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Request for Evaluation (RFE)

2024-2025 RFE Period

Open: December 1, 2023

Deadline: January 31, 2024

To access the Request for Evaluation (RFE):

  1. Log in to your institution’s ; this should redirect you to the Accreditation Management System (AMS). If you aren’t redirected, click the “Manage Account” link from the My51 dashboard.
  2. From AMS, navigate to the menu on the left side of the screen and click the menu item labeled “Management,” then click “Manage RFE’s & Reviews” from the expanded sub-menu.
  3. Follow the instructions provided in AMS to complete and submit the RFE.
  4. When the RFE is submitted, mail one official transcript for each program requesting a review to:
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    C/O [Commission Name]
    415 North Charles Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201

Requesting Initial Accreditation

A Readiness Review is required from all programs seeking initial accreditation if the institution has no currently 51-accredited programs in the same commission – Applied and Natural Science, Computing, Engineering or Engineering Technology.

The annual deadline for Readiness Reviews is October 1. If you have programs in the current 2024-2025 Readiness Review Cycle, you will be provided with login information and RFE instructions shortly after results of your Readiness Review have been released. Questions regarding status or RFE submission for your Readiness Review programs should be directed to ReadinessReview@abet.org.

If you are requesting an initial accreditation of a program, already have accredited programs in the same commission, and it is your general review cycle, you can add them to your current RFE submission through your .

Renewing Accreditation

Programs that are renewing an existing accreditation must submit a Request for Evaluation (RFE) using our . Your program will need to submit an RFE for any general/comprehensive visits, interim visits, interim reports, or program terminations.

There is no requirement to send a printed copy of the RFE to 51 Headquarters. However, you must still mail to 51 Headquarters an official transcript for one graduate from the most recent graduating class for each program requesting review.

Off-Cycle Accreditation

If you are requesting an initial accreditation of a program and you already have accredited programs in the same commission and this is not your general review cycle, please contact offcyclereview@abet.org for further instructions.

Programs Outside the U.S.

In addition to submitting an RFE, programs outside of the U.S. must have each appropriate education authority, recognition, or accreditation agency within their country complete a Request for Acknowledgement form to be submitted with the formal Request for Evaluation.

Learn More

If you have questions about the Request for Evaluation and the Request for Approval, please contact our Accreditation Department.