University of the Potomac is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE or the Commission) University of the Potomac’s accreditation status is currently non-compliance, show cause. The Commission’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status on June 27, 2024 was to issue a show cause. MSCHE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidate status) activities for institutions of higher education including distance, correspondence education, and direct assessment programs offered at those institutions. The Commission’s geographic area of accrediting activities is throughout the United States.

University of the Potomac is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

The main campus of University of the Potomac is located at 1401 H Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20005, and is licensed to operate in the District of Columbia by the Higher Education Licensure Commission of the DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education, formerly known as the State Education Office (SEO), is a high-performing, transparent agency that sets proactive policies, exercises vigilant oversight, and directs resources that guarantee residents educated in the District of Columbia are among the highest performers in the nation; fully prepared for successful postsecondary learning and employment in the creative economy.

Accreditation - District of Columbia

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV)

University of the Potomac’s Branch campus, located at 7799 Leesburg Pike., Suite 200 Falls Church, VA 22043, is certified by The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (James Monroe Building, 101 North Fourteenth Street, Richmond, VA 23219: 804.255.2600) to operate in Virginia.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) makes higher education public policy recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly in such areas as capital and operating budget planning, enrollment projections, institutional technology needs, and student financial aid. SCHEV administers a variety of educational programs that benefit students, faculty, parents, and taxpayers. SCHEV serves as a catalyst to promote greater access, quality, affordability, and accountability throughout the system. SCHEV also helps policymakers, college administrators, and other concerned leaders work cooperatively and constructively to advance educational excellence.

Student and Exchange Visitor Program

SEVP-certified school is a college, university, seminary, conservatory, high school, private elementary school, private middle school, other academic or vocational institution, or language training program in the United States that has applied for and received certification to enroll F and/or M nonimmigrant students.

Illinois Board of Higher Education

The University of the Potomac is approved to operate by the Private Business and Vocational Schools Division of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. UOTP Chicago is not accredited by a US Department of Education recognized accrediting body.

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, commonly known as SARA, provides a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of post secondary distance education.

SARA’s policies help protect students and provide benefits to both states and institutions carrying out distance education in multiple states. As of April 2020, 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are members of SARA. Over 2,100 colleges and universities participate in SARA.

Other Accreditations and Certifications

University of the Potomac’s Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, and Master’s degree programs are
approved by the Veterans Administration for veteran training. Also approved are the following
certificate programs:

  • Advanced Certificates: General Management, Government Contract Management, and Information
    Systems Management.
  • General Certificates: General Business, Network Security Management, Office Application Support,
    Project Management.

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