State Approvals

Institutional State Licensure

California Southern University is a private university approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. The University was founded in 1978, originally under the name Southern California University for Professional Studies, and has been continuously approved by the State of California to offer undergraduate and graduate level degrees.

Any questions a student may have that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to:

Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capital Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833
Tel: 1.888.370.7589
Fax: 1.916.263.1897

Certain states require specific language as noted below:

Maryland:  California Southern University is registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

Texas:  California Southern University is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code. The California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) approves and regulates California Southern University's programs. Learners who wish to file a complaint or make other contact with the BPPE should contact the BPPE at or by calling 1.888.370.7589.

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