Accreditation and Affiliations

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Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award diplomas and associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees, Stratford University delivers quality education to students. The ACICS is recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which affirms that the standards and processes of the accrediting organization are consistent with the academic quality, improvement, and accountability expectations established by CHEA.

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 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:

  • American Culinary Federation 
  • American Hotel and Lodging Association 
  • Baltimore Recruiting Battalion 
  • Business Partner, West Potomac High School 
  • Career College Association Board 
  • Careers through Culinary Arts Program 
  • Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Education 
  • Prince William Chamber of Commerce 
  • Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce 
  • Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda 
  • International Association of Culinary Professionals 
  • International Food Service Executives Association 
  • Microsoft IT Academy 
  • Northern Virginia Technology Council 
  • Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board 
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA)
  • Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU)
  • Servicemembers Opportunity College 
  • The Internet Society 
  • Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • Virginia Career College Association
  • Peace Jam's One Billion Acts of Peace Initiative
  • VA Council of College and Military Educators  (CCME)
* Note: All locations are not part of some affiliations.



Student Grievance Procedures


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
Tel: (804)225-2600
Fax: (804)225-2604

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
Fax: (804)225-2604

Office of the Attorney General
Consumer Protection Division
200 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Consumer Protection Hotline:
Toll Free:

*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.

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