Accreditation and State Authorization

Status

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 collaboratively completed by the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning through the Office of the Provost and the Office of Strategic Planning & Institutional Research (OSPIR).

In spring of 2014, the University’s accreditation was reaffirmed for another 10-year period, with the next comprehensive HLC review to be in 2023-24. Notre Dame first earned accreditation from the NCA/HLC in 1913.


Further questions regarding the University’s relationship with the HLC should be directed to the Office of the Provost (provost@nd.edu). If you are seeking to contact the HLC directly or wish to learn more about the HLC, please visit the Commission’s website at hlcommission.org.

Specific information on HLC accreditation criteria can be found at the following:

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.

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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 is also authorized by name by the State of Indiana through statute (Indiana Code 21-7-13-6). If you are a participant in any course or program offered by the University in the State of Indiana, we encourage you to contact the relevant department at the University with any complaints you may have about such course or program. However, if you would like to pursue a complaint with a state agency about the course or program, you should contact the following Indiana state agency: Indiana Commission for Higher Education; 101 W. Ohio Street, Suite 550; Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984; (ph) 317.232.1090; (email) academics@che.in.gov.  

With regard to courses and programs delivered online to individuals outside the State of Indiana, the University is an approved institution by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). As a result, the University has authorization to provide courses and programs online to individuals in all of the states that are participants in SARA. If you are a participant in an online course or program offered by the University in a SARA state, we encourage you to contact the relevant department at the University with any complaints you may have about such course or program. However, if you would like to pursue a complaint with a state agency about the course or program, you should contact the following Indiana state agency, regardless of the SARA state in which you reside or from which you are taking the online course or program: Indiana Commission for Higher Education; 101 W. Ohio Street, Suite 550; Indianapolis, IN 46204-1984; (ph) 317.232.1090; (email) academics@che.in.gov.  

The University has additional authorizations to offer courses in the states noted further below. If you are a participant in any course or program offered by the University in such a location, we encourage you to contact the relevant department at the University with any complaints you may have about such course or program. However, if you would like to pursue a complaint with a state agency about the course or program, you should contact the agency of the relevant state:

State of Illinois

Agency: Illinois Board of Higher Education

Authorized Location: Chicago Region

Authorized Programs: EMBA, MSBA, MSF

Complaints: http://complaints.ibhe.org/

State of Michigan

Agency: Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Authorized Location: State of Michigan

Authorized Programs: Undergraduate degree classes up to a total of sixteen (16) credit hours

Complaints: http://www.michigan.gov/lara/0,4601,7-154-61343_35395_35396---,00.html

State of Montana

Agency: Montana University System

Authorized Location: State of Montana

Authorized Programs: General Authorization

Complaints: https://mus.edu/MUS-Statement-of-Complaint-Process.asp


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 provost@nd.edu.