About ACICS

Founded in 1912, ACICS is the largest national accrediting organization of degree granting institutions. We accredit institutions that offer programs in professional, technical, and occupational fields. ACICS is one of two national accreditors recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The Department and CHEA recognize ACICS' authority to accredit programs up through the Master's degree level.

ACICS Resources

ACICS Directory of Institutions 

Scroll through the directory to find the ACICS-accredited institutions in your state.

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 Definition of Placement

ACICS applies a specific job placement definition to member schools' reported outcomes.
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Top Programs

ACICS schools are leaders in workforce education, preparing professionals to fill growing occupational needs in allied health, criminal justice and other fields.
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News and Alerts

6/22/2016 | Press Release: Special “Blue Ribbon” Advisory Committee Announced

Press Release: ACICS Establishes Special “Blue Ribbon” Advisory Committee
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6/7/2016 | ACICS Reform Measures

ACICS Reforms Details
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Criteria for Accreditation

Criteria for Accreditation 

Schools wishing to become accredited must first determine its eligibility and satisfy a series of minimum requirements.

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Accreditation Process

Accreditation Process

ACICS is committed to collaborating with each institution in order to meet the necessary criteria and ultimately attain an accreditation status. Learn more about beginning the initial accreditation process here.

FAQs

FAQs 

The accreditation process can be tricky. Click here for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, such as:
What is accreditation? How do I know whether an institution is accredited?