Middle States Accreditation
Carnegie Mellon University is accredited through a voluntary, peer-review process coordinated by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE or Middle States). The aim of the accreditation process is to ensure current and future students and the public that the university is providing a high quality educational experience for students.
In the 2017-2018 academic year, a team of external reviewers from peer universities visited CMU to evaluate the university's educational and administrative activities. In preparation for that visit, CMU conducted a formal Self-Study that engaged many faculty and staff from all over the university, in Pittsburgh and around the world. Faculty and staff composing Self-Study Groups and the peer evaluation team often make suggestions or recommendations for improvement of CMU's activities and operations.
Please visit the pages within this site to learn more about accreditation standards and processes and to view the university's reaccreditation reports.
MSCHE is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States, each accrediting institutions of higher education within a specific geographic region. Middle States is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This recognition enables MSCHE's member institutions to establish eligibility to participate in federal financial aid programs (e.g., federal loans, grants, and work-study) administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Carnegie Mellon University has been accredited by Middle States since 1921.
The address and telephone number for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education is 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000. To contact MSCHE by email, please use firstname.lastname@example.org or Spanish/Español email@example.com.