Welcome to the Student section of the ACICS Web site. Continuing your education will be one of the most important investments you make; therefore it is critical you begin this experience with as much information as possible. These pages contain information that is particularly important to you as a student and will help you navigate the world of higher education. As the organization charged with assuring the quality of the schools we accredit, ACICS encourages students to inform us of any violations of our criteria.
As the organization charged with assuring the quality of the schools we accredit, ACICS encourages students to inform us of any violations of our criteria.
One of the first steps any prospective student should take before enrolling in a college or university, is to verify whether or not the school is accredited by a recognized accrediting agency. ACICS is a national accrediting agency recognized by both the US Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). We accredit over 900 schools.
• Learn more about accreditation and why it is important to you
Your Rights as a Student
An important part of your education is knowing and understanding your rights as a student. ACICS has developed a brief guide about some of the important information that should be available to you before and during your tenure at any ACICS institution. These rights coincide with the ACICS Accreditation Criteria. You are also encouraged to review the policies and regulations of your specific school.
• Read the ACICS Student Rights Guide
Transfer of Credit
There are various reasons – both planned and unplanned – you may transfer from one institution to another. There are also various issues affecting the transfer of your credits. Some universities accept academic credits or degrees only from institutions that are regionally accredited, even though the USDE and CHEA have endorsed the principle that transfer of credit should not be denied solely on the basis of source of institutional accreditation.
• Learn more about transferring credits