Accreditation and Membership

In 2019, Anna Maria College submitted its decennial self-study to the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of seven regional accrediting agencies in the United States recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Secretary of Education “as a reliable authority on the quality of education for the institutions it accredits.”  Based on an evaluation of the self-study, an on-site evaluation by the Commission’s visiting team, and the College’s response to the team’s report, Anna Maria College was granted Continued in Accreditation status, the most favorable status achievable.  Submission of the College’s next self-study and Comprehensive Evaluation Visit are scheduled for the fall of 2028, with the submission of an Interim Fifth-Year Report scheduled for the fall of 2023.  Specific inquiries pertaining to the accreditation status of Anna Maria College should be directed to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Inquiries may also be directed to:

New England Commission of Higher Education

3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100

Burlington, MA 01803-4514


NECHE Accreditation Documents 


Program Accreditations 

In addition to its institutional accreditation, the following academic programs have earned specialized accreditations from their respective agencies:

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Accreditation, Approvals & Memberships

Approvals & Memberships


  • American Music Therapy Association
  • Board of Regents of Higher Education—programs for veterans
  • Massachusetts Department of Higher Education—participation in the Police Career Incentive Pay Program established by the Quinn Bill; Criminal Justice Programs
  • The Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing—Approval
  • Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education—teacher licensure in visual art, music, history, English, early childhood, and elementary education
  • The Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services
  • The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) – Approved Addiction Education Provider


  • Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • American Art Therapy Association
  • American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business
  • American Library Association
  • American Music Therapy Association 
  • American Society of Criminology
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities
  • Association of College Research Libraries
  • Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • Association of Governing Boards
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts
  • Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Catholic Library Association
  • College Entrance Examination Board
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • Commonwealth Coast Conference
  • Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • The Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference
  • HECCMA: Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts
  • International Reading Association
  • International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
  • Massachusetts Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
  • Massachusetts Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women
  • Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing
  • National Art Education Association
  • National Association for Music Therapy
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association
  • National Commission on Accreditation
  • National Council on Social Work Education
  • National Middle School Association
  • New England Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
  • New England College Athletic Conference New England League of Middle School