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:
    Wilson College
    Chambersburg, PA
  • Chief Executive Officer:
    Dr. Wesley Fugate, President
  • Carnegie Classification:
    Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields » Four-year, very small, primarily residential
  • Control:
    Private (Non-Profit)
  • Address:
    1015 Philadelphia Avenue
    Chambersburg, PA 17201-1285
  • Phone:
    (717) 264-4141
  • URL:
  • Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO):
    Dr. Elissa Heil
  • Commission Staff Liaison:
    Dr. Idna Corbett, Vice President

Accreditation Summary

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

  • Phase: Accredited
  • Status: Accreditation Reaffirmed
  • Accreditation Granted: 1922
  • Last Reaffirmation: 2015
  • Next Self-Study Evaluation: 2019-2020
  • Next Mid-Point Peer Review: 2024

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:

  • Associate's Degree or Equivalent
  • Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
  • Master's Degree or Equivalent

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
Annville-Cleona School District
500 S. White Oak Street
Annville, PA 17003
Additional Location
Bellefonte School District
318 North Allegheny Street
Bellefonte, PA 16823
Additional Location
Big Spring School District
45 Mt. Rock Road
Newville, PA 17241
Additional Location
Chambersburg Area High School
511 South Sixth Street
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Additional Location
Eastern York School District
120 South Third Street
Wrightsville, PA 17368
Additional Location
Greencastle-Antrim Middle School
370 South Ridge Avenue
Greencastle, PA 17225
Additional Location
Hanover Public School District
403 Moul Avenue
Hanover, PA 17331
Additional Location
Huntingdon Area School District
2400 Cassidy Avenue
Huntingdon, PA 16652
Additional Location
Juniata County
3873 William Penn Highway
Mifflintown, PA 17059
Additional Location
Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit IU 13
1020 New Holland Avenue
Lancaster, PA 17601
Additional Location
Lewistown High School
501 South sixth Street
Lewistown, PA 17044
Additional Location
Lincoln Intermediate Unit IU12
65 Billerbeck Street
Oxford, PA 17350
Additional Location
McConnellsburg High School
151 East Cherry Street
McConnellsburg, PA 17233
Additional Location
Tuscarora School District
100 West Seminary Street
Mercersburg, PA 17236
Additional Location
Upper Adams School District
161 N. Main Street P.O. Box 847
Biglerville, PA 17307
Additional Location
Washington County Public Schools
820 Commonwealth Avenue
Hagerstown, MD 21741
Additional Location
Waynesboro School District
550 East 2nd Street
Waynesboro, PA 17268
Additional Location
York County
696 Delta Road
Red Lion, PA 17356
Additional Location
Adams County-Gettysburg
898 Biglerville Road
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Other Instructional Site
Altoona
1221 Sixth Avenue
Altoona, PA 16602
Other Instructional Site
Columbia Borough
901 Ironville Pike
Columbia, PA 17512
Other Instructional Site
Eastern York
100 Abels Road
East Prospect, PA 17317
Other Instructional Site
Huntingdon Area School District
2400 Cassady Ave #1
Huntingdon, PA 16652
Other Instructional Site
Phillipsburg-Osceola School District
200 Short Street
Phillipsburg, PA 16866
Other Instructional Site
Phillipsburg-Osceola, Moshannon Valley, West Branch
516 Allport Cutoff
Morrisdale, PA 16858
Other Instructional Site
Red Lion Area School District
1195 Windsor Road
Red Lion, PA 17356
Other Instructional Site
Scotland Sports Camp
3583 Scotland Road
Scotland, PA 17254
Other Instructional Site
Shalom Christian Academy
126 Social Island Road
Chambersburg, PA 17202
Other Instructional Site
South Eastern School District
417 Main Street
Fawn Grove, PA 17321
Other Instructional Site
South Western School District
225 Bowman Road
Hanover, PA 17331
Other Instructional Site
Susquehanna School District
Susquehanna Township SD HS Library 3500 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17109
Other Instructional Site
Tuscarora School District
5191 Fort Loudon Road
Mercersburg, PA 17236
Other Instructional Site
West Shore Cross Roads MS
535 Fishing Creek Road
Lewisberry, PA 17339
Other Instructional Site
West Shore School District
507 Fishing Creek Road PO Box 803
New Cumberland, PA 17070
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.

  • April 16, 2020
    To acknowledge receipt of the self-study report. To delay the On-Site Evaluation visit scheduled for Spring 2020 due to extraordinary circumstances related to coronavirus (COVID-19) interruptions and to continue accreditation. To note the institution remains accredited during a delay granted by the Commission. The Evaluation visit will be scheduled in accordance with Commission policy and procedures.
  • November 15, 2018
    To note the consultation with the Commission’s representatives. To remind the institution of the Commission action of June 21, 2018, requesting a report beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with the Annual Institutional Update. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • July 2, 2018
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional locations at (1) Huntingdon Area School District, 2400 Cassidy Avenue, Huntingdon, PA 16652; (2) Tuscarora School District, 100 West Seminary Street, Mercersburg, PA 17236; (3) Annville-Cleona School District, 500 S. White Oak Street, Annville, PA 17003; (4) Eastern York School District, 120 South Third Street, Wrightsville, PA 17368; (5) Lincoln Intermediate Unit IU12, 65 Billerbeck Street, Oxford, PA 17350; and (6) Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit IU 13, 1020 New Holland Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17601 within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. Operations at the additional locations must commence within one calendar year from the date of this action. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • June 21, 2018
    To accept the monitoring report. To request that, beginning in 2019 and in conjunction with the Annual Institutional Update prior to the self-study visit of 2019-2020, the institution provide evidence demonstrating (1) improved financial viability and sustainability (formerly Standard 3, now Standard VI), and further evidence of (2) the assessment of the adequacy and efficient utilization of institutional resources required to support the institution’s mission and goals (formerly Standard 7, now Standard VI). To direct a prompt Commission liaison guidance consultation to discuss the Commission's expectations. The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • March 2, 2017
    To accept the monitoring report. To request a monitoring report, due March 1, 2018, documenting (1) further steps taken to strengthen the institution’s financial viability and sustainability (Standard 3);(2) the establishment of budget and planning processes that integrate enrollment, strategic and facilities master planning (Standards 3 and 8); and (3) further development of an organized and sustainable institutional assessment process, with evidence that assessment results are used at the unit level to improve programs, services, and processes (Standard 7). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • November 19, 2015
    To accept the Periodic Review Report, reaffirm accreditation and commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report. To request a monitoring report, due December 1, 2016 documenting (1) steps taken to strengthen the institution's finances (Standard 3); (2) strategies to assess the level of institutional resources required to support the institution's mission and goals (Standard 3); (3) multi-year budget projections linked to an enrollment management plan (Standards 3 and 8); and (4) further development of an organized and systematic process for assessing institutional effectiveness (Standard 7). The next evaluation visit is scheduled for 2019-2020.
  • July 28, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of documentation of approval from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education and to include the change in mission within the scope of the institution's accreditation
  • June 29, 2015
    To acknowledge receipt of substantive change request. To include the additional locations at (1) Big Spring School District, 45 Mt. Rock Road, Newville, PA 17241; and (2) Bellefonte School District, 318 North Allegheny Street, Bellefonte, PA 16823 within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. To note that this action is not retroactive. To note that the Periodic Review Report, due June 1, 2015, has been received and will be acted on at the November Commission meeting.
  • September 2, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at York County, 696 Delta Road, Red Lion, PA 17356 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 locations do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • September 2, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To approve the relocation of the additional location from Mifflintown High School, 75 South Seventh Street, Mifflintown, PA 17059 to Juniata County, 3873 William Penn Highway, Mifflintown, PA 17059 and to include the additional location within the scope of the institution’s accreditation. The Commission requires written notification within 30 days of the commencement of operations at this additional location and the closure of the other 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.
  • January 2, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the following additional locations within the scope of the institution’s accreditation (1) McConnellsburg High School , 151 E. Cherry Street, McConnellsburg, PA 17233; (2) Mifflintown High School, 75 South Seventh Street, Mifflintown, PA 17059; and (3) Lewistown High School, 501 South Sixth Street, Lewistown, PA 17044. The Commission requires written notification within thirty days of the commencement of operations at these additional locations. In the event that operations at the additional locations do not commence within one calendar year from the approval of this action, approval will lapse. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • January 2, 2014
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the online Associate of Arts in Business Management within the scope of the institution’s accreditation.
  • September 3, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the change in mission within the scope of the institution's accreditation effective upon receipt of State approval. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • September 3, 2013
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To include the additional location at 550 East 2nd Street, Waynesboro, PA 17268 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 Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • June 27, 2013
    To accept the progress report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • June 27, 2013
    To note the visit by the Commission's representative and to affirm inclusion of the following additional locations: (1) Washington County Public Schools, 820 Commonwealth Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21741; (2) Upper Adams School District, 161 N. Main Street, P.O. Box 847, Biglerville, PA 17307; (3) Hanover Public School District, 403 Moul Avenue, Hanover, PA 17331; (4) Greencastle – Antrim School District, District Administration Offices, 370 South Ridge Avenue, Greencastle, PA 17225; and (5) Chambersburg Area School District, District Administration Offices, 511 South Sixth Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201 within the scope of the institution's accreditation. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • July 2, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To reclassify the following existing instructional sites to additional locations: (1) Chambersburg Area High School, 511 South Sixth Street, Chambersburg, PA 17201; (2) Greencastle-Antrim Middle School, 370 South Ridge Avenue, Greencastle, PA 17225; and (3) Hanover Public School District, 403 Moul Avenue, Hanover, PA 17331. To include the additional locations provisionally within the scope of the institution’s accreditation, pending a site visit to one of the locations within six months of commencing operations. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • July 2, 2012
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request. To reclassify the existing instructional sites at (1) Washington County Public Schools, 820 Commonwealth Avenue, Hagerstown, MD 21741 and (2) Upper Adams School District, 161 N. Main Street, P.O. Box 847, Biglerville, PA 17307 to additional locations. To include the additional locations provisionally within the scope of the institution’s accreditation, pending site visits to the locations within six months of commencing operations.
  • June 28, 2012
    To accept the monitoring report. To request a progress report, due April 1, 2013, documenting (1) evidence that new planning processes are continuous and systematic and reflect conclusions drawn from assessment results; and (2) evidence that assessment results are used in institutional planning and resource allocation (Standard 2). The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • August 30, 2011
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the online Masters of Education program within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due by March 1, 2012, documenting (1) further progress in the integration of the institutional mission, vision and goals with strategic planning, budgeting, and resource allocation processes (Standards 1 & 2); and (2) further progress in the implementation of an organized and sustained student learning outcomes assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • June 28, 2011
    To acknowledge receipt of the substantive change request and to include the Master of Arts in Humanities degree within the scope of the institution's accreditation. To remind the institution of the monitoring report, due by March 1, 2012, documenting (1) further progress in the integration of the institutional mission, vision and goals with strategic planning, budgeting, and resource allocation processes (Standards 1 & 2); and (2) further progress in the implementation of an organized and sustained student learning outcomes assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is due June 1, 2015.
  • November 18, 2010
    To accept the monitoring report and to note the recent visit by the Commission's representatives. To remove the warning, reaffirm accreditation and request a monitoring report, due by March 1, 2012, documenting (1) further progress in the integration of the institutional mission, vision and goals with strategic planning, budgeting, and resource allocation processes (Standards 1 & 2); and (2) further progress in the implementation of an organized and sustained student learning outcomes assessment process to evaluate and improve student learning (Standard 14). A small team visit may follow submission of the monitoring report. The Periodic Review Report is now due June 1, 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).