In the United States
Recognition & accreditation
The American University of Rome is a non-profit organization accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, based in Philadelphia. The Commission on Higher Education is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct accreditation and pre-accreditation (candidacy status) activities for institutions of higher education and is a voluntary, non-governmental, membership association that defines, maintains, and promotes educational excellence across institutions with diverse missions, student populations, and resources.
The Commission provides service and support to member institutions as they implement accreditation standards and engage in continuous improvement initiatives. Accreditation by the Commission is an expression of confidence in an institution's mission and goals, its performance, and its resources. Accreditation by a regional accrediting association certifies to other educational institutions and the public that an institution has been evaluated, meets or exceeds established standards, and is achieving its stated goals.
The American University of Rome's operating licence was last renewed in November 2020 and is confirmed until December 2025.
Due to its recognition and awarding status, all credits earned at The American University of Rome are eligible for transfer to any other American university.
The American University of Rome is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in the Washington, D.C. and is licensed to award its degrees by the Delaware Department of Education.
The University is registered in the United States as a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization. This means that The American University of Rome receives funding from sources such as tuition fees and donations and the money that comes into the institution is invested directly back into the maintenance and development of our services. We have no investors standing to release profits from our institution.
The United States Department of Education has determined that The American University of Rome is a recognized and established foreign university eligible under Title IV of the HEA, and specifically, for the William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Direct Loans are low-interest loans for students and parents to help pay for the cost of a student’s education after high school. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education rather than a bank or other financial institution and you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-U.S. citizen to qualify for these loans.
Recognition & accreditation
The American University of Rome is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research as an American University duly authorized to operate in Italy as a Foreign Higher Education Institution. The American University of Rome's degrees, accompanied by a Statement of Comparability or a Dichiarazione di valore (Certified Degree Equivalency) is valid for admission to Italian graduate degree programs such as the laurea magistrale or Italian first level Master programs.
You can access all the information on Comparability & Verification here.