Gettysburg College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), and undergoes a re-accreditation every 10 years. This re-accreditation process is centered on an institutional self-study leading up to a campus visit by Middle States external evaluators. The College’s last decennial self-study evaluation was in 2013-2014, which was concluded with an external evaluation team visit during the spring of 2014. Based on the institutional self-study and the external evaluation team report, the Commission (MSCHE) reaffirmed accreditation of Gettysburg College, and commends the College for the quality of the self-study process and report

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Statement of Accreditation Status for Gettysburg College

The self-study process is a chance to review progress and areas for improvement in all of the College’s operations—from academics to administrative practices, and is an opportunity to strengthen the College through a comprehensive evaluation.

2014 External Evaluation Team Report (login required)


2014 Self-Study Report

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About Middle States

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that is dedicated to quality assurance and improvement through accreditation via peer evaluation. Middle States accreditation instills public confidence in institutional mission, goals, performance, and resources through its rigorous accreditation standards and their enforcement.

Middle States' accreditation is an expression of confidence in an institution's mission and goals, its performance, and its resources. Based upon the results of institutional review by peers and colleagues assigned by the Commission, accreditation attests to the judgment of the Commission on Higher Education that an institution has met the following criteria:

  • that it has a mission appropriate to higher education;
  • that it is guided by well-defined and appropriate goals, including goals for student learning;
  • that it has established conditions and procedures under which its mission and goals can be realized;
  • that it assesses both institutional effectiveness and student learning outcomes, and uses the results for improvement;
  • that it is accomplishing its mission and goals substantially;
  • that it is organized, staffed, and supported so that it can be expected to continue to accomplish its mission and goals; and
  • that it meets the requirements of affiliation and standards of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.