Queens College of the City University of New York is an accredited institution of higher education and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Queens College is also accredited by the New York State Department of Education (NYSDOE). In addition, several academic programs are separately accredited by specialized accrediting bodies.

To maintain our institutional accreditation, MSCHE requires that Queens College meets rigorous and comprehensive standards for accreditation. The seven standards are addressed in the context of the institution’s mission and within the culture of ethical practices and institutional integrity expected of all accredited institutions of higher education.

MSCHE accreditation assures students, their families, and the public of the high quality of a Queens College education. Institutional accreditation is also a requirement for the College to participate in the Department of Education’s Title IV federal financial aid program, and for academic credits earned at our institution to be transferrable to other accredited institutions of higher education.

MSCHE’s cycle of accreditation requires an Annual Institutional Update and a college-wide Self-Study every eight years. Queens College’s institutional accreditation was last re-affirmed by MSCHE in 2017. The College’s Statement of Accreditation Status can be found here. Queens College’s 2024-2026 Self-Study is currently underway.