Accreditation and Honors

Accreditation & Honors



New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Holy Apostles College and Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.

Accreditation of an institution of higher education by Commission indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality periodically applied though a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which 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 Commission 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 the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514
(781) 425 7785


State of CT Accreditation Confirmation

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is accredited by the State of Connecticut Department of Higher Education and its Board of Governors.

Associate Membership in the Association of Theological Schools

Holy Apostles College & Seminary is an associate member of ATS and received Candidacy status in February, 2016, and approval by the ATS Commission on Accrediting for an initial evaluation visit scheduled for October 24-27, 2016.

What is the ATS?

From the ATS website: The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) is a membership organization of more than 270 graduate schools that conduct post-baccalaureate professional and academic degree programs to educate persons for the practice of ministry and for teaching and research in the theological disciplines. The Commission on Accrediting of ATS accredits the schools and approves the degree programs they offer. ATS membership is open to schools in the Christian and Jewish faiths. The current membership represents the full range of Christian denominations, including schools in mainline and evangelical Protestant and Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions, as well as multidenominational and nondenominational schools. Schools representing other faiths and other organizations interested in theological education may become Affiliates of ATS.

What does it mean to be an Associate member?

Schools initially join as Associate members upon a vote by the membership at its Biennial Meeting in even-numbered years.
Within five years, Associate members are expected to pursue Candidate for Accredited Membership.
Once a school has completed the requirements of the Commission on Accrediting, it is recognized with Accredited Membership.

When will Holy Apostles be fully accredited?

The October initial evaluation visit will conclude with the visiting team’s making a recommendation to the ATS Commission on Accrediting. The Commission on Accrediting will make its decision based in part on that recommendation at its February, 2017, meeting. Please pray for our intentions in this process!

How can I participate in this accreditation visit?

Anyone with knowledge of Holy Apostles College & Seminary may participate in the initial evaluation committee’s work by writing to ATS your thoughts concerning the school. See our Public Notice of an Initial Evaluation Visit located at for details.

Holy Apostles College and Seminary is approved by The Cardinal Newman Society. Holy Apostle’s commitment to fostering a strong sense of Catholic identity is recognized in the second edition of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College as a Recommend Catholic College.

Holy Apostles was also named in the 2010-2011 edition of the National Catholic Register’s Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.  In the same year, we received “honorable mention” in First Things magazine as one of the new, up-coming colleges to consider.

Holy Apostles College & Seminary was selected by for inclusion in the (ASO), a leading resource for online learning and college accreditation information, release of its annual rankings for the 2015-2016 Best Online Colleges in Connecticut. Click here to read the press release

Holy Apostles was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as being in the top-third of online undergraduate programs in the country in the fall of 2013.