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The University of Washington is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), one of six regional accrediting organizations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. According to the NWCCU, regional accreditation is a process of recognizing educational institutions for performance, integrity, and quality; this recognition entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public. Accreditation also qualifies the institution and its enrolled students for access to federal funds that support teaching, research, and student financial aid.

When granted, accreditation by the NWCCU is not partial. It applies to the entire UW at the time of the most recent comprehensive evaluation. Accreditation indicates that the institution as a whole is substantially achieving its mission and that it meets the NWCCU’s expectations for compliance with accreditation criteria.

Specialized accreditation

Many undergraduate and graduate programs at UW Tacoma are individually accredited as well. The evaluation of these programs is conducted by a specialized accrediting body, often discipline-specific and associated with a national professional organization. Though each of these organizations may have different definitions of eligibility, criteria for accreditation, and operating procedures, accreditation by a specialized accrediting agency is one means of assuring quality of the accredited programs.

Business Administration (BA, MBA) Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International, the Association for Management Education) 2016 2021
Computer Engineering & Systems (BS) Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET) 2016 2022
Computer Science & Systems (BS) Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET) 2019 2023
Education (Teacher Certification, Education Administrator Certification, Professional Certificate Program) Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) 
Washington Professional Educator’s Standard Board (PESB)
2017 2022
Information Technology (BS) Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET) 2016 2022
Nursing (BSN and MN) Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 2019 2029
Social Work (BASW, MSW) Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) 2013 2021