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About Accreditation

Accreditation is a process of external quality review used by higher education to scrutinize colleges, universities, and educational programs for quality assurance and quality improvement. Institutions and programs seek accreditation to assure their academic quality to students and the public (Council of Higher Education Accreditation [2016]).

Two types of accreditation are regional and programmatic. Regional accreditation is granted to entire institutions of higher education. Specialized or programmatic accreditation focuses on a single educational program and is related to a specific discipline. North Carolina Central University holds both types of accreditation.  In addition, five administrative units at the university are accredited by their respective accrediting agencies.

Regional or Institutional Accreditation

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

Academic Programmatic or Specialized Accreditation

Visit school or departmental websites for additional information.


Counseling: Career, Mental Health, School (School of Education)


Communication Disorders (School of Education)

Criminal Justice

Dietetics (Department of Human Sciences)


Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences

Hospitality and Tourism (School of Business)


Library and Information Sciences


Parks and Recreation Management (Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Administration)

Social Work


Administrative Unit Recognition

Child Development Laboratory (School)

Student Health Center Laboratory

University Police Department

Animal Resource Complex, a part of the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical Biotechnology Research Institute

Counseling Center

Contact the Office of University Accreditation at 919-530-6900 for any additional information.

NCCU complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all programs and activities (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University's educational programs and activities. For additional resources or to file a Title IX complaint, visit the NCCU's Title IX webpage.
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