Oregon State University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), one of the seven regional accrediting associations 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 voluntary system of self-regulation, carried out by peer-review, in which an institution or program is assessed against a set of standards.
Colleges and universities are authorized to award degrees by a regional authority. The Council of Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education recognize seven regional accreditation agencies with this authority. OSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
Benefits of Regional Accreditation
Regional accreditation represents the highest form of accreditation a university can achieve and communicates the value of OSU's degrees and certificates to stakeholders, employers and the public. Maintaining regional accreditation permits OSU students to receive federal financial aid and facilitates transfer of credits between institutions.