Accreditation at the University of Northern Colorado

Regional Accreditation                                                   

Since 1916, the University of Northern Colorado has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of six regional accrediting bodies in the United States. The purpose of regional accreditation is to assure the public regarding institutional quality. UNC’s accreditation was reaffirmed by the HLC in September 2004, following a comprehensive self-study and external review process. In 2014, the HLC will conduct a site visit to UNC as part of our next accreditation review. Additional information about UNC’s HLC accreditation status is available here.

Specialized Accreditation

In addition to regional accreditation, specialized accreditation is held by numerous UNC academic programs. Specialized accreditation refers to discipline-based accrediting bodies that assess competencies related to a specific profession. Academic programs seek specialized accreditation for a variety of reasons, including a desire to ensure that the program is consistent with professional standards, to meet licensure and certification requirements, and to assure students, graduates, and employers of program quality. Information about UNC programs with specialized accreditation is available here.

Colorado Department of Higher Education

The University of Northern Colorado is recognized as a comprehensive baccalaureate and specialized graduate research university by the State of Colorado (C.R.S. § 23-40-101).