New School Certification

In order to enroll students, use the term "college" or "university," or confer a degree or certificate, any person, organization or other entity must obtain a Certificate to Operate from SCHEV.

A new school must be certified to operate by SCHEV prior to engaging in any activities related to postsecondary education, either online or at a physical site within the Commonwealth of Virginia.

A postsecondary school may not advertise, recruit students, hold classes or accept any fees or tuition monies until it has received its Certificate to Operate from SCHEV.

SCHEV’s statutory authority to regulate private and out-of-state institutions is found in § 23.1-213 – 23.1-230 of the Code of Virginia.

Participation in a New School Orientation session is the first step in the application process for entities seeking certification to operate a postsecondary school in Virginia. Sessions are scheduled every six weeks.

To register for an orientation session, please click here

 

OVERVIEW OF THE CERTIFICATION PROCESS:
STEP
1
Intent
  • Attend New School Orientation
  • Submit "Intent to Operate a Postsecondary School" form
  • Submit "Name Acknowledgement" form
STEP
2
Submission & Approval
  • Submit a complete certification application package
  • If application meets requirements, site visit scheduled
  • Final review by SCHEV staff
  • Full CTO issued