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Approved Institutions

Post-secondary institutions that are based outside of New York State and wish to offer credit-bearing online courses to students who are in New York State must first obtain authorization to do so.  Authorization may be obtained either through participation in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) or via direct application to the New York State Education Department. Distance education approval must be renewed annually.

The institutions listed below have received distance education authorization directly from the New York State Education Department. For the directory of institutions approved to offer distance education via SARA, please visit the NC-SARA website.

Term Expiration Institution Control Website
2020-10-30 Academy of Art University Proprietary
2021-05-31 Alliant International University Proprietary
2020-12-01 Brandman University Independent
2021-06-20 California Southern University Proprietary
2020-12-28 California State University (Northridge) Public
2021-06-20 Claremont Graduate University Independent
2020-08-11 Claremont Lincoln University Independent
2021-02-25 Coastline Community College Public
2021-05-31 Fuller Theological Seminary Independent
2021-09-07 Golden Gate University Independent
2020-10-30 International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) Proprietary
2021-07-26 National University Independent
2021-04-17 Northcentral University Independent
2020-12-06 Pepperdine University Independent
2021-05-24 Saint Marys College of California Independent
2021-03-30 San Jose State University Independent
2021-01-07 Santa Clara University Independent
2020-10-07 Saybrook University Independent
2021-05-31 The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Independent

2020-12-06 The Los Angeles Film School Proprietary
2021-06-19 United States University Proprietary
2021-06-20 University of California, Berkeley Public
2020-12-20 University of California, Davis Public
2020-09-21 University of San Francisco Independent
2020-10-01 University of Southern California Independent

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