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 was completed in 2014. 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

Further questions regarding the University’s relationship with the HLC should be directed to the Office of the Provost ( 

HLC contact information may be found by visiting the Commission's website.


Successful 2014 Comprehensive Site Visit

A team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association visited campus March 31 - April 2, 2014 as part of the University's 10-year reaffirmation of accreditation process.  Following a review of its self-study report and associated meetings with key administrators and groups, the University was subsequently reaffirmed for another 10-year period. The next comprehensive HLC visit will be in 2023-24.

Notre Dame first earned accreditation from the NCA/HLC in 1913.

Supporting information can be found through these links:

HLC Criteria for Accreditation

Accreditation FAQs

Specialized Accreditations

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.

College of Arts and Letters

Alliance for Catholic Education, program approved by the state of Indiana*

State Authorization

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).

Request information

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