Willamette University is accredited by the accrediting agencies for American colleges and universities. It is a charter member of the National Commission on Accrediting and is a member of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. We are also a United Methodist Church-related institution.
Willamette University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs,is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.
Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
The music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and the University holds institutional membership in that organization. The Department of Chemistry is on the approved list of the American Chemical Society.
The Graduate School of Education -- Master of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT), Masters of Education, (M.Ed), Initial Continuing Administrator License programs, and initial and advanced specialty endorsements in ESOL, Reading and Special Education are approved by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). All Graduate School of Education programs have earned accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The Master of Arts in Teaching Program meets requirements for teaching licensure in early childhood, elementary, middle, and secondary education.
The College of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools. The Atkinson Graduate School of Management's full-time MBA program is accredited by both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). It is one of only two MBA programs in the world to achieve both accreditations. Willamette University's Professional MBA program is accredited by AACSB International.