Middle States Accreditation Process

Barnard College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The Middle States Commission is a voluntary, peer-based membership association that grants accredited status to colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic region. The purpose of accreditation is to support quality assurance and continuous improvement and accreditation is required for students to gain access to federal funds, including federal financial aid.


The Middle States Mission Statement reads:

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education assures students and the public of the educational quality of higher education. The Commission's accreditation process ensures institutional accountability, self-appraisal, improvement, and innovation through peer review and the rigorous application of standards within the context of institutional mission.


In the Middle States region, accreditation is reaffirmed every eight years through a process that entails:

  • a comprehensive and campus-wide self-study by the institution,
  • a visit to campus by a team of faculty and administrators from peer institutions,
  • the team’s written evaluation and recommendations to the Commission, and
  • the Commission’s accreditation action.

Every element of the review process is based on standards of quality developed by the Commission in consultation with its accredited institutions.


Barnard’s Accreditation Status

Barnard’s current Statement of Accreditation is available on the MSCHE website.

The College submitted its mid-cycle Periodic Review Report (PRR) on June 1, 2016. On November 17, 2016 the Commission accepted the PRR, commending the institution on the quality of the PRR.

Barnard’s next Self-Study process will begin in 2018-19; the Self-Study will be submitted in fall 2020 and the Team Visit will occur in spring 2021.


Barnard Accreditation Reports:

Periodic Review Report, submitted June 2016

Visiting Team Report, subsequent to the 2010 Self-Study

Self-Study Report, submitted November 2010