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 read the Assurance Argument and provide feedback on this important institutional effort. 

We are aware that some evidence and related links need to be updated. Following website review and update efforts, all evidence in the Assurance Argument will be current and accurate as of June 1, 2017.

To access the Assurance Argument, please click here and log in via CAS. A feedback form will be provided in the system for the campus community to send feedback anonymously or signed with name/email. Please contact or to set up a meeting to discuss the process and/or the Assurance Argument.