Accreditation & Recognition

Ensuring a Quality Education

The role of accreditation, according to the U.S. Department of Education, "is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meet acceptable levels of quality." While the U.S. Department of Education does not accredit institutions or programs, the Secretary of the Department of Education is required by law to publish a list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies that are deemed to be reliable authorities on the quality of education. In addition, the Department of Education maintains a database of accredited institutions of higher learning on its website. 

Regional and Professional Accreditations

Norwich University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. - the nation’s oldest regional accrediting body - through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE). Two of Norwich’s graduate programs have additional, industry-specific accreditation: the Master of Science in Nursing program, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), and the Master of Business Administration program, which is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

For information about U.S. higher education accreditation and the government's recognition process, please visit the Department of Education’s website.

Recognition of Academic Excellence

Norwich’s commitment to academic excellence has also been recognized by other organizations and individuals. For 2014, US News & World Report honored Norwich's online bachelor's programs and its online MBA program with "best" distinctions. The rankings place our online bachelor's program in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis and our online bachelor's program in Criminal Justice in the top 20 percent of all programs.

The story of Norwich's strong recognition continues. We were one of the first institutions, for example, to be designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Websites with reviews from actual students offer very favorable reviews of the student experience, as do our alumni testimonials and career outcomes. Perhaps most telling of all were the results from our survey of the class of 2012 after our June residency. As an affirmation of their own academic experience, more than 96% of graduates would recommend an online program at Norwich University to someone they knew.