Accreditations / Recognitions

College of the Arts – A Center of Excellence

The College of the Arts is a state-designated “Center of Excellence in the Arts,” and is one of fewer than 40 colleges across the country that is accredited by all four of the nation’s arts arts-accreditation agencies:


College Awards and Distinctions (abbreviated list)

Academic recognitions

  • New Jersey State designated Center of Excellence in the Arts (continuing status)
  • Gracie Allen Award for American Women in Radio & Television
  • Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award
  • Gracie Award
  • Award for Creative Excellence, U.S. International Film & Video Festival
  • Telly Award
  • Grand Award for Excellence, Apex (multiple years)
  • Certificate of Merit, Admissions Marketing Report National Recruitment Video Competition
  • American College Dance Festival National Recognitions (multiple years)
  • American College Dance Festival Regional Recognitions (multiple years)
  • American College Theatre Festival Regional Recognitions (multiple years)
  • National College Choreographic Initiative Grants (multiple years)
  • New Jersey State Council on the Arts - Citation of Excellence
  • Bergen Foundation, Grant for Outreach Touring

Arts and Cultural Programming recognitions

  • Association of Performing Arts Presenters Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. (MSU was one of six nationwide universities to receive this highly competitive award
  • National Endowment for the Arts (8 consecutive annual grants)
  • "American Masterpieces" Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
  • New Jersey State Council on the Arts (8 consecutive annual grants)
  • New England Foundation for the Arts/ National Dance Project (8 grants)
  • Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (3 grants)

University Accreditations and Memberships