Accreditation and Licensure

Washington and Lee University is authorized by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to provide post-secondary undergraduate and graduate level programs, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelors degrees, the master of laws, and juris doctor degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Washington and Lee University.

The Ernest Williams II School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics is accredited by AACSB International: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

The School of Law is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is approved by the American Bar Association.

The Department of Journalism and Mass Communications is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

Washington and Lee University is approved for veterans' education by the Commonwealth of Virginia - Department of Veteran Services.

Teacher Education meets rigorous national standards for educator preparation set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The program is also approved by the Virginia Department of Education to offer course work that leads to certification in Teacher Education.

Pursuant to federal law, all current and prospective students are allowed to review copies of documents describing Washington and Lee University's accreditation, approval, and licensing. To view any or all of these documents, please contact the Provost at (540) 458-8418.

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