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Office of the Provost Accreditation

WSU Accreditation


Washington State University is a member institution with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). Washington State University’s accreditation status is Accreditation Reaffirmed. The NWCCU’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status was acceptance of its mid-cycle review report in June 2021. Washington State University’s next evaluation will be a review of its policies, regulations, and finances in 2024. Washington State University has been continuously accredited since 1916.

NWCCU is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). NWCCU accredits institutions as a whole, not individual degree programs. Washington State University does offer some degrees that require accreditation by a specific professional association. A list of those degrees and their accrediting agencies can be found on the Accredited Programs page.

All questions about institutional accreditation issues should be directed to Washington State University’s accreditation liaison officer:

Dr. Craig D. Parks

Specialized Accreditation of Programs and Colleges

Some undergraduate, professional, and graduate programs maintain specialized accreditation through discipline-specific organizations. Professional accreditation indicates that the program meets its discipline’s expectations for quality of curriculum, faculty, and experiential opportunities. WSU maintains a list of WSU’s individually accredited programs. Every WSU degree that is eligible for professional accreditation has earned this status.  Degrees that do not appear on this list are in fields that do not offer professional accreditation.