American accreditation

Middle StateThe American University of Paris is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, one of only six regional accreditation associations in the United States. AUP is a non-profit educational institution incorporated in the State of Delaware and licensed by the State Board of Education as a Delaware institution of higher education. The University is registered in the United States as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization.

French and international recognition

The American University of Paris is declared to the Rectorat de Paris as an établissement privé d'enseignement supérieur libre. The Rectorat de Paris has also acknowledged that the undergraduate majors and master’s programs taught at The American University of Paris are of higher education level (“les formations dispensées par l’établissement American University of Paris sont reconnues de niveau d’enseignement supérieur”), which allows our students to be registered in the French student social security system.

AUP degrees are also separately recognized by the Ministries of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia, Norway, and Turkey.

Institutional memberships

AtheaThe American University of Paris is an Institutional Member of the Association for Transnational Higher Education Accreditation (ATHEA), and has affirmed its commitment to excellence in higher education. 

What it means to be accredited

Accreditation is a review process in which colleges, universities, and other educational institutions are evaluated. A review board sets the standards for accreditation. This review board comprises administrators and faculty from other accredited colleges and universities. Areas of evaluation include, for example, teaching quality, general services, and facilities.

Why accreditation is important

An important factor in having a successful career is choosing a reputable college. Colleges that are accredited by regional accreditation associations are more likely to offer degrees that employers and recruiters recognize. The accreditation process also offers students a better chance of having their credits accepted at other reputable institutions should they decide to transfer to another college or obtain a graduate or doctoral level degree.

How AUP’s accreditation stacks up

The Middle States Association accredits many other well-known universities in the United States such as Cornell, Columbia, and New York University.