Institutional Accreditation

Universities and colleges in the United States obtain accreditation from non-governmental bodies that are recognized by the U. S. Secretary of Education. Accreditation provides public certification of acceptable institutional quality and an opportunity for critical self-analysis leading to improvement in quality. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education uses accreditation as a basis for their determination of institutional eligibility for participating in various federally funded programs, including Title IV federal financial aid to students.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is one of six regional associations recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that accredit institutions of higher education. The Higher Learning Commission accredits Northern Arizona University. Northern Arizona University’s accreditation is extended through 2017-2018.

Specialized Accredited Programs

View the Academic Program Accreditations in the Academic Catalog.

Campus Feedback on NAU’s Assurance Argument for Re-accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).  

Please provide feedback by Monday, May 1, 2017.

Thank you for taking time to provide feedback on this important institutional effort. If you are unable to access an evidence link, try right-clicking on the link and open in a new tab. However, we are aware that some evidence links may not be correct due to websites undergoing change. To address this, we are working with ITS to make sure all websites referenced as evidence in the assurance argument will be current and accurate by June 1, 2017.