Welcome to Yale University Accreditation

Educational accreditation is the quality assurance process by which educational institutions and programs are evaluated by outside accrediting associations. These agencies develop evaluation criteria and conduct evaluations by groups of peers to see whether a school meets their criteria.

The United States has six regional accreditation associations plus many other national accreditors for faith–based and career–oriented schools and for other specialized and professional programs. In contrast to other countries where quality assurance often is conducted by large governmental ministries, here this process is independent and peer–based except that accreditation by a government–approved agency is required to obtain federal financial aid.