Accreditation and Approvals

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Due to the fact that Bristol University's accreditation has been under revision for renewal by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) for several months, it has not been possible to continue to provide Federal Financial Aid to eligible individuals. For this reason, a significant number of students decided to withdraw from their programs at BU in the early months of 2016. This had a negative repercussion as indicated by Bristol University's retention rate in the last reported period. ACICS requires all accredited institutions offering programs longer than one year have a benchmark standard for retention of 65%. Unfortunately, BU was unable to meet this requirement for the mentioned reason.

Notice to all students and prospective students: Bristol University has been placed on student achievement show-cause by their accreditor, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), due to material noncompliance with retention: 34% as reported on the 2016 Campus Accountability Report.

On March 18, 2016, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) denied Bristol University’s application for renewal of its accreditation.  On March 22, 2016, a federal court ordered ACICS to reinstate Bristol University’s application, pending further judicial review.  On April 25, 2016, the Court issued an Order enjoining ACICS from suspending or withdrawing the University’s accreditation.  The University’s accreditation remains subject to review and evaluation by ACICS, and as part of that review, it is possible that Bristol’s accreditation may in the future be suspended or otherwise conditioned in a way that affects Bristol’s ability to continue providing academic programs. Correspondence from ACICS in regards to the Preliminary Injunction Order was received by Bristol University in May.

Bureau of Private Post Secondary Education (BPPE)
Bristol University is also approved to operate as an institution of higher learning by the State of California Bureau of Private Post Secondary Education (BPPE). Read more

California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE)
Bristol University is approved by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE) to train veterans. Active military (and family) and qualifying veterans studying at Bristol University can participate in all Veterans Administration educational programs.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
Bristol University is approved by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arm of the Department of Homeland Security to provide I-20 applications necessary for international students to apply for F-1 visas to study in the United States. Bristol University can accept and enroll foreign, nonimmigrant F-1 students for its academic degree programs. Information regarding applications and visas are maintained on the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

California Workforce Investment Act
Bristol University is approved as an education provider under the California Workforce Investment Act, offering education to displaced workers through Workforce Investment Boards and the Employment Development Department. The purpose of the Eligible Training Provider List is to provide a training to those individuals who seek training to rejoin the workforce.

Degree Programs

Master of Business Administration ➤
  • Business Administration Emphasis
  • Sports Management Emphasis
  • International Business Emphasis
  • Marketing Emphasis