Accreditation and Affiliates

Sonoran Desert Institute has demonstrated the ability to meet criteria for academic and consumer rights standards from federal and state agencies as well as non-governmental agencies. These standards ensure quality education through sound financial operations, approved programs of study, qualified instructors, and approved recruitment and admissions policies. Reviews and renewals of accreditation are conducted periodically as required. Learn more about SDI’s affiliations below.

Distance Education Accrediting Commission

1101 17th Street, NW., Suite 808
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: (202) 234-5100
Fax: (202) 332-1386

Sonoran Desert Institute is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.

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).

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Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

1740 W. Adams, Suite 3008
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: (602) 542-5709

Sonoran Desert Institute is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

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Alabama Commission on Higher Education

135 S. Union St.
Montgomery, AL 36104-4340 or
PO Box 302130
Montgomery, AL 36130-2130
Phone: 334-293-4500

Sonoran Desert Institute is exempt from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education

PO Box 110505
Juneau, AK 99811-0505
Phone: 907-465-6741

Sonoran Desert Institute has received an exemption to operate a postsecondary educational institution from the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education.

Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board

423 Main Street, Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 371-2000

Sonoran Desert Institute has been granted certification to offer the Certificate in Firearms Technology – Gunsmithing and Associate of Science in Firearms Technology programs by the Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Arkansas Higher Education Coordinating Board certification does not constitute an endorsement of any institution, course or degree program. Such certification merely indicates that certain minimum standards have been met under the rules and regulations of institutional certification as defined in Arkansas Code §6-61-301.

California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)

P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
Phone: (888) 370-7589

Sonoran Desert Institute is registered as an out-of-state institution with the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) to enroll California students.

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Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (NPEC)

2082 East Exchange Place, Suite 220
Tucker, GA 30084-5305
Phone: 770-414-3300

Sonoran Desert Institute is authorized by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission.

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Indiana Commission for Higher Education

101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204-4206
Phone: 317-464-4400

Sonoran Desert Institute is authorized as an institution with no physical presence by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

Kansas Board of Regents

1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 250
Topeka, KS 66612-1368
Phone: (785) 430-4240

Sonoran Desert Institute has been issued a certificate of approval by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education

500 Mero Street, 4th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 502-564-4185

Sonoran Desert Institute has met the requirements for conditional approval by the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education.


Sonoran Desert Institute is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code.

Wyoming Department of Education

122 W. 25th St., Ste E200
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: 307-777-7675

Sonoran Desert Institute is approved to offer educational services to Wyoming students by the Wyoming Department of Education.

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