University Accreditation

If you choose to study in the USA, it’s important your degree is recognised and accredited to be of a standard comparable to those in the UK.

Higher education institutions in the US are accredited by several national and regional organisations. The two national accreditation bodies are:

The six regional accreditation bodies are:

For graduate programmes that lead to careers regulated by professional bodies, it's important to make sure your degree will be recognised in the UK by the equivalent body.

You should be aware of the relevant UK bodies, but a few common US professional accreditation bodies are listed below:

We only recommend using an accreditation body officially recognised by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation or the US Department of Education.

Accreditation regions

This map can help you identify the correct regional accreditation body for the university you have chosen.

 

Accreditation regions of the USA, credit: The Online College Accreditation Database

Accreditation regions of the USA, credit: The Online College Accreditation Database