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Accreditation in the United States is a peer-reviewed process of accountability and quality assurance in higher education.



Baruch College is currently accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Contact: Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, or by phone, 267-284-5000. Any individual may file a complaint with the Middle States Commission by following the procedure found on their website complaint page​.



Baruch College is engaged in our Middle States Self-Study process which began in November 2017 with attendance at the Middle States Self-Study Institute.  Over the course of the past two years, the College community has been involved in discussion, reflection, and analysis relating to our compliance with the Middle States Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation.

In October 2019, Baruch College submitted a draft Self-Study to the Chair of our Evaluation Team, who visits Baruch College on November 13, 2019. A final Self-Study will be submitted to the entire Evaluation Team in mid-January 2020 in preparation for the Evaluation Team site visit, which will take place March 1 -  4, 2020.    

The Middle States Commission will vote on the Evaluation Team's recommendation during their June 2020 meeting.



The Co-chairs of the Baruch College Self-Study 2020 are:

Rachél Fester, PhD - Assistant Provost for Assessment, Accreditation, and Institutional Effectiveness, and Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Dennis Slavin, PhD - Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning and Assistant Vice President

Cheryl C. Smith, PhD - Associate Professor of English and Faculty Liaison to the Baruch College Center for Teaching and Learning



The Self-Study was developed and written by a team of 60 faculty and administrators who worked together on one of eight Working Groups. They represented all three schools and all divisions of Baruch College. Members of the entire Baruch College community were invited to town hall meetings throughout the process, to learn more about the Self-Study, to provide input into the Self-Study, as well as to provide feedback on the draft Self-Study.  

All Baruch College community members, including faculty, staff, and students, can learn more about the Baruch College Self-Study 2020 by following this link. If you cannot access this site, please send an email to



Baruch College also holds specialized accreditation from the following independent accrediting agencies:

  • AACSB International —The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business: Accredits the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science (MS), Executive Master’s programs of the Zicklin School of Business, and Zicklin's Doctoral Program in Business (offered jointly with the Graduate Center of The City University of New York). In addition to the business accreditation, both the undergraduate and graduate accountancy curricula at the Zicklin School have accounting accreditation from AACSB. In the Americas, contact at 777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602 or 813-769-6500.    Baruch's business and accountancy programs are currently accredited, and the next  AACSB accreditation site visit is in November 2019.





All degree-granting programs offered at Baruch College are registered with the New York State Education Department.



Baruch College is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), as well as other regional and metropolitan athletic conferences. Please contact the College’s Athletics Department at 646-312-5040 for more information.



If you have any questions about accreditation at Baruch College, please contact Rachél Fester, Assistant Provost for Assessment, Accreditation, and Institutional Effectiveness at