The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) defines accreditation as the review of the quality of higher education institutions and programs. In the U.S., accreditation is a major way that students, families, government officials, and the press know that an institution or program provides a quality education.

The University of Saint Francis is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Open Pathway. Academic programs can also be accredited. At USF, programs are accredited by the following: