Slippery Rock University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education ,3624 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  The Commission is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources. It examines each institution as a whole, rather than specific programs within institutions.  On June 23, 2011 SRU's accreditation was reaffirmed by MSCHE.

SRU submitted a Periodic Review Report (PRR) to the Commission in June 2016. "Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education, published by the MSCHE states that the PRR process is "intended to strengthen and sustain quality and integrity of higher education, making it worthy of public confidence and minimizing the scope of external control."  During the session on November 17, 2016, the  Commission acted to accept the Periodic Review Report, to reaffirm accreditation, and to commend the institution for the quality of the Periodic Review Report.  The next evaluation visit  is scheduled for 2020-2021. In addition to Middle States regional accreditation, SRU is recognized by various programmatic accreditation bodies.

For more information related to regional or programmatic accreditation at SRU please contact: The Office of Assessment & Accreditation email:, phone: 724.738.2149

Articulation agreements between SRU and other institutions serve as examples of the programs of quality offered by the institution. Articulation agreements for undergraduate transfer students can be found on the Community Colleges and Articulation Agreements webpage. These agreements are included on the various academic degree program pages; however a comprehensive list of programs and universities is included in the SRU Academic Articulation Agreements document.

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.


5250 Old Orchard Road, Suite 200
Skokie, IL 60077

  • McLachlan Student Health Services


415 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

  • Computing, BS

Accreditation Commission for Education IN NURSING (ACEN)

3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850
Atlanta, GA 30326

  • Nursing RN to BSN Completion, BSN

Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs

11520 West 119th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213

  • Accounting, BSBA
  • Economics, BSBA
  • Finance, BSBA
  • Management, BSBA
  • Marketing, BSBA

American Chemical Society

1155 Sixteenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

  • Chemistry, ACS Certified Track, BS

American Physical Therapy Association

1111 N. Fairfax Street
Alexandria, VA 22314-1488
Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education [CAPTE]

  • Physical Therapy, DPT


12000 Findley Road, Ste. 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097

  • Physician Assistant Program, MS

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Slippery Rock University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Slippery Rock University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.

Slippery Rock University is approved to offer programs that may lead to licensure/certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. SRU cannot confirm that the PA program meets the requirements for licensure/certification in any other state or commonwealth. If you are considering to enroll in the PA education program and be certified/licensed in a state other than Pennsylvania, please check the specific requirements for licensure in your state. if you are considering to work as a PA in other states that may require certification/licensure, you should first seek guidance on your state's requirements. For more information, please consult the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) on the specific state information.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs

25400 US Highway N, Suite 158
Clearwater, FL 33763

  • Exercise Science, BS
  • Recreation Therapy, BS

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education

6850 Austin Center Blvd.
Suite 100
Austin, TX 78731-3184

  • Athletic Training, MS (formerly BS)

Commission on Sport Management Accreditation

2236 Water Blossom Lane
Fort Collins, CO 80526

  • Sport Management, BS

Council on Social Work Education

1701 Duke Street, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314-3457

  • Social Work, BS

International Association of Counseling Services

101 S. Whiting Street, Suite 211
Alexandria, VA 22304

  • Student Counseling Center

National Association of Schools of Art and Design

11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248

  • Art, BA & BFA

National Association of Schools of Dance

11250 Roger Bacon #21
Reston, VA 20190

  • Dance, BA

National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

11250 Roger Bacon #21
Reston, VA 20190

  • Music, BA
  • Music Therapy, BM
  • Music Performance, BM
  • Music Education, BM

National Association of Schools of Theatre

11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA 20190-5248

  • Theatre (Acting, Arts Administration, Design/Technology), BA

National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education  

Now CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation)

1140 19th St NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20036

  • Elementary Ed, BSED
  • Health Education K-12, BSED
  • Mathematics Education, MED
  • Physical Education, BSED
  • Reading Education, MED
  • Science Education, MED
  • Secondary Ed French and Spanish, BSED
  • Secondary Ed English, BSED
  • Secondary History, BSED
  • Special Ed dual Elem Ed, BSED & MED

Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)

333 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17126

Certified Educator Preparation Programs

  • Autism Endorsement (PK-12)
  • Biology (7-12)
  • Chemistry (7-12)
  • Creative Movement (PK-12)
  • Earth & Space Science (7-12)
  • Elementary & Secondary School Counselor (PK-12)
  • English (7-12)
  • French (7-12)
  • Grades PK-4
  • Grades 4-8
  • Health & Physical Education (PK-12)
  • Instructional Coach Endorsement (PK-12)
  • Mathematics (7-12)
  • Music (PK-12)
  • Online Instruction Program Instruction (PK-12)
  • Physics (7-12)
  • Reading Specialist (PK-12)
  • School Nurse (PK-12)
  • Social Studies (7-12)
  • Spanish (PK-12)
  • Special Education (7-12)
  • Special Education (PK-8)
  • Supervisor Special Education

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

PO Box 33150
Denver, CO 80233

  • Storm Harbor Equestrian Center