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Newberry College Accreditation

Newberry College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Newberry College. The SACSCOC address is provided to enable constituents to: 1) learn about the institution’s accreditation status; 2) file a third-party comment, or; 3) file a complaint against the institution or the commission.  


Newberry College holds current accreditation from these accrediting bodies: the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award bachelor’s degrees; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) to award a bachelor of science in nursing; National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel. Other CAEP-related accrediting bodies by which Newberry College is accredited include the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the National Council of Teacher of English (NCTE), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the National Association for Sports and Physical Education (NASPE).


Newberry College is also a member of the Council of Independent Colleges; the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education; the Lutheran Educational Conference of North America; the South Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities; the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities; and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (Division II).


Accreditation compliance reports and letters of notification of accreditation status are on file in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.


Newberry College’s degree-granting authority has been approved by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education. USDE Regulation 600.9(a)(1) requires that states have a process to review and appropriately act on complaints. CHE Regulation 62-27(C) gives the Commission the authority to intervene on behalf of a person filing a complaint against an institution that is exempt from the oversight of the Commission. To access the official state complaint process and Complaint Form, click here


For further information on the accreditation of Newberry College, please contact the Accreditation Liaison at

Statement of Student Achievement

Newberry College sets specific goals for student achievement. These goals are designed to help students complete their education in a four year time period and be prepared for a lifelong intellectual and personal development, meaningful vocation and engaged citizenship. 


Student Achievement Data

  Student Achievement Goal Results 2014-15 Results 2015-16 Results 2016-17
1)  The student body will attain an average GPA of 3.0 on the 4.0 scale. 2.96 3.01 3.08
2) The student body will attain a course completion rate of 80%. Course completion is defined as completing the course with a grade of C or better. Newberry College does not offer minus grades (such as C-).  81% 83% 86%
3) Newberry College will retain 75% of first-time freshmen into their second year. 70% 66% 66%
4) Programs requiring licensing exams will meet federal or state benchmarks. Currently, Newberry College offers two programs that require licensing exams: Nursing and Education      
  a)  Nursing: 80% of graduates pass the NCLEX on their first attempt. 87% 58% 86%
  b)  Education: 80% of program completers pass the PRAXIS II licensing exam. 100% 100% 100%
5) 80% of students will have obtained vocation-related positions at graduation as measured by the Newberry College senior survey. Vocation-related positions are jobs, graduate school admission, internships and volunteer (such as Peace Corps or AmeriCorps VISTA) opportunities related to the student's particular area of student and life interests. 56% 53% 55%