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In the United States, academic institutions and programs use accreditation to ensure that they are meeting established standards of educational quality. Accreditation is a voluntary process of self-reflection and peer review that helps institutions to identify opportunities and challenges throughout the university. 

For more information on specialized and programmatic accreditation at Purdue University, please view the Specialized Accreditation section below.

Institutional Accreditation

Purdue University has been continuously accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1913 . The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation that was founded in 1895 as one of six regional accreditors in the United States. HLC accredits degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in the United States. HLC is an institutional accreditor, accrediting the institution as a whole. For more information, visit the HLC Website.  

The Higher Learning Commission has established a clear distinction between individual grievances and complaints that appear to involve broad institutional practices. To submit a complaint that raises issues regarding the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Criteria of Accreditation, please contact HLC. 

Specialized Accreditation

Specialized accreditors evaluate specific educational programs. Professional or programmatic accreditors, such as those for business, engineering, health and other technical areas, fall into this category. The list below includes programs at Purdue University with specialized or programmatic accreditation.

For more information about program review and accreditation timing visit External Program Review/Accreditation Dashboard  (Career Account Required).


Accreditor Program(s)
Landscape Architecture Review Board (LAAB) Landscape Architect-BS
Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Food Sciences-BS
Society of American Foresters (SAF) Forestry-BSF
Accreditor Program(s)
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) College of Education
American Psychological Association (APA) Counseling Psychology-PhD
National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Social Studies History-BA
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) English-BA
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Mathematics Teaching-BS
National Policy Board for Educational Administration (NPBEA) - National Education Leadership Preparation (NELP) Standards Educational Studies-MS Ed
Educational Studies-PhD
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Science Education-BS
Accreditor Program(s)
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology - Engineering Accreditation Commission (ABET-EAC)
  • Aeronautical and Astrological Engineering-BSE
  • Agricultural Engineering-BSE
  • Biological Engineering-BSE
  • Biomedical Engineering-BSE
  • Chemical Engineering-BSE
  • Civil Engineering-BSE
  • Construction Engineering-BSE
  • Computer Engineering-BSE
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering-BSE
  • Environmental and Ecological Engineering-BSEEE
  • Interdisciplinary Engineering-BSE
  • Industrial Engineering-BSE
  • Mechanical Engineering-BSE
  • Materials Engineering-BSE
  • Nuclear Engineering-BSE
Accreditor Program(s)
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology -
Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission (ABET-ANSAC)
  • Occupational Health Sciences-BS
  • Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences-MS
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • Nutrition Science-BS, Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD)
  • Nutrition Science-BS, Coordinated Program in Dietetics (CPD)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences-Dr Aud
  • Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences-MS
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
  • Athletic Training-BS
Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP)
  • Medical Physics-MS
  • Medical Physics-PhD
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Nursing-Dr Nursing Practice
  • Nursing-BSN
  • Nursing-MS
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
  • Public Health-MPH
Certified Financial Planning Board (CFP)
  • Consumer Science-BS
Accreditor Program(s)
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • Art Studies-BA
  • Visual Arts-BFA
Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA)
  • Design Studies-BA
National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST)
  • Theatre-BA
  • Visual Perform Arts-MFA
Accreditor Program(s)
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy-DP
Accreditor Program(s)
American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Chemistry-BS
Accreditor Program(s)
American Veterinary Medical Association -
Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA-CVTEA)
  • Veterinary Nursing-AAS
  • Veterinary Nursing-BSVN
American Veterinary Medical Association - Council on Education (AVMA-COE)
  • Veterinary Medicine-DVM
Accreditor Program(s)
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • Accounting-BS
  • Economics-BS
  • Entrepreneurship-Cert
  • Management-BS
  • Management-BSIM
Accreditor Program(s)
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology - Computing Accreditation Commission (ABET-CAC)
  • Computer Information Technology-BS
Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology - Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ABET-ETAC)
  • Aeronautical Engineering Technology-BS
  • Computer Graphics Technology-BS
  • Electrical Engineering Technology-BS
  • Industrial Engineering Technology-BS
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology-BS
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology-BS
American Council for Construction Education (ACCE)
  • Construction Management Technology-BS
Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE)
  • Organizational Leadership-BS
Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI)
  • Professional Flight-BS
  • Aviation Management-BS
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • Enginering Technology Teacher Education-BS