Oregon State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), one of the seven institutional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
In July 2019, the Board of Commissioners of the NWCCU reaffirmed OSU's institutional accreditation through 2026.
What is accreditation?
Accreditation is a process of recognizing educational institutions for performance, integrity, and quality that entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public. Accreditation of postsecondary institutions in the United States is extended primarily through private, non-governmental, membership associations that establish accreditation standards, evaluate institutions against those criteria, and approve institutions that meet them.
Institutional accreditation is granted by an accrediting agency within a scope of authority approved by the United States Department of Education (USDE). Oregon State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), one of seven institutional accrediting agencies. Historically, institutional accreditors have had oversight over higher educational institutions within a selected subset of the 50 states and U.S. territories, along with institutions outside of the U.S. However, under the new 2020 USDE regulations, the former regional accreditors are now allowed to operate nationally.
Benefits of Institutional Accreditation
Institutional accreditation is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it indicates that through a rigorous peer evaluation process the institution is fulfilling its mission and that it meets accreditation standards. Students attending accredited institutions may be eligible to apply for federal financial aid. Accreditation also helps ensure that credits and degrees are recognized for purposes of transfer, admission, and employment.