Accreditation and State Authorization
This mark signifies that Notre Dame is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and a member of the North Central Association (NCA). HLC’s most recent comprehensive evaluation of the University took place in 2004. Clicking the image will direct you to more specific information about the University’s accreditation status on the HLC website.
Because institutions necessarily evolve over time, HLC regularly collects information from each to ensure they are still operating in a manner that warrants accreditation. At Notre Dame, an annual Institutional Data Update is completed by the Office of Strategic Planning & Institutional Research and the Office of the Provost.
To learn more about the HLC visit their website at http://www.hlcommission.org
Further questions regarding the University’s relationship with the HLC should be directed to the Office of the Provost (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For HLC contact information, including for the filing of complaints, visit the Commission's website.
2014 Comprehensive Site Visit
A team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association will be on campus March 31 through April 2 as part of the University's 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation process.
Over the past two years, more than 120 faculty and staff members have been involved in a rigorous, campus-wide self-study process in preparation for reaffirming its accreditation with the HLC. The work of those serving on HLC accreditation subcommittees has been composed into a comprehensive self-study report which serves as the foundation for the University’s reaffirmation review. The assessment process will culminate with an evaluation team visit from a team of peers from colleges and universities throughout the central states who represent the HLC. Accreditation by the HLC is intended to assure constituents and the public of the quality and integrity of a Notre Dame education and the programs offered. The review process in preparation for site visit provides campus leaders the opportunity to take an insightful look at the entire University in order to help us improve and thrive.
Notre Dame first earned accreditation from the HLC in 1913. Since then, the University has had its accreditation status continually reaffirmed, most recently in 2004.
Please join us in welcoming the HLC team to campus — and mark your calendars to attend one of the open sessions they will be hosting to get direct feedback from members of the ND community. HLC team members will be available to the following campus constituents during open sessions on Tuesday April 1 in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium (C100):
2-3 pm - Faculty
3-4 pm - Staff
4-5 pm - Department Chairs, Institute, and Center Directors
5-6 pm – Students
Supporting information can be found throught these links:
While accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission extends institution-wide, several colleges, schools, departments, and programs within the University seek and maintain accredited status with other bodies, as well.
- Mendoza College of Business, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
- College of Engineering, The bachelor's degree programs in aerospace, chemical, civil, computer, electrical and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,Inc.; the bachelor's degree program in computer science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc..
- School of Architecture, accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
School of Law, accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA)*
* This link will direct you to a main page where you will have to search “Notre Dame.”
College of Arts and Letters
- Department of Psychology (Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology), accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)
- Department of Theology, accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
Alliance for Catholic Education, program approved by the state of Indiana*
The State of Indiana adopted a Charter in 1844 establishing the University of Notre Dame du Lac and authorizing the University as an institution of higher education. The University also has authorizations from the Illinois Board of Higher Education; the Ohio Board of Regents; the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth; and the Montana Secretary of State.
Various states, including those listed above, have established processes for filing complaints against institutions of higher education. We encourage you to contact the relevant department at the University with any complaints you may have; however, if you would like to pursue a complaint with a state, contact information is available on the State Higher Education Executive Officers website through the link labeled "Student Complaint Process by State" (located in the "Reports from Survey Data" section on the linked page).
If you are an enrolled or prospective student and would like to review the documents describing the University's accreditations or its other authorizations, please contact the Provost Office at 574-631-3802 or email@example.com.