Request for Evaluation (RFE)

Initiating the Process

Programs that have met the eligibility requirements can submit a Request for Evaluation (RFE) by January 31 to secure a review in the same calendar year. On-site reviews take place between September and December. One official graduate’s transcript must accompany each program’s request for evaluation.


Programs with an existing accreditation must submit a Request for Evaluation (RFE) for general/comprehensive visits, interim visits, or interim reports. Log in to request a renewal of an existing program accreditation, or email Technical Support if you need password assistance.


Programs seeking initial accreditation must have had at least one graduate prior to the accreditation review team’s on-site visit. We require a preliminary Self-Study Report and Readiness Review from all programs seeking initial accreditation if the institution has no currently ABET-accredited programs in that same commission. If you have questions about an initial accreditation, please contact our Accreditation Department.

If your program is seeking initial ABET accreditation in the same commission as other currently accredited programs at your institution, request an evaluation using this online form.

If your program is seeking initial ABET accreditation in a different commission than other currently accredited programs at the institution, please complete a Readiness Review.

If your program is seeking initial ABET accreditation and the program’s institution currently has no accredited programs, please complete a Readiness Review.


ABET accreditation can be granted only to programs with at least one graduated student. Retroactive accreditation may be granted to cover students who graduated during the academic year prior to the on-site visit. Typically, these are the students whose sample work and transcripts have been evaluated.

If a new program desires to have its first graduates covered by accreditation, the program’s initial visit should be arranged for the September–December time period immediately following the academic year in which the first student graduates. For example, a program expecting its first graduate in May 2015 should submit an RFE in January 2015 to have the first graduate covered by accreditation. For a program that expects to have its first graduate in December 2015, the program should submit an RFE in January 2016.


In addition to submitting an RFE, programs located outside of the United States must use the Request for Approval (RFA) form to begin the process of requesting an evaluation. ABET will conduct an accreditation review and on-site visit outside the U.S. only with explicit permission from all applicable national education authorities and/or recognition/accreditation agencies in the program’s country or region. Please see Accreditation Outside of the U.S. for details.

The Request for Approval must accompany the Request for Evaluation for programs seeking:

  • Initial accreditation of programs new to ABET, or
  • A general review of accredited programs

The Request for Approval is not required for programs requesting

  • An interim review

Each appropriate recognition agency in the program’s country must complete a separate Request for Approval form for submission to ABET with the Request for Evaluation.

All Requests for Approval must be submitted to ABET by January 31 of the year in which a review is desired. This form should be submitted along with:

  • Request for Evaluation signed by the institution’s President, Chancellor, Rector, or CEO.
  • One official transcript of a graduate from each program requesting review. Official transcripts must be printed on the institution’s official transcript paper with the registrar’s signature and the institution’s official seal. An official/certified English translation should be provided if the official transcripts are issued in a language other than English.


If you have questions about the Request for Evaluation and the Request for Approval, please contact our Accreditation Department.