Saddleback College is affiliated with the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), the branch of Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which accredits community and junior colleges. All colleges and universities must reaffirm their accreditation every six years.
"The accreditation process requires the college to do a self study. This self study is a three-part process of accrediting an institution. This process includes an institutional self appraisal, an on-site visit by a team of peers, and a review and a decision on the accredited status of the college by the Commission."