Middle States Commission on Higher Education


Frequently Asked Questions

Click on any FAQ in the list below to find its corresponding answer. Special Note: If you are a member of the news media and want more information about Middle States or a specific institution, click here.

Accreditation: The Basics

  • What is accreditation?
  • Are distance education programs and courses accredited?
  • Ask Before You Decide: Accreditation Matters, a helpful booklet that tells students, prospective students, and the general public how accreditation can help with decisions about going to a vocational school, college, or graduate or professional school.
  • Degree and Accreditation Mills- this short video from the Council on Higher Education Accreditation describes the deceptive practices of degree and accreditation mills.
  • Diploma Mills and Accreditation- This U.S. Department of Education web resource addresses diploma mills, fake accrediting agencies, college credit for life experience, scholarship scams, and foreign credential evaluation.
  • Accreditation Tool Kit - This valuable online resource, courtesy of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), contains important information about accreditation. It features special sections oriented toward students, faculty, presidents and chancellors, governing boards, and accrediting organizations. The tool kit includes links to online versions of print resources, web resources, and useful videos about various accreditation issues, and more.

The Commission's Structure and Process

Accreditation Eligibility & Standards

Accreditation Review and Decisions

The Commission and Public Information

Colleges and Their Students



Directions to the Commission's Offices


The Commission's mailing/shipping address is as follows:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680.