IUP is an NASAD-accredited school.

NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the national accrediting agency for art and design programs at colleges and universities in the United States.

Accreditation is a nongovernmental system of academic review and periodically assesses and produces an independent judgment by peers about the degree to which an institution or program achieves its own educational objectives and meets the standards established by an association.

Accreditation indicates that threshold standards are adhered to in a fashion that provides a base of academic strength and operational integrity. The granting of accredited membership by the Commission on Accreditation signifies that an institution has successfully demonstrated compliance with the procedures, standards, and guidelines of the association.