on Education (ACE), a major higher education coordinating body that influences public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. ACE membership is open to accredited degree-granting colleges and universities, and higher education associations within the United States.
For information on state authorization, please visit our State Authorization page.
For information on registering a complaint, please visit our External Complaint Process page.