Gallaudet University has been continuously accredited since 1957


Institutional Accreditation

Gallaudet University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)*.

We conducted a self-study from 2021 to 2023 using a Standards-Based Approach, addressing all seven standards for our reaffirmation of accreditation as part of our ten-year cycle. Going forward, Gallaudet University will align with the MSCHE eight-year cycle with the next reaffirmation of accreditation scheduled for AY 2030-2031. Dr. Caroline Kobek Pezzarossi is the Special Assistant to the Provost for Curriculum, Outreach, and Resources and also serves as the University’s Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO). Visit our MSCHE Self-Study Timeline.

Institutional Accreditation Organization

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
1007 North Orange Street
4th Floor, MB #166
Wilmington, DE 19801

* The U.S. Department of Education recognizes MSCHE as a reliable authority on the quality of education offered by higher education institutions and for certifying institutional eligibility for federal funding in various programs, including student access to federal financial aid.

Our Accreditations and Program Approvals

Many of the academic programs at Gallaudet University are accredited or approved by discipline-specific accreditation agencies and associations. Also, those non-accredited academic programs hold rigorous expectations in their outcomes that are approved through our University Council on Education.

MSCHE Self-Study Timeline, 2020-2023

Since 1957, Gallaudet University has been a proud part of MSCHE. We work closely with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), and our work with them is a way to make sure that Gallaudet University is accredited.

Every eight years, we engage in MSCHE Self-Study and are reviewed by peer evaluators during a culminating site visit. This two-year accreditation process involves dozens of staff, faculty, and students; motivated by the fundamental desire to ensure that best practices in higher education drive our Gallaudet experience.