Institutional Accreditation Introduction

This Handbook provides information on institutional accreditation by the New York State Board of Regents and the Commissioner of Education, acting in their capacity as a nationally recognized institutional accrediting agency.

The principal purpose of institutional accreditation by the Regents and the Commissioner of Education is to establish an accredited institution’s eligibility for Title IV student aid programs established by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The institutional accreditation process is entirely voluntary on the part of the institution. The process is separate from the State approval processes of the Regents and the Commissioner.

The institutional accreditation process is administered by the State Education Department’s Office of Higher Education.  Please direct inquiries to:

Office of College and University Evaluation
Attention:  Accreditation
State Education Department
89 Washington Avenue, 5 North Mezzanine
Albany, NY  12234
Phone: (518) 474-1551
Fax:     (518) 486-2779

The Handbook is available on the Department’s web site at

Last Updated: October 22, 2009