UnderGraduate catalog: 2023/24

Accreditation, Regulatory and Other Notes

University of the People is a private institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. 

University of the People has been continuously accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) since January 2014. Contact information for DEAC: 1101 17th Street NW, Suite 808, Washington, D.C. 20036, phone number: (202) 234-5100, fax number (202) 332-1386, www.deac.org. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

University of the People has been recognized as a Candidate for Accreditation by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 1001 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 402, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001. This status is a preliminary affiliation with the Commission awarded for a maximum period of five years. Candidacy is an indication that the institution is progressing toward Accreditation. Candidacy is not Accreditation and does not ensure eventual Accreditation.

University of the People is a distance education institution and offers all of its programming entirely online. Because it is a wholly online institution, UoPeople maintains no dormitory facilities and does not offer its students any kind of assistance in obtaining housing.

The California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education1 requires that UoPeople publish information about housing availability and costs in the vicinity of its administrative offices in Pasadena, CA. The Pasadena-Foothills Association of Realtors indicates that there are a number of moderately priced rental units in the area. According to a May 10, 2015 article in the Pasadena Star News, the average price of a 1-bedroom apartment is $1,940. Data reported by http://rentcafe.com indicate that the average price for a studio is $1,900 and $2,180 for a 1- bedroom apartment. The City of Pasadena Housing Department maintains a web site to assist anyone seeking housing in Pasadena at: http://pasadenahousingsearch.com/

University of the People and President Shai Reshef in his own right and on behalf of University of the People currently hold memberships in the following organizations and consortiums: Partners for a New Beginning; Ashoka, AACRAO, AACRAO EDGE, UN GAID, RSA, CHEA, the OpenCourseWare Consortium and the Library & Information Resources Network.

The administrative offices of University of the People are located in Pasadena, California. However, all instruction at the University, including its computerized teaching aids, takes place at University of the People’s Online Campus.

University of the People shall not be liable in any manner for any interruption in the operation or failure of its website, its Virtual Learning Environment and/or any other program relating to University of the People’s studies.

University of the People does not participate in federal and state financial aid programs.

University of the People does not have a pending petition in bankruptcy, is not operating as a debtor in possession, has not filed a petition within the preceding five years, and has not had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding five years that resulted in a reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code (11 U.S.C. Sec. 1101 et. seq.)

University of the People exercises diligence to ensure that it provides clear and accurate information to all prospective and current students, the public and all other interested parties. The institution seeks to ensure that all recruitment and promotional materials, including its Catalog and website, as well as all public presentations about and on behalf of the University and its operations are as clear and accurate as possible.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling, toll free: (888) 370-7589, (916) 431- 6959, or by completing a compliant form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s Internet Web address: www.bppe.ca.gov.

UoPeople is licensed, authorized, exempted or approved in every U.S. state and the District of Columbia.

This institution is authorized by the Indiana Board for Proprietary Education, 101 W. Ohio St., Suite 670, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984. University of the People at Pasadena, California, has been granted status as an out-of-state institution with no physical presence in Indiana authorized to enroll and offer online instruction or distance education to Indiana residents delivered from a campus in another state in accordance with Indiana Administrative Code IC 21-18.5-6-12. This status is effective from October 3, 2017 to October 2, 2018.

UoPeople is authorized by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission, (NPEC), Phone: (770) 414-3300, Fax: (770) 414-3309, Address: 2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220, TUCKER, GA 30084, https://gnpec.georgia.gov.

University of the People is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions” In addition, all registered schools shall publish in the school catalog or student handbook the name, street address, telephone number, and website address of the office. 


The University established and accredited outside India and is not regulated as or affiliated with any regulator or university within India. UoPeople is not recognized as a degree in India either by the relevant educational regulatory bodies in India or for public employment in the government sector in India.

1 California Code of Regulations §71810(b)