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:
    Columbia University
    New York, NY
  • Address:
    535 West 116th Street
    New York, NY 10027
  • Phone:
    (212) 854-1754
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Julie Kornfeld
  • 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: 1921
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2016
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2024-2025

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:

  • 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
London Business School
Regents Park London
United Kingdom
Additional Location
Reid Hall, Columbia University in Paris
Reid Hall 4, rue de Chevreuse 75006 Paris
France
Additional Location
The University of Hong Kong
Pok Fu Lam Road
China
Additional Location

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.

  • September 22, 2022
    Staff acted on behalf of the Commission to request a supplemental information report, due October 6, 2022, that provides additional information on Standard II: Ethics and Integrity; Standard IV: Support of the Student Experience; and Requirement of Affiliation 14. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2024-2025.
  • June 23, 2016
    To reaffirm accreditation and to commend the institution for the quality of the self-study process and report. The date for the next accreditation review will be determined by the Commission when it revises the accreditation cycle.
  • November 2, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the contractual agreements with Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in Paris, France and Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • August 31, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To note that the institution has closed its additional location at the Walter A. Haas School of Business, The University of California, Berkeley, 2220 Piedmont Avenue, S545 Haas #1900, Berkeley, CA 94720. To remove this additional location from the institution's accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.
  • November 17, 2011
    To accept the Periodic Review Report and to reaffirm accreditation. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2015-2016.

Information about the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) is an institutional accreditor 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).