East Carolina University is accredited as a university by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Reaccreditation takes place on a ten-year cycle, with interim five-year reporting.
In addition to SACSCOC, individual academic programs may be accredited by specialized accrediting bodies. ECU maintains a schedule of program accreditations.
As a condition of accreditation, SACSCOC requires a university-approved description of ECU to be used in all specialized accreditation documents. This description is updated periodically to reflect current conditions.
Institutional Planning and Accreditation reviews specialized accreditation self-studies to ensure accuracy and quality before they are submitted to their respective accrediting bodies.