Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education

The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, which is based in Philadelphia, oversees educational institutions on the Central East Coast of the United States: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. Some of the great American schools are to be found in this geographic region.

The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools is the second oldest Regional Association, tracing its history back to a meeting of college presidents in Harrisburg Pennsylvania in 1887.  Like the other Regional Accrediting bodies, it originally limited its interests to post-secondary education. But over the years it has evolved into three divisions: the Commission on Elementary Schools, the Commission on Secondary Schools and the Commission on Higher Education, which accredits post-secondary schools and programs. 

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) was formed as a separate body in 1919. Like the other Regional Commissions, it is a bottom-up, non-governmental organization, which is recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The schools and programs accredited by MSCHE are therefore eligible for a number of federal, state and local grants and subsidies.

The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools regulates over five hundred post-secondary schools in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, as well as some outside the continental United States (Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, and other international schools). To make sure the program you’re looking at is accredited, please visit the link below.

Region:            Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, the District of                                  Columbia,Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and a number of international                                    schools.

Address:          3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Phone:             267-284–5000             Fax:     215-662–5501

Email:               English:   info@msche.org       Spanish:   españolinfo@msche.org.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education website: www.msche.org

Institution Directory: http://www.msche.org/institutions_directory.asp