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University Accreditation

East Carolina University (ECU) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate levels. For more information about the accreditation status of ECU contact:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 3003-4097
Tel: 404-697-4501 

Being accredited and in good standing with SACS assures the public that our programs are effective, enables ECU students to qualify for federal financial aid, and ensures transfer of credits to and from other accredited institutions. All SACSCOC member institutions are required to undergo a full accreditation review every ten years and submit a Fifth-Year Interim Report between decennial reviews. The decennial reaffirmation process has two components: Compliance Certification (demonstration of compliance with SACS core requirements, comprehensive standards, and federal regulations) and a Quality Enhancement Plan (self-study on a topic pertaining to the enhancement of student learning). 

ECU's last reaffirmation of accreditation was conducted in 2013. More information about ECU's last accreditation process, including access to ECU's Compliance Certification Document and QEP, can be found at

For further information on the accreditation process, please contact Dr. Rita Reaves, ECU's SACS liaison, by phone: 252-328-1418 or by email: