About ABET

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ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET accredits over 3,400 programs at nearly 700 colleges and universities in 28 countries. ABET provides specialized, programmatic accreditation that evaluates an individual program of study, rather than evaluating an institution as a whole.

ABET accreditation, which is voluntary and achieved through a peer review process, provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which the program prepares its students.

ABET is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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ABET Vision and Mission

ABET provides world leadership in assuring quality and in stimulating innovation in applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology education.  


ABET has been providing accreditation services for technical education programs for nearly 80 years. ABET was founded in 1932 as the Engineers' Council for Professional Development (ECPD), an engineering professional body dedicated to the education, accreditation, regulation, and professional development of the engineering professionals and students in the United States.


ABET is governed by its member societies, who nominate and appoint members of the ABET Board of Directors, the Accreditation Commissions, and board-level councils. They also set policy and strategy; conduct accreditation reviews; and render decisions about the accreditation of programs.

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Accredited Programs at HBCUs

Howard University was the first historically black college or university to have ABET-accredited programs. ABET's predecessor, the Engineers' Council for Professional Development, accredited three engineering programs there in 1937.