Colgate reaffirmed its accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in June 2018. Accreditation certifies the quality of an institution’s educational programs.

About Accreditation The fundamental purpose of accreditation is to ensure the quality of the educational program at an institution. The process includes the development of an extensive self-study addressing the accreditation standards set forth by the Middle States Commission. Upon completion of the self-study, the institution is evaluated by peers; specifically, administrators and other higher education professionals who review the self-study and conduct an on-site institutional visit.

Colgate University’s first accreditation in 1921 was reaffirmed in 2018 by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (located at 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104). A mid-point peer review will take place in 2023, and the next self-study evaluation will take place in 2026–2027.

Colgate University is authorized to operate as a university by the New York State Board of Regents, and its programs of study are approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). The NYSED Office of Higher Education can be reached at New York State Education Department, Office of Higher Education, Room 977, Education Building Annex, Albany, NY, 12234.

Reaffirmation of Accreditation Documents

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Individuals may submit feedback regarding Colgate’s compliance with the commission’s requirements, standards, or policies. For information on how to provide feedback, refer to the Middle States Commission website.

2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
Number of completers 6 MAT Earth Science (1) ELA (4) History (1) 4 MAT ELA (3) Math (1) *N.B. 1 MAT graduated in Dec. 2013 4 MAT ELA (3) History (1) *N.B. 1 MAT did not receive certification 4 MAT ELA (2) History (2) *N.B. 1 MAT certified through Colgate in 2000 2 MAT Math (1) History (1) 1 UG ELA *N.B. 1 MAT finished up degree from previous decade
Number of completers recommended for licensure 85% 100% 75% 100% 100% of traditional graduates
Final GPA of completers 3.69 3.78 3.75 3.8 3.74
Certification test pass rate of completers 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Employed for a position in which they are prepared 33% (verified) 50% (verified) 50% (verified) 100% of traditional graduates 100% of traditional graduates