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Once every ten years, Tufts University is evaluated by and achieves accreditation from the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Tufts has been accredited by NECHE since 1929 and was last reviewed in 2013. In March 2023, Tufts will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit by a team of faculty and administrators from peer institutions representing NECHE.

Accreditation is a voluntary, peer review process that assures quality to the public, eases student transfer between institutions by signaling quality, provides institutions with access to federal financial aid, and certifies a graduate’s credentials to employers.

For the past year and a half, Tufts has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing NECHE’s nine Standards for Accreditation, which span all aspects of university life, governance, and mission. We would like to extend our deepest thanks to the Accreditation Steering Committee and the members of the nine working groups who worked tirelessly throughout the past year to create the self-study document.

As part of the accreditation process, a draft of the self-study is ready to be shared with the Tufts’ community. The community is invited to submit comments regarding the self-study via email at Comments from the community are an important part of the accreditation process to ensure that the self-study is comprehensive and reflective of Tufts.

For questions or to access to specific appendices in the self-study, please email

We look forward to receiving your comments and keeping you updated throughout this process.