Only U.S. postsecondary institutions that are institutionally accredited by an agency on the U.S. Department of Education's list of Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies (see recognized accrediting bodies) may obtain an Internet name in the .edu domain. These include both "Regional Institutional Accrediting Agencies" and "National Institutional and Specialized Accrediting Bodies" recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Note that institutional accreditation is required for .edu eligibility; program accreditation is not sufficient. Not all agencies accredit institutions. Some accredit only institutions, some accredit only programs, and others accredit both institutions and programs.
It is also important to note that, while every effort is made to keep the EDUCAUSE list up-to-date, the U.S. Department of Education's list of Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies and State Agencies are the only official comprehensive lists of agencies.
For postsecondary institutions located outside the U.S.: As specified by the Department of Commerce, only postsecondary "U.S. institutions" that are institutionally accredited by one of the agencies on the U.S. Department of Education’s list of Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies may apply for new names in the .edu domain. We thus require applicants to be located within the United States (including U.S. territories and possessions); or to be licensed, chartered, or incorporated within the United States (including U.S. territories and possessions); or to be otherwise officially recognized by a U.S. state or federal government agency (including U.S. territories and possessions).
Regional Institutional Accrediting Agencies
- Higher Learning Commission, http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org
- Middle States Commission on Higher Education, http://www.msche.org
- Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools, http://www.msa-cess.org/RelId/33637/ISvars/default/Home.htm
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges - Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, http://www.neasc.org
- Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, http://www.nwccu.org/
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, http://www.sacs.org
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Community and Junior Colleges, http://www.accjc.org/
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, https://www.wascsenior.org/
National Institutional and Specialized Accrediting Bodies that Accredit Institutions
- Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, http://www.acaom.org
- Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc., http://www.nlnac.org
- Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools, http://www.abhes.org
- Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges , http://www.accsc.org/
- Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training, http://www.accet.org
- American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education & Admissions to the Bar, http://www.abanet.org/legaled/
- American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation, http://www.abfse.org
- American Osteopathic Association, Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation, http://www.osteopathic.org/index.cfm?PageID=sir_college
- American Podiatric Medical Association, Council on Podiatric Medical Education, https://www.do-online.org/
- Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation, http://www.abhe.org/
- Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., Accreditation Commission, http://www.acpe.edu
- Association of Advanced Rabbinical and Talmudic Schools, Accreditation Commission
- Association of Institutions of Jewish Studies, http://theaijs.com/
- Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools, http://www.ats.edu
- Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, http://www.cea-accredit.org
- Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation, http://www.comta.org
- Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs, http://www.aana.com
- Council on Chiropractic Education, Commission on Accreditation, http://www.cce-usa.org
- Council on Occupational Education, http://www.council.org
- Distance Education Accrediting Commission, http://www.deac.org
- Midwifery Education Accreditation Council, http://www.meacschools.org
- Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, Commission on Accreditation, http://www.macte.org
- National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, http://www.naccas.org
- National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation, http://www.arts-accredit.org
- National Association of Schools of Dance, Commission on Accreditation, http://www.arts-accredit.org
- National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, http://www.arts-accredit.org
- National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation, http://www.arts-accredit.org
- New York Board of Regents, Commissioner of Education, http://www.nysed.gov
- Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission, http://www.tracs.org
State Agencies that Accredit Institutions
- New York State Board of Regents (Public Postsecondary Vocational Education), http://www.nysed.gov
- Oklahoma Board of Career and Technology Education, http://www.okcareertech.org
- Pennsylvania State Board of Vocational Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education, http://www.pde.state.pa.us/stateboard_ed/cwp/view.asp?a=3&q=116917
- Puerto Rico State Agency for Approval of Public Postsecondary Vocatl., Tech. Institutions & Programs, http://www.de.gobierno.pr
Changes to this policyThe policies that govern .edu domain management are reviewed periodically by a Policy Board. The Policy Board can recommend changes in .edu policy for acceptance by the U.S. Department of Commerce. To suggest policy changes, or to submit comments on policy changes suggested by others, Contact Us.
Why do some institutions that do not meet the eligibility criteria have .edu domain names?
According to the Cooperative Agreement between EDUCAUSE and the U.S. Department of Commerce, all .edu names in existence as of October 29, 2001, are "grandfathered." This means that everyone who already had a .edu name by that date (October 29, 2001), regardless of current or past eligibility requirements, is allowed to keep those .edu names.
For further information please see our Frequently Asked Questions.