University of Utah Accreditation


Regional Accreditation

The University has maintained its accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) continuously since 1933. Accreditation through NWCCU means that the institution meets the Commission’s established standards of educational quality and effectiveness. Accredited status indicates that the institution:

  1. has clearly defined and appropriate educational objectives;
  2. operates under conditions by which achievement of those educational objectives can reasonably be expected;
  3. is substantially accomplishing its educational objectives;
  4. is organized, staffed, and supported to warrant confidence that it will continue to achieve its educational objectives in the foreseeable future.

NWCCU recently adopted a 7-year cycle of institutional self-evaluation and review to ensure that institutions meet NWCCU Eligibility Requirements and are in conformance with NWCCU Accreditation Standards. The accelerated calendar of review events for the University of Utah is:

  1. Year One Report (Fall 2011)
  2. Year Three Report and Site Visit (Fall 2012)
  3. Year Seven Report and Site Visit (Fall 2015)

The University‚Äôs Year Three Self-Evaluation Report was submitted to NWCCU on September 17, 2012, and the site visit took place October 29-31, 2012.

Please address any questions about the report or accreditation review process to:

Dr. David Kieda
Dean, The Graduate School
NWCCU Accreditation Liaison Officer

Specialized and Programmatic Accreditation

More than 35 University of Utah academic departments and degree programs maintain specialized accreditation credentials throughout the university. A summary list of credentials is available here.