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State Authorization

The University of Utah is now a participating institution in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).

What is State Authorization?

State authorization (SA) is a legal and regulatory term for a college’s compliance with individual statutes, regulations, and rules in each state in which it operates, has a physical presence, or engages in educational services, programs, or activities. Physical presence can mean anything from enrolling a student from another state in an online program to recruiting students at fairs or conferences. State authorization is different from institutional or programmatic accreditation, or approval from professional licensing boards—but our office assists programs and departments with this area of compliance as well. We work directly with university stakeholders to gain the necessary approvals to engage in educational activities outside of Utah.

The University of Utah is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which results in more efficiency in the SA process and more educational options for students and departments.


Has your department been contacted about Out-of-State Learning Placements or Professional Licensure/Certification

If you need more information, please contact our office using the information below or visit our webpages about these topics linked above!


Katie Sexton
(801) 585-7490

Last Updated: 11/8/19