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​​​​​​​​​​​​​Initial App​​​​​​​​lication Process

ACICS works in collaboration with applicant institutions toward meeting ACICS standards and attaining an accreditation status. Unlike many accrediting agencies, there is no pre-candidacy or candidacy status with ACICS. The entire process may take from 9 months to 18 months, depending upon the ability of the institution to comply with ACICS standards.  To begin the process, the following steps will need to be completed:         

INSTITUTION STEP 1: Complete th​e Minimum Eligibility Self-Assessment (MESA) Checklist.

The main and each branch campus MUST meet these minimum standards of eligibility. You will not be able to proceed with the initial accreditation process unless you meet the minimum standards of eligibility listed on the MESA Checklist. Upon completion and submission of the checklist to ACICS for review, you will receive notification on your ability to proceed with the Initial Registration. 


If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact Dr. Joseph Gurubatham, ACICS Executive Vice President of Accreditation and Institutional Development, at and
INSTITUTION STEP 2: Register Institution (Main and all Additional Locations)

The link to register will be sent directly to the individual who completed the MESA Checklist above. The registration process requires the provision of critical institutional, campus (main, branch(es), and learning sites), and program information that should be readily available. Additionally, an institutional email address and password will need to be created for each main or branch location. ​

The person completing the registration will be responsible for communicating the login and password to key institutional personnel. This login and password will be for the institution and should be shared only at the discretion of the CEO or campus president. 


INSTITUTION STEP 3: Complete existing contact and administrator information, add any additional campuses and programs and then submit your application for initial review.​​​

Via the ACICS website, click on the “Create an Account​” li​nk at the top of the homepage to crea​te individual accounts for  the chief executive officer and on-site administrators.  Unique email addresses and passwords will be needed for each registration.