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The University of Idaho is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.

Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052 | 425-558-4224

The University of Idaho was first accredited in 1918 and continues that status today. The university hosted its most recent visit for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness in April 2022.

Schedule of Evaluation:

  • Spring 2023 Ad Hoc Report on Recommendation 3
  • Spring 2025 Mid-Cycle Evaluation (Year Three) and review of Recommendations 1, 2, 4, and 5
  • Spring 2028 Policies, Regulations, and Financial Review (PRFR – Year Six)
  • Spring 2029 Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness (EIE-Year Seven)

University of Idaho will be asked to submit spring reports by Feb. 15.

Download U of I’s Reaffirmation of Accreditation Letter (PDF)

Sonny Ramaswamy, president of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), hosted an open forum at the University of Idaho on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. The meeting provided an opportunity for the university community to learn more about NWCCU and the new accreditation standards. This meeting was recorded and is available to view here.

See NWCCU’s Educational Programming page for scheduled professional development and/or learning opportunities related to accreditation.

The NWCCU Annual Conference is generally held each November in Seattle, WA.

Programmatic or specialized accreditation of educational programs, departments, or schools, is granted by a number of national organizations. Many programs at the University of Idaho have specialized accreditation.

Physical Address:
General Education and Assessment
Administration, Room 104
Moscow, ID 83844-3152

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3152
Moscow, ID 83844-3152

Phone: 208-885-6448


Web: Assessment and Accreditation