Middle States

Institutional Accreditation

Accreditation is verification of an institution’s effectiveness and integrity and is established through an institutional self-study and peer review. Accreditation is essential as it is required to receive federal financial aid, allow credits to transfer and is a degree requirement for some jobs and graduate schools.

SUNY Cortland is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education referred to as MSCHE or Middle States. Middle States has a set of standards and a process for review that we follow to confirm our on-going accreditation and to ensure that we meet federal requirements.

Important Next Steps

A virtual site visit with the Middle States Visiting Team takes place April 3 to 6, 2022. Learn more about the self-study timeline and next steps in the accreditation process.

Middle States Introductory Video

Video transcript