Pepperdine University is committed to providing students with an outstanding education. As such, Pepperdine is accredited by WASC, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, one of six official academic bodies in the United States. 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. Through its work of peer review, based on standards agreed to by the membership, the commission encourages continuous institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public, that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public good.
The WASC Senior College and University Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in a number of programs, including student access to federal financial aid. WASC's Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities is in charge of evaluating Pepperdine University. Pepperdine holds current accredited status with its last commission action occurring on February 22, 2013. The next accreditation review will occur in the fall of 2020. Accreditation enables the University to show how it develops and utilizes indicators of institutional performance and educational effectiveness. Participation in accreditation also provides Pepperdine the opportunity to demonstrate its culture of evidence, where indicators of performance are regularly developed and data are collected to inform institutional planning, decision making, and engagement in student learning.