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Institutional Status

San Diego  University for Integrative Studies is approved to operate by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)  in the state of California. Therefore, SDUIS meets the BPPE’s Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education minimum standards as set forth in the California for Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 Title 5, Division 7.5 of the California Code of Regulations Private Postsecondary Education.

The San Diego University for Integrative Studies is also approved by the following agencies:

California Board of Behavioral Sciences, since 1999 (eligibility of graduates for Marriage and Family Therapist licensing)
Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, licensed since 1999.

SDUIS is a member of:

Professional International Educators Roundtable (PIER)
The International Society of Sport Psychology

Notice to Prospective Students

To continue to offer degree programs, this institution must meet the following requirements:
• Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one degree program.

• Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by July 1, 2017, and full accreditation by November 1, 2021.

If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, it must:

• Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
• Provide a teach-out to finish the educational program or provide a refund.

An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.


Dear Students:

Today we write to update you on the University’s status with respect to our certificate and degree programs.  We have some good news.  The University can continue to teach all of our current students in their programs, both degree and certificate.  We will enroll new students in our certificate programs.  We will not enroll new students in our degree programs, as we have not been doing since December 7, 2021. 

Background: As you know from our communication last month, on January 26, the California Department of Consumer Affairs (the “DCA”) denied our appeal of an Order from the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (the “BPPE”) requiring that we stop enrolling and teaching our degree programs, among other things.  We disagreed with this determination.  

What happened?  On February 17, 2022, the University filed a lawsuit against the BPPE and the DCA asking that the Order be reversed and seeking an immediate stay.  On February 24,Judge Eddie Sturgeon of the San Diego Superior Court, granted in part the University’s request for a stay.  The Judge’s order, issued verbally in court, stated that the University may continue to teach students currently enrolled in degree programs.  (The University may also teach its certificate programs, which are not affected.) However, the Court ordered the University to stop
enrolling new students in its degree programs for the time being.

What happens next?  The Judge has issued an order confirming this.  He has also approved this official communication to all of you.  The case will be litigated over the next several months and we expect to have more information later this year.  In the meantime, current students may continue their studies as normal at the University.

Is my visa affected?  No, your visa is not affected.  Your status remains the same.

What is the University’s accreditation status?  We are currently not accredited, but the University will continue pursuing accreditation.