Accreditation Update

Date: March 1, 2024

The American College of the Mediterranean has been granted candidate for accreditation status by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Candidacy is not accreditation nor does it assure eventual accreditation. Candidacy is a formal affiliation with the New England Commission of Higher Education. It indicates that the institution has achieved initial recognition and is progressing toward accreditation. 

Inquiries regarding an institution’s affiliation status with the Commission should be directed to:

The New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100
Burlington, MA 01803, U.S.A.

Direct line to Commission offices: (781) 425-7785

Date: March 19, 2021

ACM's self-study report is now available for viewing at this link. 

Date: February 24, 2021

The New England Commission of Higher Education has determined that the American College of the Mediterranean is eligible to proceed with an application for candidacy for accreditation within two years. A determination of eligibility is not candidacy or accreditation, nor does it indicate a likelihood of eventual accreditation. Questions about eligibility and the accreditation process should be directed to the President of the Commission. 

The American College of the Mediterranean will undergo a comprehensive evaluation visit April 18-21, 2021 for candidacy, by a team representing the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, NEASC). 

The New England Commission of Higher Education is one of seven accrediting commissions in the United States that provide institutional accreditation on a regional basis. 

Accreditation is voluntary and applies to the institution as a whole. The Commission, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, accredits approximately 220 institutions in the six-state New England region as well as several American-style institutions overseas.

For the past year and a half, the American College of the Mediterranean has been engaged in a process of self-study, addressing the Commission’s Standards for Accreditation. An evaluation team will visit the institution to gather evidence that the self-study is thorough and accurate. The team will recommend to the Commission a continuing status for the institution. Following a review process, the Commission itself will take the final action. 

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the institution to: Public Comment on the American College of the Mediterranean, New England Commission of Higher Education 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100 Burlington, MA 01803-4514 E-mail: Public Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution.  

The Commission cannot settle disputes between individuals and institutions, whether those involve faculty, students, administrators, or members of other groups. Comments will not be treated as confidential and must include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing the comments. Public Comments must be received by April 21, 2021. The Commission cannot guarantee that comments received after that date will be considered.

ACM's Study Abroad Institute
Since enrolling its first class in 1957, the Institute for American Universities (IAU), has served as a center for education abroad for U.S. undergraduates. IAU has worked with over 700 U.S. public and private colleges and universities, most of whom are familiar with the high standards of IAU programs and accept direct transfer of academic credit. 
Many institutional partners of IAU have NECHE accreditation, including Fairfield University, Harvard University, Boston College, Tufts University, and more.

Distinctions of The American College of the Mediterranean (ACM):

  • ACM is incorporated in the state of Arizona and licensed through the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education (View Active License)
  • ACM is recognized as an institution of higher learning by the French Ministry of Education, and Rectorat of Aix-Marseille University.
  • As a foreign host site for the College Consortium of International Studies (CCIS), ACM's study abroad institute, IAU, is subject to regular program review.

Dependent on the program, ACM offers students the option of receiving a transcript of their work from an accredited institution until ACM has been granted accreditation. Please visit the Transcripts & Schools of Record page for more detail.

ACM seeks to be fully transparent with its students and potential students concerning matters of accreditation. Questions may be directed to 800.221.2051.