Seattle Central College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges & 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 that 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.

Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution.


Inquiries regarding an institution's accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution.

Individuals may also contact:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052

Accreditation Process and Reports

Seattle Central College maintains its NWCCU accreditation through a seven-year cycle of self-evaluation focused on the institution’s ability to fulfill its mission, monitor its environment, and adapt and sustain itself as a viable institution. The process also includes periodic peer evaluations that provide feedback to the college from the NWCCU, including commendations for accomplishments and recommendations for improvement.

A list of commendations and recommendations from the 2012 Comprehensive Self-Evaluation Report and the 2013 Year One Self Study are available here. In 2015, the NWCCU accepted Seattle Central’s Mid-Cycle Evaluation and confirmed that the college had satisfied the Commission’s expectations regarding all previous recommendations for improvement.

Accreditation Reports