Eligibility

Only US postsecondary institutions 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. 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 and 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.

University system offices, state coordinating offices or boards, community college district offices, or equivalent entities located within the United States having as their principal activity the management and governance of a collection of "Accredited Institutions" that themselves meet the eligibility criteria for .edu. Each entity, in order to qualify under this category, must be commissioned, established, or recognized by a state, local, or national government to perform this management and governance activity.

Non-profit entities are eligible to register one .edu domain if the vast majority of their members are colleges, universities, and other educational organizations, provided that at least 75 percent of their institutional members are themselves currently eligible for a .edu domain. Entities whose members are primarily individuals are not eligible for .edu domains.

International institutions are not eligible for a .edu domain. If you are not located within the United States but believe you meet one of the other qualifications as a US institution and are institutionally accredited by one of the Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies we recognize, please contact [email protected] or complete a request for a new domain.

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).

Please note, 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.

Domain Look Up

If eligible, check the availability of your desired domain name via our look up tool.

Accrediting Agencies

Regional Institutional Accrediting Agencies
National Institutional and Specialized Accrediting Bodies that Accredit Institutions
State Agencies that Accredit Institutions

Changes to this policy

The 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.

For further information please see our Frequently Asked Questions.