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Statement About Accreditation

Atlantic Union College is authorized by the Massachusetts State Department of Higher Education to offer two degree programs:

  1. Bachelor of Arts in Theology/Religion
  2. Bachelor of Science in Health Science/Biology.

Students graduating from AUC, prior to the College receiving Accreditation will have graduated from a College Authorized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Higher Education. 

  • Some Colleges may or may not accept the degree credits earned, for the purpose of transfer, or in application for advanced study.  This decision is made by each individual College. See our Articulation Agreements.
  • For Federal Financial Aid purposes, the credits earned will not be counted toward eligibility for funds.
  • Some branches of the Federal Selective Services may or may not accept the College credits earned.


All students registered at Atlantic Union College in an approved program on the effective date of the grant of accreditation can be considered as graduating from an accredited institution.   Accreditation allows the student to:

  • Apply for Federal Financial Aid
  • Transfer the College Credits, according to each College's policy. See our Articulation Agreements.

Atlantic Union College is currently pursuing accreditation.  The accreditation process can take approximately two (2) or more years.  

TRACS/Accreditation Update – February 12, 2015

Atlantic Union College and the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) worked together from approximately July 2013 until late October 2014 on the accreditation process for national accreditation for the College. While working together, it was noted that the tenets of TRACS were not in congruence with all of the 28-fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. At a meeting between AUC and TRACS in October 2014, both organizations mutually agreed that due to the differences in religious by-laws and religious fundamental beliefs, respectively, that AUC would seek accreditation through another organization. AUC is currently working with another accreditation association to acquire national accreditation. The name of that organization will be released as soon as all approvals are obtained.


The Administration

Atlantic Union College

Update Re AUC's Accreditation Application - September 19, 2014

On August 13, 2014, AUC received news in the form of a positive Audited Financial Statement that was submitted to the Transnational Assocation of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) team. On September 9, 2014, TRACS responded with an acceptance of the financial statement, as well as next steps in the application process, inclusive of taking the application to the October 2014 TRACS Commission for clarity and acceptance of the final application. AUC is continuing to submit documents to TRACS as requested and is moving forward in the process as delineated by TRACS. The college is also concurrently moving through the certificate program application with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. AUC continues to solicit your prayers, as both processes are daunting but necessary for the growth and development of the college.


The Administration

Atlantic Union College

Atlantic Union Conference Bolsters the Reserves of the College – May 8, 2014

Upon the recommendation of the Administration of the Atlantic Union Conference, the Executive Committee governing body of the Atlantic Union Conference voted

on May 8 to give an additional special appropriation of 1.5 million dollars to strengthen the reserves of the College. The funds were donated by the Union with

the understanding that a capital fund-raising drive by the College would commence very soon.

AUC Board Votes Certificate Programs – May 5, 2014

Upon the recommendation of the AUC Strategic Planning Committee, the AUC Board of Trustees, on May 5, voted to authorize the offering of three certificate programs (non-higher education) starting after approval from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is granted. They are as follows:

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Culinary Arts
English as a Second Language (ESL)

Additional Information Re AUC’s Conditional Authority to Award Degrees – April 1, 2014

On June 18, 2013 the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education accorded Atlantic Union College conditional authority to award the degrees of Bachelor of Arts in Health Science/Biology and the Bachelor of Arts in Theology/Religion.

 The grant of this authority has been made with stipulations.  The most important requires the College to submit regular reports to the Board of Higher Education for a period of five years.

 For more information about the institution’s conditional authority, please link to following web page:


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