Institutional Accreditation

The University of New England is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514
(781) 425-7785

Commission Becomes NECHE

In 2018, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) completed a corporate restructuring to align with the U.S. Department of Education’s (USDOE) requirement that the higher education commission (CIHE) operate as a “separate and independent” entity*. As a result of this restructuring, the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) is now recognized by the USDOE as the regional accreditor for institutions of higher education in the six New England states, including the University of New England.

From time to time, you may see UNE materials that still reference NEASC. For example, the University’s accreditation status was reaffirmed in 2017 — prior to the restructuring — so you will see references to NEASC in any documentation about that process. Restructuring in no way affects the accreditation status of the University. From our perspective, it is simply a name change.

If you have questions about this matter or want more information about UNE’s accreditation status, please email Michael Sheldon, PT, Ph.D., associate provost for Academic Affairs at

Specialized Accreditation

For more information about UNE's program-specific accreditation, please visit our Academic Catalog page on Accreditation, Memberships, and Other Notices.

*New England Commission of Higher Education (See for more information).