We are a nonprofit, non-governmental accrediting agency for programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology and we are recognized as an accreditor by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

ABET accreditation provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards of the profession for which that program prepares graduates.

We accredit programs, not institutions. We provide specialized accreditation for post-secondary programs within degree-granting institutions already recognized by national or regional institutional accreditation agencies or national education authorities worldwide.

Our accreditation is voluntary, and to date, over 3,800 programs at more than 770 colleges and universities in 31 countries have received ABET accreditation. Approximately 85,000 students graduate from ABET-accredited programs each year, and millions of graduates have received degrees from ABET-accredited programs since 1932.

Types of Accreditation In the U.S.

  1. Institutional Accreditation

    Evaluates overall institutional quality, but does not focus on specific academic programs.

  2. Specialized or Programmatic Accreditation

    Evaluates an academic unit or individual program of study, rather than an institution as a whole. A specific academic unit or program can be granted accreditation at a variety of degree levels (associate, bachelor and master).

The ABET accreditation process is carried out by our four accreditation commissions. Each commission sets accreditation standards for specific program areas and degree levels.
  • Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission (ANSAC)

    Programs: Applied and Natural Science

    Levels: Associate, Bachelor, Master

  • Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC)

    Programs: Computing Programs

    Level: Bachelor

  • Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC)

    Programs: Engineering

    Levels: Bachelor, Master

  • Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC)

    Programs: Engineering Technology

    Levels: Associate, Bachelor

To date, ABET has accredited 3,852 applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology programs at 776 colleges and universities in 31 countries worldwide.

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Programs new to accreditation have a required Readiness Review 12–18 months before the on-site visit. Requests for Evaluation are due by 1/31 and Self-Study Reports 7/1, the year of the on-site visit.