Accreditation - Arizona Christian University


Institutional Accreditation


  • Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) – – (202) 546-8713

Approved By

  • The Arizona State Approving Agency, a division of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services
  • The Arizona State Board of Education for teacher training in elementary and secondary education in preparation for state certification
  • The United States Department of Justice for education of international students

Licensed By

  • The Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education (AZPPSE)


  • The American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
  • The Arizona Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (AASFAA)
  • The Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (WASFAA)
  • The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
  • The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
  • The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Arizona (ICUA)
  • North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals (NACCAP)
  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges (ABACC)
  • Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
  • Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC)
  • College & University Personnel Association for Human Services (CUPA-HR)
  • Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)
  • Sooner Athletic Conference (football only)
  • Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  • Citygate Network

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Participant

Arizona Christian University is an institutional participant in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) initiative. SARA is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establish comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a national council and administered by four regional education compacts. For more information and a list of member states, please visit

Unless otherwise stated, all rules, policies, procedures and other information of the ACU general catalog apply and are hereby incorporated by reference.

Students enrolled in the Evening and Online program only are not eligible to participate as athletes in the ACU Firestorm athletic program. Evening students who request to transfer into the Campus program must complete the enrollment process, which differs from Evening and Online enrollment.