Why Accreditation Matters to Students

Earning a degree is a significant achievement and an important investment in your future. Since so much of your future success depends on your educational foundation, the quality of the education you receive makes a big difference.

Earning a degree from an ABET-accredited program:

  • Verifies that the quality of the educational experience you’ve received meets the standards of the profession.
  • Increases and enhances employment opportunities.
  • Permits and eases entry to a technical profession through licensure, registration, and certification.
  • Establishes eligibility for many federal student loans, grants, and/or scholarships.

You should be aware that not all technical programs at every college and university are accredited. Make sure that the program you’re interested in is ABET-accredited. How do you find an ABET-accredited program? Every program that ABET accredits - more than 3,100 programs at over 670 institutions in 24 countries - can be found in the ABET Accredited Program Search.

You may also be interested in the following information about ABET-accredited programs:

What ABET Accreditation Assures

More than 2,000 professionals from academe, industry, and government carry out every aspect of ABET accreditation. Because they know their profession's dynamic and emerging workforce needs, they review academic programs to ensure these programs provide students with the technical and professional skills they need to succeed.

An ABET-accredited program assures prospective students that:

  • the institution is committed to improving their educational experience
  • the program is committed to using best practices and innovation in education
  • the program is guided by its industry, government, and academic constituents through formal feedback
  • the program considers the students' perspective as part of its continuous quality improvement process

ABET itself is accredited by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ABET has been recognized by CHEA as an accrediting organization since 1997. Please watch CHEA's short videos on:

ABET Often Required

ABET accreditation can be of great value to a student. It is often required for eligibility for federal student loans, grants, and scholarships. Many forms of professional licensure, registration, and certification also require graduation from ABET-accredited programs as a minimum qualification. In addition, many employers, including the federal government, require graduation from ABET-accredited programs to be eligible for employment in certain fields. Also, multinational corporations are increasingly listing graduation from an accredited program as a requirement for employment.

Every day, thousands of jobs requiring graduation from ABET-accredited programs are available.

Making a Difference Around the World

ABET has helped pave the way for graduates of accredited programs to work globally. ABET directly supports the development of other countries' national accrediting systems, many which are based on the ABET model.

In addition, ABET is a signatory to several international agreements that ease the way for graduates of accredited programs to practice internationally. ABET also directly accredits more than 200 programs in 23 countries outside of the U.S.

Graduation from an ABET-accredited program offers excellent access to employment in the global market. Read more about international Mutual Recognition Agreements.

Beware of Diploma and Accreditation Mills

The number of fake or unaccredited institutions and programs is rising dramatically. These organizations, also known as diploma mills, often offer high-cost, low-effort degrees. Businesses and the government are examining employees' credentials more thoroughly to ensure their earned degrees are valid and not fraudulent. Read more about Diploma and Accreditation Mills.

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Accredited Programs at Women’s Colleges

Smith College was the first women's college to have an ABET-accredited program. Its engineering science program has been accredited since 2003.