Our Purpose

Middle States Accreditation

Since 1921, The Pennsylvania State University has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (Middle States), a national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  Middle States requires that member institutions meet rigorous and comprehensive standards, which are addressed in the context of the institution’s mission and within the culture of ethical practices and institutional integrity expected of accredited institutions.

Key Documents

Statement of Accreditation

Professional Accreditations

Institutional Self-Study: 2015

Verification of Compliance

Standards and Requirements

Accreditation Cycle

Annual Institutional Update (AIU)

Each spring, Middle States reviews data regarding Penn State’s institutional characteristics (key institutional contacts, locations, Carnegie classification), enrollment, financial, and information regarding student success (graduation, loan repayment, and default rates).

Midpoint Peer Review (MPPR)

Every 4 years (beginning January 2020), cumulative data and information provided in previous AIUs are reviewed to look for trends in data, provide feedback, make recommendations, and request further information if necessary.

Self Study

This in-depth institutional self-study occurs every 8 years. Peer reviewers conduct an on-site-evaluation to assess Penn State’s compliance with Middle States Standards and Requirements of Affiliation, verify compliance with accreditation-relevant federal regulations, and identify areas needing improvement.  Penn State’s most recent self-study occurred in 2015, and the next will occur in 2023-2024.

Accreditation Contacts

Marie Sullivan

Director of Accreditation

Lance Kennedy-Phillips

Vice Provost for the Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research