Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award certificate, diploma, associate’s, bachelor's, and master's degrees, Stratford University delivers quality education to students. ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accreditation agency that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), a national advocate and institutional voice for self-regulation of academic quality through accreditation. CHEA is an association of 3,000 degree-granting colleges and universities and recognizes 60 institutional and programmatic accrediting organizations.
While the Business Administration and Information Technology doctoral programs are approved through ACICS, the U.S. Department of Education and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation only recognizes ACICS’ scope of accreditation through the Master’s degree level.
Stratford is also accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF), assuring that we meet the standards and competencies set for faculty, curriculum, and student services.
Stratford University is exempt from certification by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to operate campuses in Virginia as it has been properly accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in excess of ten years.
The undergraduate and graduate programs are approved for federal student financial aid by the U.S. Department of Education. The University has the authority to issue I-20s by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service for F-1 visas. All programs have been approved for the training of veterans. The Virginia and the District of Columbia Rehabilitation Services approve all programs.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) has approved Stratford University to operate a campus in Baltimore, Maryland. Stratford University carefully monitors developments in Maryland state law and acts promptly to meet all requirements.
A copy of the documentation describing the institution's licensure, registration, authorization, or certification is made available to any enrolled or prospective student upon request. To make this request contact Stratford University Compliance Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Virginia Board of Nursing fully approved the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Woodbridge campus and conditionally approved the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at the Falls Church campus. All students are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN examination after graduating from the program. The baccalaureate program at Stratford University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One DuPont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791.
The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) accredits the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting program at the Falls Church, Glen Allen, Newport News, and Woodbridge campuses. ABHES is recognized by the United States Secretary of Education for the accreditation of private, postsecondary institutions in the United States. ABHES is located at 7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314N, Falls Church, VA 22043, (703) 917-9503, www.abhes.org.
The Stratford University Language Institute English as a Second Language Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period August 2016 through August 2017 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703} 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.
Stratford University is proud of its industry and educational affiliations. We continually expand our connections to establish an even broader range of contacts for our graduates. Stratford is affiliated with the following organizations and associations:
*Note: Affiliations vary by campus location.
Complaints or concerns about internally unresolved educational experiences should be addressed to the following oversight organizations:
Concerning Fraud, Waste or Abuse of U.S. Department of Education funds or programs:
Inspector General’s Hotline
Office of the Inspector General
U.S. Department of Education
100 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
(800) 647-8733 FRE
Concerning internally unresolved student complaint or concern:
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
750 First Street, NE, Suite 980
Washington, DC 20002-4241
Washington, DC 20202
Concerning internally unresolved complaints or concerns:*this includes Distance Learning
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
101 N. 14th St., 10th Floor
James Monroe Building
Richmond, VA 23219
Concerning a complaint or concern about an unresolved educational experience (Maryland Residents)
Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 North Liberty Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202
Tel: (410) 767-3388
Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
200 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Consumer Protection Hotline:
*Under the aegis of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) Stratford University accepts oversight by the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) for students enrolled in Distance Education courses or programs.
See National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements for Stratford University, click here.