Shoreline Community College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities  and has been since 1966. Shoreline is a Member institution with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The NWCCU is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.


Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the NWCCU indicates that it meets or exceeds standards of institutional quality as evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the NWCCU should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052 (425) 558‐4224

Accreditation by the NWCCU refers to the institution as a whole. Therefore, statements like “fully accredited” or “this program is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities” or “this degree is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities” are incorrect and should not be used.  

Shoreline Community College’s accreditation status is Non-Compliance Warning. The NWCCU’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status on February 27, 2023 was to warn the institution (see below for details) 

Accreditation Documents

Below are links to the college's recent accreditation reports and action letters.

Programmatic Accrediting Agencies

Programmatic accrediting agencies accredit individual educational programs within an institution with regard to program-specific standards and have specific definitions of eligibility and operating procedures. Shoreline Community College offers the following educational programs that are accredited by programmatic accrediting agencies:

Automotive (ASEEF):

Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation (ASEEF) Automotive Service Excellence logo

Community Employment Program(CEP)

Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International)


Dental Hygiene (CODA):

Commission on Dental Accreditation



Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics & Information Management Education


Medical Laboratory Technology (NAACLS):

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

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