Boston College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Prior to 2018, NECHE operated as the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, a division of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). The 2018 restructuring of NEASC was to align with the U.S. Department of Education’s requirement that NEASC’s higher education-related commission operate as an independent entity. Boston College has been accredited by NEASC, and now NECHE, since 1935.
NECHE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority on the quality of education and adheres to the standards of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. As part of NECHE guidelines, member institutions undergo a peer review process every ten years which involves the preparation of a comprehensive self-study. Boston College’s most recent full review for accreditation occurred in March 2017.
Inquiries regarding Boston College’s accreditation status should be directed to the Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculties, Boston College, 270 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (617-552-3260); individuals may also contact the New England Commission of Higher Education, 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803 (781-425-7785). For a paper copy of the information presented on this webpage, please contact the Boston College Office of Institutional Research & Planning at 617-552-3111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The mailing address is Boston College, Institutional Research & Planning, St. Clement’s Hall, 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467.
In addition to NECHE, a variety of schools and programs at Boston College are affiliated with discipline-based accrediting agencies; for distance/online-related education, Boston College is an approved member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).