Accreditation

North Carolina State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of North Carolina State University.

Contact the Commission only in relation to the University's compliance with accreditation requirements. Normal inquiries about admission requirements, educational programs, and financial aid should be directed to the University.


Every ten years, NC State undergoes the reaffirmation of accreditation process as outlined in the guidelines and procedures established by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The university completed its most recent reaffirmation in 2014. Preparations for the next reaffirmation in 2024 are underway.

In between decennial reaffirmations, SACSCOC requires institutions to submit a Fifth-Year Interim Report.  According to SACSCOC, the interim review “was developed to respond to the U.S. Department of Education’s requirements [that] (1) accrediting bodies continuously monitor institutions to ensure compliance, and (2) accrediting bodies have a mechanism for reviewing multiple sites initiated since last reaffirmation.” NC State submitted its most recent fifth-year report in March 2020. View NC State’s latest report (Unity ID and password required).

The 2018 Edition of the SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation: Foundation for Quality Enhancement was adopted December 2017 and became effective January 1, 2018.