Catholic University of America Accreditation and Rankings
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The Catholic University of America Accreditation and Rankings

“The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met. Institutions and/or programs that request an agency's evaluation and that meet an agency's criteria are then ‘accredited’ by that agency.”
—U.S. Department of Education

The Catholic University of America is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (3624 Market Street, 2nd Floor West, Philadelphia PA 19104, 267-284-5000, www.msche.org). The MSCHE evaluates higher education institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, including the institutions’ online and distance education programs. Accredited online degree programs give distance education school students peace of mind knowing they are attending a quality institution. CUA is proud to have our online programs accredited by the MSCHE and other accrediting organizations.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, masters's degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at The Catholic University of America are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791. 

The Master of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Accreditation. The CSWE is responsible for developing accreditation standards that define competent preparation and ensuring that social work programs meet them. CSWE accreditation is verification that an online social work degree meets the minimum professional standards for a career in social work. Additional details on CSWE accreditation standards can be found on the Council on Social Work Education’s website.

The NCSSS is currently ranked the #1 Catholic and #2 Christian Social Work program in the nation, according to Social Work Degree Guide. 

In addition to being recognized by some of the top accrediting bodies in America, CUA is also ranked alongside some of the best colleges in the country.

  • Ranked #123 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report
  • The CUA School of Social Service is ranked #47 in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings
  • The CUA School of Nursing is ranked as a Top 100 Best Nursing School by U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked #64 among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs” ranking

Learn more about The Catholic University of America’s high standards for your education and the benefits of receiving your degree from an accredited college. Call us at 855-295-5711 to speak with an admissions advisor, or you can request more information online.