University of Maryland University College (UMUC) is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
UMUC is a constituent institution of the University System of Maryland and is governed by the USM Board of Regents. UMUC is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. UMUC at Quantico, Corporate Center, 525 Corporate Drive #101, Stafford, VA 22554.
Regional Accreditation vs. National Accreditation
Public and private universities and colleges that offer a wide range of programs typically hold regional accreditation. To receive regional accreditation, a university must pass a peer review by faculty and administrators from similar institutions. All of the institutions within the University System of Maryland, including UMUC, are regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the accrediting body available to Maryland and surrounding states.
Another type of accreditation, national accreditation, is provided by accrediting agencies that are generally single-purpose, narrow in scope, or vocational in nature. Large public colleges and universities do not typically hold national accreditation, though they may have individual programs that are nationally accredited.