Statement of Accreditation Status

    The Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS) is the official statement of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) about each institution’s current accreditation status and scope of accreditation. The SAS also provides a brief history of the actions taken by the Commission.

  • Institution:
    St. Mary’s College of Maryland
    St. Mary's City, MD
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan, President
  • Carnegie Classification:
    Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus » Four-year, small, highly residential
  • Control:
  • Former Name(s):
    St. Mary's Seminary Junior College (1/1/1964)
  • Address:
    47645 College Drive
    St. Mary's City, MD 20686-3001
  • Phone:
    (240) 895-2000
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Michael Wick
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Kushnood Haq, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures.

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1959
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2017
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2024-2025
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2021

Alternative Delivery Methods

The following represents approved alternative delivery methods included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Distance Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Correspondence Education
Not approved for this delivery method

Credential Levels

Approved Credential Levels

The following represents credential levels included in the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent


The following represents branch campuses, additional locations, and other instructional sites that are included within the scope of the institution’s accreditation:

Location Type

Definitions: For definitions of branch campus, additional locations, or other instructional sites, see the Commission’s Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

Accreditation Actions

The following represents the MSCHE accreditation actions taken in the last ten (10) years. For more information, see the Commission’s Accreditation Actions Policy and Procedures and the Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.

  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of formal written notice from the institution in response to the Commission’s request of March 9, 2020. To temporarily waive Substantive Change Policy and Procedures and allow the use of distance education to accommodate students impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions, in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 5, 2020. Continued use of distance education beyond the limitations of USDE guidelines will require substantive change approval in accordance with Substantive Change Policy and Procedures. This flexibility is not available for clock-hour courses that lead to licensure if the licensing body will not accept distance learning courses or hours or give credit for them toward the number of hours a student must complete. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • June 22, 2017
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the warning because the institution is now in compliance with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning) and to reaffirm accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • March 3, 2016
    To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard 14 (Assessment of Student Learning). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2017, documenting evidence that the institution has achieved and can sustain compliance with Standard 14, including but not limited to a documented, organized and sustained assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning that (1) maximizes the use of existing data and information; (2) involves the support and collaboration of faculty and administration in assessing student learning and responding to assessment results; and (3) provides evidence that student learning assessment information is shared and discussed with appropriate constituents and is used to improve teaching and learning. To request that the monitoring report also document (4) goals and objectives or strategies, both institution-wide and for individual units, that are clearly stated, reflect conclusions drawn from assessment results, are linked to mission and goal achievement, and are used for planning and resource allocation at the institutional and unit levels (Standard 2); and (5) steps taken to assure continuity and stability of institutional administration (Standard 5). A small team visit will follow submission of the report. To direct a prompt liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. The date for the Periodic Review Report will be established when accreditation is reaffirmed.
  • September 3, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Music Performance Studies and the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Advanced Music Performance Studies within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution that the next evaluation team visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • July 26, 2013
    To grant the institution a one-year extension on the self-study. The self-study year will now be 2015-2016 with an evaluation team visit occurring during the fall semester 2015 or the spring semester 2016.
  • November 18, 2010
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2014-2015.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is one of seven institutional accrediting organizations in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). MSCHE accreditation applies to an institution as a whole rather than the specific programs within an institution. MSCHE does not approve or accredit individual programs. The MSCHE accreditation review cycle is continuous and accreditation does not expire. Each institution is reevaluated and monitored on a regular and consistent basis in accordance with the institution’s assigned accreditation review cycle and Commission policy and procedures. An institution maintains its accreditation unless it is voluntarily surrendered or withdrawn by the Commission for cause, after the institution has been afforded due process. The institution’s current accreditation phase and accreditation status are displayed on the institution’s listing in the Institution Directory and in the Statement of Accreditation Status (SAS).