Northwestern Polytechnic University is an academic institution accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award bachelor's degrees and master's degrees. ACICS is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. ACICS may be contacted at 750 First Street, NE, Suite 980, Washington, DC 20002-4241, Tel: (202) 336-6780. 


While the Doctor of Business Administration and the Doctor of Computer Engineering are approved through ACICS, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation only recognize ACICS’ scope of accreditation through the Master’s degree level. Therefore, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) does not recognize this doctoral program. Accreditation of a doctoral program by ACICS does not make the program eligible for purposes of participation in federal student aid programs, as described in Title IV of the HEA. Contact the NPU administration office for further information.


ACICS was also recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally-recognized accreditation agency.  However, on December 12, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education finalized its decision and no longer recognizes ACICS.  Subsequently, ACICS filed a preliminary injunction in the federal court to stay this decision and is set to be heard on February 21, 2017.  More information can be found at