Accreditation and Rankings

Regional accreditation is the recognized standard of institutional accreditation in the United States. Boston University is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

The Boston University School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). Founded in 1924, NASM is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with over 600 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials, and membership is gained only by the peer review process of accreditation.

In addition, the Boston University School of Visual Arts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). NASAD, founded in 1944, is an organization of schools, colleges, and universities. It has approximately 346 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.

New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100 Burlington, MA 01803
NECHE direct line: 781-425-7785

National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248
Fax: 703-437-6312

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248
Fax: 703-437-6312

Boston University placed 42nd in the most recent U.S. News & World Report college rankings of “national universities.”