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:
    University of Maryland, College Park
    College Park, MD
  • Address:
    Main Administration Building
    College Park, MD 20742-0001
  • Phone:
    (301) 405-1000
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Prof. Elizabeth Beise
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Paul Starkey, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

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

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1921
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2020
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2025-2026
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2022

Alternative Delivery Methods

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

Distance Education
Approved to offer programs by 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:

  • Postsecondary award (1-2 yrs) Included within the scope:
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate Included within the scope:
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent Included within the scope:
  • Post-Master's Certificate Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree - Professional Practice Included within the scope:
  • Doctor's Degree- Research/Scholarship Included within the scope:

Locations

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

Location Type
1400 16th Street
1400 16th Street
Washington, DC 20036
Additional Location
Argyle Middle School
2400 Bel Pre Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Additional Location
Baltimore City Public Schools
200 East North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202
Additional Location
Bollman Bridge Elementary School
8200 Savage Guilford Road
Jessup, MD 20794
Additional Location
Connecticut Park Center
12518 Greenly St
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Additional Location
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
7601 Hanover Parkway
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Additional Location
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303
Additional Location
Germany
Heidelburg
Germany
Additional Location
Graduate School of Business Administration
Zurich
Switzerland
Additional Location
Greenbelt Middle School
6301 Breezewood Drive
Greenbelt, MD 20770
Additional Location
Hagerstown Community College
11400 Robinwood Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Additional Location
HEAT Center
1201 Technology Drive
Aberdeen, MD 21001
Additional Location
Hoyer Family Center
8908 Riggs Road
Adelphi, MD 20783
Additional Location
Magruder High School
5639 Muncaster Mill Road
Rockville, MD 20855
Additional Location
McDaniels College
2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157
Additional Location
Nanjiing Normal University
People's Republic of China
China
Additional Location
North Lake Center
15101 Bauer Drive
Rockville, MD 20853
Additional Location
People's Police Academy of Vietnam
Conhue, Tu Liem Hanoi
Vietnam
Additional Location
Ramstein Air Force Base
Unit 3242, APO,
Ramstein, Meisenbach 09094-3242
Additional Location
Regional Higher Education Center
312 Marshall Avenue
Laurel, MD 20707
Additional Location
Richard Montgomery High School
205 R. Montgomery Drive
Rockville, MD 20852
Additional Location
Ronald Reagan Building
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
Additional Location
Shady Grove Center
9630 Gudelsky Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
Additional Location
Southern Maryland Higher Ed.
44219 Airport Road
California, MD 20619
Additional Location
U. S. Naval Academy
121 Blake Road
Annapolis, MD 21402
Additional Location
University of International Business and Economics
People's Republic of China Chaoyang District of Beijing
China
Additional Location
University of Malta Valetta Campus
Valetta Campus
Malta
Additional Location
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
11868 Academic Oval
Princess Anne, MD 21853
Additional Location
University of Maryland, Baltimore
655 West Lombard St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
Additional Location
Virginia Polytechnical Institute
VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine Virginia Tech Duck Pond Drive (0442)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Additional Location
Bonne F. Johns Educational Media Center
8437 Landover Road
Landover, MD 20785
Other Instructional Site
Bryant Woods Elementary School
5450 Blue Heron Ln
Columbia, MD 21044
Other Instructional Site
Buck Lodge Middle School
2611 Buck Lodge Road
Adelphi, MD 20783
Other Instructional Site
Bureau of the Census
4600 Silver Hill Road
Washington, DC 20233
Other Instructional Site
Cannon Design, Suite #1560,111 S. Calvert Street
Suite #1560 111 S. Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Other Instructional Site
Carver Staff Development Training Center
2671 Carver Street
Gambrills, MD 21054
Other Instructional Site
Charles Carroll Middle School
6130 Lamont Drive
New Carrollton, MD 20784
Other Instructional Site
Charles Flowers High School
10001 Ardwick Ardmore Road
Springdale, MD 20774
Other Instructional Site
College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus
115 J.W. Williams Road
Prince Frederick, MD 20678-3709
Other Instructional Site
Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
Other Instructional Site
High Point High School
3601 Powder Mill Rd
Beltsville, MD 20705
Other Instructional Site
Highland Park Elementary School
6501 Lowland Drive
Landover, MD 20785
Other Instructional Site
James Hubert Blake High School
300 Norwood Road
Silver Spring, MD 20905
Other Instructional Site
John F. Kennedy High School
1901 Randolph Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20906
Other Instructional Site
Judge S. Woods Elementary School
3000 Church Street,
Glenarden, MD 20706
Other Instructional Site
Judith Hoyer Family Center
8910 Riggs Road
Adelphi, MD 20783
Other Instructional Site
Kensington Parkwood Elementary School
4710 Saul Road
Kensington, MD 20895
Other Instructional Site
Martin Luther King Middle School
4545 Ammendale Road
Beltsville, MD 20705
Other Instructional Site
Montgomery Blair High School
51 University Blvd E
Silver Spring, MD 220901
Other Instructional Site
Montgomery County Public Schools
45 W, Gude Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
Other Instructional Site
National Archives
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740
Other Instructional Site
National Education Association
1201 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036-3290
Other Instructional Site
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1335 E W Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Other Instructional Site
Northwestern High School
7000 Adelphi Road
Hyattsville, MD 20782
Other Instructional Site
Ramstein Middle School Unit 3240
Box 455 APO AE 09094
Germany
Other Instructional Site
Samuel P. Massie Academy
3301 Regency Pkwy
Forestville, MD 20747
Other Instructional Site
Science Applications International Corporation
1710 SAIC Drive
McLean, VA 22102
Other Instructional Site
The Phillips Collection
1600 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Other Instructional Site
U. S. Naval Academy
121 Blake Road
Annaplis, MD 21402
Other Instructional Site
University of Maryland at Crystal City
241 S. 18th Street, Suite 305
Arlington, VA 22202
Other Instructional Site
University System of Maryland At Hagerstown
32 W. Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Other Instructional Site
Walker Mill Middle School
800 Karen Blvd.
Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Other Instructional Site
Walt Whitman High School
7100 Whittier Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20817
Other Instructional Site
Walter Johnson High School
6400 Rock Spring Drive
Bethesda, MD 20814
Other Instructional Site
Wheaton Woods Elementary School
4510 Faroe Place
Rockville, MD 20853
Other Instructional Site

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.

  • June 23, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • June 22, 2022
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in the existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Finance and Acquisitions program within the institution's scope of accreditation. To require written evidence of approvals from all necessary licensing, regulatory, or other legal entities as necessary, including the Maryland Higher Education Commission. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if the requested substantive change is not implemented within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • March 16, 2022
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due on May 2, 2022 addressing recent developments at the institution which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard VI: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement and Standard VII: Governance, Leadership, and Administration. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • December 2, 2021
    To note the commission liaison guidance visit occurred virtually on July 8, 2021.
  • December 2, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report. To note that a follow-up visit will not be conducted. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • October 28, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Master of Science in Accounting program within the institution's scope of accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • June 24, 2021
    To reject the monitoring report. To note that the quality and substance of the report were insufficient to permit Commission review. To request that the institution resubmit the monitoring report, due September 1, 2021, providing further evidence of (1) a clearly articulated and transparent governance structure that outlines roles, responsibilities, and accountability for decision-making by each constituency (Standard VII) and (2) periodic assessment of the effectiveness of governance, leadership and administration (Standard VII). A follow-up team visit may follow the submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • June 23, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Master of Engineering: Systems Engineering program within the institution's scope of accreditation.
  • June 23, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Graduate Certificate of Engineering: Software Engineering program within the institution's scope of accreditation.
  • June 23, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Graduate Certificate of Engineering: Systems Engineering program within the institution's scope of accreditation.
  • June 23, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Master of Public Health: Physical Activity program within the institution's scope of accreditation.
  • June 23, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Master of Engineering: Software Engineering program within the institution's scope of accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • March 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • January 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Master of Science in Geospatial Information Sciences (MGIS) within the institution's scope of accreditation.
  • January 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) within the institution's scope of accreditation.
  • January 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies in Data Science within the institution's scope of accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • January 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Master's in Finance within the institution's scope of accreditation.
  • January 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Master of Science in Business and Management within the institution's scope of accreditation.
  • January 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Geospatial Information Sciences (GCGIS) within the institution's scope of accreditation.
  • January 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Master of Professional Studies in Machine Learning within the institution's scope of accreditation.
  • January 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Master of Professional Studies in Data Science and Analytics within the institution's scope of accreditation.
  • January 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Master of Science in Marketing Analytics within the institution's scope of accreditation.
  • January 4, 2021
    To acknowledge receipt of the request for prior approval for the change in existing program's method of delivery. To include the online Master of Science in Quantitative Finance within the institution's scope of accreditation.
  • June 25, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the monitoring report. To note that the institution hosted a virtual site visit in lieu of an on-site visit in accordance with United States Department of Education (USDE) guidelines published March 17, 2020. To reaffirm accreditation because the institution is now in compliance with Standard VII (Governance, Leadership and Administration). To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2021, demonstrating sustainability of implemented corrective measures and further evidence of (1) a clearly articulated and transparent governance structure that outlines roles, responsibilities, and accountability for decision-making by each constituency (Standard VII), and (2) periodic assessment of the effectiveness of governance, leadership and administration (Standard VII). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • April 30, 2020
    To grant a delay of the supplemental information report requested by the Commission action of March 5, 2020 and due October 1, 2020, because of extraordinary circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions. The report is now due December 1, 2020. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • March 5, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To request a supplemental information report due October 1, 2020, addressing any and all developments related to any investigations conducted by the institution or by state, federal, or other government agencies related to the Commission action of October 11, 2019 (Requirement of Affiliation 5). To remind the institution of the Commission's action of June 27, 2019. Upon reaffirmation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • February 27, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at Ramstein Air Force Base, Unit 3242, APO, Ramstein, Meisenbach, 09094-3242, Germany within the institution's scope of accreditation. To require immediate notification when instruction commences at the additional location. To note that the Commission may rescind this action if instruction does not commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • November 21, 2019
    To note the commission liaison guidance visit occurred on September 25,2019. To remind the institution of the Commission's request of June 27, 2019 for a monitoring report due March 1, 2020. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • October 11, 2019
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due January 6, 2020, addressing recent developments at the institution which may have implications for current and future compliance with Standard II (Ethics and Integrity) and Requirement of Affiliation 5.
  • June 27, 2019
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental Information report. To note the visit by the Commission's representatives. To warn the institution that its accreditation may be in jeopardy because of insufficient evidence that the institution is currently in compliance with Standard VII (Governance, Leadership, and Administration). To note that the institution remains accredited while on warning. To note further that federal regulations limit the period during which an institution may be in non-compliance to two years. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2020, demonstrating that the institution has achieved and can sustain ongoing compliance with Standard VII, including but not limited to (1) a clearly articulated and transparent governance structure that outlines roles, responsibilities, and accountability for decision making by each constituency (Standard VII) and (2) periodic assessment of the effectiveness of governance, leadership and administration (Standard VII). To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission immediately about any and all significant developments relevant to this action (Requirement of Affiliation 14). To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the monitoring report. To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance visit to discuss the Commission's expectations. Upon reaffirmation of accreditation, the next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • November 15, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the supplemental information report. To request a supplemental information report, due March 1, 2019 providing evidence of a clearly articulated and transparent governance structure that outlines roles, responsibilities, and accountability for decision making by each constituency (Standard VII). To note the institution’s obligation to inform the Commission on the status of any investigation(s) conducted by the institution or by state, federal, or other government agencies, related to the action of August 16, 2018. To note that copies of the report(s) that follow from any of these investigations must be submitted to the Commission within 10 calendar days of their completion. To direct a follow-up team visit following submission of the supplemental information report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • August 16, 2018
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due September 14, 2018, addressing recent developments at the institution which may have implications for current and future compliance with Requirement of Affiliation 8, Standard II: Ethics and Integrity, and Standard IV: Support of the Student Experience.
  • June 21, 2018
    To accept the supplemental information report. To remind the institution of its obligation to inform the Commission about any and all significant developments related to any investigation(s) conducted by the institution or by state, federal, or other government agencies. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • January 26, 2018
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due February 16, 2018, addressing recent developments at the institution which may have implications for current and future compliance with Requirement of Affiliation #5, Standard II (Ethics and Integrity) and Standard IV (Support of the Student Experience).
  • June 22, 2017
    To reaffirm accreditation and to acknowledge the institution's participation in the Collaborative Implementation Project. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2025-2026.
  • March 3, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the reclassification of the instructional site at Greenbelt Middle School, 6301 Breezewood Drive, Greenbelt, MD 20770 as an additional location and to include the location within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • October 28, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at 1400 16th Street, Washington, DC 20036 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at this additional location. In the event that operations at the additional location do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • November 15, 2012
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2016-2017.
  • August 27, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the following new additional location within the scope of the institution's accreditation: Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Greenbelt, MD 20770. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at each additional location. In the event that operations do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. To note that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2012, has been received and will be acted on by the Commission at its November meeting.

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).