The University of New Haven is a coeducational, nonsectarian, independent institution of higher learning, chartered by the General Assembly of the State of Connecticut.
The University 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.), and has been since 1948.
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.
NECHE develops and applies criteria for the assessment of educational effectiveness among institutions of higher education. The Commission assures the education community, the public and interested agencies that accredited institutions have clearly defined objectives that meet the criteria published by the Commission and that they have the organization, staffing and resources to continue to accomplish these objectives.
The University of New Haven underwent its routine comprehensive evaluation visit November 8-10, 2010, by a team representing 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.). Following the team's positive recommendations, the University's accreditation was extended for the maximum allowable ten years until 2020. The University has been accredited by the Commission since 1948.
In addition to NECHE accreditation, the University is proud to be accredited by a number of national institutions and agencies.
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) is the accrediting agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietitian nutritionists or registered nutrition and dietetics technicians. The University's undergraduate program in Nutrition & Dietetics is ACEND-accredited.
American Bar Association - Standing Committee on Paralegals (approved program)
The University's undergraduate Legal Studies program is approved by the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Paralegals. The committee develops and promotes policies relating to the education, employment, training and effective use of paralegals, and monitors trends in the field.
The University's undergraduate Chemistry program is certified by the American Chemical Society (ACS), which promotes excellence in chemistry education for undergraduate students. ACS-approved programs offer a broad-based and rigorous chemistry education that gives students intellectual, experimental, and communication skills to become effective scientific professionals.
Our Pompea College of Business is Among the Top 5 Percent Worldwide
Our Pompea College of Business has been accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 2015, and in 2020 that accreditation was renewed through the 2024-2025 academic year. AACSB accreditation means that our Pompea College of Business has passed a rigorous set of standards. The faculty, students, programs, and research have been closely examined and judged to be of exceptionally high standards. AACSB accreditation means our Pompea College of Business has proven to be among the best in business education anywhere in the world. This quality is recognized across the globe by top employers, other universities, and recruiters. Graduates from AACSB-accredited schools are recognized and generally receive higher, more competitive salaries.
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
The University's Paramedicine program is offered in partnership with Yale New Haven Hospital Center for EMS which is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, which is the largest programmatic accreditor of the health sciences professions. CAAHEP reviews and accredits over 2,100 individual education programs in 30 health science occupations. Programs are assessed on an ongoing basis to assure that they meet the Standards and Guidelines of each profession.
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education
The University's Master of Healthcare Administration is the only such program in Connecticut – and one of just four in New England – that is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). CAHME works with more than 100 leading academic programs and numerous healthcare practitioners to ensure that graduates entering the healthcare field have undergone an educational process meeting rigorous, measurable standards for effectiveness. Students the program are also able to compete for national scholarships, competitions, and post-graduate administrative fellowship opportunities that are open only to those in CAHME-accredited programs.
The University of New Haven's Dental Hygiene Associate in Science program is accredited by the American Dental Association's Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA), and has been granted the accreditation status of "approval without reporting requirements." The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education, and is the only agency to accredit post-secondary dental and dental-related education programs nationwide.
The University's BFA in Interior Design has earned the prestigious Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), which is now the only CIDA-accredited interior design program in the state of Connecticut. CIDA reviews interior design programs' compliance with standards to ensure that graduates will be prepared for entry-level practice and poised for future professional growth, a significant competitive advantage considered by potential employers.
National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations
The University of New Haven has been designated by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO). The certification recognizes the Cyber Operations pathway in the University's B.S. in Computer Science with concentration in Cybersecurity, and the B.S. in Cybersecurity and Networks programs. These pathways use the electives within our programs to help satisfy all ten mandatory knowledge units and six additional knowledge units so our students can earn the Cyber Operations designation within the undergraduate program. There are currently 21 schools in the United States that feature Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations supported by the NSA.
Fire Emergency Services Higher Education (approved program)
The Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) network of emergency services-related education and training providers recognizes the University of New Haven's B.S. and A.S. in Fire Science as approved programs. FESHE promotes education in fire and emergency services as a profession to reduce loss of life and property from fire and other hazards.
The University of New Haven's B.S. and M.S. programs in Forensic Science are accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). The Commission maintains standards to distinguish and recognize high quality undergraduate and graduate forensic science programs.
National Association of Schools of Art & Design Accreditation
The University of New Haven is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD). This mark of excellence designates the University's B.A. in Art and B.F.A. programs in Graphic Design, and Interior Design as nationally accredited programs.