Syracuse University has received notification from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education that the University successfully retained its accreditation status. In the notification letter, the commission commended the University for the quality of its self-study process and noted that the next eight-year evaluation visit would take place in 2026-27.
The notification culminates an exhaustively comprehensive two-year-long self-study process that directly involved more than 140 faculty, staff and students and incorporated input from all campus constituencies. The commission’s action to reaffirm accreditation was based on the University’s self-study report, submitted by the reaccreditation steering committee last December, and the findings of a team of representatives from Middle States-accredited peer universities who visited campus last March. During that visit, the team determined whether the information in the self-study report and supporting evidence accurately reflected the reality on the ground.
“We are pleased that Middle States has reaffirmed our accreditation status,” says Provost Michele Wheatly. “This important process is critical to assuring the future success of our university, our faculty, staff and students. This affirmation sends a message to the public that Syracuse University is committed to maintaining the highest standards of excellence and to operating in a way that solidly aligns with its vision and mission. I am grateful to the steering committee and the administrative team that drove this effort, and I thank them for their hard work. They really did an outstanding job.”
Like all Middle States-accredited universities, Syracuse must undergo the full self-study process every eight years and a midpoint peer review every four years in order to retain its accreditation. In addition to serving as a public indicator of quality and accountability, accreditation is required in order for the University to be eligible for any federal funds, including federal financial aid for its students.