North Seattle College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.

NSC is currently accredited through NWCCU, and last had its accreditation reaffirmed in 2023 and 2016. 

This letter confirms North Seattle College's has been reaffirmed as of July 21, 2023.

Accreditation through NWCCU means that NSC meets the Commission’s established standards of educational quality and effectiveness. A Year Three Mid-Cycle Evaluation Report was completed in February 2019, a Year Six Report on “Governance, Resources, and Capacity” was submitted in February 2022, and NWCCU subsequently confirmed NSC’s accreditation status.

A copy of NWCCU Policy A-5, Public Notification and Third Party Comments Regarding Full-Scale Evaluations can be found at the NWCCU website (via the Standards and Policies and then Operational Policies links), or by contacting the Commission office at (425-558-4224).

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Accreditation documents including self-study reports, evaluation team reports, and annual updates are shared below.

Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness  2023 Year Seven Evaluation of Institutional Effectiveness

Policies, regulations and Financial Review Evaluation Report Spring 2022  2022 Year Six Policies, Regulations, and Finances Review

2019 Mid-Cycle Accreditation Report cover showing students chatting in the Grove.2019 Mid-Cycle Accreditation Report

2017 Year One accreditation report cover showing students studying in the Grove.2017 Year One Report

2016 Accreditation report cover with an aerial shot of students in their blue graduation caps and gowns.2016 Year Seven Self-Evaluation Report

2013 Accreditation report cover showing three students in the NSC sculpture garden.2013 Year Three Self-Study Report

2011 Year One accreditation report cover showing photo of the light posts on campus.2011 Year One Self-Evaluation Report