Welcome to the Amherst College 2018 accreditation web site. This site, which will be updated regularly, provides information about accreditation and the self-study process. 

Current Accreditation Status

Colleges in the New England region have a regular ten-year cycle of review by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE), a division of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Amherst completed its most recent cycle in January 2009, when the president was notified by the CIHE that the college’s accreditation had been renewed on November 20, 2008.  In March 2013, the CIHE notified Amherst that the commission had accepted the college's interim report and provided a letter with the CIHE's findings.

In accordance with its normal policy, the CIHE has scheduled Amherst for its ten-year comprehensive evaluation in the spring of 2018.  The college has completed its self-study (see below), and an evaluation team will be on campus from April 15, 2018, through April 18, 2018.  A summary of completed and projected activities will be updated regularly and is available here.


In preparation for Amherst’s accreditation review, the college has been engaged in a comprehensive institutional self-study process over the past eighteen months.  The final self-study report is available here for the campus community.

Additional Information

About the Reaccreditation Process
Invitation for Public Comments
Evaluation Team
Amherst Reaccreditation Committees
Summary of Completed and Projected Activities (updated regularly)

Amherst Reaccreditation Archive