New England Commission of Higher Education logoWheaton College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied though 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 commission 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.

The commission renewed Wheaton’s accreditation on October 8, 2019. The details of the commission’s decision are contained in its official notice of accreditation (pdf) and an acceptance of the college’s progress report (pdf) was shared on January 25, 2022.

The college submitted its interim fifth-year report to the commission for January 2024. Interim reports require institutions to review how they continue to meet the commission’s Standards for Accreditation; analyze, appraise, and reflect upon progress made since the last comprehensive review; and project the institution’s areas of focus for the following five years leading up to the next comprehensive review. The report is available through the Provost Office. (Login required.)

Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803-4514
(781) 425 7785


For more information on Wheaton’s accreditation, or to comment upon the process, please address your email to