SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary are nationally accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), the oldest Bible college accreditation agency, specializing in biblical ministry formation and professional leadership education. It is officially recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education. It is also one of the eight regional associations that make up the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE), representing North America.
ABHE provides the best option for maintaining high academic standards while also sharing the Christian faith. Their Accreditation Standard on Institutional Integrity requires institutions to be honest and open with its compliance regarding accrediting, licensing and governing bodies.
In acknowledgment of a satisfactory institutional self-study and evaluation team visit, the Commission on Accreditation reaffirmed until 2021 the accredited status of SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary with all the rights, privileges and honors that pertain to it. This is the longest possible term of re-accreditation that the ABHE confers.
The Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education has granted SUM approval to operate and grant degrees within the State of California. Approval to operate means compliance with minimum standards set forth by the BPPE.
SUM is also registered with the Louisiana Board of Regents and the Florida Board of Regents.
SUM complies with the Department of Consumer Affairs with all state statutes, rules, and regulations pertaining to private post-secondary institutions.