LAU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. NECHE is the regional accrediting association in the United States developing and regularly reviewing standards for educational institutions of all levels. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, NECHE accredits 241 colleges and universities in the six-state New England region as well as 11 institutions overseas.
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the Commission should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
New England Commission of Higher Education
3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514
(781) 425 7785
LAU was granted initial accreditation for a five-year period following a site visit in November 2009. In 2014, LAU underwent a comprehensive evaluation and was re-accredited for a ten-year period. The stages LAU has completed since starting the first rigorous process in fall 2005 have demonstrated the university’s commitment to academic quality.
Doctor of Pharmacy
The School of Pharmacy is a full member of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Currently, the Doctor of Pharmacy program at LAU is the only one outside the United States of America that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). The initial accreditation review took place in 2002, when full accreditation was granted. Hence, Pharm.D. graduates are eligible for licensure as pharmacists in most U.S. states and provinces.
Bachelor of Engineering Programs
The B.E. in Civil Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The B.E. in Computer Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The B.E. in Electrical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The B.E. in Industrial Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
The B.E. in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.
In addition, the B.E. in Civil Engineering, B.E. in Computer Engineering, B.E. in Electrical Engineering, B.E. in Industrial Engineering and B.E. in Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Federation of Arab Engineers.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
LAU’s B.S. in Computer Science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the Alice Ramez Chagoury School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program (CP)
The BS in Nutrition and Dietetics Coordinated Program (CP) at the School of Arts and Sciences has been granted candidacy for accreditation by the accrediting agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in the US.
As the first step in a four-year accrediting process, the candidacy by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) grants current and future students the same rights of a fully accredited program.
Out of only six international programs with ACEND accreditation, the CP in the Department of Natural Sciences is the only dietetics education program with a concentration in Interprofessional Education (IPE). It is also the only one in Lebanon to have an IPE approach.
Adnan Kassar School of Business
LAU has earned accreditation for its Adnan Kassar School of Business. Its undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The programs are: B.S. in Business Studies, B.S. in Economics, B.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA).
School of Architecture and Design
The LAU School of Architecture and Design is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) in the United States, covering the following degrees:
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
- Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design
- Master of Arts in Islamic Art
Bachelor of Architecture
The Bachelor of Architecture degree at the School of Architecture and Design is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the U.S. agency in charge of accrediting professional degrees offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation. NAAB-accredited degrees are accepted for registration in all 54 U.S. jurisdictions and is required in 37 of them. Graduates with a professional degree in architecture seeking U.S. registration must also meet local jurisdictional requirements for professional experience before sitting for the registration exam.
In addition, the Bachelor of Architecture Program is officially recognized by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication as equivalent to the Diplôme d’Etat D’Architecte (DEA), thus allowing our graduates to practice in France and the European Union.