Accreditation

Bucknell University is fully accredited until 2024.

Aerial view of campus

Bucknell is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Accreditation is part of the tradition of voluntary self-regulation within the independent sector of higher education in the United States. The purpose of accreditation is to assure the quality and effectiveness of Bucknell's educational programs and services.

Accreditation involves a comprehensive peer assessment by higher education professionals every 10 years and a substantive self-study, but without onsite peer review, at the mid-point of the accreditation cycle.

Accreditation seeks to demonstrate that:

  • The University clearly knows where it wants to go.
  • The University has the means to accomplish its goals.
  • The University is succeeding substantially in achieving its goals and objectives.

    Regional Authorization and Middle States Accreditation

    Bucknell was chartered in the State of Pennsylvania on Feb. 5, 1846. The Charter has been amended periodically in accordance with the laws of Pennsylvania by the Court of Union County, including amendments to comply with the requirements and procedures specified in the Pennsylvania Nonprofit Corporation Laws of 1972 and 1988.

    The University has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1921. The Middle States Commission is one of the regional accrediting agencies recognized by the federal government to accredit educational institutions in the mid-Atlantic region. In 2014, Bucknell completed its 10-year reaccreditation with the Middle States Commission. The institution is fully accredited until 2024.

    Accreditation by the Middle States Commission assures that: 

    • Bucknell meets all of the "fundamental elements" of the 14 standards for accreditation.
    • Students at Bucknell are eligible to receive federal financial aid.

    Accreditation Documents

    Specialized Programmatic Accreditation and Licensure

    In addition to the regional accreditation of the whole institution, specific University programs must also meet all the standards of "specialized" accreditors:

    Institutional Research & Planning

    Location

    Lowry House