Accreditation, Affiliations & Awards

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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 certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) to operate campuses in Virginia.

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.

On October 17, 2014, the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) approved Virginia as a member state to participate in National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), and on February 25, 2015, Stratford University became an institutional participant in the NC-SARA initiative. With this membership, Stratford University programs were automatically available to students who reside in the 48 participating states. Only California and Massachusetts have not yet joined the NC-SARA initiative. Stratford University is authorized to deliver out-of-state educational activities in 48 states. Therefore, students located in SARA states are authorized to enroll in any online or face to face Stratford University programs and courses.

California: Until July 2017, The California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) did not regulate out-of-state institutions that did not have a physical presence in the state. Therefore, Bureau approval for Stratford to offer educational activities in California was not required. In July 2017, the Bureau began requiring for-profit institutions, regardless of physical presence, to register with the BPPE and collect Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) assessments from students. Stratford University is in the process of completing registration with the CA BPPE to continue to offer our programs to CA residents currently enrolled in our programs. Stratford University is withholding admission to any CA residents until BPPE registration is complete.

Massachusetts: The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education does not regulate out-of-state institutions that do not have a physical presence in the state and only enrolled MA resident students in 100% online courses. Therefore, approval for Stratford to offer educational activities in Massachusetts is not required. In October 2017, the BHE voted in favor of Massachusetts joining SARA. The BHE currently anticipates that Massachusetts will become a member of SARA in spring/summer of 2018. Stratford University is withholding admission to any MA residents until full recognition is provided by SARA.

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:

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, Virginia Beach 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,

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,

Clinical Affiliations

  • ACCA Child Development Center
  • Campagna Center
  • Children's National Medical Center
  • Children's Hospital of Richmond
  • Commonwealth/Ortho Virginia
  • Gentiva Health Services
  • Greenspring Retirement
  • Hospital for Sick Children
  • The Jefferson
  • LightHouse Healthcare
  • LivinRiteHome Health Service
  • Loudoun Free Clinic
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • Llyod F. Moss Free Clinic
  • Northeren Virginia Family Service, George Mason Headstart Center
  • Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute
  • NOVA Medical and Urgent Care Center
  • Novant Health
  • Patient First (Human Resource Department)
  • Potomac Place Assisted Living
  • Prince William Area free Clinic
  • Rainbow Station at Haymarket
  • Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
  • 2011 Vinson Hall LLC
  • Virginia Hospital Center
  • Westminister ar Lake Ridge
  • Stoddard Baptist Global Care at Washington Center for Aging 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 
  • Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities
  • Careers through Culinary Arts Program 
  • Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institution Education 
  • National Association of Foreign Student Advisors
  • National Association of Veteran's Program Administrators
  • National Healthcareer Association
  • National League for Nursing
  • National Healthcareer Association
  • National Student Nurse Association
  • Northern Virginia Technology Council
  • Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board
  • Online College Library Center
  • NAFSA: Association of International Educators
  • Service Members Opportunity College Consortium
  • Northern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • Southern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators
  • Virginia Career College Association
  • Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

*Note: Affiliations vary by campus location.

* 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:

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

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
750 First Street, NE, Suite 980
Washington, DC 20002-4241
Washington, DC 20202

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

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.