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Newberry College Accreditation

Newberry College is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the baccalaureate and master's degrees.  Questions about the accreditation of Newberry College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA  30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (


Newberry College holds current accreditation from these accrediting bodies:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor’s and master's degrees
  • The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at Newberry College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.
  • 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:

  • Early Childhood Education - State Approved
  • Elementary Education - State Approved
  • Secondary English Language Arts - SPA-NCTE through February 1, 2027
  • Secondary Mathematics - State Approved
  • Middle Level Education - SPA-AMLE/NMSA through February 1. 2027
  • Music Education Accredited - NASM
  • Chemistry and Biology SPA/Professional Organization NSTA - State Approved
  • Physical Education - SPA Shape - Pete. Currently in review change of SPA
  • Social Studies - State Approved

Newberry College is a member of the following:

  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Lutheran Educational Conference of North America
  • South Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities
  • South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities
  • 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 lifelong intellectual and personal development, meaningful vocation and engaged citizenship. 

Student Achievement Data

  Student Achievement Goal Results 2020-21 Results 2019-20 Results 2018-19
1)  The student body will attain an average GPA of 3.0 on the 4.0 scale. 3.03 3.09 3.01
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% 86% 85%
3) Newberry College will retain 75% of first-time freshmen into their second year. 74% 67% 61%
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. 79% 100% 100%
  b)  Education: 80% of program completers pass the PRAXIS II licensing exam. 63% 75% 88%
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. 52% 50% 50%

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Codes

CIP Code CIP Title
9.0199 Communication and Media Studies, Other.
9.0999 Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communications, Other.
9.0702 Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
13.1202 Elementary Education and Teaching.
13.1203 Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
13.1210 Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
13.1312 Music Teacher Education.
13.1314 Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
16.0905 Spanish Language and Literature.
19.0708 Childcare and Support Services Management.
23.0101 English Language and Literature, General.
26.0101 Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

Mathematics, General.

31.0101 Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies.
40.0501 Chemistry, General.
42.0101 Psychology, General.
43.0103 Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.
45.0901 International Relations and Affairs.
45.1001 Political Science and Government, General.
45.1101 Sociology.
50.0409 Graphic Design.
50.0501 Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
50.0701 Art/Art Studies, General.
50.0901 Music, General.
50.0903 Music Performance, General.
50.0904 Music Theory and Composition.
51.0701 Health/Health Care Administration/Management.
51.0812 Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant.
51.3801 Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.
52.0201 Business and Administration, General.
52.0301 Accounting.
54.0101 History, General.
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